Impacts of Technology

The evolution
of Technology
in Ski Touring
School children skiing in 1903 Kiandra
NSW
Harris General Store 1900, Kiandra
NSW
Learning to Ski 1900, Kiandra NSW.
Delivering the
Mail 1903 ,
Kiandra NSW
Gentlemen Skiing 1927
The first successful ski tour crossing of the Main Range NSW,
Wool hats, tweed jackets, long thin skis made from timber.
Nordic Ski racers 1930’s
Ski Tourers 1960’s
Ski Touring 1970’s
Notice the all wool garments, A-frame
packs,
Ski - tourers
1970
Moving Into Plastic Rain
Jackets, Synthetic Ski
Pants, Canvas Gaiters,
With Wool Gloves and
Beanies.
Ski-tourer
1980
Note the Woolen
Army Pants, Early
polarfleece, and
beany.
School group, Lake Mountain 2003
Dome tents, synthetic breathable shells, bright coloured
fabrics, polar fleece more common than wool for outdoor
clothing, slightly shorter skis with metal edges.
Ski
tourers
2011
Notice the change in clothing, ski bindings, tent materials and
structure.
Technology and outdoor
experiences
Overview
As in all parts of our society,
technology has had a major impact on
the way in which outdoor experiences
are carried out.
E.gs of Technology in Outdoor
Experiences
Development of light weight
equipment e.g. packs, stoves, skis,
tents, mountain bikes,
canoes/kayaks
Communication devices e.g. radios,
phones, Epirbs
Examples (cont.)
Greater understanding of body
performance e.g needs for
carbohydrates, fluids.
Specialised materials e.g. polar fleece,
down sleeping bags, jackets, Gortex.
Impacts of Technology
The affect of technology on outdoor
experiences has impacted on both the
participant in the outdoors and the
outdoor environment.
Impact on Participants
Positive:
Greater participation due to increased
safety, comfort, performance.
Able to take on more challenging
experiences in more isolated areas.
**Others?
Some cons –
Value of achievement may be seen to
be decreased.
Becoming too dependent on
technological advancements like GPS,
IPhones that tell us weather
forecasting etc…Losing our ability to
read signs in our environment
(Weather, topography etc).
More difficult to find isolated areas
due to increased participation.
**What others can you think of?
Impact on Environment
Cons - Increased numbers results in
greater human impact.
Visual intrusion into natural areas.
Improved equipment may result in less
impact e.g stoves, tents etc.
May also increase levels of
accessibility, numbers participating
**Can you think of some positive
impacts?