Maggie Slepian,

The Lookout
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Saturday, December 27, 2014 - 10:10am Maggie Slepian

It's way harder than it looks.

I had extremely high expectations for skate skiing. I don’t know why, considering my history of underwhelming athletic performances.

For the past two winters, I’ve shuffled around on snowshoes and classic cross-country skis. While it was nice to be outside, I’d be lying if I said the men and women cruising by on their flashy skate skis didn’t make me wish I was moving a little bit faster.

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Monday, September 15, 2014 - 2:33pm Maggie Slepian

From target practice to the hunt. 

There’s been plenty written about hunting season preparation. Can you hike two miles uphill carrying your pack without going into cardiac arrest? Has your rifle even been cleaned since 2005? Have you shot your bow since last season? These are all valid questions, but in our neck of the woods, one aspect of preseason prep gets overlooked: emotional preparation. Most of you probably stopped reading right there, and I get it. Emotional quandaries have no place during hunting season, right? As a vegetarian who got her first bow less than two years ago and aims to take her first deer/elk this season, I’m probably in a class by myself.

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Monday, July 7, 2014 - 9:49am Maggie Slepian

Scientifically unproven running-enhancement tips.

When I tell people I'm training for the Rut, the remorse in my voice leads them to believe I’m running the 50k,—the course that goes up Lone Peak—but it's actually the 12k baby Rut that's filling my psyche with images of being airlifted off the course. Don’t get me wrong, the 12k version has an unfortunate amount of steep elevation gain and elite runners, and will still be a major fitness challenge.

So how does a slightly subpar athlete prepare? I’ve invented my own running/walking/shuffling regimen, so if anyone regrettably signs up for an intimidating trail race, here’s a step-by-step guide to motivating yourself to get up and plug around the trails.

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Monday, June 9, 2014 - 4:31pm Maggie Slepian

Outdoor endeavors for the athletically challenged

Many Bozeman residents take athletic superiority for granted. From off-road triathlons to alpine climbs, they reach every level of intensity through training, perseverance, and natural ability.

But what about the rest of us? The folks who bike to work—when it's nice out. Who go on runs—but walk up the hills. Who hike mountains—and fall crossing the stream.

 The rocks were slippery.

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Thursday, May 8, 2014 - 11:22am Maggie Slepian

Prepping your joints for the big season ahead.

After a psychotic mileage increase during my college running days, I blew out both my knees and ended up in physical therapy, sobbing for the entirety of my half-mile treadmill sessions because I just. wanted. to. run. As runners and hikers are aware, knee problems are among the most common injuries associated with endurance activities, carrying weight, and jarring descents. Luckily, there are precautions you can take to help prevent knee injuries and alleviate flare-ups.

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Friday, January 31, 2014 - 10:15am Maggie Slepian

Even as a longtime winter-hater, after three years of watching Bozemanites cry tears of joy into their SmartWool at the first sign of snowflakes, curiosity got the best of me, and I decided to give winter activities a chance—as long as they were affordable and with minimal risk of debilitating injury. That took downhill skiing and ice climbing out of the running, so it was either ice skating, cross-country skiing, or snowshoeing. Random choice gave Nordic skiing the honor of getting me out of the gym and into the icy winter air.

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Tuesday, September 17, 2013 - 6:06pm Maggie Slepian

Fall in Bozeman offers that Goldilocks zone for great road running: crisp temps, plenty of daylight, and no snowdrifts to bust through (yet). We’ve got races of every distance and theme coming up in the blessedly cool next few months—here are a few you don’t want to miss. Stay up to date with the full race schedule at


When: Late September / early October

Where: S. Rouse, downtown Bozeman

Time: 5:30pm

Race details: 8k run

Cost: $30

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Tuesday, July 2, 2013 - 12:22pm Maggie Slepian

The dust kicks up thick and gritty in the Gardiner parking lot like it rarely does in Bozeman’s clean-swept downtown. The main drag is sparsely populated; the locals and tourists have migrated up the road to the rodeo grounds where they’re squeezed into bleachers, leaning against the fence, or waiting in line for a greasy burger. 

Gardiner Rodeo Opening Ceremonies 

Rodeo days are the summer draw for small towns across Montana. No one does it better or more authentically. During the rodeo celebration, the towns come alive in a rustic, genuine way that can’t be matched by big-city rodeos, no matter how flashy the promotions or renowned the sponsors.

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Thursday, January 17, 2013 - 10:47am Maggie Slepian

The wimpy inclines on the Leverich Canyon switchbacks made me wheeze and gasp. My snowshoes were on the wrong feet. My left hand was achingly cold because I couldn’t fit a mitten over my cast. Boiling over with frustration and stumbling constantly, I attempted to overcompensate by picking my feet up more, perpetuating the cycle of flailing and tripping over the snowshoes.

Hyalite snowshoe Maggie“You look like a puppy trying to untangle string from around its leg,” Ryan said with no regard for my already shredded dignity.

“I’m supposed to be CLIMBING right now,” I exploded, using my last remaining bit of lung capacity. Ryan either didn’t hear me or didn’t care to respond. I stomped on, keeping up a steady growl expressing my desire to be pumping out on overhanging problems, lock-off leg lifts, and everything else I was no longer capable of doing.

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Thursday, December 27, 2012 - 11:32am Maggie Slepian

Bozeman's Inaugural International Mountain Day

In Bozeman during winter, it’s impossible to not be overcome by the vision of a freshly powdered peak as the clouds lift over the Bridgers. Or if you are one of the few people in Bozeman who doesn’t ski or snowboard, you gaze longingly at the mountains and count down the days until the snow melts so you can start your summer peak-bagging list. 

Whatever your favorite season may be, mountains play an undeniably large role in Bozeman life. So it only seems fitting for MSU to partner with local organizations to host Bozeman’s inaugural celebration of International Mountain Day this past Tuesday at the Emerson Center.

International Mountain Day (IMD) is a UN-designated day hosted all around the world for the past decade. It was created to raise awareness about the critical role that mountains play in our planet’s ecosystem, but until this year Bozeman had never hosted one of its own. 

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