6 Ways to Meet Fellow Adventurers

You love adven­tures. Noth­ing gets your heart pump­ing like an expe­di­tion into the great out­doors, sur­round­ing by trees, dirt, and rocks. Just you and Moth­er Nature in all her glory—what more could you pos­si­bly ask for?

Well, a lit­tle com­pa­ny might be nice. If your usu­al cir­cle of friends would rather hit the bar than the trails or prefers glamp­ing to the real deal, it can be tough to try to find peo­ple will­ing to tag along on your adven­tur­ous plans.

The solu­tion: find­ing more like-mind­ed peo­ple to add to your net­work of friends. Eas­i­er said than done, we know, but here are a few ways to seek out oth­er out­door lovers who will be more than will­ing to do some explor­ing with you.

Meet Up Groups
Online meet up groups exist for prac­ti­cal­ly every­thing—includ­ing hik­ing, run­ning, bik­ing, and count­less oth­er out­door activ­i­ties. Do an online search for meet up groups in your area and chal­lenge your­self to check one out.

The ide­al of immers­ing your­self into a group of strangers can be a lit­tle intim­i­dat­ing, but this isn’t speed dat­ing: you’ll be doing one of your favorite activ­i­ties the entire time, so even if you don’t meet your adven­ture soul mates, you’ll still prob­a­bly have a good time.

Clin­ics and Clubs
Whether it’s a down­hill moun­tain bik­ing ladies’ night or a run­ning club put on by a local shop, seek out oppor­tu­ni­ties for gath­er­ings based around the activ­i­ties that you like.

Every­one attend­ing these events will share one thing in com­mon: an inter­est in the activ­i­ty. Beyond that, you’re bound to meet all types of peo­ple that you wouldn’t ordi­nar­i­ly cross paths with—think of all the awe­some sto­ries they’ll have when you’re out on adventures.

Friends of Friends
If your bud­dy has a broth­er who camps every week­end with his friends, or your sis­ter has a cowork­er who just sum­mit­ed a peak on your to do list, ask them to intro­duce you and meet up for a jog or a bike ride. Meet­ing a friend of a friend can be less intim­i­dat­ing than meet­ing a total stranger, and the one-on-one aspect might be more com­fort­able for you than a group setting.

Face­book
Check out the Face­book group for your local out­door gear shop: every­one else who “likes” it is a cus­tomer too, so they are pre­sum­ably buy­ing stuff for adven­tures that they are going on. Put up a post with a trail or sum­mit you have in mind and see who answers—or check the wall, as some­one else might have beat­en you to it!

Trail Main­te­nance
Do a lit­tle sleuthing to find out who is in charge of trail main­te­nance in your area. These orga­ni­za­tions often rely on vol­un­teers and will glad­ly wel­come you to the team. You’ll have plen­ty of time to chat up oth­er pas­sion­ate peo­ple in the area and forge new friendships—and you’ll be giv­ing back to some­thing you care a lot about.

Back to School
If you live near a col­lege or uni­ver­si­ty, check to see if they offer an out­door club of sorts. These clubs some­times have open hikes, and even if you can’t join the offi­cial club, you can still meet oth­er out­door enthusiasts.

Don’t be afraid of join­ing forces with a younger crew: one of the beau­ti­ful things about play­ing out­side is that there is no age lim­it. When you form a friend­ship based on a shared love of the out­doors, sud­den­ly things like age don’t seem to matter.