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Off-trail hunting for secret petroglyphs in a remote section of the Grand Canyon
  • Eric Bergdoll

    Growing up in Colorado then later Western Pennsylvania, my family would go camping in the mountains most weekends. In spring 2015 I decided to ramp things up a notch by enrolling in a National Outdoor Leadership School semester, which consisted of 87 days in the wilderness. Since that trip, I have fully committed to the outdoors, and couldn't see life going any other way. In the time since NOLS I spent 2.5 years outfitting people for trips around the wold as an Action Sports and Camping specialist at REI, 6 months as a Gearhead at Backcountry, 3 years running the outdoor program at the University of Pittsburgh (building the program from 8 to 30 trips per year in the process) and a year living out of a Subaru Outback and later a 1986 Ford camper van. Since I started up as an expert for in August, I have continued my dream lifestyle of Climbing, Backcountry Snowboarding, Backpacking, Canyoneering, Whitewater kayaking and Mountain biking full time while working a little less than full time. I am notoriously tough on gear, have a tendency to push my equipment to its limits and quickly figure out if something works as intended. I am beyond psyched to help you find the right gear for any adventure!

    3 reviews
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    CategoryCamping & Hiking Expert
    Customers helped25
    Current locationUtah (all over the place)
    My QualificationNOLS grad, 5yrs in Industry
    Home townPittsburgh, PA
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    Reviewer: Will
    Helpful and experienced
    I was looking for a sleeping pad that was light enough to work for backpacking but also comfortable enough to want to use for more casual camping (which is what I'm doing most often). Eric gave me a great recommendation and I loved that he had personal experience with the product he was recommending (down to the number of breaths it takes to inflate the pad ha!). Super cool and helpful.
    Verified Review | Submitted Mar 25, 2020
    Reviewer: Alex C
    awesome advice!
    I'm looking for a new backpacking pack and Eric gave me tons of great options and even some recommendations for ways to lighten my weight on future trips.
    Verified Review | Submitted Mar 25, 2020
    Reviewer: Dave H
    Learned a lot
    I am planning a long backpacking trip, and Eric taught me a lot about what specific hiking boots I should be considering for the specific terrain.
    Verified Review | Submitted Mar 27, 2020