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Gear

Gear Resources
Gear manufacturers have realised that lots of women like the outdoors and they're different shapes from men. Here's what's out there, and where you can buy it.

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Travel

Travel Resources
A selection of travel resources especially for women who love to travel. Includes a list of online communities if you do it yourself, or companies if you need a little help.

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Surfing

Surfing Resources
Listed here are some links to resources from all over the world that cater to women who love surfing.

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Hiking/Tramping

Hiking Resources
Extended walks are great for the mind and spirit and lots of women love to take part in them. Check out these resources and get inspired to go on a walking adventure.

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Snow Sports

Snow Sports Resources
Skiing, snowboarding, backcountry, polar expeditions - all done in the snow and all done by lots of amazing women.  Check out these resources to find out more...

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Kayaking/Canoeing

Kayaking Resources
White water, surfing, sea kayaking, sprint racing, marathon racing, multisport, fishing...is there anything you can't do from a kayak? Explore these resources!

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Cycling

Cycling Resources
A list of resources for all sorts of cycling - mountain biking, road biking, touring, racing, recreation and commuting - all specific to women.

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Climbing

Climbing Resources
Women can (and have) achieved incredible things in climbing. Listed in this section are a collection of climbing and moutaineering resources that are useful and inspiring for all climbers.

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Organisations

Organisations
A list of organisations that cater exclusively to women, or run trips exclusively for women. A great way to find a women-specific adventure in your area.

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Outdoor Industry

Outdoor Industry Resources
Looking for resources to help you plan programs, companies and organisations that cater for women or organisations you can join? Look no further...

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Amy Corcoran - Outdoor Instructor

The Outdoor Recreation industry provides its workers with an adventurous, stimulating and fulfilling lifestyle, even if it’s not always consistent.  The work can involve weeks or months away from home on programs, and is often seasonal and unpredictable.  However, for those passionate about the outdoors and helping participants benefit from their involvement in outdoor activities, it can be highly rewarding and a worthy vocation.

tn_AmyC_A_fun_day_hike.jpgAmy Corcoran is one of these people - she has been working in the outdoor industry since she left school. Amy started as a volunteer leader on camps for disadvantaged children and their families with St Vincent de Paul, and on camps for children with disabilities.  After completing Certificate III in Outdoor Recreation she worked at a few different camps before deciding she needed more a challenge and signing up as a participant on a 26 day Outward Bound course called Summit to Sea.  She hasn’t looked back - after the course Amy signed up for Outward Bound’s internship program, completed Certificate IV in Outdoor Recreation with them, and has been working with the organisation for the past 2 years.  Amy now works as a group instructor and course coordinator on school courses, adult challenge courses and youth and corporate leadership courses.

Amy’s favourite part of the job is not so much the outdoor activities themselves, but using the outdoors to help participants develop their personal awareness, and to have experiences that will have a positive impact on their life. She quotes Kurt Hahn, the founder of Outward Bound: “We are all better than we know; if only we were brought to realise this, we may never again settle for anything less.”  Amy believes herself blessed with a job where she gets to help people realise this.

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Amy says she’s also gained fantastic benefits herself from working in the outdoors. Amy has been influenced along the way by mentors, both male and female, who have encouraged and inspired her as she has progressed in Outdoor Recreation.  Throughout the process of learning to be a better instructor, she’s learned to push her physical capabilities, gained self confidence and self awareness and developed her understanding of herself and others. 

Amy hasn’t found the outdoor industry to be male dominated at all, with an equal share of females at every place she’s worked.  If sometimes she is not as strong or physically capable as the male instructors, it doesn’t affect her capability to do her job because she knows she has strengths in other areas.

For people starting out in the outdoor industry, Amy suggests trying everything and discovering which aspect of the industry you are passionate about.  Then it’s just a matter of finding a company that focuses on whatever that is!

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