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onX Mapping App Acquires Adventure Projects Network

Montana-based hunting and overlanding app company onX just acquired a host of other outdoor technology in the Adventure Projects network.

Made famous by its rich maps and features for hunters and backcountry travelers alike, onX has really made a splash in recent years. The once-humble hunting navigation tool celebrated its 10-year anniversary in 2019 and took home a Gear of the Year award this month.

Today, onX announced its acquisition of Adventure Projects Inc., a network of websites and mobile apps with specific content for climbing, mountain biking, skiing, hiking, and other methods of outdoor recreation. The Adventure Projects network mainly provides information on trail or route conditions, level of difficulty, trip notes, and more. 

“Our mission is to awaken the adventurer in everyone,” said Chris Hamilton, onX VP of product management. “We look forward to supporting Adventure Projects’ unrivaled and passionate community. Their outdoor guides have inspired millions of climbers, hikers, skiers, trail runners, and bikers alike. Our goal is to help everyone have the best outdoor experience possible.”

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The full network of Adventure Project and onX apps

Adventure Projects has gone through its fair share of transitions. First, it was acquired by REI in 2015, then in May of this year, the partnership amicably split. Co-founder and CEO Nick Wilder was enthusiastically back at the helm running the suite of Adventure Projects sites. Now, Adventure Projects is onto its next partnership — and adventure.

“I couldn’t be more excited to partner with onX and explore the next evolution of Adventure Projects,” said Wilder.

Through the acquisition, onX will continue working with Adventure Projects’ network of contributors, its administrators, and Wilder. OnX also plans to collaborate with outdoor and nonprofit partners to expand its investment in protecting public land access.

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The app has grown and expanded from a simple cartographic tool for hunters to an expansive network of off-roading, hunting, and multiuse trails, with public access demarcations, campground specifics, trail info, and more. We tested it this spring and were thoroughly impressed.

OnX Offroad Maps costs $30 per year for the base-level subscription, but you can sign up for a 7-day trial for free here. At this time, Adventure Projects apps are free to download and use. Check them out here.

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Mary Murphy

Mary is the Managing Editor of GearJunkie and is based in GearJunkie's Denver, Colo. office. She has a degree in English and journalism, and has a background in both newspaper and magazine writing. Her outdoor interests span from running to sport climbing, from landscape photography to skiing to pack-paddleboarding. If she's not writing, you can most likely find her at the top of a fourteener, or in a local bakery.