Early adventures that shaped him include his first kayaking expedition at age 5 on the Baja coast, where he remembers his father telling him to “paddle hard” when he only wanted to play with the starfish and jellyfish in the kelp beds. He has vivid memories of dancing with a Kuna Indian chief’s daughter on a sandy beach in the San Blas Islands of Panama when he was 10, and frolicking with sea lions in the Galapagos at 11. When he was just 13, he spent a summer alone in French Polynesia surfing, biking and kayaking. And in between his journeys abroad, then and now, he has the Sierras as his backyard playground, escaping to a tent, a map and freeze-dried food every chance he gets.
Following high school and into his 20s, Erick guided trips in Greenland, Yosemite and Death Valley, learning the intricacies of trip logistics and gaining an understanding of the various ways others value and define their idea of “adventure.” After college studies at the University of Colorado Boulder and UC Davis, he worked in the medical field coordinating biometric events around the U.S. before he could no longer resist the allure of the adventure travel industry full-time. “My thirst for adventure is matched only by my enthusiasm to learn more about the world and build strong relationships with others,” says Erick, making him optimally suited for his position as an Adventure Specialist at Nat Hab.
Erick feels most at home when he is physically connected with nature and wildlife, whether it’s via hiking, kayaking, skiing or other active pursuits. His favorite way to end a day is zipped up in a tent in a remote and unexplored landscape, falling asleep to the sound of rain pattering the tent fly or listening to howling winds sing a lullaby under the bright stars.
Erick’s favorite travel adventures include exploratory sea kayak expeditions to East Greenland, snorkeling in the Galapagos, hiking in Peru, skiing the Dolomites, and hiking and skiing the Caucasus Mountains in the Republic of Georgia. On the rare occasions when he isn’t adventuring outside, you may find him tinkering with watches.