Eric Rohlffs, a second generation Wildcat from Hillsboro, Ore., enjoyed a solid career in basketball that spanned four seasons from 1993-94 until 1995-96. A point guard, he ranks among the top 15 all-time at Linfield in games started with 47.
What are you doing these days?
I'm living the dream of hiking and exploring on the lush, beautiful Garden Isle of Kaua'i. I am a professional hiking guide who gets the precious opportunity to hike each and every day. You could call me an avid hiker and adventurer who loves to share the outdoors with all. Fresh dewey sweet air to accompany world-class, jaw-dropping views.
Tell us more about your company "Hike Kaua'i With Me."
Hike Kaua'i with Me is an outdoor company that offers private, guided tours for all ages and fitness levels of the great island of Kaua'i. Each tour is detailed to that party's strength and endurance levels. Nobody in your group besides you, no strangers holding back your tour. I show the hidden, less seen gems that we have all to ourselves. I've always been really into maps and geography - Kaua'i provided the ultimate backdrop to explore and keep the body in great shape.
What is a regular day of work for you look like?
Wake up just before dawn and kayak down my river to the ocean for an early morning workout. After returning, I meet up with my hiking participants for the day. We head to the fabulous Waimea Canyon for our full day hike. I will really focus on finding the appropriate pace and attitude for the day, while informing them about the history and culture of the island. Every group is different and from a different part of the world. I get to meet and stay in touch with all kinds of cool people. After enjoying some ridiculous views and pumping that heart for some good hours, we cool down at the local lodge to say goodbye while reminiscing - dreaming of the day's world-class views.
If you had one piece of advice or one thing to tell Linfield's senior basketball players what would that be?
Enjoy the less busy times because no matter how hard you try, you will become busier than you want. Keep it simple for as long as possible.
What is your fondest memory of Linfield?
The long-lasting relationships and the building of chemistry with my teammates. Gotta enjoy getting in the foxhole with your boys everyday. Awesome when you see group improvement.
For you, what made Linfield such a great place to compete athletically?
It's a place of great tradition, where many solid athletes came before. You know that competing in that place, in that conference, you can count on good, competitive spirit coming out.
What did you learn as a former point guard at Linfield that has helped you in the work place?
Hard work and discipline. Running a team and running a business can have similarities. I feel like when I break into the Kaua'i outback, I'm leading a fast break!
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