Outdoor Gear – Innovations in Materials & Designs

Mr Mark Oates1

1The Hutchins School

Would you or your students like to carry lighter loads? Are you interested in new technologies? Have you gotten to an age where you now value your knees or need to protect them? What developments have taken place in gear design that you could incorporate into either your programs or your personal trips? Do you want to run trips that are a little bit different in order to engage your students in new ways?

Join Mark for a very brief overview of some of the options now available. Options such as ski-shoes and lightweight snowshoes, ultralight packs and shelters, group and emergency shelters, communication devices, quilts, etc. Likewise if you have something to share that you would like to show the group, please bring it along.


Mark Oates is a passionate outdoor educator and adventurer who moved to Tasmania 8 years ago from Victoria to explore its remote rivers and mountains. Mark works at The Hutchins School in Hobart and is heavily involved in teaching the Power of 9 Program and the TASC Outdoor Education course to senior students. He has been teaching outdoor education in secondary schools for 20 years.

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