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Helping you spend more time outside

"When I reach the summit of a steep mountain in the middle of nowhere, I feel young, invincible, eternal - It's as if I'm connecting with some legacy or with some energy far greater than myself."

- Simon Schocken

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welcome to outside guide

I couldn't be more thrilled that you hit the brakes and stopped by our site, because it means you're considering making one of the best decisions of your life. You want to get outside and be more active - two of the most noble pursuits one can undertake. Other noble pursuits include finding a cure for chronic social media addiction or learning to play the bluegrass cello.

But let's get back to it.

Outside Guide was built to make getting started in outdoor sports easier than ever. By getting to know a little about you, Outside Guide will steer you to the best equipment that meets your specific needs. Consider this your North Star in the journey to outdoor sprts euphoria.

Want to know how to translate all of the sport jargon or where you can turn to discover more about your sport? Check out the starter bike or kayak dictionaries with some terms to be familiar with and other bike or kayak resources that will help you get to the next level.

I've spent the hours riding, researching, and having conversations with the pros to find out what you need to know to get started so you don't have to. I hope your next adventure brings you new life and that Outside Guide helped make it a little easier to get rolling.

Outside Guide acts as a promotional partner for some of the equipment and gear featured. This comes at no extra cost to you, but allows us to continue to provide services that make the lives of others a little easier.

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A Little About Me

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Jack Burum, founder

Back in the fall of 2017, I wanted to start mountain biking the trails where I lived in Northern Virginia. I spent a lot of time getting familiar with the sport trying to figure out what I needed to know and what bike would be the best fit for me. I remember thinking there had to be simpler way to get outside faster, so I built the website I wish had existed when I was getting started.

Outside Guide wouldn't have been possible without the continued work and support of my friend and brilliant designer, Hareem Mannan.

I'm continuously working to make this the best site possible. That is best done through feedback from you! You can email me here with any questions, thoughts or ideas, I would love to hear from you.