Building a community

Imagine a group of sharing local outdoor enthusiasts who want to enjoy nature in an environmentally responsible way. That’s the GeerGarage community.

Not everyone who loves adventure wants to leave nature in a better state than how they found it. Fortunately, those that do, are usually the ones drawn to GeerGarage.  We’re fostering a sharing community of local outdoor enthusiasts, passionate about environmental stewardship.

Here, we are committed to sharing outdoor equipment, offering tips on gear, suggesting adventures, and advising on outdoor best practices. We aim to offer real-world support, gear and knowledge to get society adventuring confidently yet responsibly.

Inclusive, welcoming and collaborative. GeerGarage brings humans who care together, to play outdoors whilst protecting and prioritizing our planet.

Community in the outdoors

The Sharing Economy

Have you heard of it? When you lend or rent gear on the GeerGarage platform, you’re participating in the “sharing economy”, defined by April Rinne in a December 2017 World Economic Forum article as a "focus on the sharing of underutilized assets… in ways that improve efficiency, sustainability and community."

In 2019, Rinne noted in another World Economic Forum piece that "the sharing economy has lost some of its original allure. In the early days, it was rare not to have a conversation about how the sharing economy could responsibly mitigate hyper-consumption and truly build community connections. These benefits have not disappeared, but it is increasingly difficult to find sharing economy platforms that practice these principles in reality."

The community at GeerGarage is built around practicing sharing economy principles daily. From gear reuse over buying new, to facilitating communication, sharing of knowledge and experience among neighbors – everyone, our planet included, benefits from growing the sharing economy.

Including everyone

When we say everyone, we mean it! Using the GeerGarage platform is supporting efforts to make participation in the outdoors more inclusive. On average, outdoor participants have a household income of $73,049, are 73.7% Caucasian, 53.9% male, 36.2 years old, and are 48.8% college educated, according to a 2019 report by the Outdoor Foundation. Making gear more accessible helps add some diversity to these stats. That’s just the start of our mission to get opening (out)doors

Another report by BSR and The Rockefeller Foundation , states that when properly conceived and structured, the sharing economy may create "new opportunities for individuals” and have “positive impacts on low-income and underserved people as users" as a result of "removing barriers of ownership and improving accessibility and affordability of goods and services…" (2016).

This is exactly why we started GeerGarage. A community doesn’t happen overnight, but if the dedication of our early users and ambassadors are anything to go by, we know it’s going to be worth joining us for the ride! Be part of building something better; come and share the adventure.