Erik grew up in eastern Tennessee where he began paddling with his father at the age of 8. He has spent the past several years exploring rivers from coast to coast. He has guided rafts on the Nantahala and Ocoee Rivers in the southeast as well as the Arkansas River in Colorado. Along with raft guiding, Erik taught whitewater kayaking with the University of Tennessee outdoor program. He also enjoys backpacking, mountain biking and trail running.
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