Eric Ongerth

Lead Backpacking Guide

Eric Ongerth grew up with family backpacking trips in the Desolation Wilderness, and has spent much of his life in the Sierra, accumulating hundreds of days backpacking and ski touring in the range.  Eric has possibly logged more miles in the Sierra Nevada than all of our other guides combined! He has skied alone from Tahoe to Bishop, completed car-free trans-Sierra bike and ski tours, bicycled from California to Texas, and once spent a year living in a redwood tree.

Eric is an avid wilderness photographer. In his spare time he likes to play guitar and bass, read books, cook, climb mountains, bike and ski. During the off-seasons he works as a technology consultant in the Bay Area.


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