In early 2014, Erik Hillard joined the MWBA Board of Directors.
After 4 years as Chair of the Communications Committee, Erik was nominated Vice President by the MWBA Board.
Furthermore, as one of MWBA’s USFS B Certified Chainsaw Sawyers, Erik works to remove fallen trees from the trails. Every time the wind picks up another tree killed by the Station Fire falls and the MWBA Sawyers keep very busy.
Erik was raised in Central CA by parents who ran guided hiking trips in the Sierras. “I was taught that other trail users were a valuable resource and it was smart to be respectful and courteous.”
Maintaining our MTB Access to trails is a definitely a ‘Never Ending Battle’ and thats exactly why we need to respect other trail users. Just as not every MTBer is a rude speed demon, not every hiker or equestrian hates bikers. But haters generally make more noise. Bad MTBers leave lasting impressions that we have to repair. We must work hard to remind people that MTBers are great people too!
Working at a local bike shop in high school and college, Erik learned to mountain bike in the famed Santa Cruz Mountains. His very first mountain bike ride was in a torrential rain with stream crossings up to the top tube. He was hooked and to this day, Erik loves to ride in a good storm.
My suggestion to critics of MWBA is to get involved if you want your opinion heard and you prefer to see things go a certain direction for MTBers. Thats why I became active with MWBA. I was/am unhappy with the current state of things and I have realized that actions go a lot further than complaints.
You are more likely to run into Erik on weekday on dawn patrol than the crowded weekends. You can see his personal photos on his Instagram account.