David Tucker,

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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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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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Tuesday, September 6, 2016 - 2:01pm David Tucker

Making the most of fall.

With snow over Labor Day weekend, we're reminded that fall can be short around these parts. With that said, here are some can't-miss activities to try before Old Man winter comes calling for real.

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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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Thursday, June 2, 2016 - 1:17pm David Tucker

A first-timer's guide to bikepacking.

Why would you listen to a newbie when it comes to bikepacking advice? That's a valid question, but odds are, if you're seeking said advice, or are at least interested in the activity, you need whatever info you can get. You're probably about to make all the same mistakes I did — so if you want to have a slightly better experience, take it from someone who just fouled up big time. These are lessons learned from a Memorial Day Weekend epic that covered 90 miles in three days, required no less than five hours of thigh-deep postholing, and included a camp arrival no earlier than 1am. Here goes.

Butte Mountain Biking, Montana Bikepacking, Advocate Cycles
Well, here goes nothing...

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Wednesday, May 11, 2016 - 12:56pm David Tucker

Blessed by the snow gods.

Last Sunday, I finally packed up my ski gear for the season. While there was plenty of snow left in the high country, I'd begun having dreams of tree-lined singletrack and the blue-green mountain lakes of summer, and I figured I should heed my nightly premonitions. But Mother Nature decided to have a joke at my expense, and dump over a foot of snow on Bozeman in a two-day, early-May storm. The skis came back out and went straight on top of the car.

Bridger Bowl Backcountry
With over a foot in the mountains, Bozeman skiers get the last laugh.

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Wednesday, March 9, 2016 - 2:11pm David Tucker

Making the most of mush.

Have you ever shown up to a party that feels "too cool" for you? The music is wordless but has a good beat, yet no one is dancing. And everyone is silent. And instead of beer, people are drinking cocktails. Just thinking about it makes me feel uncomfortable. And that's kind of how I feel when it comes to fat-biking; I know the phenomenon is sweeping the outdoor-recreation world, but I'm not really sure if I get it, or if I fit in, or why people are doing it. I guess I'd better chug two PBRs and introduce myself. Afterall, there's no powder to ski—might as well make the most of the mush.

Fat-biking Montana
Enjoying the Bridgers on two wheels, not two planks. 

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Tuesday, March 1, 2016 - 2:43pm David Tucker

Rolling with the weather you've got.

For two years in a row, we’ve been forced to write a blog about what to do in early March when it hasn’t snowed in a long time, and frankly, it pisses us off. March in Montana is winter, or at least it should be. We should be skiing powder—billows and billows of powder. But we’re not; instead we’re stuck reciting the now-familiar refrains of “Any day in the mountains is a good day” or “It’s only dust-on-crust but it’s skiing a lot deeper than that.” Lame. So what to do? Complaining doesn’t help, so we went biking.

 Lewis and Clark Caverns Biking
If the forecast says it's spring, must be time to ride.

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Thursday, February 18, 2016 - 2:31pm David Tucker

A mid-week getaway to old Montana.

Living in Bozeman, we’re spoiled by our proximity to world-class skiing. In 20 minutes, we can find ourselves at Bridger Bowl, pulling into C lot, steps from the Sunnyside chairlift. If we want to up the ante, it’s an hour down the canyon to Big Sky’s thousands of skiable acres.

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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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