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Friday, June 10, 2016 - 12:21pm David Tucker

Tracking our miles for area trails.

When I first heard about the Gallatin Valley Land Trust's Trail Challenge, I thought it'd be just that—a challenge. Twenty-thousand miles sounded like a whole lot, and I wasn't sure the people of Bozeman had it in them. But after the first ten days, it looks like we're getting after it at a pretty solid pace. Now that we're moving into the home stretch—the challenge ends on the summer solstice—it's time to double-down on tracking our miles. Here are a few ways to ramp up participation.

Sypes Canyon, GVLT Trails Challenge, Bozeman Trails
Bike ride up Sypes: that's six more miles.

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Sunday, January 3, 2016 - 12:34pm David Tucker

Things to consider in the new year.

Every year, we make promises—promises to ourselves, to our partners, to our bosses, and to our friends. And then we promptly ignore all those promises. Now there used to be a code that kept a man to his word, but things done changed in the West. These days, your word is rarely your bond, and people are loath to hold you accountable for much—they're probably planning to bail on you somewhere down the line and don't want to appear hypocritical. But unkept promises are opportunities lost, especially when considering outdoor pursuits left unaccomplished. This year of our Lord 2016, make promises and keep them. Here are a few to consider.

New Year's Resolutions
Good riddance, 2015

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Friday, October 16, 2015 - 10:58am David Tucker

Jumbo Wild review.

Every fall, about a dozen filmmakers and production companies send screeners our way, hoping we'll use what influence we have to convince locals to cough up anywhere from five to 20 dollars to see the latest and greatest in winter-sports porn. The installments from said production companies are relatively formulaic—big terrain, big tricks, big deal. And while we find ourselves glued to our screens, declaring to ourselves that "this is going to be the year" – and then a few hours later, for seemingly no reason at all, browsing Salomon's new freeride line – the films have no lasting impression. They are entertainment, which is what they should be.

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Monday, April 27, 2015 - 11:17am David Tucker

Change up the routine on spring cleaning.

You open the hall closet to grab the Slip 'N Slide the kids have been so eager to use and without warning a pile of gear cascades down on you. The outgrown snowpants, rusty skis, and hockey skates from three shoe sizes ago crash down the hallway. Each year, as the kids grow and you invest in that piece of trophy equipment you’ve been saving for, more junk tends to come in than go out. Well the time is now for some spring cleaning. The easy answer is to hold another yard sale or just throw it away. But last year’s sale left you with most of your stuff and it's still in good shape. There are better options. Option one: head to a used-gear shop. Option two: donate that gear to an organization around town.

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Thursday, November 20, 2014 - 12:06pm David Tucker

Backcountry canine etiquette.

I love dogs, and I know they make great trail companions. They’re bundles of energy and always seem happiest running, bounding, walking, or climbing right beside us anywhere our adventures lead. But lately, dogs have become a point of contention for me. Here’s why: people. People are ruining dogs. We have managed to transfer our newfound lack of civility and basic politeness onto the animals we live with and recreate with. This is especially apparent when backcountry skiing in the mountains around Bozeman.

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Friday, September 12, 2014 - 1:06pm David Tucker

Snowsports films come to the Bozone.

Before you know it, you'll be living in ski boots, Gore-Tex, and long underwear. That appeals to some, but others prefer to ease into the season. Luckily, the industry's finest filmmakers are bringing their newest creations to Bozeman to satisfy your powder fix. Here is a rundown of the season’s offerings.

Almost Ablaze 
September 17 - The Emerson; September 26 - Lone Peak Cinema
Teton Gravity Research never disappoints and this year will be no different. Their next installment of ski-film gold features an all-star lineup traveling around the globe in search of skiing's Holy Grail—the perfect combination of snow and terrain. Sponsors will be on hand giving away prizes and raffling off gear, and don't forget to bring along the kids—there’s an early showing just for the youngsters. tetongravity.com.

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Sunday, April 13, 2014 - 12:24pm David Tucker

Why a winter guy is ready for spring.

Winter is my season, always has been. I moved to Montana for the winters and the winters will keep me here. But around the first week of March, after three months of numb toes and frostbitten cheeks, a thought creeps into my head: when will winter be over?

It’s involuntary and I’m immediately ashamed. Do I really want it to end? If I’m being honest with myself, the answer is yes—and here’s why:

Spring.

The green season may never give me what winter does, but it has its redeeming qualities. Here they are, in no particular order.

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