Lebanon, NH – Author, educator and Asolo Ambassador, Erik Schlimmer recently became the first person known to hike across the entire Adirondack Mountain chain. Beginning his trek on the northern border of the Adirondack Forest Preserve on August 6 and ending his journey on the southern border twelve days later, Schlimmer hiked and climbed his way into Adirondack history.
“This hike had been a dream of mine for years,” Schlimmer reported. “I had explored the Adirondacks since the early 1990s but had always wanted to experience them via a long, continuous hike – it’s a range that’s just too big to be explored piecemeal.”
Seeing there is no singular trail that traverses the Adirondacks, the 37-year-old Oneonta State University wilderness instructor truly needed to put the pieces together. Beginning in the small North Country town of Ellenburg Center, Schlimmer covered the first forty miles of his hike on snowmobile trails and roads. Once he reached the vicinity of Whiteface Mountain – the highpoint of the trek at 4,865 feet – he took short foot trails, connecting them with cross-country hiking through trackless forests. Next was a traverse of High Peaks Wilderness Area where he tackled a dozen different trails, which led him to an eighty-mile section of the Northville-Placid Trail. Then, it was another forty miles of snowmobile trails to the end. Overall, he hiked 220 miles and climbed 23,000 vertical feet.
Assessing which section was most challenging, Schlimmer asserts it was the very beginning. “During the first two days I was traveling through a confusing patchwork of private and public land and the snowmobile trails were in very poor condition, often flooded,” he said. “At times, I simply hiked south, not knowing exactly where I was.”
During his journey Schlimmer did not have a GPS, personal locator beacon, or cell phone and carried less than twelve pounds of equipment. Outfitted with one pair of lightweight trail shoes for the entire adventure, Erik stated, “My pair of Asolo Dominators performed superbly.” This was to promote a stronger need for self-sufficiency, which he says is the theme of all his outdoor adventures, especially long-distance hiking.
More information on Schlimmer’s wilderness journeys can be found at his website, www.ErikSchlimmer.com.
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