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About us

From a single-unit to a team!

What started back in 1988 with 10 life jackets, has now become one of the most established outdoor companis in Austria. 

AOS (Absolute Outdoors Strobl) - stands for a family business and two generations of whitewater- and adventuresports. Over the years, we  extended and improved our programs step by step. Also in terms of quality, we like to claim the highest standards. No matter if its our guides or our equipment, we invest in the safety and the satisfaction of our clients. In our company you won´t be sitting in "oldtimer boats", but in top-products with modern equipment. 

As starting point of our trips, we have 3 bases of operations in Austria: 

  • Camp Gesäuse in Gstatterboden / in the Nationalpark Gesäuse (Rafting Enns, Canyoning, Alpine Park)
  • Camp Salza directly at the campsite Weiberlauf on the Styrian Salza (Rafting, Canyoning, Kayakschool)
  • Camp Golling in Salzburg (Rafting, Canyoning)

Welcome to AOS

Hartwig, Christoph and Lukas Strobl
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1988 - From hobby to profession
In 1987 we discovered our passion for whitewater. With inflatable boats, we rafted different rivers in Styria and Salzburg. Equipped with wooden paddles, ice-hockey-helmets, life jackets and bathing clothes and our first raft from the company Metzeler Mammut. After our first nice swims in the cold whitewater of the Alps, we also invested in Neoprenes. Back in those days, it were mainly friends that joined us on our trips. A year later, we deceided to start offering trips to clients. 

1990 - First raftingcamp in the Gesäuse with old military tents from the U.S. 

1992 - Moving the camp to the Gasthof Donner in Johnsbach. Continous extention of the camp in the following years. 

2002 - Building of the Alpine Park in the Gesäuse - an alpne via verrata only 5 minutes away from our camp. 

2006 - Opening of a new camp in Golling / Salzburg. This enlarged our range of programs widely, especially in Canyoning. 

2009 - Improvement of the Alpine Park Gesäuse - New Flying Fox Parks

2010 - Renovation and Opening of the Riverhouse Gesäuse, with accomodation for 15 people, Barbeque, campfire, kitchen, showers

2011 -  Opening of a new Camp Salza on the styrian Salza at the campsite Weiberlauf. Starting of a professional kayakschool (www.kajak-ausria.com)

2015 - Buyment of the old Gasthof "Reiflingerhof" 

2016 - After months of renovating and working we opened up our new Basecamp & Adventure Hostel Salza. A modern outdoor base with accomodation, lounge, beergarden and much more

2017 - Modification of our Riverhouse Gesäuse to our new Basecamp Gesäuse 
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