Eric OdenthalName / Age / Location / Nickname
Eric Odenthal, 33, Moab, UT
Nicknames: EO, Odenthrutch, Jedi, Brodenthal
What is your core sport(s)?
Rock climbing, Canyoneering, Mountain Biking, peak bagging.
What other sports do you participate in or sort of fun do you enjoy?
Searching for Ancient Pueblo ruins, rafting, kayaking
When/what was your first memorable "outdoor" experience?
My first memorable outdoor experience was on my first river trip with my parents down the Green River. I was 5 at the time and my parents were just learning about the river. That year, 1983, the river was massive from a huge snow year and I remember the canoe tipping, and at that time the little ripple was massive. From that point on, I was hooked on the desert.
What is your most epic outdoor adventure to date?
So far, my most epic adventure was years ago when my buddy Ryan and I decided to climb Mt. Russell in a day (in the High Sierra). A two or three AM start got us to the base of Whitney at dawn. The sky was looking stormy and most people were bailing from getting on the rock, but we continued on for two more hours to the base of Russell. The route we were planning on doing had a party on it and there was no way to pass. We picked a direct line up the middle of the face and went for it. The rock was icy cold as we made our way toward the summit, watching the storm in the distance the whole time. Splitter cracks brought us to a ledge above the steep wall were the difficulty eased off for the next two thousand feet. We ticked the summit, took in the incredible view and made our way to the lake and headed back down. I’m a huge fan of pushes in a day. With an early start your almost guaranteed to see a bear ripping an ice chest apart.
Huge fan of Thai, but can deal with plain old spaghetti with butter and cheese.
What is currently playing in your iPod or cassette deck…because cassettes are coming back, you know?
What I’m listening to right now is Buffalo Springfield “rock and roll woman.”
If I could do anything, I would most likely...
If I could do anything, most importantly I want help people see something new, do something they never thought they could. That’s the best part about being a guide… hearing people gain that drive to do an outdoor activity on there own.
How do you take your coffee?
It’s an Americano all the way, little cream, little sugar. Desert for breakfast is how I always start my day.
Do you like the nightlife? Do you like to boogie?
My nightlife consists of grabbing my camera and tripod, heading into the desert for a great hike and capturing some fun images. I would rather be outside camping, enjoying a campfire, playing music than crammed into a club.