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Alpine / April 4, 2016

3 adventure hookup sites

Written by: Matt Minich

Sure, we go outdoors to get away from the bustle of the crowd. But that doesn’t mean we’re above sharing an outdoor experience with friends.

So this week, we’ve rounded up three options for outdoor adventurers seeking to expand their social circle. Whether you’re planning a trip across the world or just across town, there’s an option for you.

For your backyard:


The adventure meetup option for the 21st century has arrived. Gociety is designed to connect users with adventurers in their own area—each user’s profile lists his or her interests and expertise level… with a photo, of course.

Gociety is primarily a smartphone app, and works as a sort of outdoor adventure alternative to Tinder. Users are presented with the profiles of fellow adventurers near them and given the option to befriend or ignore them.

So it’s no surprise that most Gociety users are in the 25–35 age range, or that a great many of them live near Denver or Seattle. The app and the website are free.

For big trips:


Even with a robust social circle, it’s not always easy to find someone willing to ditch work for 2 weeks to hike Nepal’s Annapurna Circuit. Trust us, we’ve tried.

Thankfully, there’s The site allows users to post itineraries for their trekking adventures, which other users can then request a spot on. The site also advertises guided trips designed to connect solo travelers.

Use of the site is free for travelers, and building a profile requires very little time or personal information. Our only beef? Very few of the featured treks are in the western hemisphere.

For “normal” travel:


Before we plug, a caveat is in order. This website is ugly. It’s not quite 1996 ugly, but definitely doesn’t measure up to modern design standards.

But aesthetics aren’t the point. TravBuddy exists to connect travelers around the world, and it does that better than anybody. The site has more than 600,000 users, most of whom use the site to find partners in their global sojourns.

Access to the site’s forums and community-constructed travel guides is free, but you’ll need to make a one-time $9.99 payment to contact other users.


about the author

Matt Minich

Matt Minich is Editorial Director for Shoulders of Giants. He has spent more than a decade writing, editing, and curating content about outdoor sports and adventure. As an adventure journalist he has climbed peaks in Patagonia, rappelled waterfalls in Colorado, B.A.S.E. jumped in Moab, and sampled fermented horse milk in Kyrgyzstan.

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