Spring 2010

Features

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Pogge, Drew
Some days you’re feeling flush, some days you’re getting flushed—that’s the way it works. But more often than not, when I get near a kayak, it’s one of those “getting flushed” sort of days. And one spring a few years ago, with strong ambitions and weak judgment, I got flushed in a major way, right... Details
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Roberts, Lincoln
“It’s like standing at the top of the world,” I hear someone say over the constant hiss of the wind. Men mill around in shorts and t-shirts, ladies walk across a snowbank in sandals with heels, and a bright-yellow Mustang convertible rolls up with the top down. I take in the commotion while pulling... Details
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McCafferty, Keith
I met Bud Lilly in the fall of 1976, during a month-long camping trip to Yellowstone Park. I was a graduate student on fishing sabbatical, and when I entered the door of Bud Lilly's Trout Shop it wasn't to buy anything, but simply to pay homage at a Mecca of Western fly-fishing.The old... Details

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England, Mike
2010 Photo ContestWant to win $500 in cold, hard cash? How about a brand-new camera package? Maybe you want some great gear from local outdoor shops, free beer, or gift certificates to Bozeman-area stores? Then grab your camera, get outside, and start shooting. That’s right, the third annual... Details
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Cowardin, David
When it comes to tying dry flies, nothing is more important than how realistic a fly looks and how well it floats. There are many fly-tying techniques that can produce an almost unsinkable dry fly, but they usually require large quantities of foam, animal hair, and hackle feathers. In addition, the... Details
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Reuss, Dave
Stricken with the struggles of puberty, awkward attempts at dating, and the ever-precarious Rubik’s cube of social acceptance, middle school is a hard time in every kid’s life. But one private school, Headwaters Academy, tries to change one of the most difficult stages in life into one of the most... Details
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Muennich, Pete
Spring recreation in and around Bozeman almost always includes some form of water sport. For those of us with a canine counterpart, this can be intimidating, especially when watercraft is involved. Making sure your dog is comfortable aboard your boat is vital to the success of your day. Local dog... Details
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Orem, Tina
Bring your rusty ride into the Bozeman Bike Kitchen's annual recycle drive and they'll fix it up, shine it up, and give it up to somebody who needs it. Last year the group refurbished and redistributed 51 bikes from the event; they stripped and recycled another 1,200 pounds of bike through Pacific... Details
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Dehmer, Kurt
Not unlike the reappearance of songbirds or the emergence of the tulips in Granny’s flowerbed, the annual Montana State University spring rodeo is a sure sign of the season. Intercollegiate cowboys and cowgirls from across the Big Sky Region converge on Bozeman for this annual National... Details
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Hopper, Carolyn
Green Crocs, French pedicures, and gray hair? Yup. We’re the River Girls. Or sometimes “Val’s Pals,” named after the woman who got the ball rolling. Between us we have at least 75 years of fishing experience—all over the world. Don’t be fooled by our less-than-girlish figures or our other passion—... Details
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Orem, Tina
With ten years of Outside Bozeman articles archived online, there’s lots to read about recreation in southwest Montana. Every so often, we do a tally of the stories that get the most hits. To check them out, go to outsidebozeman.com and click on the magazine cover on the upper right. You can then... Details
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Muennich, Pete
One beautiful spring weekend last year, I opted to head east to hunt down some Merriam turkeys. I had recently gotten permission from a friend at school to hunt his family ranch along the Yellowstone. Having never pursued Merriams before—only Easterns back in Kentucky—I was excited to add a new... Details
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Dave Reuss
As winter slogs along and you begin to crave stone to pull on, finding the right shoulder-season crag can make for perfect afternoon climbing while your friends are out skiing on slush. So grab the quickdraws, approach shoes, and a down jacket (just in case): here’s our mini-guide to finding the... Details
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McMahon, Amy
Have you ever gone hiking on a glorious summer day, only to come to a fork in the trail… that isn’t labeled? Ever been cruising along on your bike, just you and Montana, only to come to a crossroads full of speeding cars? If you’ve spent any time on the trails of Gallatin County, you know this is... Details
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Orem, Tina
Times may be tough economically, but in other respects Bozeman is doing just fine. That’s what Stephen Johnson, executive director of the Gallatin Valley Land Trust (GVLT), has to say about the future of open space and area trails around the Bozone. According to Johnson, GVLT closed on a record... Details
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Tina Orem
With all the attention on Canada over the last few months, it was natural for us to wonder about Banff, home to the Banff Center for Mountain Culture and originator of one of Bozeman’s all-time favorite events, the Banff Mountain Film Festival. Another mountain town known for incredible skiing,... Details
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Rugemer, Laurie
Pulling up to the South Cottonwood trailhead, I take a moment to survey the half-full parking lot of fellow outdoor enthusiasts milling around their cars, preparing to hike, bike, or run the trail with a small pack and a willing dog in tow. I can see on their faces that they’re here for a good... Details
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Mussehl-Aziz, Judee
The coming of spring is a big deal, and the Bozeman Recreation Department has planned many programs to get kids and families outdoors. Here are some highlights: T-Ball registration starts February 27 and runs until April 10. The league is for kids 4-8 years old who want to learn fundamental skills... Details
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Drew Pogge
What to do till summer.This is the season when we whine the loudest in the office. After all, it's cold and muddy out there—in a weird way. It's not really warm enough to float, not dry enough to bike, and the ski hills are getting a little slushy, too. What the hell are you going to do with all... Details
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Thatcher, Laurie and Tony
Warm, sunny days might seem years away, but it’s never too early to start thinking about summer races. Triathlon? Road race? Trail run? A late spring or summer race is great motivation for cold-weather training, and you don’t need to be a seasoned athlete to get started. Depending on your goal and... Details
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Barba, Katie
Last issue, Outside Bozeman visited three local workout facilities that were easily accessible, conveniently located, and offered a free trial period. We wanted to expand the playing field this issue, so I chose two more that seemed a bit more demanding. Maybe, like us, you’ve thought, “I can’t... Details
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Krueger, Ryan
The last time I floated down the Madison, I was waist-deep in water, scuffing along the bottom in an underinflated, sinking kiddy pool. I had on far too little clothing given the circumstances and with both hands full of beer; navigation of such a vessel was simply out of the question. It appeared... Details
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Walters, Lou
If you're looking for a "permission slip" to go fishing this weekend, read on. Because with cardiovascular disease being the leading cause of death in Montana, you should know that catching that spring trout is more than just good for your belly and your ego. Trout Is Anti-InflammatoryChronic... Details
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England, Mike
A hero is someone who has given his or her life to something bigger than oneself. —Joseph CampbellIt’s not easy to be a hero in southwest Montana. Unlike other places, where fame and fortune seem sufficient criteria, we hold our heroes to a higher standard. Perhaps it’s our rugged frontier history... Details
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Ruhland, Michael
Few things are as satisfying as cooking up fresh-caught trout in the springtime. The cold, clear water makes for some of the healthiest, tastiest trout you’ll find anywhere. And literally bringing home the bacon—or in this case, fillets—remains one the purest ways to connect to the natural world... Details
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Reuss, Dave
Brittany Wiser’s laughter echoed through the snowy woods of the Bridger Mountains as I lay there with my skis and poles wedged beneath my tangled limbs. The original plan was to do something like ice climbing up Hyalite or maybe going to Spire, but then the plan changed to Bohart Ranch. She told me... Details
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McMahon, Amy
The controversy is an old one: ranchers eke out a living doing work that is important and will never be easy. Conservationists do not approve of the pesticides, growth hormones, and environmental issues associated with ranching. There doesn't seem to be much of a common ground.The Western... Details
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Pogge, Drew
With the possible exception of road cyclists (see “Living with Lycra,” Summer 2009, and my subsequent stacks of hate mail), whitewater kayakers—and playboaters, most of all—are perhaps the most visibly flamboyant, linguistically challenged, and cognitively "distinct" group of outdoors-people in the... Details
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Brown, Doug
In March, the Montana state legislature celebrated the completion of its 10-year effort to change the names of 76 places containing the word squaw. Though House Bill 412, the measure that first sought the name changes, was originally submitted over a decade ago, in 1999 Democratic Senator Carol... Details
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Lewis, Marshall
Springtime in Montana offers many photo opportunities. But capturing wildflowers, snowmelt, and other beautiful scenes with a digital SLR camera is challenging, especially if you're trying to get those up-close shots that everyone oohs and aahs about. So here a few tips for getting better photos.... Details

Gear Reviews

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Sullivan, Megan
Hands down, this is the best boot ever. This women-specific trekking boot has a narrower heel than men’s boots, making them more supportive. I have super-weak ankles, and not only do these boots give me the boost I need for rough terrain, but they also weigh less than three pounds, so I don’t feel... Details
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Carruthers, Abby
Hands down the best down jacket I have ever worn, the Stoic Bombshell Insulated Jacket should be added to your list of essential gear for a cold day outside. The Cirrus Microfiber Synthetic Insulation kept me warm and dry, but this waterproof and breathable fabric also has some stretch to it, which... Details
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Barba, Katie
Early spring fishing can do a number on your body if you aren’t dressed properly. My current jacket is great, but on those freezing-rain days you need some real core warmth. I got the Inversion Vest from Cloudveil and have been rockin’ that thing like crazy. It’s so comfortable, I could sleep in it... Details
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England, Mike
I’m a dirtbag at heart, content to wear ratty second-hand clothing covered in duct tape—but one thing I won’t scrimp on is socks. Warm, comfortable feet are a must, and the new Ski Light OTC from Point6 is just what the ski doctor ordered. Premium-grade merino wool provides softness and warmth, and... Details
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Reuss, Dave
Like it or not, micro-cams are inherently unsettling. Trusting something marble-sized to stop thousands of pounds of force takes some pretty big marbles of your own, so when you’re up above that 1/2-inch placement, you want the absolute best plugged into the rock. I tested the Metolius Master Cams... Details
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England, Mike
Skiing steep, rock-laden spring lines demands protection—and for optimal cranial coverage, you’ll want to join the masses and pick up a Smith Variant Brim. Despite this helmet’s widespread popularity, it was my first and so I rued the unwieldy plastic bucket that would soon sit atop my skull. I... Details
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Krueger, Ryan
Outa Ware Travel Pants offered me a feature every man dreams of: they felt like I wasn’t wearing pants at all. Built from lightweight microfiber polyester, they have an airy feel, yet I could easily wear them in both cold and warm weather alike. They’ve got two mesh pockets, an elastic belt, and... Details
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Muennich, Pete
This base layer is one of the most featherlight wool layers I have ever worn. Made from Merino wool, the Merino Bliss Shirt will keep you dry and warm—two of the factors you want most in any outdoor sport. Merino wool actually pulls away vapor sweat from your body and gets rid of it before your... Details
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England, Mike
A fly vest is kinda like a home: all empty spaces tend to get filled. Nature may abhor a vacuum, but I like the Flint Hills Vest from Fishpond. Although the pockets are abundant (eight in front, four inside, two in back), they’re also rather small and trim, which prevents pointless overstuffing of... Details
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Sheehan, Joe
A great outer layer on cold spring days, the Merrell Adirondack Shirt Jacket is quite warm, quilted with 60 grams of Opti-Warm insulation. It’s also a burly man coat, ideal for everything from chopping wood, to chaining up your rig, to walking across town on a blustery day. The water-resistant... Details
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England, Mike
This may be a Carhartt town—and don’t get us wrong, we love ‘em too—but there’s more than one way to bedeck your lower body in Bozeman. Among those few but fine options is Arborwear, and the Estimator is the ideal alternative to the “Carhartt casual” look. I wear mine to work every other day—or did... Details
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Bass, Rick
If I were ever to get serious about self-improvement, one of the things I would most like to change about myself is to stop being the kind of person—broke-ass writer—who, when he needs sunglasses, buys half a dozen Michael Jackson varieties for $2.99 each, and then wears them for the better part of... Details
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England, Mike
Cam straps—those flat blue straps you see over every car-mounted kayak and canoe in Montana—may be one of the coolest inventions in recent years, but for most outdoor chores, nothing but good old-fashioned rope will do. And if you thought rope was rope, think again—spend enough time with the stuff... Details
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England, Mike
Like the hand-held flashlight before it, which reached its evolutionary apex with the once-ubiquitous Mini Maglite (aka, MiniMag), the modern headlamp seems to grow smaller and lighter while still providing maximum light output. One notable instance of this progression is the Princeton Tech Remix,... Details
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Muennich, Pete
A snug fit on a lightweight, thin-material beanie is crucial, which is why we like the Alpine Reversible Beanie. It's also a little fruity: made with Cocona, which is composed of crushed coconut shells, this hat is durable and water-resistant. The beanie style may make people think you're a serious... Details
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England, Mike
For calorie-rich backcountry sustenance, it’s hard to beat the classic PB&J sandwich. It’s simple, tasty, and can emerge completely edible after 12 hours in an overstuffed backpack. ProBar has taken this convenience factor one step further—and ramped up the health factor—by adding an Old School... Details
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Barba, Katie
At some point in her life, every woman runs into a situation like this: you’re in a drift boat, you have to relieve yourself, and you’re in waders. The men are peeing right off the boat while you grimace at your own discomfort. You now have to dock, walk off into the woods, and completely undress... Details
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The Editors
From the leader in ergonomically advanced paddles, the Adventure Technologies AT4 River offers a natural wrist position, improved control, and larger blades on this new piece to maximize stroke and reduce flutter each time you pull it through the water. The AT4 is the best in its class when... Details
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Barba, Katie
I wanted a pair of Uggs, Emus, or something warm and comfy to slide on after skiing, fishing, etc. After doing some research on how not to blow a million dollars on shoes that make my legs look like nubby stumps, I discovered the Eva, made by a California-based company called Bearpaw. Not only are... Details
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Barba, Katie
Dogs are easy to please. And the adventurous outdoor dogs of Bozeman are no exception. They live in our boats, truck beds, and tents; they’re covered with mud and dirt; and they’re happy as can be. But sometimes, when they’ve worked their tails off or been particularly obedient, we like to reward... Details

Additional Articles

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Muennich, Pete
Adventure sports and epic films pretty much go hand in hand these days, and kayaking is no exception. This spring River Roots, a production company founded by professional kayaker and filmmaker Rush Sturges, premiers Dream Result—its newest adventure documentary. The global journey follows some of... Details
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Smith, Marjorie
What’s your Mother’s Day plan? Chocolates? Brunch? Gift certificate for a day spa? Don’t forget, we’re Montana women—why not get OUTSIDE to celebrate?Madison County seems to dry out a little earlier than here in the Bozone. Treat Mom to some Montana scenery and drive west on Route 84 from Four... Details
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England, Mike
With 84 years under his belt—and a heart palpitator inside his chest—Bud Lilly still can’t seem to slow down. The indefatigable octogenarian’s latest effort is a new Gallatin River access point in Logan, upstream from the bridge at the I-90 exit. A full three acres of unused land and dilapidated... Details
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Reuss, Dave
Getting your kids into the outdoors is great, but teaching them at the same time is even better. For the last 15 years, Montana Outdoor Science School (MOSS) has been providing quality outdoor education and nature camps for the youth of Bozeman. Oriented around fun, hands-on learning and fostering... Details
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Tina Orem
If you've ever wanted an invitation onto Ted Turner's famous Green Ranch, along the Madison River west of Bozeman, dress as a buffalo and you just might get in. After all, two days after Valentine's Day, the Montana Department of Livestock and Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks struck a deal with... Details
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Amy McMahon
Looks like the tax bills might be going up for the folks in the Gallatin National Forest's 198 privately owned cabins, many of which were built decades ago when the U.S. Forest Service began leasing federal lands to Americans in the early twentieth century. Typically, cabin owners have been paying... Details
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Pete Muennich
With the addition of Slushman’s chairlift, more relaxed Ridge rules, and the opening of side-country access gates on both sides of the mountain, things may feel a little different to those who grew up skiing Bridger Bowl. It looks like the changes will keep coming next season too, as Bridger now... Details
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Dehmer, Kurt
One of the most beautiful things you are ever likely to see is a thundering herd of horses raising dust under the azure Montana sky. Just ask anyone who’s ever seen it. Some folks will tell you it’s downright religious, but most lack the words to describe such a sight. Maybe just thinking about it... Details
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Roberts, Lincoln
The Beartooth Pass typically opens in late May, after sufficient melt-off for plows to clear the snow-laden Beartooth Highway (U.S. Highway 212). One of the most scenic drives in the country, this 70-mile-long, high-alpine byway is also one of the most rugged, with 12,000-foot peaks, glacial lakes... Details

Book Reviews

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Reuss, Dave
Nervous about sprawling development and threatened wild areas in Yellowstone Park, author and longtime O/B contributor Philip R. Knight decided to experience the wilderness firsthand with a walking circumnavigation of the entire ecosystem. Into Deepest Yellowstone (PublishAmerica, $25) chronicles... Details
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McMahon, Amy
Countless books of photography have been published about the greater Bozeman area, and yet, local photographer Carol Polich, in Portrait of Paradise (Farcountry Press, $25), still managed to provide a uniquely intimate and beautiful view of our beloved land. Accompanying her gorgeous photographs... Details
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Krueger, Ryan
If you like cooking outdoors but aren't exactly Bobby Flay when it comes to technique, then this book might help make your next blaze a little more enjoyable. With over 150 recipes and 12 cooking techniques, Cooking Backyard to Backcountry (Riverbend Publishing, $20) will teach you how to dig a... Details
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Sullivan, Megan
I’ll take a girl on the rocks, please. Katie Brown’s book Girl on the Rocks (Falcon Guides, $20) is a great introduction for any beginning climber and an inspiration for rock-hard veterans as well. This book is not an instruction manual; it focuses less on training or specifics and more on... Details
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England, Mike
If you’re shopping for a new turkey blaster—or just want to ogle all the cool guns on the market—pick up a copy of the Firearms Multimedia Guide (Impressum Media, $30) and prepare to spend several hours in a desirous daze. Over 40,000 entries cover rifles, pistols, shotguns, air guns, and... Details
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Reuss, Dave
Ted Leeson, author of Inventing Montana: Dispatches from the Madison Valley (Skyhorse Publishing, $25) posits an interesting theory: the moniker “Montana” doesn’t strictly refer to the geographic place that is our home, but rather a personal interpretation of an area—our own “invention.” This... Details

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