Spring 2017

Outside Bozeman Spring 2017
Nothing feels quite as good as the first day of spring: birds chirping, sun shining, trails drying, and a new issue of Outside Bozeman to inspire this season's outdoor adventure. For this year, we have off-the-beaten path road-trips, ski-moutaineering objectives, the season's best gear, and much, much more. Whether you've been waiting all winter for spring's first hatch, or the crowded confines of the climbing gym are on your last nerve, take advantage and head outside—to the river, the crag, the trail, or the campground. And bring along O/B to start planning your next epic. 

 

 

Features

Big Hole Valley, Montana Road-Trips
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Under-the-radar spring trips. Afoot and light-hearted I take to the open road,Healthy, free, the world before me,The long brown path before me leading wherever I choose.—Walt Whitman, “Song of the Open Road” Few excursions swell the heart of the outdoor enthusiast like a spring road-trip. The sense... Details
Montana Bighorn Sheep, Gravelly Mountains
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Don Thomas
Like a herd of rutting rams, various parties butt heads over bighorn-sheep management in southwest Montana—but others are figuring out ways to work together.Great abundance of the Argalia or big-horned animals in the high country through which this river passes. —Meriwether Lewis, May 29, 1805The “... Details

Departments

Sklar Bikes, Adam Sklar, Gravel Grinding, Bozeman
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Adam Sklar
Dirt-road rides for spring. If you’re itching to ride but can’t wait for the trails to dry, dirt roads are where it’s at. A gravel-grinder is the best option, but hardtails and short-travel mountain bikes work, too. Here are some routes to consider this spring.Gallatin River: easy; 10 miles round-... Details
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Dave Zinn
Spring paddling safety. As spring settles into the northern Rockies, whitewater enthusiasts eagerly watch the weather, waiting for winter snowmelt to come roaring down the rivers. In southwest Montana, river-runners appear from near and far to enjoy this lively stage of the hydrologic cycle.... Details
Montana Panoramic, Spring Camping, Bozeman
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David Tucker
Lowland camping this spring.   By the time spring rolls around, we’ve all got cabin fever. And even if you spent the winter outside, skiing, snowshoeing, and ice climbing, when’s the last time you slept under the stars? As temperatures rise, the urge to camp grows, soon outpacing the languid melt-... Details
Whiskey Gulch, Tobacco Roots, Bouldering
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Kevin Kennedy
Quenching the spring-climbing thirst. If you’re a rock climber in Bozeman, you’ve probably found yourself seasonally confused. One day, a rogue storm will drop smoky cold powder and pull you to your skis and into the Bridger Range. The next, you long for a dry sunny day wrestling slabs of rock with... Details
Bozeman, Montana, Drew Pogge
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Drew Pogge
Choosing day by day.   “People are like dice. We throw ourselves in the direction of our own choosing.” ―Jean-Paul SartreIt could be the season—spring is a time of abundant change—or maybe it’s the political and social climate we’ve been enduring, but lately many of my friends have been asking some... Details
Face-off, Tacoma, Outback
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Adventure vehicles abound around Bozeman, and like streamflows, these envy-inducing gear-haulers reach their peak in spring. Loaded down with every imaginable item of outdoor equipment—bikes, skis, paddleboards, driftboats, et al—they conjure pulse-raising images of multisport excursions near and... Details
Copper City Trails, Southwest Montana Mountain Bike Association
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David Tucker
Bozeman mountain bikers have long craved a three-season destination close to town, and thanks to the tireless efforts of Bozeman’s Tim Hawke, they’re going to get their wish. The Bureau of Land Management has approved Tim’s proposal for 30 miles of trail at Copper City, a swath of scrub and rolling... Details
Yellowstone River Fish Kill, Montana Invasive Species
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Andrea Jones, FWP
Last year’s massive whitefish kill on the Yellowstone River was bad, but for Montana anglers, it may be a signal of what's to come. Last February, Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks announced that the Big Hole, Jefferson, Madison, East Gallatin, Gallatin, Yellowstone, Shields (at the Yellowstone),... Details
Custer Gallatin Road Openings
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Mariah Leuschen-Lonergan, USFS
Spring is in the air and Custer Gallatin National Forest employees are busy across your forest. Here are some important dates to be aware of when planning your recreation this season.  Campground OpeningsGreek Creek and Moose Creek – May 5Red Cliff – May 11Spire Rock – May 16Langohr, Hood Creek... Details
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Staying active in the public-lands fight is essential to ensuring victory for outdoor recreation, public access, and wildlife protection. Below you'll find all the information you need to make a difference.  Address emails to:Montana State Senate (2017 session)[email protected], nancyballance@... Details
Gallatin River Runoff, Bozeman, Montana
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The Gallatin River is our backyard playground—we fish it, paddle it, swim it, hunt it, meander it. Come spring, it’s more dynamic than ever, waking from a season-long slumber, roaring to life once again. Here are some facts and figures about Bozeman’s beloved local waterway. Etymology: Albert... Details
Beartooth Pass, Pet Advice, Bozeman
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Simon Peterson
A canine slide-for-life.  Skiing with canine comrades is one of the most rewarding experiences dog-owners can have, but it can also be one of the riskiest. The objective hazards of alpine recreation require a different interpretation when traveling with man’s best friend. Understanding these... Details
Jelt Belt, Bozeman Businesses
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Kira Stoops
Jelt Belt keeps Bozemanites from cracking. Meet Jennifer Fait Perry, self-declared tomboy (“it’s amazing that I haven’t grown balls yet”) and proud founder/owner/inventor of Jelt, Bozeman’s adventure-belt company.O/B: Tell us about the moment you decided to launch Jelt, and spare us no details.JFP... Details

Gear Reviews

Pearl Izumi Select Escape
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David Tucker
A lightweight shell is a staple and especially useful in spring. Whether you’re running, biking, hiking, or fishing, having a water-repellent windproof layer will keep you comfortable and safe when the weather turns. The Select Escape from Pearl Izumi is a no-frills option that is bike-specific. It... Details
Nemo Nocturne 15
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Chris McCarthy
I’ve never been a fan of mummy bags; I understand their usefulness when backpacking, but even then I’ve been known to take a traditional bag for comfort. NEMO must have read my mind because they’ve combined comfort and packability with their Nocturne 15. This spoon-shaped bag provides extra room at... Details
Therm-a-rest NeoAir All Season SV
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David Howlett
After two seasons of heavy abuse and several patch jobs, it was time for a new air mattress. I opted for the four-season, rugged, go-anywhere NeoAir All Season SV from Therm-A-Rest. It took several tries using the new SpeedValve, but once I got the hang of it, the mattress aired up quickly. Fully... Details

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