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Boise, Idaho, is home to hundreds and maybe thousands of outdoor enthusiasts. Every weekend the highway to Banks is stuffed with rigs toting everything from kayaks to all-terrain vehicles.
Discovering Opportunities in Outdoor Tech Boise, Idaho, is home to hundreds and maybe thousands of outdoor enthusiasts. Every weekend the highway to Banks is stuffed with rigs toting everything from kayaks to all-terrain vehicles. The turn off at Banks draws about half of the traffic as they head up towards Garden Valley and Lowmen but the other half continue up highway 55 towards Cascade and McCall. But both streams of man and machine are heading towards their separate outdoor recreation adventures. With all of the outdoor activities available to residence in Boise and with a great number of the individuals in Boise participating in those activities, some outsiders looking in may think that the area is a little backwater place or ignorant regarding modern technologies and advancements. But besides the vast number of outdoor enthusiast, Boise is also home to a leading name in technology. Micron The successful electronics manufacturing company Micron was established, developed, and made prosperous all in Boise where it continues to maintain a manufacturing complex as well as its company headquarters. Other major technological industries have found a home in Boise including the computer company Hewlett-Packard that employs hundreds of people in Boise. So with this strange dichotomy of both outdoorsmen and technology found in one area it may be difficult for an individual to understand how the two can co-exist. The secret that many have found is that technology spans all different types of professions and hobbies, including outdoor recreation. Advancements in technology have made multiple consumer products available to the outdoor sportsmen as well as many helpful tools for those individuals who make their living by working in the outdoors. In this way the modern world continues to change the way traditional professions such as cattle ranching or farming as well as how outdoor recreational activities are conducted. Technological advances First a look into the technological advances in general outdoor recreation. When most think of outdoor recreation they think of hunting, fishing, and camping as these things are mostly what are done for sport outside. However there are multiple other activities such as rock climbing, dirt biking and river rafting that are also huge outdoor recreational draws. Technologies have influenced and changed each of the above mentioned activities. For the more traditional activities such as hunting and camping, technology has brought efficiency to the wilderness. Tree cameras scout a hunting area for the hunter and advanced materials shelter a campers tent and pack. Advanced plastics special made and formed create top notch kayaks and synthetic ropes secure a rock climber to the cliff face. Technology for outdoor use continues to grow and develop as do technologies that help agrarian workers perform their tasks. Organizational software keeps track of livestock and crop growth. GPS units map out landowners holdings charting work completed and work still needed. These and other advancements in technology have spurred the creation of multiple jobs focused on the creation of technologies for outdoor use. Those who wish to pursue these types of careers, even those who are already in an established profession career, will need to receive education and training in modern technologies and computer science. Photo credit: Slipstreamjc, KhE 龙
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