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Lee Bergthold


  • Professor of Photography/Documentary/Photojournalism, Antelope Valley College

  • Founder/Director of the Center for Wilderness Studies (CWS)

  • Outdoor Photographer

  • Lecturer

  • Presenter


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

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

  • Six-year exploratory trek in the Panamint Mountains and Death Valley

  • 1989 Cross-country survival trek from Badwater in Death Valley to Mt. Whitney

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

  • Winter 1999-2000, 365 mile, 34 day, cross-country trek, from Death Valley to the Salton Sea, with companion, Christine (Tina) Bowers and Al Caler

  • Spring 2006, 340 mile, 32 day, cross-country trek, from Donner Springs, UT, to Battle Mountain, NV, with companion, Christine (Tina) Bowers, Al Caler and Connie Simpkins

  • Exploration into the Argus Range, due west of Death Valley US Forest Service: 'Hot shot' firefighter, 'blister rust' crew, 'rock buster' crew (blasting), G-3/black powder


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

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


  • Southwest United States

  • Superstitions

  • Grand Canyon

  • Great Basin

  • Anza-Borrego to Mexico

  • Mojave to Death Valley

  • Sierra Range

    ... all points in between ....

Publication Credits:

Newspapers: hundreds of features/photos including:

  • L.A. Times

  • USA Today

  • AP

  • UPI

  • Gamma Liaison


  • Sunset

  • Street Chopper

  • Backpacker

  • U.S. Physician

  • Petersen's Photographic

  • American Photo

  • Fur-Fish-Game

  • American Health

  • Time-Life Publication


Age: 86 as of March 2021


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

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

Edge of Mojave Desert ... 2.5 acres ...

The image on this page is protected under International copyright laws and may not be used in any form without written permission. 1997 Lee Bergthold, All rights reserved.

Last Update
March 6, 2021

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