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Wednesday, January 4, 2017 - 5:04pm Stevie Croisant

A wallet-friendly weekend escape.

For the nature-loving Bozemanite, winter in Yellowstone is a must. Where else can you see loping wolves, lumbering bison, and other thick-coated mammals wandering amid a big white wonderland? Throw in a few steaming hot springs and the quietude of the Park's pristine wilderness, and you've got a world-class staycation just an hour's drive from downtown Bozeman. Here's the best part: if you know where to go, you can get a taste of this amazing place without breaking the bank. Here's a two-day, fun-filled itinerary, courtesy of your frugal friends at O/B.

Yellowstone Winter, Gardiner Montana, Soda Butte Creek
Just one reason to visit: views like this.

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Monday, December 19, 2016 - 11:26am Rebecca Alwine

On your next winter camping trip.

Children can add an extra element of consideration and work when camping. But using the experience to teach them to be self-sufficient will pay off big time. There are several ways children can pull their own weight on a camping trip this winter, and one is cooking. 

Advance food preparation is a big help when planning meals for a camping trip, and your child's role doesn't have to end there. Of course not all ages can be working over a grill or campfire, but they can certainly prepare and serve meals, making your camping trip a little more enjoyable.

Winter Camping, Bozeman, Montana
Good eatin' leads to good sleepin'.

So, grab these ingredients, a bunch of aluminum foil, and get your children cooking.

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Monday, December 12, 2016 - 12:02pm Charlotte Harlowe

Profiling Bozeman-based Seneca Skis.

“It’s important that skiing survives.”

So says Eric Newman, 31-year-old owner and founder of Seneca Skis. Newman himself almost didn’t survive, coming up short on a 75-foot ski jump on the Freeskiing World Tour in 2007. After shaking off a triple-broken spine, broken neck, and broken sternum (and a doctor’s proclamation that he’d never ski again), Newman started handcrafting sustainable skis as Seneca Skis (and skiing again) in 2008.

Seneca Skis, Eric Newman, Bozeman, Montana
The custom craftsmanship of Seneca's Eric Newman.

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Wednesday, December 7, 2016 - 3:00pm David Tucker

Fat-bike this winter.

Trying new things can be hard, and I'm guilty of new-thing-trying apprehension all the time, most recently concerning smartphones—I was a late convert and often wish I could switch back. I'm the same way about my outdoor pursuits, holding on to what I know until faced with undeniable evidence that change is necessary. My unwillingness to try fat-biking is the current case in point.

Bozeman Fat-biking, Advocate Cycles, SWMMBA
And I've been resistant to this why...?

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Wednesday, December 7, 2016 - 11:02am GVLT

GVLT's ongoing trail projects.

The Gallatin Valley Land Trust is always hard at work behind the scenes, planning, fundraising, and designing new trail projects. Here’s what’s coming soon to a Bozeman trail near you.

Bogert Park / Bozeman Creek Enhancement
As a part of the Bozeman Creek Enhancement Committee, GVLT is excited to partner on this project to reconstruct part of Bozeman Creek through Bogert Park to return the stream to a more natural and ecologically productive condition. The project will improve the floodplain, enhance vegetation, and improve safety for people and wildlife. GVLT will be leading efforts to build new trails through the improved park in the spring of 2017.

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Tuesday, December 6, 2016 - 2:42pm David Tucker

Early-season powder turns.

Last week, I made my first turns of the ski season. Rising around 5am, I drove up Bridger Canyon, pulling into A Lot around six. I slid into my boots and slapped on my skins. I double-checked my gear and started up the hill.

It was overcast and snowing lightly, but temps were in the 20s and before long I was shedding layers. I got into a rhythm and made good time to the base of the Alpine chair. While I thought I'd be elbowing my way through other skiers, I'd been alone since leaving the base area. Every once in a while, I'd catch a whisper on the wind, but all in all, I climbed on in silence.

Backcountry Skiing, Bridger Bowl

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Monday, November 21, 2016 - 12:07pm Jimmy Lewis

Improving Your Odds

A look at shoulder-season hunts.

If you’re an elk hunter in Montana, you’ve probably heard of the relatively new shoulder seasons. If you’re interested in filling your tag, you’ve probably been wondering exactly what this new elk-hunting opportunity is all about, so read on if your idea of success is a freezer full of mid-winter wapiti.

Montana Should Season Hunt, Elk Hunt
With shoulder-season hunts, antlerless elk are back in play.

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Monday, November 21, 2016 - 11:19am Kathyrn QannaYahu

Shock & awful.

The presidential election shocked many this past November 8, but there were also statewide races with important ramifications for the environment and our public lands. Here are some key takeaways:

On the public-lands front, this election brought some gains and losses.
• We retained Governor Bullock by a slim margin, who is committed to public-land access.
• We gained Supreme Court Justice Sandefur, who will fight for the law, not viewing Stream Access as a “monumental erosion” of private property rights, as his opponent stated. I prognosticate we will very much need our Supreme Court. 

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Wednesday, November 16, 2016 - 10:17am SWMMBA

News & notes from Southwest Montana Mountain Bike Association.

The riding has been fantastic the last couple weeks, though winter is looming and the end of the dirt-riding season is upon us. As ski season begins, Southwest Montana Mountain Bike Association (SWMMBA) would like to share some of the amazing things we have accomplished in our first six months, and thank those that have contributed.

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Thursday, October 27, 2016 - 9:56am The Editors

O/B's picks for 2016.

The outdoors are an escape from the political arena — or at least they should be. Unfortunately, politics creeps its way into all aspects of American life, and nowhere is this more apparent than in Montana's public-lands debate. This election season, vote with public land and public access — the future of our outdoor lifestyle depends on it. Here are our suggestions for next Tuesday's election, most of which coincide with endorsements by the Montana Sportsman's Alliance and Montana Conservation Voters, as well as that of other conservation and outdoor-recreation groups.

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