Spring 2003

Features

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Fast, Annie
It all started in the Crazy Mountains northeast of Bozeman in the spring of 1999. It was here that Pro kayaker Ben Selznick and MSU film school graduate Arden Oksanen first teamed up as athlete and cinematographer. Oksanen got the first-descent footage that afternoon and called his fellow MTA... Details
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England, Mike
From my blocking position atop a rock outcropping, I scan the broad, sage-covered slope below. There's movement to my left. Sliding along like phantoms, a small group of horses has veered out of a narrow gully and wheeled back upslope. If they make the ridge, they'll be gone, lost amid the shaded... Details
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Orms, R. Kent
It was a curious moment on the steep hillside. After miles of rhythmic skinning in the early light of dawn, the trail turned upward. At almost the same moment that the sun broke over the high peaks in front of us, the climbing skin on my downhill ski caught on a root, stopping my progress in... Details
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Keeler, Greg
Fishing in Yellowstone wind, I've discovered how to remove a hook from my ear. I put a loop of line through the bend in the hook and jerk it out backward. While I was at a doctor's learning this the hard way, a guy in the waiting room was going in for a vasectomy, so as the doctor mopped up the... Details

Departments

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Davis, Thail
Looking cute is important at all times and outdoor recreation is no exception! Lack of amenities while, say, spending four days camping out and rock climbing, need not prevent you from achieving optimum cuteness. The mere fact of being outdoors enjoying life lends itself to utter adorability if you... Details
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Smith, Chrysti
When spring returns to Montana, so does the elegant and graceful sandhill crane. Flying in from their Texas/New Mexico winter feeding grounds, flocks of cranes announce their vernal arrival with wild, trumpeting cries. Pairs of birds establish nesting sites, perform elaborate courtship dances, mate... Details
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Regnerus, Shawn
The Bridgers give Bozeman a skyline as distinctive as any city. The silhouettes of Saddle Peak, Ross Peak, Sacajawea, and Hardscrabble are as recognizable to Gallatin Valley residents as the silhouettes of the Chrysler Building and the Empire State Building are to New Yorkers.But the Bridgers are... Details
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Kayser, Mitch
Tired of the same old food when out camping? Sick of the typical smashed buns with semifrozen charred hot dogs? Just because you're outside doesn't mean your meals have to remind you of your sophomore year of college. There's so much more out there than just convenient bagged food. Why not make... Details
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Center, Dean
It's spring again, the season of renewal and anticipation. In a good year, you've had your fill of snow and cold by now. There's only so much you can stand of the climbing wall and the swim center. Summer's coming, and you're mad to get out. But wait--the trails are too muddy and the roads are too... Details
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Roots, Alex
Yellowstone Park is an enigma to the everyday citizen of Bozeman. The natural wonders it contains are unsurpassed. The wildlife, the scenery, and all the steam and bubbling mud combine to put an exclamation point on this corner of the globe. But while everyone appreciates the fat wallets that the... Details
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Sinay, Ken
I've stripped down to a t-shirt, sitting in full sunlight on a warm May afternoon. My friends, ten-year-old Kaeli and her mom, Linda, and I have been grazing on trail mix, sandwiches, pasta salads, and other assorted snacks. In spite of this, I'm still "high-grading" the chocolate chips out of the... Details
Spring Corn, Backcountry Skiing, Bozeman, Monrtana
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Chabot, Doug
For sweet spring corn.Spring is one of my favorite times to ski. The days are warmer and longer, and if you hit it right, backcountry "corn" can seem like 2,000-foot groomers, without the cost or the crowds. However, to taste the fruits your timing needs to be impeccable.Spring cycles of warm days... Details
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England, Mike
"We are not building this country of ours for a day. It is to last through the ages." -Teddy RooseveltAs spring arrives in Montana, a possible invasion of Iraq looms on the not-so-distant horizon. Opinions vary greatly about the necessity and morality of such an invasion, with intense debates and... Details
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Hostetler, Jeff
For me, fishing began 27 years ago, at the age of five when my family and I would thread fat nightcrawlers onto bait hooks and fish for anything that swam. Several years later I picked up a fly rod, and at the same time began tying my own flies. Some caught fish; many did not.Later, when I lamented... Details
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Manning, Jim
Ah, spring! The time of year when robins return and gophers peep their heads out of their winter burrows with their little brains turned to thoughts of romance. But while the meek conspire to inherit the earth through sheer reproduction, the springtime sky above is filled with fiercer creatures:... Details
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Orms, R. Kent
Every year in April, the sleepy town of Cooke City comes alive as backcountry aficionados swarm the town for a raucous good time known as Sweet Corn Festival. Put on each year by the Cooke City Bike Shack, The Miner Bar, and other local businesses, Sweet Corn draws all types to the steep slopes of... Details

Gear Reviews

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Hostetler, Jeff
Brodin Netswww.brodin.com800-336-8738Brodin Nets of Missoula, Montana has been constructing high-quality, classic landing nets since 1978, and they’ve just released a new line of products for the 2003 fishing season. The company used to manufacture their nets in Logan, but recently moved the... Details
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England, Mike
Crazy Creek Products—Red Lodge, MTCanoe Chair, Canoe Bagwww.crazycreek.com406.446.3446For most paddlers, spring is all about snow-fed rivers and raging whitewater—and that means a lean, no-frills boat. But for lakes and damned rivers, why not strap on a few amenities and enjoy a little more comfort... Details
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England, Mike
Wenonah Canoe—Winona, MNRogue, Rendezvouswww.wenonah.com507.454.5430Kayak, schmayak! That’s been my mantra since the spring of 2000, when a friend and I ran the North Fork of the Shoshone in solo white-water canoes. The river was raging, and we tipped our boats and swam more than once that day—but... Details

Additional Articles

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Henning, Becky
When I turned 13, my dad decided that he wanted to be a cowboy. To my chagrin, he started wearing cowboy boots, a plaid shirt, a cowboy hat, and a black duster—everywhere. At the time, I was too embarrassed to appreciate his longing to ride. But now, after chasing some of my own childhood fantasies... Details
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England, Mike
Sick of seeing grocery bags wrapped around tree limbs as you’re casting for trout? How about those empty Budweiser cans bobbing alongside your boat? If you prefer our local streams waste-free, then join the Gallatin Valley Wad’n Women for a river clean up on Sunday, April 27th. The first-annual... Details
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England, Mike
Like any other issue that affects us and our recreation around Bozeman, the important thing is to get involved. But unlike many governmental policies, your voice DOES make a difference with the Gallatin National Forest's travel plan. After the Draft Travel Plan was released, the planning office... Details
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Kelley, Shannon
Can you say, "Viva Las Vegas?" You'd better start thinking about it, because that's the theme for this year's Pinhead Classic, where dozens of telemark "pinheads" head for Bridger Bowl dressed in wacky costumes to race each other on a specially designed course. The Montana Telemark Corporation (MTC... Details
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Henning, Becky
Remember seventh grade? Puberty, pimples, braces, the drama of discovering the opposite sex? The truth is, most of us were emotionally scarred by some traumatic middle-school event. But, maybe if we’d had teachers like Jennifer Royall, Karen Johnson, Brenda Johnson, Sue Livers, Gregg Perry, and... Details
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England, Mike
With the abundance of $50,000 SUVs and latté stands around southwest Montana, it’s easy to think that the old days of cowboys and livestock drives are completely gone. Not so. On April 18, 19, and 20, Montana Horses will host a Spring Roundup that’s right out of the Old West, with a three-day horse... Details

Book Reviews

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Henning, Becky
Countless books have been written about Lewis and Clark’s adventures searching for the Pacific Ocean: trekking across hostile Indian lands, befriending Sacajawea, and fording treacherous rivers. Fewer books have been written about Montana’s equally colorful and exciting history outside of the... Details

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