About Us

MISSION

Help more students get outside by providing:

Affordable Gear

Getting the right gear is the #1 pain-point for students and outdoor groups. By acting as the collegiate sales channel for the Outdoor Industry, College Outside is able to streamline the ordering process for larger groups and institutions while offering the best prices on gear. We also provide special discounts on outdoor gear to college outdoor leaders and members.

Advice & Resources

College Outside is an online hub for aspiring student adventure journalists to share their experiences with their peers, while providing students across the country with tools and resources to help them adventure confidently.

Community

We host intercollegiate outdoor-oriented events to introduce students to outdoor activities in a fun, low barrier-to-entry way. Events like our Collegiate Outdoor Leader Summit work to train the next generation of outdoor leaders. These events foster communication, networking, and friendships amongst students from different schools.

VALUES

We believe in the power of the outdoors.

From our own experiences we have found that enjoyment of the outdoors is one of the most universal bonds out there. Outdoor experiences teach you so much about yourself and others. It’s not just about being active, it’s an emotional experience too. Exploration is a lifestyle choice and those with whom we choose to share that lifestyle help us grow and achieve our goals.

 

We believe students are the best explorers.

They are not rooted in habits, jobs, or location and are consciously trying to get out of their comfort zone. They are primed to be travelers, explorers, and adventurers; the outdoors is the ideal outlet and canvas for these ambitions.

We believe in protecting our Earth.

We like to think of our relationship with nature as a symbiotic one, in which we get to benefit from all the beautiful sights and activities Mother Nature has to offer us, and Mother Nature gets our full commitment to doing anything we can to help save her. This is why we are a 1% For the Planet member, meaning that 1% of our sales and revenue go directly to nonprofits working toward improving issues surrounding climate change. We are also a member of The Conservation Alliance, and prioritize working with brands that are environmentally conscious. Read more thoughts on this from our founder.


We created College Outside to be a trusted friend and resource that helps young outdoors-people to learn, be inspired, and get outside.

To hear more from our founder about the history of College Outside, our evolution, company culture, and so much more, check out the College Outside podcast episode from Reddy Yetti.

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OUR TEAM

[HQ- Carpinteria, CA]

Sarah Lockwood, Founder

Has lived in: Hawaii, Boston, France, Colorado, and California. Would rather be: Climbing, backcountry skiing, surfing, fly fishing, trail running, yoga-ing, or paragliding! Alumna of the Tufts Mountain Club (and the Loj!) Two truths and a lie: She has hiked all 48 4,000 footers in New Hampshire, she has climbed El Capitan, she lived in her truck for a year. Instagram: @slockwood09

Jacob Edelman, Operations & Account Manager

When Jacob isn’t crushing for College Outside, you can typically find him climbing, drinking beer, or hanging with his dogs: Merlin and Maisie. If you’re lucky, you’ll find him doing all three. After spending two years telecommuting from Burlington, Vermont, Jacob moved out to California to join the CO Team full-time.

Ronnie Eder, Digital Marketing Manager

Ronnie was hanging out in Washington DC, just minding her own business, when suddenly she fell through a trapdoor that led straight to College Outside. Luckily, the Carpinteria weather is a serious upgrade from the humid DC swamp. Ronnie is a guru of all things digital. When she is not riding her bicycle, she also enjoys playing ultimate and doing anything outside. Important Fact: Ronnie is a Gryffindor. Favorite Breakfast food: Nutella-stuffed french toast. Instagram: @88ronnie

Kate Hitchner, Project Manager

Grew up: Ohio, Massachusetts, France, England. Current Home: Adventure Van or when we aren’t on the road, you can find me in North Conway, NH! Coolest Summer Jobs: Archaeologist, Organic Farmer. Hobbies: Trail Running, biking, climbing, painting, riding my motorcycle. Favorite Trail Snack: Anchovies in a tin can! Instagram: @kommanderkate

Merlin The Dog, Team Support

A wizard, a gentleman, a scholar? The answer is all three. Merlin enjoys the finer things in life: snoozing in the peace and quiet, walks in the woods and getting a belly rub after a long day of swimming. Merlin’s speed and impeccable coordination make him no match for other dogs when it comes to fetch-especially when there’s a Frisbee involved. His persistent attitude and can do work ethic makes you wonder if he will ever get tired of bringing that stick back to you. Merlin takes his job at College Outside pretty seriously; he likes to keep steady vibes with his calming presence and he’s always there to lend a paw if you need it.

Maisie The Dog, Team Support

Born and raised on the east coast, Maisie is excited for her new life as a Cali girl. While she is still learning the in’s and out’s of being a good doggo, she’s a bundle of love and isn’t afraid to show it. She has an endless curiosity for life and she loves exploring new places. Maisie is a natural water dog and her favorite trick is to pick up rocks from under the water and put them in piles on the shore. Maisie is responsible for keeping the office vibes paw-sitive.

[Interns]

Abby Lawes, Outreach

Abby is a junior at the University of Denver, but originally is from Connecticut. She will be studying abroad in Thailand in the fall. Her favorite outdoor activities are skiing, climbing, and hiking. She’s consumed more Red Bulls in her life than she cares to admit and has had seven cavities, but will always deny that those facts are related.

Audrey Morris, Managing Editor

Hailing from the lovely mountain town of Durango, Colorado, Audrey was born and raised on muddy desert rivers and high mountain wildflowers. Growing up in such close proximity to awesome places like Canyonlands and the LaPlata Mountains influenced Audrey’s addiction to constantly being outside, doing everything from rafting to backpacking to skiing. The highlight of her life is her recent trip down the Grand Canyon, braving 25-ft waves in a 26-year-old bucket boat and exploring Elves’ Chasm, Deer Creek, Havasu and so much more for 16 days. She can now die happy. Audrey continues to adventure in the great outdoors in Bozeman, Montana as she pursues a degree in Architecture at Montana State University. Although she spends a fair amount of time at Bridger Bowl University shredding the gnar as well.

Becky Eder, Membership

Becky is on the group sales team at College Outside. She’s here to help you with any and all things gear for your club/ program! She is a senior at Wesleyan University where she studies Government and French. She’s also the gear manager for the Wesleyan Outing Club. She loves everything outdoors, especially canoeing and kayaking. Still working on that ouija flip!

Connor Pace, Business Development

A junior at Georgetown University, Connor can often be seen making gourmet masterpieces such as his classic cheese-salami tort(illa). To locate, simply look up “climbing” in google and he’ll be at the first place. Trust me on this one. With preferred methods of communication including (but not limited to) throwing up a shaka or saying “sick!”, you might conclude he’s from California… and you’d be right! Majoring in Environmental Biology and Economics, he’s apparently decided real science is too hard for him, but still thinks he knows something about the world.

Dakota Morrow, Outreach

Dakota is a junior at George Washington University but raised in the magical land of Pennsylvania. A life long snowboarder and outdoor enthusiast he spent his last semester studying abroad in Nepal where he managed to hike for a month and a half with one shower. It’s something he’s both proud and disappointed with himself for.

Meghan Keim, Business Development

Meghan will be a senior at University of Denver studying business management with a minor in entrepreneurship and legal studies, but grew up in a suburb of Chicago, IL.. At school she is the president of University of Denver climbing club. Some of her favorite activities are climbing, skiing, slacklining, water skiing, or just being outside. Meghan would say that the ultimate survival food is peanut butter and should be consumed at least everyday.

Mitchell Moore, Outreach

If making/eating/loving quesadillas was in the Olympics, Mitch would be the Michael Phelps of his sport. The only passion that supersedes his love for refried beans, cheese, and Valentina hot sauce on a delectably toasted tortilla is going into the mountains for a romp. Whether it be climbing, skiing, mountain biking, or running, Mitch just wants to have fun doing radical activities and spread his passion for the outdoors to anyone who will listen. He is a recent graduate in mechanical engineering from Colorado School of Mines where he guided trips for the outdoor rec center, managed and set at the rock wall, served as the RA for the Adventure Leadership floor, and occasionally attended class. He now climbs, skis, and shares his love for the outdoors full time while making money to live part time.

Zoe Gates, Outreach

Zoe is the president of the Brown University Outing Club, and when she’s not outside or at the climbing gym, she’s probably eating snacks in the club’s dusty basement gear room. Her parents are convinced she never attends class, but Zoe plans to graduate from Brown with a degree in Nonfiction Writing only one semester behind schedule! After spending a semester in Boulder, CO interning at Climbing magazine and climbing a bunch of rocks, she is excited to return to school to lead trips and cook for the BOC’s famous potluck dinners. And study, of course….

 

INTERESTED IN JOINING THE TEAM?

 

Check out our openings on the Career Page!