Help more students get outside by providing:
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.
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.
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.Listen Now
[HQ- Carpinteria, CA]
Sarah Lockwood, Founder and CEO
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, Director of Marketing and Branding
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
Becky Eder, Membership and Group Sales
Becky can’t figure out how to stay indoors, so she spends most of the year traveling the country in her Ford Transit van. When she’s not selling gear for College Outside, Becky likes to be a beginner at everything outdoors, but especially canoeing, and she’ll always call the north woods of Wisconsin home. Fun fact: Becky is the Camp Birch Trail 2017 Dutch Oven Cookoff champion.
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.
Abby Lawes, Group Sales
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.
Adam Coles, Membership and Outreach
Adam is a junior at Colgate University where he studies Geology, but was raised between the Great Lakes in Michigan. An avid outdoorsman, he spends most free time biking or running the trails of the Adirondack High Peaks. Find Adam on most weekends at the climbing crag, or eating “snickadillas” next to the campfire.
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. 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.
Erica Givans, Marketing Intern
Erica is a Senior at Temple University in Philadelphia, getting her BA in Advertising and a minor in Psychology. Originally she’s from Bend, Oregon where she learned almost everything she knows about getting dirty! She is happiest straddling the line between being a total climbing dirtbag and a city slicker. If you want her to love you, recommend a good book, or a good beer, she has an affinity for both!
Frank Wilton, Social Media
Frank is a sophomore at Boston College where he’s double majoring in Environmental Studies and Communication. He is the trip planner for the Outdoor Club at BC and is constantly fighting with the school administration for the right to do cool stuff. Growing up on the Jersey Shore, he loves all things ocean as well as skiing, backpacking, and climbing. When he’s not at school or on an adventure, you can catch him shouting at the New York Mets through his television, playing guitar, and spending more money than he cares to admits on concerts.
Victoria Smith, Product Specialist
Vic grew up on the shores of Long Island doing any water sport imaginable. She didn’t get a hang for the land outdoorsy adventures until she got to college in the city (weird). Vic is a(n intentional) super senior at Drexel University studying Mechanical Engineering with minors in Business Administration and Engineering Management. In her free time, she’s the President of the Drexel Weekend Warriors (Drexel’s premier outdoors club) and thoroughly enjoys laying in her hammock on campus, backpacking in cool places, and drinking good beers with even better friends!
Will Chang, Social Media
Born in LA, raised in Taipei and New York, Will has been out and about since he was a wee child. He is a sophomore at Boston University and vice president of the BU Outing Club. When not working towards his undergraduate degree in International Relations, Will can be found munching on sour patch kids and climbing with doggos. Fun fact about Will: he unwittingly went spelunking in Switzerland with a team that didn’t speak any English. Fortunately rope knots are universal, so Will is still here with us today crushing on the College Outside Instagram!
Zoe Gates, Assistant Editor and 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….