THE HIKING VETERAN
16,000 MILES HIKED + 2,400 MOUNTAINS CLIMBED + 1,000 NIGHTS CAMPED OUT
ABOUT
Erik 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 degree 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 Thru Hiker's Guide to America (2005), Blue Line to Blue Line (2013), History Inside the Blue Line (2014), My Adirondacks (2015), Among the Cloud Splitters (2016), Cradle of the Union (2019), Color Remote (2019), and From Northville to Placid (2021). His next two books, With an Ax and a Rifle and Deep History, will be released in 2022 and 2023, respectively. Media outlets to feature Erik range from BBC Business Daily to Adirondack Life, Northeast Public Radio to National Geographic Adventure. He's appeared on The 46 of 46 Podcast, Aptitude Outdoors Podcast, Do Big Things Podcast, Foot Stuff Podcast, East to West Hunting Podcast, and Adventure Sports Podcast.
Veteran Fundraising
Erik chose to serve in the military partly because his grandfather, Richard Ward, had served. Richard entered the Army in 1943 as a field lineman, and on June 6, 1944, he took part in the amphibian assault of Omaha Beach in German-occupied France. He fought throughout the European Theater with the 29th Infantry Division for two years and survived the Battle of the Bulge. He was awarded the American Defense Service Ribbon...
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Brand Ambassador
As a respected brand ambassador, Erik can promote your brand in four ways. SPEAKING - He's spoken at 100 venues and won competitive speaking events – he's here to give multimedia presentations that take audiences on adventures you support. WRITING - He's written thirty articles and authored seven books – he's here to write glowing gear reviews and bodacious blog posts. EXPOSURE - He's camped 1,000 nights, climbed 2,000 mountains...
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Adventures
Erik is an adventurer at heart. He has thru-hiked the Baker Trail, Cohos Trail, Florida Trail, Long Path, Long Trail, Metacomet-Monadnock Trail, and Tahoe Rim Trail and traversed Great Smoky Mountains National Park and Allegheny National Forest. He's also hiked the Catskill Park's 320-mile trail system and crossed this range's high peaks via a 140-mile route. Primarily a mountain climber, Erik has summited every peak above 2,000 feet...
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