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Lee Bergthold

...Eat your veggies, you'll need 'em...

Present Active:

  • Prof./Photography, Antelope Valley College

  • Ffounder/director, Center for Wilderness Studies (CWS)

  • Outdoor photography 

  • Lecturer, presenter ....

Past Active:

  • U.S. Marine Corps; survival instructor, Korean conflict

  • Cross-country bicycle trek, 1963: six western states; 2700 miles, 31 days

  • Six-year exploratory trek, Panamint Mtns., Death Valley (death of companion)

  • 1989 cross-country survival trek, Badwater, Death Valley to Mt. Whitney

  • Winter 1996-1997, 350 mile, 35 day, cross-country trek, Battle Mtn., NV to California's Death Valley, with companion, Christine (Tina) Bowers; frostbite/injured feet

  • Recent exploration, Argus Range, due west of Death Valley

  • US Forest Service: 'hot shot' firefighter; blister rust' crew; 'rock buster' crew (blasting), G-3/black powder ....


Southwest U.S.; Superstitions, Grand Canyon, Great Basin ... Anza-Borrego to Mexico; Mojave to Death Valley; Sierra Range ... all points between ....


  • Outdoor trekking (average 80-100 days/year in field)

  • Photography (mixed genre), on permanent display, various locations

Publication Credits:

  • Hundreds of newspaper features/photos including:

    •  L.A. Times, USA Today, AP, WI, Gamma Liaison

  • Magazines: 

    • Sunset

    • Street Chopper

    • Backpacker

    • U.S. Physician

    • Petersen's Photographic

    • American Photo

    • Fur-Fish-Game

    • American Health as well as, Time-Life Publication (1-Dav-USA), etc., etc


  • Bbook:  There May Have Been an Angel.



  • UC Santa Barbara, MA degree, Ergonomics (pre-med)

  • Brooks Institute Photography, Santa Barbara, MS degree, Psychology Visual Communications ....

... edge of Mojave Desert ... 2.5 acres ...




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