Summer 2006

Features

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McCune, Jenny
The streets and trails of Bozeman are alive with cycling.Whether it’s the Lance Effect or soaring gas prices, the Gallatin Valley’s population boom, people wanting to get fit, you name it, everywhere you look there are people on bikes: young and old, riding everything from town cruisers to sleek... Details
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Thielman-Ibes, Kim
When I mailed my first Jim Bridger Trail Run application in during the spring of 2003, I really did have the full intent of actually training for it. But I had no idea what I was getting into, as the “trail” part of the equation didn’t quite register. You see, I was a pavement junkie. If anyone had... Details
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Knight, Phil
Next time you look south of Bozeman, to the mountains that border our beautiful valley, consider what you are seeing. Rising in a riotous mass of sharp peaks, craggy ridges, and vast alpine plateaus, split by steep canyons, decorated with clear, cold tarns, draped with snowdrifts, clad with vibrant... Details
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St. Thomas, Mike
He had seen the end of an era, the sunset of the pioneer. He had come upon it when already its glory was nearly spent. So in the buffalo times a traveller [sic] used to come upon the embers of a hunter’s fire on the prairies, after the hunter was up and gone; the coals would be trampled out, but... Details
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Lyons, MacNeil
An early-summer walkabout—that’s what my wife Lucy and I had in mind that bright Montana morning. We left Gardiner, the little town of 850 people on the Park’s northern border, and drove two-and-a-half miles north on the Old Yellowstone Road. This washboarded road runs parallel to the old railroad... Details
Fishing Yellowstone River - Emigrant Peak
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Hudnutt, Lisa
It would become a perfect day. One of those rare days when the air feels neither warm nor cool; not clammy, but not noticeably arid either. An air temperature so ideal that until you think back on it, at the end of a day spent outdoors, you don’t notice it.However, just the previous afternoon my... Details

Departments

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Orem, Tina
Tom Walker is taking me into his “mood room.” It’s a dim area containing four or five hot tubs, plants, water that is changing colors, funky music, and a star-scape light fixture that gives the place a planetarium-like feel. Tall, clean-cut, and soft-spoken, Tom is definitely not the hairy-chest-... Details
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Tanner Strickland
Ranger cabins for every mood.Ranger cabins have a long and illustrious record in southwestern Montana. They once housed very lonely rangers who did lots of scientific work and occasionally single-handedly fought raging forest fires. Now they house a variety of adventure-seekers who are more self-... Details
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Dehmer, Kurt
Many folks believe that procrastination is the key to flexibility, and although that may be true for issues pertaining to duties at the office, chores around the house, and any number of items on a “honey-do” list, this philosophy usually results in disaster when applied to your summer hunting-... Details
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Schroeder, Dave
As I slowly wind down the labyrinth of new roads from another exclusive clubhouse-to-be nestled high in the last best waste, my eyes are drawn to the mocha-tinted meltwater snaking down through the drainage ditch to my right. Small rivulets of clear water enter from the rebounding forest between... Details
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Strickland, Tanner
Kevin Hutchison has given southwestern Montana a gift that keeps on giving, and he humbly calls the guide that opens our eyes to the vast possibilities of climbing in Paradise Valley “a dream realized.” When he began developing areas for sport and trad (traditional, for you non-climbers) climbing... Details
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Strickland, Tanner
Patagonia stores usually creep me out. Around here, the line is often referred to as Patagucci, and the pricey goods are worthy of the slang. I’ve been to several of their retail stores, most recently the one in Chamonix, France, where sales associates were actually wearing Gucci, and their... Details
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Merkel, Larry
The snow has melted and the warm weather has arrived. For many of us, that means one thing: biking season is here! Biking is a great way for almost anyone to enjoy the outdoors, and in the past few years riding has become a way of life in southwest Montana. Some bike to commute, but most people... Details
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St. Thomas, Mike
In late April, the Emerson Cultural Center hosted the looping, beat-boxing one-man-band known as Keller Williams. Keller wowed the sold-out crowd for almost three hours, creating multilayered grooves with his guitar, voice, and any soniferous device within arm’s reach. The enthusiastic, sometimes... Details
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Knight, Phil
Joe Gutkoski knows the Gallatin Range as well as anyone. After leaving the military, he worked for the Forest Service for 32 years, including 13 as a smoke jumper. He retired from the Forest Service in 1982. Joe is also known for his mountaineering exploits, including the first ascent of the Black... Details
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England, Mike
Not every mountainous region in the world is blessed with the quality of life we enjoy in Montana. The people of Nepal and Tibet, for example, are so bad off in places that they lack access to education, clean water, and other basic needs. But a few Bozeman locals aim to change all that. On Tuesday... Details
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Harris, Jim
It’s a bright summer morning as my wife Mary Pat and I drive east on I-90 toward Big Timber. Just outside Livingston we watch a man on horseback move cattle across a sprawling pasture, and we suddenly realize it’s been quite a while since either one of us has ridden a horse. Contemplating our... Details
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Smith, Marjorie
In the summer, my 86-year-old mother’s year-round battle with urbanized deer reaches its peak. Deer are very fond of some of her favorite plants: snow peas, lettuce, hybrid roses. She’s rigged a tall fence around a space in the center of what used to be her huge vegetable garden. Each year, more... Details
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Schultz, Briana
Summer is here—it’s time to break out the barbeque, dust off the flip-flops, pop open a cold beer, and round up your friends. Summer's arrival also marks the beginning of the Copper River salmon season. Almost 300 miles in length, this wild, rushing river empties into the Prince William Sound at... Details
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St. Thomas, Mike
Scott Creel, an ecology professor at MSU, is a masters runner (over 40) who destroys competitors of all ages. The 2003 U.S. 50k trail champion has won ultramarathons and trail races at the national level and is seven-time winner of the Bridger Ridge Run (he holds the course’s six fastest times). He... Details
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Greenberg, Julie Jenkins
Why is it that in summer months we have more elbow pain? The answers include tennis, golf, fishing, and many other repetitive-strain disorders, from drinking beer to pulling weeds.The elbow is the joint where three long bones meet in the middle portion of the arm. The bone of the upper arm, the... Details
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Coble, Melynda
Backpacking through Corcovado National Park in Costa Rica last April, Mariann Van Den Elzen ran into three folks from the Bozeman/Big Sky area. The following week, in Puerto Viejo, two Missoulians on bikes stopped her to ask, “Hey! Do you want to see a sloth?” In total, Van Den Elzen met seven... Details
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England, Mike
Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail. –Ralph Waldo EmersonI’m sitting a few hundred yards above the M, looking at the valley floor through my binoculars. They’re good binos, and they bring the entire valley into crisp, clear perspective. They act as... Details
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Brockmeyer, BA
I lost a lifelong friend recently. We grew up together in a small town in central Illinois. It’s one of those places that you can’t wait to leave when you’re old enough, but continually find yourself gravitating toward over the course of a lifetime.Being a few years older, my friend (and self-... Details
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O/B Readers
Thanks for the opportunity to contact you concerning your super magazine. I now look for it! I just wanted to drop you a short note concerning a letter from Misdemeanor Marvin of the Gallatin County jail (Summer 2005).Printing his letter, which I considered to be disgusting was, I believe, not a... Details
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Keeler, Greg
I’ve seen a small god among the birds.It’s their grip on things. I’ve watched them evenafter death holding the wire, an absurdlittle foot clenched above, leavingthe rest to dangle the way of all flesh.Others worship here too: the snail,the squirrel, the lizard, the spider in the meshof its web. But... Details
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Thielman-Ibes, Kim
Team WinS stands for Women in Sports. It’s not just a club for women who run the fastest mile, the longest race, or climb the highest peak, though they certainly appreciate having these gals in their organization to teach others. As MC Jenni, a founding member, states, “Not all our members or... Details
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St. Thomas, Mike
After its shellacking of Burlington, Bozeman’s ready for another match. Next up: Flagstaff, Arizona, situated high in the San Francisco Peaks and home to the Big Sky Conference’s own Northern Arizona University. Close to miles of mountain trails, ski hills, and the Grand Canyon, Flagstaff relishes... Details
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Bertoia, Celia
Looking for a different kind of road race? Want both an upper-body and an aerobic workout? Curious to hear some gravelly grunting and groaning? Your opportunity comes around on July 8 at the Drop ‘n Trot, a fundraiser for the Network Against Sexual and Domestic Abuse. Runners gather at Bogert Park... Details
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Downs, Dillon
Let your exasperation at the gas pump serve as a reminder to attend the Corporation for the Northern Rockies’ (CNR) Sustainability Fair in Livingston on July 8. The event focuses on the full spectrum of sustainability, from biodiesel to the renaissance of older sustainable practices and methods.... Details
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Vowell, Jamie
Summer in Montana means rodeo, and there are plenty of boot stompin’, knee slappin’, bronc bustin’ events to choose from. Nearly every weekend you will find some of the West’s finest cowboys and cowgirls, both amateur and professional, competing in bull riding, team roping, bareback riding, saddle-... Details
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Center, Dean
The raw truth about blisters.A blister is your skin going postal. When held in too close contact and rubbed the wrong way over a prolonged period without relief, a blister forms, and the metaphorical government employee has a breakdown.At home a blister is a minor nuisance, but on a long trek or... Details
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Outside Bozeman
The first annual Storyhill Fest is two-day, two-night event featuring Montana Outdoor Science School workshops, guitar workshops, hiking, yoga, late-night campfire enjoyment—all along the shores of Bozeman’s own Hyalite Reservoir. Musicians include Bozeman’s own Storyhill, Stormy Creek, Justin Roth... Details
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Edwards, Becky
Southwest Montana's most convenient gems.1. Canyon Ferry Lake, south of HelenaPull up your pop-up and break out the folding chairs. Canyon Ferry is a multifaceted recreational destination. Set your spinner rods up in your boat, break out a cold PBR, and daydream about your walleye dinner. The lake... Details
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St. Thomas, Mike
947 - Total number of Yellowstone bison killed this past winter3,500 – number of bison in Yellowstone herd, according to a March 2006 estimate by Park officials0 – number of captured Yellowstone bison tested for brucellosis before being killed this year4 – bison bulls shot in late March, 25 miles... Details
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Sather, Kelsey
This past January the second complex of Western Outpost opened, offering a variety of shops from home furnishings to a lighting showroom. The Western Outpost began in April 2004 as four cowboy-oriented shops specializing in custom-order clothing and accessories: Rocky Mountain Hat Co., Frank... Details
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Weber, Shannon
Sending out the week with some gas.As we make our way to the grandstand, the red-blooded energy of the track comes alive. The smell of grilled burgers and hot dogs. The rumble of engines revving in the pits. We fidget in our seats in anticipation of our favorite drivers. One by one they complete... Details
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Karl Woodmansey
Four-wheelin' in Flathead Pass.Flex your frame, test your traction, and abuse your brakes on a road less traveled: Flathead Pass. This pass crosses the north end of the Bridger Mountains, and connects the Gallatin and Shields River valleys. The trail appears to have been etched-in with an east-west... Details
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Edwards, Becky
I belong to a community. The baristas at my favorite coffee shop know I don’t actually like coffee. They have already begun pouring the milk before I can squeak out, “short skim almond steamer please!” I’m not accosted at my local hardware store when I stumble in wearing my headlamp and with blue... Details
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Mike St. Thomas
Youth baseball in Bozeman.As the sun warms the Gallatin Valley and the only visible snow lingers high in the mountains, look closely as you wander around town—signs of area athletes are everywhere. Roof racks have traded rocket boxes for kayaks, stream overpasses become coveted parking spots for... Details
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Orem, Tina
Few people know that when Rudolph Diesel debuted his namesake engine in the 1890s, he ran it on peanut oil. Diesel’s vision was to find uses for non-petroleum fuels so that small businesses could compete with the large industries that controlled much of the nation’s energy production at the time.... Details

Gear Reviews

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Coffey, Patrick
Hilleberg tents don’t really fit in with my mental model of a four-season tent—with a long, tube-like shape that isn’t free-standing, I was skeptical of their ability to hold up to wind and snow. But I’d heard a lot of buzz about them so I decided to take a closer look. My first night in the Nallo... Details
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England, Mike
If you’ve ever tried to sift through your foggy memory to recollect the details of a past outdoor excursion—which fly you used, where that bear den was, or the extra cam you wish you’d had on that gnarly crack climb—then it’s time to accept the limits of your sun-baked brain and start writing stuff... Details

Book Reviews

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Orem, Tina
Chasing Montana: A Love Storyby Lori SoderlindThe University of Wisconsin PressMadison, Wisconsin272 pagesYes, we reviewed a book with “A Love Story” in the title. But it was worth it. Chasing Montana is an autobiographical story about a New Jersey woman who quits her reporting job to retrace the... Details
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Orem, Tina
Don’t Forget the Duct Tape: Tips and Tricks for Repairing Outdoor Gearby Kristin HostetterSeattle, WashingtonThe Mountaineers Books85 pagesBusted gear is a real problem—it’s not cheap to replace and sometimes they just don’t make what you like anymore. It’s especially terrible when you have to cut... Details

Columns

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Wink, Callan
Drowned Salmonfly MaterialsHook: Dai-Riki #700 sz 6-8Thread: 6/0 BlackTail: Black Elk Hair-gape length Wing: Four Individual Clumps of Dark Elk Hair, evenly spacedBody: #11 Orange Fly-Rite DubbingHead: Butts of final clump of Dark Elk HairThere are no hard and fast rules when it comes to timing the... Details
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Jordan, Ryan
A solo hike across Montana’s Beartooth Range is an exhilarating experience. However, the ability to share the wilderness with your spouse and children is a crown jewel of life experience. Unfortunately, many families are intimidated by the prospects of taking their children into wild country and... Details
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Frost, Melissa
A Super Opportunity for HuntersWin the hunt of a lifetime! For the first time ever, five lucky hunters will win a SuperTag license to hunt moose, bighorn sheep, mountain goat, elk, or deer in any hunting district in Montana—including Montana’s legendary trophy districts. An unlimited number of... Details
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Manning, Jim
No rip-snortin’, self-respectin’ Western movie would be without them. Our cowboy hero, his horse shot out from underneath him, one cartridge left in his six-gun and one swallow in his canteen, staggers across the burning desert landscape toward the next waterhole. And what circles above? That black... Details

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