ABOUTErik Schlimmer is a brand ambassador, fundraiser, writer, speaker, and disabled veteran based in Colorado's Rocky Mountains. His outdoor experience and his passion to share it has been summed, "His knowledge is vast, his demeanor unassuming, and his attitude superb." Erik's writing has been described as "monumental effort" and "relentless."
Erik has been employed as an Appalachian Trail caretaker and ridge runner, Adirondack Park and Catskill Park backcountry ranger, professional trail builder, outdoor education professor, MTV Made Coach, veteran advocate, and mental health professional. He possesses a Master's in Clinical Social Work and is a licensed therapist, specializing in working with veterans. Erik founded The Hiking Veteran in 2020 to demonstrate that a veteran with disabilities can be an outstanding ambassador and adventurer who raises funds for veterans.
He's the author of ten books: Thru Hiker's Guide to America, Blue Line to Blue Line, History Inside the Blue Line, My Adirondacks, Among the Cloud Splitters, Cradle of the Union, Color Remote, From Northville to Placid, With an Ax and a Rifle, and Deep History. A proud podcast tramp, Erik has appeared on Adventure Sports Podcast, Aptitude Outdoors Podcast, Deb's Data Dojo, Department of Veterans Affairs Borne the Battle Podcast, Do Big Things Podcast, East to West Hunting Podcast, Foot Stuff Podcast, The 46 of 46 Podcast, The UFO Rabbit Hole Podcast, and UFO Garage Podcast.