Erik Rasmussen has been interested in the outdoors since he was very young. His naturalist training started at the age of seven at the Riekes Center Nature Awareness Department. Because he went to public school he could not engage in homeschool programs but he attended every summer camp and in school program and camping trip he could.
These programs stoked his love of the outdoors through nature connection. Growing up he learned fire by friction, arrowhead knapping, basketry, bowry, primitive pottery, tracking, bird language, edible and medicinal plants and much more. After he grew out of these programs he started instructing and teaching at the age of thirteen. Throughout his middle school and high school career Erik started assisting lead instructors until he was old enough to facilitate programs of 20+ kids in nature exploration classes. He also taught programs for Wilderness Skills Institute, 4 Elements Earth Education and was affiliated with Wilderness Youth Project.
He spent time traveling learning from different teachers and schools across the US including The Tracker School, Headwaters Outdoor School, Wilderness Awareness School and Wilderness Fusion. You can also find Erik at some of the Primitive Skills gatherings such as Rabitstick and Buckeye.
Wanting to round out his skills as an Outdoorsman Erik attending the University of Utah and received his Bachelors in Parks Recreation and Tourism emphasizing in Adventure and Outdoor Programs. He also received an Entrepreneurship Certificate. During his time in school Erik continued his practice in survival skills but also gained proficiency in mountain biking, rock climbing, snowboarding, skiing, kayaking, backpacking and other outdoor sports. To finish off his school career Erik interned at EarthWalk Northwest where he assisted with classes and soaked up skills knowledge like a sponge.
Today Erik enjoys his days in the Wasatch Mountains practicing skills. He studies Tiaji from a fellow Tracker student and enjoys spending time with friends. His favorite skills are tracking, bird language, basketry and flint knapping. Erik’s passion for reconnecting people to nature has grown strong enough to where he has decided to create a community of people in Utah who are interested in learning how to make healthy tracks to leave for future generations.
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