Mike England,

The Lookout
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Friday, September 13, 2013 - 11:51am Mike England

A review of two film screenings held recently in Bozeman.

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Monday, March 5, 2012 - 10:28pm Mike England

On its own, 30 pounds isn’t much—think of a microwave oven, or a two-year-old child. Add those 30 pounds to your barbell after eight minutes and two rounds of snatches, though, and it might as well be an engine block.

Just ask Josh, who cranked out 60 reps in perfect power-snatch form: bend at the waist, lift straight up, pop the hips, bend at the knee, lock out arms, stand erect. 30 reps at 75 pounds, 30 reps at 135 pounds. Smooth. Fluid. Efficient. Then came 30 more pounds, and on the third rep the six-foot-tall, 185-pounder buckled under the weight, collapsing to the floor as the barbell crashed down in front of him.

Bridger CrossFit JoshAround the room, a half-dozen sweat-soaked men and women bend, lift, thrust, and arch their way through ten minutes of hell. Chests heave and faces contort from the strain. They battle the weight, they battle their lungs, they battle the clock. Guttural cries punctuate the cacophony of clanging weights, thumping radio beats, and the undulating roar of the crowd.

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Thursday, July 22, 2010 - 12:00am Mike England

The O/B crew spends a workday on the water.

There are many ways to get rich in this fine capitalist country of ours: investment banking, designing software, practicing law, repairing hail damage. Alas, working for an outdoor magazine does not make the list. As Outside Bozeman’s illustrious senior editor, Dave Reuss, recently explained, “Journalism is a road rife with poverty, and I’m okay with that.”

The rest of the O/B crew seems okay with it too, as we all continue to work for wages that qualify us for high-school gymnasium seating at Christmas dinner. We’re not complaining, mind you; just pointing out a fact that becomes relevant when people ask us, incredulous and almost accusingly, “You went rafting today?”

Yep, it’s a bright Tuesday morning in late June, and instead of sitting down in front of our mind-numbing computer screens, we’re piling into cars and heading to the river. Eat your hearts out, people with disposable incomes.

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Friday, December 4, 2009 - 12:00am Mike England

Dear Outside Bozeman magazine:

I live in Rhode Island, so Outside Bozeman contains news from afar, but there’s always a reliable collection of informative essays, articles and reviews, great photos and entertaining commentary like that recently aimed at folks who squeeze into lycra and shouldn’t. It was an amusing read, and visions of the strapped-on helmet-heads downing brewskies in the bar had me laughing out loud.

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["Living with Lycra," Summer 2009 issue]

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Thursday, July 30, 2009 - 12:00am Mike England

Yup, it's true, there's a devoted (deranged?) group of aquanauts who dive the lakes and rivers of Montana on a regular basis. The guys in our particular scuba circle may not be as obsessed as some of the other divers around here, who will happily submerse themselves in a muddy pond in November; but we still like to get out and explore Montana's subsurface sights once or twice a year. This time it was the spear-friendly Seeley Lake area, followed by the incredible visibility and cool underwater structure of Flathead. Let the diving begin!

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