Erick Crockenberg – Award Sponsored by Outdoor Gear Exchange

Charlotte, VT

University of Vermont

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Erick’s Bio

Erick Crockenberg

Erick grew up in Vermont and has never left. He went to CVU high school, took a year off to travel and ski bum across the Western United States and Canada, and ended up at the University of Vermont. He graduated in 2014 with a self-designed major in Ecological Design. Throughout college he and a good friend led research on sustainable heat and carbon sequestration systems for locals farms. As a college senior, he co-founded New Moran, Inc. a 501(c)3 organization that won a year-long business

competition working with the City of Burlington on the environmental remediation and cultural re-use of a derelict former coal plant and waterfront campus. He has also worked as farmer, carpenter, and cook – including as the chef on a 137ft wooden sailboat voyage with the World Ocean School this summer. This Winter 2020, he will be working with 40 Tribes, a backcountry ski guiding and community development initiative in the Tien Shan Mountains of northeastern Kyrgyzstan.

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My Core Values

  1. I believe life boils down to experiences, relationships, and what we leave behind.
  2. Relationships – the people we choose to surround ourselves with - your friends, family and loved ones. These people bring more joy into life than anything else - gather them, appreciate them, love them, and choose them wisely.
  3. Experiences – the creation of memories and the stories we have to share - the travels, adventures, risks taken, meals cooked, mistakes made, knowledge gained - take advantage of the moment - the impromptu experiences are many times the most meaningful.
  4. What you leave behind – this is the most challenging - the creation of permanence, what out lives you, what you will be remembered by. These things can be simple or grand, but most importantly, they provide us purpose and meaning.
  5. I believe the “perfect” day balances: 1) Hands – using you body - going on a bike ride, weeding the garden, swinging a hammer, or cooking a big meal - calloused palms are better than smooth ones. 2) Head – using your mind - challenging yourself mentally, learning, problem solving, reading, fixing something, discussing an idea - there is nothing more fulfilling then learning and trying something new. 3) Heart – simply, spending time with the people you love.
  6. Don’t be an asshole.
  7. Chuckle to and at yourself often.
  8. Don't use the microwave.
  9. Look people in the eye and smile.
  10. Remember people's names.
  11. Please, don't always follow the 'rules'.
  12. Think big, and then figure it out.