For anyone who has wanted to run a marathon, hike a particularly challenging mountain or even simply learn a new sport, it can be helpful to plan and track your activities and progress to increase efficiency and productivity. Skimble is hoping to be the online destination for anyone who wants to plan and track an activity or workout goal.
Skimble’s online tools let you discover activities, by giving you information on popular outdoor active trips, i.e. a hiking trip to Lake Tahoe; and gym workouts, i.e. indoor rock climbing. You can join one of these trips or you can create your own. When you create a trip, you can create a feed of news and updates about the trip and share the page with other friends. The feed also pulls in any Tweets about the subject of the trip. So if you are planning a trip to Tahoe, Skimble will pull in Tweets about rock climbing, hiking or canoeing in Tahoe. Once you create an activity or trip, you can begin tracking your progress.
The tracking tool, which is particularly compelling, is easy to use and actually makes tracking a goal or activity really simple. Whereas many activity tracking tools on the web focus on weight loss, Skimble focuses on helping you create a calendar and schedule of your activities, and will chart out your performance based upon time spent on the activity. You can also compare your progress to a friend’s on the site. The focus is less on the weight loss and more on the accomplishment of finishing an activity.
Skimble, which was incubated in The Funded’s Founder Institute, attracted over 1,000 outdoor enthusiasts that have praised the ability to track and compare their accomplishments.
You can also share your trips and activities with Facebook via Facebook Connect on the site. Competitors to Skimble include DailyBurn. And Skimble plans to release a mobile app to let users plan and track on the go.
Unsurprisingly, Skimble’s founders are both techies and experienced mountain climbers. In fact, Skimble’s co-founder Maria Ly is a former gymnast, who has extraordinary flexibility and strength. See her jaw-dropping performance in this video: