Fred Ackerman is Founder and Chief Shepherding Officer of Black Sheep Adventures, a multi-sport adventure tour operator based in Berkeley, California. A graduate of MIT with a degree in mechanical engineering, he found his true calling in adventure travel or as he sometimes calls it “leisure engineering”. Before starting his own company, Fred worked for a large tour operator designing & guiding unique travel experiences around the world. He has developed hiking, biking and kayaking expeditions to locations all around his native California and well beyond including Crater Lake, Bryce, Zion, Grand Canyon, Cape Cod, Mexico & Holland. Death Valley is a favored destination as it has a special significance to him. It was the first place he called home. His father was a National Park Ranger and was stationed in Death Valley when Fred was born.