Our Community + Story

We believe good things come from people spending time outside. It’s about more than standing on the mountain top. It’s about nourishment and learning. It’s about protecting what sustains us. It’s about building relationships with the outdoors and each other.
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Our Mission

To create the most intuitive, comprehensive, and inspiring outdoor adventure resource. Ever.

The What + Why

Outdoor Project was created in 2013 to address an increasingly chaotic and time-consuming chore: planning outdoor adventures. The phenomenal efforts of talented storytellers and outdoor experts were real, but outdoor enthusiasts looking to tap into those incredible stories were forced to wade through a discouraging number of resources to find information and inspiration for their next adventure.

Outdoor Project is a simple, unifying platform that collocates passion and inspiration with essential information for a huge variety of outdoor activities. It’s a resource for outdoor enthusiasts built by outdoor enthusiasts who know that the best way to protect the world that feeds their souls is to enlist the passions of fellow adventurers.

Every phase of an outdoor adventure (before, during and after) has a home at Outdoor Project. Whether members are searching or preparing for an adventure, using Outdoor Project’s customized maps while they are out in the field or sharing reviews and inspiring photography through community profiles once the adventure is complete, the goal is the same: to facilitate a passionate relationship between our users and the outdoors.

The How

Outdoor Project is Community. Outdoor Project Contributors capture the photographs, write the content, and provide the data for Outdoor Project maps. The Membership Community adds vital updates, reviews, and additional images. Throughout, information is carefully curated to present the most reliable and consistently inspiring outdoor resource around. Rounding it all out is the ecosystem of partnerships shared with outdoor brands and the non-profit organizations doing meaningful stewardship work in the growing number of areas we serve. Outdoor Project grows from the ground up, and the community tells the stories. Like the community, the heart of Outdoor Project is boundless.


Those who are quickly creating the most engaged community of outdoor enthusiasts anywhere. Fun-loving and thoughtful people who simply love the great outdoors.

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Our dedicated community of experienced photographers, videographers, writers and outdoor adventurers who have elected to share their experiences with us.

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Giving Members

Our members who go the extra mile in support of outdoor conservation and education and do so by making a small monthly contribution to OutdoorProject.org.

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Sponsors / Partners

Outdoor industry businesses who believe in what Outdoor Project is and who want to support us, most notably by providing gear, apparel and purchasing discounts.

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Our core team members who work tirelessly and on a daily basis to spearhead and deliver the products, services and events that make Outdoor Project.

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Non-Profit Partners

Organizations who are dedicated to making the world a better place and who work hard in the field to conserve our natural areas and provide outdoor education.

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Working in conjunction with Outdoor Project, OutdoorProject.org creates inspired and enriching outdoor educational content and supports non-profit groups already doing great work in the areas of conservation and outdoor education and who share the mission of stewarding the natural world.

OutdoorProject.org is a 501(c)(3) non-profit business that uses Giving Member funding to execute its mission. Received funds are split 50/50, with half used by OutdoorProject.org to create educational content and half directly supporting partnering organizations. The support OutdoorProject.org receives from Giving Members directly translates into investments in the health and well-being of the environment, the economy, and the community for both present and future generations.

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