Erik Schlimmer's outdoor experience and his passion to share it has been summed, "His knowledge is vast, his demeanor unassuming, and his attitude superb." His writing has been described as "monumental effort" and "relentless."

Erik is an adventurer at heart. He has thru-hiked the Baker Trail, Cohos Trail, Florida Trail, Long Path, Lone Star Hiking Trail, Long Trail, Metacomet-Monadnock Trail, Rainbow 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 that range's high peaks via a 140-mile route. Primarily a mountain climber, Erik has summited every peak above 2,000 feet in the Catskill Mountains (including the 200 highest during winter), every peak above 2,500 feet in the Adirondack Mountains (including the 217 3,000-footers during winter), every peak above 3,000 feet in New England, and every peak above 5,000 feet in the South. He's also reached 41 state high points and Lake Tahoe's dozen peaks above 10,000 feet. Erik has completed an 1,100-mile mountain bike ride across Utah and Arizona, a 2,300-mile mountain bike ride along the U.S.-Mexico border, and a 2,700-mile ride from Canada to Mexico on routes he designed himself. He's paddled the Susquehanna and Delaware rivers from source to sea. Erik's now working on climbing 1,000 mountains in Colorado.

Erik's most familiar with the Adirondack Mountains. He has visited every named topographic feature within Hammond Pond Wild Forest, Hoffman Notch Wilderness Area, Giant Mountain Wilderness Area, Lake George Wild Forest, Pharaoh Lake Wilderness Area, Shaker Mountain Wild Forest, Siamese Ponds Wilderness Area, Silver Lake Wilderness Area, and Wilcox Lake Wild Forest – more than 800 features across 600,000 acres; completed a 110-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; and traversed the 270-mile High Peaks Wilderness Area trail system.

For outdoor work, Erik has been employed as an Appalachian Trail caretaker, Adirondack Park and Catskill Park backcountry ranger, trail builder, outdoor educator, and MTV Made Coach. He possesses a master's degree in clinical social work and is a licensed therapist, specializing in working with veterans. A veteran himself, Erik served as an 82nd Airborne Division paratrooper, being stationed in Georgia, North Carolina, and Central America.

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 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.


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