Fall 2006

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Corriel, Michele
The secret of a good fishing story, I’ve learned, is not really about fish at all. Just like a good book, a lot depends on the telling of the story, and a lot depends on the characters. The following episodes were retold to me, and I only hope I can do justice to the telling.The Big SwitchTim,... Details
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Gutkoski, Joe
When I first saw it, I became haunted by this dog-toothed rock, jutting up on the west side of the Mount Cowan massif in Montana’s Absaroka Range. It was a remnant of the ice ages, its steep walls pounded by wind, rain, hail, sun, and ice over eons of time. It looked clean as a hound’s tooth,... Details
Drew Pogge Outside Bozeman, Bozeman Outdoor Recreation
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Pogge, Drew
Ten years at O/B.Place is everything. In life and in writing, a sense of place is what fills the soul and enlivens the page. Bozeman is a place like no other, and because of this—or perhaps in spite of it—it has changed who I am becoming.Like so many others, I arrived in Bozeman a college freshman... Details
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Pogge, Drew
Place is everything. In life and in writing, a sense of place is what fills the soul and enlivens the page. Bozeman is a place like no other, and because of this—or perhaps in spite of it—it has changed who I am becoming.Like so many others, I arrived in Bozeman a college freshman. The expectation... Details
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Thomas, E. Donnall, Jr.
There are only two times of year in Montana: bird season and all the rest.SeptemberSilence and an expanse of empty spaces. Isolated by the approaching sunrise, brilliant Venus stands alone above the eastern horizon, her fellow stars and planets banished by the light for yet another long Indian... Details

Departments

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Hardy, Dunbar
Local kayakers Seth Warren and Tyler Bradt have paddled safely throughout numerous kayaking expeditions, including first descents in Africa and waterfalls in South America. But as their thirst for paddling adventure settles down some, their wish to create positive change in the world has grown. As... Details
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Keeler, Greg
Sometimes the food chain doesn’t look quite right.You’ve probably seen a couple of ants with a beetlein tow, a spider with a grasshopper. “You biteoff more than you can chew. You might be littlebut your eyes are big.” That’s what Grandma usedto say when fried rabbit covered up my plateor I ripped a... Details
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St. Thomas, Mike
94—billions of dollars generated annually by recreational activity in national forests, according to a 1995 Forest Service study19—billions of dollars generated annually by timber and mining in national forests, according to the same study42—millions of acres of wilderness (roadless forest) in the... Details
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Lussier, Alex
The Gallatin Valley’s apparent cycling boom could be attributed to the Lance Armstrong frenzy or high gas prices, but most likely it is a combination of factors. In any case, Outside Bozeman readers are excited to see it happen. Unfortunately, with increased popularity comes a potential increase in... Details
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McDonald, Jessica
After much debate, the final public comment period on the Gallatin National Forest (GNF) travel plan has ended. Of the 11,000 comments received, over 8,000 opposed motorized use. The Forest Service will release its final decision this December, followed by a 45-day appeal period. Opposers can... Details
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Vaienti, Lara
Mountainfilm in Telluride: Best of 2002-2005Lenticular Pictures970-728-4123mountainfilm.orgThis dual-layer DVD features 11 short films screened at the Telluride Film Festival from 2002 to 2005. It is almost three hours of film that includes climbing in Majorca, mountaineering in Tasmania, base-... Details
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Ellen Sagmyr
The early days of inducting my dog Stella into the pleasures of drift boating left me feeling like a dog abuser. Being from New Zealand, she had never seen a drift boat, much less been in one. Rivers were a place she associated with chasing sticks and having fun. That was all about to change. She... Details
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McDonald, Jessica
Not the usual run/bike/swim combo, Bozeman’s [b]Tour de Hyalite[/b] features a 15-mile round-trip trail run to Hyalite Peak, followed by rock climbing at Hyalite’s Practice Rock. The run starts at 9 am. A few hours later, take points off your time by climbing Practice Rock. Topropes will be set up... Details
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Maffly, Brian
In the years that rainbow trout have repopulated the Madison River since the whirling disease die-off in the mid-1990s, Dick Vincent has noticed something very curious and troubling. Few of the Madison’s rainbows survive into their third year, and growth rates are down about 30 percent.A decade ago... Details
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Smith, Marjorie
Early this past summer I had two small epiphanies:Epiphany One: Bozeman is a great place to live and my garden is very satisfying, but if I’d stuck it out as a federal bureaucrat, I could afford a nice garden in, say, Washington, D.C. Resolution: Get out and have an “only in Montana” experience at... Details
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Johnson, Stephen
Staying on the family farm just got a little bit easier, thanks to a new law recently passed by Congress. Until now, tax deductions on voluntary conservation easements carried significant restrictions, making the prospect less attractive to many over-worked, underpaid farmers and ranchers than, say... Details
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Kurowski, Becky
First Ascent Press’s latest offering from the vertical world is a detailed topographic map of Granite Peak with numerous route descriptions. The state’s highest peak, located in the Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness, is an objective of great interest, and anyone who’s huffed it up to Froze to Death... Details
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Vowell, Jamie
Aahh, the colors of autumn in Montana—fiery crimson, brilliant orange, goldenrod... and powder white!? In Montana, the transition from warm to cold weather can happen quite suddenly. One day brightly-colored foliage is showing off its last burst of color; the next, it’s snow-laden trees.... Details
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Sather, Kelsey
The outdoors is big business in Bozeman. Here's the latest on what some of those businesses and business owners are up to.Testing the WatersThis past winter, Montana Whitewater bought the Yellowstone Raft Company, merging the two extreme-sports powerhouses together. Twice the action under one raft.... Details
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Mike St. Thomas
In honor of the November gridiron meeting between our beloved Bobcats and the hated Grizzlies, this season’s battle of college towns goes Montana-style. How will Missoula, the artsy hub of 70,000, dubbed by John Updike as “the Paris of the ’90s,” fare against the smaller, ski-bum paradise that is... Details
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Vaienti, Lara
“There’s no other place like this. I mean, where can you ever go knee-deep in powdery snow in November?” says Urban Sandel, a Swedish student at Minnesota State University. “I’d never miss such an occasion.” Sandel is talking about West Yellowstone, and he’s not the only person to think in these... Details
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Patterson, Amber
My son, Osker, was born in the dead of winter. For the first few weeks of his life, “staying fit” meant moving from the bed to the couch and nursing constantly. Rather quickly, too much so in fact, Osker grew, and I recovered, and staying fit became much easier. Once spring hit, I was ecstatic. Now... Details
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Kurowski, Becky
Bozeman, once a sleepy little enclave without a Gap or Home Depot, focused on a single flashing blue light in the winter months, has morphed into a bustling and bursting mountain metropolis. Despite low incomes and high home prices, the building keeps on booming. And nailing. And cutting. And... Details
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Coble, Melynda
Bozemanites are surrounded by big mountains, cold rivers, and vast valleys, but what many don’t know is that we’re also surrounded by creative folks who know how to tell great stories about these places we love to live in and the places we adore traveling to.Enter Element—a free showcase of... Details
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Conant, Steve
Every year, more people engage in winter pursuits and many push themselves to perform “better than last year.” Inevitably, with increased or intensified participation, the number of sports-related injuries also increases. Fortunately, over the past decade the field of sports medicine has made some... Details
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Dehmer, Kurt
I’ve often wondered what it takes to be a truly great hunter. After hunting for a little over 18 years and guiding for five, I feel that at my best I’m still only pretty good. Master status is decades off, if ever. But I’ve realized that a big old bull elk and a master hunter are partners in a... Details
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Gavagan, Gayle
So you’ve decided to order a bottle of wine with your meal. Where to start? Have you ever seen a wine list 30 pages long? Unless you see something you’re familiar with, the possibilities are endless and you might not care for your random selection. Life is short, don't drink bad wine.First, tell... Details
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Bianchini, Wendy
Wilderness guide, teacher, medic, mentor, fitness coach, nutritionist, counselor, singer, performer, dancer, naturalist, spiritual advisor, tutor, comic, security guard, off-road driver, backcountry chef… these are just some of the roles Caitlin Wagner has played during one of her eight-day shifts... Details
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Cameron Goodman
I’ll never forget when my neighbor lent me his .22 so I could practice shooting in my backyard. Every day it was all I wanted to do. Then my dad bought me a .243, and I couldn’t wait to take it home and practice for the upcoming season. After that, we bought a 20-gauge and a trap thrower, and I was... Details
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Pogge, Drew
The mountain lion dodged away as my headlamp stabbed at the darkness. Its muscular tawny form would be beautiful if the lion were not stalking us in the predawn hours as we climbed higher into the Montana wilderness. Its wilderness. It was all beginning to seem like a bad idea.As ski trips go, this... Details
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Sather, Kelsey
Nobody cares for a foot full of poop. You know the story—you head to the park, kick off the flips for some barefoot grass-strolling, and your first frolicking leap comes down on a huge, steamin' pile of doggie delight. Not pleasant. This is the kind of problem recently investigated by the Bozeman... Details
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Goodman, Cameron
In Fort Benton, Montana, there lies an unusual monument to the loyalty of man’s best friend. In 1936, a sheepherder fell ill and was taken to the hospital in Fort Benton, followed by his border collie, Shep. The master’s body was shipped back East by train, and for the next five-and-a-half years,... Details
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Joel Ellefson
Taking a stab at knife shopping.Buying a knife can be overwhelming—the choices in today’s market are immense. You can purchase a pocket knife for a couple dollars at any convenience store or evaluate several thousand $25 knives on eBay. You can even order a $50,000 handmade knife with a Damascus... Details
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Conant, Steve
If you’ve seen a recent ski movie or tuned into the winter Olympics last February, you know that free-riding and freestyle have gone off the hook. What is so amazing about these winter athletes is not their aerial maneuvers, but that they can ski away from the high-force landings. Eccentric... Details
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England, Mike
Dogs are simple creatures, and when it comes to material goods, there aren’t too many ways to enhance their lives. But we do what we can for our beloved canine companions, and with that in mind, Planet Dog has developed an entire line of comfort-enhancing accoutrements. Their 100% Hemp fleece-lined... Details
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Outside Bozeman
We’ve noticed a bumper crop of bumper stickers out there lately. Here are some of our favorites:“Did You Move Here to Be in a Hurry?”“Fire Burns”“Raft Naked—It Adds Color to Your Cheeks”“My Child Is an Honor Student at the State Correctional Facility”“Kayaking is Not a Crime (Yellowstone Liberation... Details
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Orem, Tina
Every year in New York, Filene’s Basement has a famous one-day sale where leftover designer wedding dresses, each worth thousands of dollars, go on sale for $249. As you can imagine, there is a long line outside and a hectic, crazy scene inside. Boobs and crying everywhere. Not something many of us... Details
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Arsenault, Blaise
My border collie Nelly has been a frisbee connoisseur since she was a pup, and she gets attached to familiar, proven disks. It took a little while for her to accept the Hover Craft Interactive Flying Dog Disc by Ruff Wear, but she eventually began snagging it out of the air like it was her job,... Details
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Molde, Ryan
Yellowstone grizzlies are not your garden-variety grizzly. Because an unusual number of them go through a black-color phase, and because they are more ponderous and gargantuan than the government often gives them credit for, there’s a precedent for continued protection.Canada has the opposite... Details
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Goodman, Cameron
Montana Fish, Widlife & Parks has developed a draft management plan and environmental impact statement (EIS) after a series of public meetings beginning in 2004 about grizzly bear management in western Montana. The increased grizzly population and distribution in western Montana prompted the... Details
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Heidmann, Peter
In late summer the last thing on your mind might be optimizing the fall and wintertime care for your horses. If you’re like me, you’re probably more interested in actually riding your horse than in managing it. But enhancing your horse’s health this season can be easy and intuitive if you keep some... Details
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Bjorklund, Anna
Running along a nine-mile stretch of the Madison River, just below Quake Lake, the Sun Ranch spans just over 18,700 acres in a region known as the birthplace of wild trout management. The area continues to incubate resource management ideas.This past summer, Sun Ranch’s owner, Roger Lang, announced... Details
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Smith, Curt
Surely you’ve been caught in the backcountry with foot and footwear issues, which is the last thing you need to contend with when trying to enjoy the outdoors. Getting properly fitted boots can help you overcome this.The boot-fitting process can be summed up in three words: TAKE YOUR TIME! It is... Details

Gear Reviews

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Mike England
Convenience is key at hunting camp—after a long day chasing elk through rugged Montana country, the last thing you need is to be stooped over a lightweight backpacking stove, struggling to prepare a hearty supper for you and your famished friends. The Coleman 2-Burner Propane Grill Stove is the... Details
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England, Mike
Turn off your headlamp, holster that marker-sized Mini-Mag, and think about the flashlights of yore—namely, Dad’s big ol’ handheld jobber that took the monstrous square battery and shot a beam of light halfway across town. You gotta admit, that was a pretty cool light. Here’s the good news: Those... Details
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Peterson, Simon
As a serious photographer I can’t count how many times I’ve struggled to schlep my gear around. From Europe to Yellowstone’s backcountry, I’ve never found a convenient method of carrying cameras, large lenses, film, tripods, computers, and other accessories, especially in one bag.That’s why I was... Details
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Peterson, Simon
If you’re looking for an inexpensive, easy solution to those soggy autumn sandwiches, look no further than the Mountainsmith Rain Cover III. With a slick design, this rain cover folds into itself, creating a convenient pouch that can be stuffed anywhere. The RC3 can cover large packs (between 5,000... Details
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England, Mike
If you’re like me, you tend to scrutinize the amount and proximity of tree limbs when selecting a backcountry campsite—between wet clothes and the abundance of miscellaneous gear, you just can’t have too many hanging spots. Well the campsite selection process just got easier. Outdoor Concepts has a... Details

Book Reviews

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Orem, Tina
Compiled by the Montana Center for the Book, Eat Our Words is a collection of recipes from 92 of Montana’s hottest authors. Like the writers, the recipes are worldly yet homey, creative yet practical, earnest but playful. Many are simple, and they are the best kind: finding a better pancake recipe... Details
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Orem, Tina
Bear books may all seem the same, and indeed the thinking may overlap quite a bit, but the variety of philosophies, yarns, and themes offered by books in this genre keep it from getting tired. For example, Tim Rubbert’s Hiking with Grizzlies: Lessons Learned (Riverbend Publishing) puts an... Details
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Orem, Tina
From the Marias River to the North Pole: A Montana History in Story Poemsby Bonnie Buckley MaldonadoFarcountry PressBonnie Buckley Maldonado, a fourth-generation rancher from Sweet Grass, wrote this book of poems to recall and celebrate her family’s history in the harsh, magnificent environment of... Details
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Anna Bjorklund
Horses they Rodeby Sid GustafsonRiverbend PublishingAuthor of several short stories, poetry, and a guidebook on canine first aid, Montana native Sid Gustafson is well-known for his practice of natural veterinary medicine. The Bozeman resident is continuing to grow his literary credentials with a... Details
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Vaienti, Lara
First comes the Nalgene bottle, then the North Face jacket, the backpack full of organic granola, the socks and sandals, and finally the retriever, often at its owner’s side. Be it yellow, red, brown, or black, this type of dog is a good indicator of who and where you are. Bozeman is a dog town,... Details
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Coble, Melynda
Expedition Canoeing: A Guide to Canoeing Wild Rivers in North Americaby Cliff JacobsonFalcon PressSome people are really into canoeing. If you’re one of them, or wish you were, pick up the 20th-anniversary edition of Expedition Canoeing. Jacobson has gathered his friends together to produce a very... Details

Columns

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Morris, Travis
Late September through mid-November is my favorite season. The brown trout get their deep, darkened spawning colors, and become overly territorial and predatory. The old adage “big fish, big fly” is no more true than at this time of year. To be successful in catching these golden leviathans, you’ll... Details
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Matthews, Jason
If you spend much time in the backcountry, you know that Mother Nature has a twisted sense of humor. You also realize that things don't always go as planned—can’t get a shot on the trophy bull, the trout aren't hungry, or you find out the hard way that the sick ski or paddle line you painstakingly... Details
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Manning, Jim
In the West, triangles have a certain “Come and get it!” quality, as any hungry cowpoke at the end of a long day can tell you: the clang of the metal triangle—the dinner bell from the chuckwagon--was music to his stomach.The sky can have a sort of come-and-get-it ambience as well on a clear, autumn... Details
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Frost, Melissa
THE FOOD NETWORKRecent reports of numerous bears in yards and garbage cans in Big Sky neighborhoods reminds us that it’s fall and bears are actively out trying to make a living. Even in areas where good, natural food is available, unnatural attractants such as dog food, birdseed, fruit trees, or... Details

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