Erik Schlimmer will always be 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 climber, Erik has summited every peak above 2,000 feet in the Catskills (including the 200 highest during winter), every peak above 2,500 feet in the Adirondacks (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 – more than 1,600 mountains total. He's also reached forty state high points and Lake Tahoe's dozen peaks above 10,000 feet. He has completed 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, and he's paddled the Susquehanna and Delaware rivers from source to sea.

Erik now concentrates 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, Wilcox Lake Wild Forest, and Giant Mountain Wilderness Area – more than 550 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; and traversed the 270-mile High Peaks Wilderness Area trail system.

Regarding outdoor work, Erik has been employed as an Appalachian Trail caretaker, Adirondack Park and Catskill Park backcountry ranger, professional trail builder, and outdoor educator. He possesses a masters 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 (2010), Blue Line to Blue Line (2013), History Inside the Blue Line (2014), My Adirondacks (2015), Among the Cloud Splitters (2016), and Cradle of the Union (2019). Forthcoming titles include Color Remote and With Wagon, Ax, and Rifle, to be released in 2019 and 2023, respectively. Programs to feature Erik's writing and adventures include BBC Business Daily, WAMC Northeast Public Radio, The Foot Stuff Podcast, The Adventure Podcast, Adirondack Sports, Adirondack Life, regional newspapers, and the alumni magazines of Plattsburgh State University and University at Albany.


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