Who knew so much could come from a mere 140 characters? The online world has allowed like-minded people from all over the world to connect, share stories, and eventually meet up in real life when we cross paths on our travels.

I myself have couchsurfed with friends I met through twitter, and have had some of the most meaningful conversations over skype with people I’m yet to meet.  The online world is full of fluff and salesmen, but it’s also full of amazing people doing amazing things that we otherwise wouldn’t get to know, and that’s why I love it!

And so, in an effort to make our adventure community that much more close and to share the love,  here are 10 people that we bumped into on twitter this past week that are off doing some great things. This is just a simple post to introduce you to them, give you a bit of info about who they are and what they’re about, and encourage to join our conversations online! – Lauren 

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@TreksInTheWild

@TreksInTheWild is an independent Ontario based adventure guide company. Not only did I have the pleasure of being their 500th twitter follower, but I will soon have the pleasure of talking to Andy, the program directory and guy behind the social media, about heading up his way to experience some of their trips. They have everything from canoe, kayak and backpacking trips to survival courses that teach you what plants to eat and not to eat and how to build fires. (Check out Treks In The Wild)

@SteveWWeiss

Lauren Rains and Steve Weiss@SteveWWeiss is one cool guy. I had the pleasure of meeting him in person at the SIA tradeshow in Denver, Colorado. Steve is a snowboarder, climber, sarcastic, beer-drinker, minimalist, travel-addict, adventure-seeker, forever-Clevelander in spirit but now Utahn in person. That’s what his about page says, and I’d say that it comes through in person. I do believe we chatted over a beer at the tradeshow, in fact! (Check out Steve’s blog, Mountain Enthusiast)

@EasyHiker101

@EasyHiker101 is a journalist & author (ex-BBC World Service London & Eurosport France). He blogs about easy hikes. While he and his wife are based in France and Germany, you can browse their blog for hikes all over the world. They also have a great series called “Got 2 Hours?”, perfect for anyone with quick stop in a city between adventures and you want to check out the essentials. (Check out Easy Hiker)

@TravelingTed

@Traveling Ted is all about outdoor adventure travel specializing in hiking, canoeing, international backpacking and skiing. I’m also excited to say that we have a Behind Lenses photo essay piece coming from Ted about a trip to the beautiful Smokey Mountains. (Check out Ted’s blog)

@bptraveller

@bptraveller is Daniel’s and Ingrid’s photojournalistic travel blog. If you check out their about page, you’ll see they’ve literally been all over this rock we live on, and that they’re a couple always off exploring. (Check out Daniel and Ingrid’s blog)

@elatlboy

@elatlboy, also known as Aaron Cruz, is a lover of travel, road trips, geography, weather, coffee & seeing the world . He’s also a classy chef wannabe.  Aaron, if you’re ever out in Boulder, CO we’re doing a coffee shop tour. I share your passion my friend.  (Check out Aaron’s travel blog)

@jettingaround

@jettingaround is a travel blog written by Pola about cities and their culture. She’s also the co-host of #travex & #girlstravel. While on OMM we focus mostly on all the amazing outdoor and adventure destinations we’re obsessed with here, the culture that surrounds these places, as well as the cities we  explore along the way are still a major part of the journey. (Check out Pola’s blog)

@grandtrunkgoods

@grandtrunkgoods makes goods for the road. Hammocks, shelters, tents, beach, lifestyle, adventure travel. There are a lot of gear companies out there, but this one focuses on travelers that are outside getting dirty, roughing it, and exploring. As a microadventurer, I’ll definitely be finding myself back at their store as I plan out the gear  and equipment I’ll need for my next one, a walking and camping desert trek across Sand Dune National Monument in southern Colorado. (check out Grand Trunk Goods store)

About The Author

Lauren Rains is the editor at large of Outdoor Minded Mag. She is struck by wanderlust, and spends most waking hours of her life either exploring the outdoors around the globe or working on various passion projects be it film to microadventures to cooking chili. You can read about her adventures in life, biz and travel on her blog TheMadToLive.com, and catch up with her on Twitter at @LaurRAINS.