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Highland Profiles: Eric Thompson


Eric Thompson is a West Virginia native who has spent the majority of his life in the outdoor adventure world. From becoming a certified Wilderness EMT and a technical rescue expert to ski patrolling out west and commercially guiding some of America’s most treacherous whitewater runs, Eric is a consummate outdoorsman with a panache and passion for adventure. 

During the cleanup effort following Superstorm Sandy in 2012, Eric’s vehicle slid out on a snowy road and flipped over an embankment, crushing his torso and severing his spinal cord. In the blink of an eye, Eric became a paraplegic. But he didn’t let his injury slow him down and decided that he would focus on what he could do to stay active and continue enjoying his life to the fullest.

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