While creating the Trans Adirondack Route in 2010, Erik Schlimmer was seeking “an Adirondack immersion experience” in which a long-distance hiker could experience the largest park and forest preserve in the Lower Forty-Eight via a meandering but purposeful route. In the Adirondack Park, like all other parks, you can hike one peak here and another one there or walk down a trail here and then one over there. But these experiences are disjointed. A route across the entire park gives visitors a total park experience.

Erik has been an adventurer for decades. During his 20’s and 30’s he embraced a “Reverse Retirement Plan” in which he did most of his traveling, couch surfing, and tent-living when he was young. During those twenty years Erik logged the bulk of his 15,000 miles hiked, 2,000 peaks climbed, and 1,000 nights camped outside. A few of his adventures include mountain biking across the U.S. twice, thru-hiking the 1,300-mile Florida Trail, and paddling the Susquehanna and Delaware rivers from source to sea.

He now concentrates his efforts on the Adirondack Mountains. He has visited every named topographic feature within Lake George Wild Forest, Hammond Pond Wild Forest, Pharaoh Lake Wilderness Area, Shaker Mountain Wild Forest, Hoffman Notch Wilderness Area, and Wilcox Lake Wild Forest – more than 500 features across 400,000 acres of state land; completed a 100-mile loop hike of High Peaks Wilderness Area; hiked the 135-mile Northville Placid Trail four times; thru-hiked the 240-mile Trans Adirondack Route twice; traversed the 270-mile High Peaks Wilderness Area trail system; completed a 33-day canoeing and hiking trip; summited the 100 highest peaks during winter; and climbed the 600 peaks above 2,500 feet.

Erik's the author of Thru Hiker's Guide to America (2010), Blue Line to Blue Line (2013), History Inside the Blue Line (2014), My Adirondacks (2015, voted Best Memoir by the Adirondack Center for Writing), Among the Cloud Splitters (2016), and Cradle of the Union (2019). Forthcoming titles include Color Remote and When They Named the Wilderness, to be released in 2019 and 2021, respectively. He possesses a masters degree in clinical social work and specializes in working with veterans. A veteran himself, Erik served as an 82nd Airborne Division paratrooper, being stationed in Georgia, North Carolina, and Central America.

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