About Epic Social Adventures

What do you get when you mix a dozen or so experienced, knowledgeable, and well rounded outdoor bloggers in an amazing location for a week to test out new gear, clothing and food? You get an Epic Social Adventure for all involved. ESA is charged with building epic experiences for these adventurers and for companies who want to have their newest gear put to the limits by the most amazing outdoor bloggers. Gear manufacturers need to put their products though the paces, So, why not do that with normal everyday people who are already good at it, in an amazing setting that will not only challenge the products but also the adventurer.

How to become an ESA adventurer!

Do you think you have what it takes to be an ESA adventurer? If you do simply head on over to our quick application and apply today! Each application is reviewed and put through a rigorous vetting process. The vetting process allows the ESA staff to pick potential crew members based on several different aspects of involvement in the outdoor community.

How to become an ESA Sponsor!

ESA is always looking for new products and companies who are looking for truthful real situation feedback on their products. Do you have a new or updated products that you would like to have tested? We would love to hear about them. To become part of the ESA Sponsor family please fill our our short application and we will help you through our easy sponsorship process.


Epic Social Adventures was created by Adam Nutting and Scott Gauvin. The ideas and concepts were a byproduct of an adventure called Hell Hike and Raft in the summer of 2014. Adam had been contacted by a outfitter America’s Rafting Company who was looking for help in promoting their trips. 12 bloggers had been selected and signed up for a 6 day backpacking and white water rafting trip in Idaho. The adventure known as Hell Hike and Raft was born. After months of planning, preparation, logistics, and communication the trip simply stated was amazing. Because of its success Adam and Scott with the blessing of America’s Rafting Company as ESA’s first official outfitter began working on the next stages. What you see on this site is a fast growing community of bloggers, social media influencers, and companies who all have a great love for the outdoors.

The Mission

To create epic adventures for social influencers and bloggers who are interested in testing out gear in real life situations and having a blast while doing it. All while providing quality real situation feedback to companies about their products.

The Crew


AdamNuttingAdam Nutting relishes being an avid backpacker, hiker, and all-around adventure junkie. While he currently spends his time hiking in the backcountry of southern Arizona, he grew up in Missouri, where he was naturally inclined to spend as much time as he could outdoors. Adam’s passion for the outdoors grew as he climbed the ranks of the Cub Scouts and the Boy Scouts, eventually attaining the rank of Eagle Scout. Adam currently runs Hiking The Trail a blog dedicated to hiking, backpacking, and other outdoor related topics.

ScottGauvinScott Gauvin enjoys the peace and tranquility of the woods and mountains and the opportunity to experience adventure with like minded individuals. Scott was drawn to the outdoor life while growing up as a Boy Scout in New England. Scott honed his outdoor skills and reached the rank of Eagle Scout. A husband and father who enjoys providing experiences in the wild for his young family and cataloging them on his website Hiking Forward. Hiking Forward is an outlet for Scott to share his experiences, gear reviews from both him and his family as well as trip reports.

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