About Us

Meet the Coaches

Eric Carter and Gary Robbins are the two coaches behind Ridgeline Athletics.

Ridgeline Athletics was conceived during a ski tour in February 2013. Since then, we’ve grown exponentially to a group of 25 athletes from around the world, training to compete for everything from 30 minute ski races to 30+ hour ultra-marathons.

Eric and Gary have a long history in endurance sport from adventure racing to ski racing, with lots of running in between. Their combined experience is one of the greatest strengths for the Ridgeline Athletics team. Nowhere else will you find a coaching duo with this level of both formal education and experience in the endurance world.

Ridgeline Athletics combines Eric and Gary’s experience and passes this on to athletes through one-on-one coaching, downloadable & customized ultramarathon plans, consultations and training seminars.

Gary Robbins

AGE: 41
FROM: Newfoundland
LIVES: North Vancouver, BC

I’ve been competing as an ultra runner since 2004. Prior to 2004 I was not a runner on any level, which means I have an intimate knowledge of the journey from zero experience all the way up to and including competing at and winning high level events.

Over the years I’ve worked as a clinic coordinator on numerous running clinics in North Vancouver and Squamish. I have seen what the process consists of for most people. Whether you’re looking to run your very first trail race, ultra race, or 100 miler, or whether you’re a seasoned veteran looking for that edge in your training, we can help you get there.

You didn’t need to be a runner or competitive runner up until this point in your life, you just need to want to be a runner or competitive runner from here on out.

Tap into our expertise and let’s get there together.

HURT 100mi CR
Tahoma Wonderland Trail FKT
Most famous person not to finish the Barkley Marathons. Twice.
Three time’s a charm!(?)

Eric Carter

AGE: 31
FROM: Minnesota
LIVES: Squamish, BC

I started my athletic career as a high school distance runner and Nordic skier. I raced on the Division 1 Varsity Nordic ski team at the University of Vermont, where I received my B.Sc. in Exercise Physiology. I moved to BC for graduate school and to be closer to the mountains. At the University of British Colombia I completed my M.Sc. in Kinesiology and am currently a PhD candidate, studying elite endurance athletes at high altitude.

On arriving in BC, I used my competitive Nordic background and sport science education to jump into the world of ski mountaineering and trail running. I compete on an elite level as a member of the U.S. National Ski Mountaineering Team and am an avid mountain runner.

Like any other sport, trail running requires smart and efficient training with a strong focus on recovery. I hope my racing experience can help you as you get ready for the best trail running race in Canada, the Squamish 50, or any other event that you may be targeting!

US National Ski Mountaineering Team: 2015 – Current

2017 Grouse Grind Mountain Run: 2nd Place

2017 Whistler Blackcomb Valley to Peak: 1st Place

2016 Canadian Mountain Running Championships: 2nd Place

2018 Canadian Ski Mountaineering Cup

2018 Canadian Mountain Running Championships

2018 Grand Teton Running FKT Attempt

2019 Ski Mountaineering World Championships

Our Services

Ultramarathon Plans

Our training plans pull from both our expertise in mountain and ultra racing and are designed both for the first time ultra runner as well as those looking to take on a new goal.

Full Time Coaching

Our one-on-one coaching service is for athletes of all ability levels who are looking to approach their training from a committed and scientific perspective.

Training Seminars

One day seminars covering everything from training plan development, race prep and everything in between.