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Camping & Hiking Expert Eric Bergdoll
Upper Allegheny River, PA
  • 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 Curated.com 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!

    35 reviews averaging 5.0 stars
    Currently offline
    CategoryCamping & Hiking Expert
    Customers helped459
    Current locationUtah (all over the place)
    My QualificationNOLS grad, 5yrs in Industry
    Home townPittsburgh, PA
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    Camping & Hiking Expert Eric Bergdoll
    Reviewer: Andrea
    It’s hard to buy your second tent!
    Eric managed to really step inside my brain and found the exact gear I was already considering, but couldn’t seem to pull the trigger on.. he explained why he personally liked the tent for my specific need and usage. We also had a lot in common with our lifestyle which was cool to be able to really relate to the person in the other side of the texts. Thanks Eric!
    Verified Review | Submitted Jul 22, 2020
    Camping & Hiking Expert Eric Bergdoll
    Reviewer: Bailey
    Extremely Knowledgable and Catered to my Specific Needs!
    Eric was incredibly accommodating in helping me find the perfect gear for my future thru-hiking trips. His knowledge of the gear was extensive and he was sure to ask me important questions about my specific requirements for the gear so that he can suggest the best options. Eric responded quickly and efficiently and made the overall experience enjoyable, easy and stress free. Thanks Eric!
    Verified Review | Submitted Jun 15, 2020
    Camping & Hiking Expert Eric Bergdoll
    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
    Camping & Hiking Expert Eric Bergdoll
    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
    Camping & Hiking Expert Eric Bergdoll
    Reviewer: Shana
    I FOUND MY PACK!
    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
    Camping & Hiking Expert Eric Bergdoll
    Reviewer: jami w
    Amazing Customer Service
    These guys were super helpful and nice. Customer service is an interesting thing these days and everyone at Curated, especially Eric and Caleb, were responsive, nice and got me what I needed! Many thanks guys!
    Verified Review | Submitted Jun 16, 2020
    Camping & Hiking Expert Eric Bergdoll
    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
    Camping & Hiking Expert Eric Bergdoll
    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
    Camping & Hiking Expert Eric Bergdoll
    Reviewer: Rachel
    Eric
    Eric was sooo helpful! He was so patient and found us exactly what we needed for our family! I will refer him to others forsure! We are so thankful! :)
    Verified Review | Submitted Jun 26, 2020
    Camping & Hiking Expert Eric Bergdoll
    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
    Eric Bergdoll
    5.0 from 35 reviews
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