Welcome to the pause page of gearlope, the peer to peer gearsharing site to help people get outside. A simple idea that started a 3 year project to see if the world was ready to share outdoor recreation gear. We are napping now and have put gearlope on hold as kite surfing, backcountry snowboarding, mountain biking and 10 other outdoor activities have pulled this small team into different directions. While we pause I wanted to throw up this site to show some of the great press and successes along the way. We launched in 2013 and the site ran until May 2016. A 3 year run with maybe up to 1 million worth of gear on the site in Utah. More importantly we had great success with people posting gear and enough people renting from each other to give me hope in sharing. But even cooler than the sharing, was the passion for the outdoors and we got a full taste of the outdoor community.
The birth of gearlope was a simple need, I needed a canoe to take my kids on the lake and not only couldn’t I afford one at the time but I didn’t have a place to store something that I was going to use only 3 times a year. I started thinking about how cool it would be if I could connect with the people in my own neighborhood to use their stuff. I was willing to throw some money at them if they wouldn’t mind sharing.
Then the more I thought about it, the more I started to wonder just how much gear there was that was sitting in people’s garages that they wouldn’t mind sharing. Myself I have half a dozen snowboards, skis, camping gear, snowshoes, mountain bikes, and the list goes on and on. The idea of gearlope was born with one single mission. Helping people connect to gear and get outside. We wanted something simple and easy to use and allowed communities to be built around a sport. We wanted people to be able to make money off sharing and give alternatives to people needing gear than buying new stuff or having to travel far to rent gear that they could access in the same hood.
Here was a couple really great articles about the project:
We even won a couple awards like we were one of the top 100 startups in Utah! Thanks Utah! You rock!!
Now on values.. We spent a lot of time thinking about these and we tried to stay simple..
1. Passion for outdoor recreation
- Recycle and reuse
- Save money and make money
I mean, who doesn’t like that, eh? I figured that if someone didn’t like that then I probably wouldn’t want to hang out with them!
And as I start to think about where gearlope goes next I want to say thank you to my partners Dave Southwick and Brian Sampson for such an amazing fun time from the startup fest pitches to the outdoor gear festivals. What an amazing team.
Until we wake from our nap, please have an amazing time outdoors and may every adventure you go on be incredible and easy access to all the gear you need!