Life is what you make it, and so is Terra...
The goal at Terra is to bring the unique and exciting experiences offered by the outdoor world into the hands of more people. Using the fundamentals of the sharing economy, set forth by companies such as Airbnb, Uber, and Lyft, we have built the backbone around which a new community can grow that has the opportunity to share not only gear, but experiences — and maybe even make a little money while doing it.
How it all started...
Terra is an extension of an idea that actually came to fruition a few years back. As a full time student with a part-time job, I found it difficult to fulfill my active and adventurous side. After dissecting the feeling that I just didn’t have the time, what it really came down to was that:
- I didn’t always have the equipment I needed for things such as backpacking, kayaking, and mountain biking
- With friends on different schedules, I didn’t always have someone to go with
- I didn’t have fresh ideas of things to do, and if I did, I didn’t always have the experience to enjoy them
And buried within each of these three main points was that it all costs MONEY, which was a luxury I didn’t have especially as a college student. To solve this problem, a couple friends of mine and I got together, and we decided to start an organization at our school that could bring people together and, in time once it grew, could minimize those burdens by sharing them with people that were readily equipped to handle them. That way we could spend more time enjoying the outdoors and less time planning. We never expected the organization to become as popular as it did, but once people began to experience the best parts of being outdoors without all the limiting factors, word spread rapidly. Today the organization we started continues to grow stronger, giving people who may have never even pitched a tent the opportunity to go on week-long remote backpacking trips.