Hankering for outdoor adventures but don’t want to go it alone? Download the Adventure Aide app, a one-stop shop for booking an array of guided outdoor experiences scheduled in the vicinity. Choices run the gamut, from trail hikes, kayak tours and surf lessons to yoga sessions, photography workshops, and multi-day excursions.
A group of millennial outdoor enthusiasts started the app in San Luis Obispo in 2014. The latest version includes the Santa Barbara region and allows adventure seekers to browse and book with one click. It also allows users to communicate with the carefully vetted guides (called Aides) and fellow adventurers. The app partners with established groups like the Santa Barbara Adventure Company and CalCoast Adventures, as well as local outdoor enthusiasts who don’t have their own company, but want to share their expertise with others.
CEO Connor Woolpert says he and his co-founders created the app to encourage people to get outdoors, unplug and connect with others. “Our primary goal is to get people outside and having fun, so seeing the numbers of people of people booking adventures grow and grow—that’s the really cool part.” Adventure Aide offers dozens of active adventures throughout the Central Coast and plans to continue expansion in other Southern California coastal destinations in the coming year.
Originally published in the Santa Barbara SEASONS magazine Summer 2018