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  • 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!

    26 reviews averaging 5.0 stars
    Currently offline
    CategoryCamping & Hiking Expert
    Customers helped375
    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 May 7, 2020
    Reviewer: Reggie
    He's a climber, if anyone is going to know anything about dirtbagging, it's going to be a climber
    Thoughtful of the type of experience that I am going to have when it comes to the area that the gear I want is intended for. He throws in personal experience with gear which is always helpful. Sometimes people put reviews in for gear too soon and so they haven't dealt with their gear during stressful moments (because let's be honest that's when it's going to matter most).
    Verified Review | Submitted Apr 23, 2020
    Reviewer: Shana
    I came to Eric to find a suitable pack for multi day trips for my curvy frame. We discussed what I was looking for in a pack. Suggested that with my frame a pack with interchangeable hip and shoulder straps would be ideal. He sent me his suggestions and as soon as I saw the Osprey Aura 65L my intuition told me I found MY PACK!
    Verified Review | Submitted Jun 4, 2020
    Reviewer: John K
    Great tips
    Eric clearly knows his stuff and gave me some great recommendations. He also did a good job explaining how I could maintain the quality of my product to prevent issues in the future, which I really appreciated. awesome experience
    Verified Review | Submitted Apr 23, 2020
    Reviewer: Rosie
    Super friendly, knowledgeable and helpful
    Eric was familiar with the area i plan to camp at in wv which was cool and gave me some really helpful suggestions that are tailored to exactly what i asked for. thanks!
    Verified Review | Submitted May 16, 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: Chelsea
    Awesome experience
    Ambitious new backpacker and Eric was supportive, complimentary, and helpful. I'm super excited for my new boots and pack to get here 😁
    Verified Review | Submitted Apr 23, 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
    Reviewer: Nick
    Great experience
    Eric was patient kind and knowledgeable and extremely helpful I would highly recommend him to a friend or colleague
    Verified Review | Submitted Apr 24, 2020
    Reviewer: Miles
    Such a blast talking
    Loved his insight on all my various questions. 100% recommend this guy. Keep doing what you love, thanks man!
    Verified Review | Submitted Apr 15, 2020