Chimani founder Kerry Gallivan.
Chimani founder Kerry Gallivan. (Greta Rybus)

Pioneer: Kerry Gallivan

Bringing the national parks to the 21st century

Chimani founder Kerry Gallivan.
Will Cockrell

For exclusive access to all of our fitness, gear, adventure, and travel stories, plus discounts on trips, events, and gear, sign up for Outside+ today.

Founder, Chimani | 45, Portland, Maine

“The epiphany moment happened in Acadia National Park. I was standing on top of a mountain in the rain, wanting to know the best route back down, and I had no signal on my phone. Chimani is basically a guidebook—curated original content—in an app that’s designed for when there’s no connectivity. We take it a step further by including audio files and topo maps that are GPS enabled. 

National Parks Centennial

100 reasons to love the parks (and a few things we’d improve)

“Mobile devices are a tidal wave that’s about to hit the park experience. Chimani had more than 1.5 million user sessions last year, yet I would say we’ve tapped only about 5 percent of the market. 

“To be blunt, if we don’t get this right, we’re talking about the death of the park system. If people don’t have a positive experience in the parks, they’re not invested in the concept. We want to make sure that when you go to a park, you walk away thinking it’s ten times better than Disneyland. That ultimately translates into legislation that will impact future generations.” 

From Outside Magazine, May 2016 Lead Photo: Greta Rybus

promo logo
sms