Erik is a proponent of the “Reverse Retirement Plan,” which centers on adventuring during your 20s and 30s and then getting a real job once you hit 40. It worked: Erik has mountain biked 12,000 miles, hiked 10,000 miles, summited 1,500 mountains, and slept outside more than 1,000 nights. He also worked as a trail designer, park ranger, and outdoor educator. As an educator, he was recipient of the State University of New York’s Outstanding Instructor of the Year Award and three-time recipient of their Merit Award for Teaching.
Erik is a clinical track Social Work graduate student with a goal of facilitating therapy for those who have experienced trauma, particularly post-9/11 combat veterans. Erik is a veteran with disabilities, having served in the Army as a paratrooper where he trained in North Carolina, Georgia, and California and deployed to Central America.
He is author of “Thru Hiker’s Guide to America,” “My Adirondacks,” “Blue Line to Blue Line,” and “History Inside the Blue Line.” The two latter titles are tied to the Trans Adirondack Route, a 235-mile footpath that traverses the Adirondack Park. Erik is creator of this route and founding member of Friends of the Trans Adirondack Route, a grassroots organization that promotes responsible use of the mountains.
Home: Troy, New York
Website:Trans Adirondack Route
Outdoor Organization Involvement: Founding Member; Friends of the Trans Adirondack Route |Board Member; Capital Region Nordic Alliance | Volunteer; Red Cross Services to the Armed Forces
Favorite Training Grounds: The lower, trailless peaks of the Adirondack Mountains.