Erik Thatcher is the director of Holderness’s Outdoor and Climbing Programs. Erik has a B.S. in Environmental Science and is certified by the American Mountain Guides Association as an Aspirant Rock Guide, Single Pitch Instructor, Rock Guide, Advanced Rock Guide, and Ice Instructor. He has also completed the American Institute for Avalanche Research and Education’s Level 1 and 2 courses. Erik did a Summer of research at the Hubbard Brook Experimental Forest and spent six years guiding for Mooney Mountain Guides. He loves to spend time outdoors and enjoys learning traditional crafts and skills that help connect him to the land and the history of where we live, such as gardening, hunting, foraging, wood working, timber framing, and boat building.