Summer 2008

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Pape, Jay
Living in Montana, we are spoiled by the number of choices we have when it comes to climbing mountains. One way to "re-appreciate" the bounty in the surrounding peaks is to add different approaches or extend climbs into longer traverses. Sure, tagging a summit and dashing back to the trailhead is a... Details
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Shroeder, Dave
The Boulder River drainage, south of Big Timber, is a popular destination for the Montana paddling community, and for good reason. The river drains the southeastern section of the majestic Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness and the water quality is excellent. It's great for kayakers of all skill levels... Details
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Mike England
The sun is high overhead as I step out of the trees. I drop my pack, flop down on the grass, and watch the wind send long ripples across the lake as Bear, my furry, four-legged companion, quenches his thirst in the cool water.We've been hiking all morning, and while my legs and lungs feel the... Details
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Editors
Yup, this year’s Suby Tales contest is officially over. We announced the winners in the spring issue and held an awards ceremony in April where southwest Montana’s proudest Suby pilots ate, drank, told their tales, and scored cool swag. But like the engine within this most stalwart of Asian autos,... Details

Departments

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England, Mike
Dogs, it is often said, are people too. And while that statement may be subject to interpretation, I think we can all agree that like us, dogs do have at least some material needs. Here’s a rundown of some useful pet products for the summer season.Summer is critter season, and the chances of your... Details
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Bender-Keigley, Janet
The desire to build a pond on your property might seem like the perfect way to provide wildlife habitat, create a native fishery, develop a ready source of water for fire suppression, improve the aesthetics and value of your property, irrigate or water stock, or establish a swimming and ice skating... Details
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Caplette, Jenna
If you have a camera that allows you to change the lens—a single-lens reflex (SLR) camera—specialty filters will improve the quality of your photographs. So before you head out to take photographs in high mountain country this spring, be sure you have a polarizing filter.Polarizing filters are... Details
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Rogers, Matson
I take no responsibility for this fly whatsoever. It's been around for several years, and guides continue to rely on it because it's just one of those patterns you can't do without. The Shop Vac, as the name implies, seems to hoover fish from all parts of the river or lake. Not necessarily a mayfly... Details
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Kemp, Lynette
People don't usually think of bats when they think of Montana, but Lewis & Clark Caverns State Park is a great place to view these critters close up. During the right time of year (generally, summertime), you're almost guaranteed to see bats on every trip through the Caverns even the teeny tiny... Details
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Orem, Tina
Fire season is here—that time of year when we look up and wonder if that cloud is actually evidence that Big Timber is burning to the ground. Though forest fires generally haven't sent rural Bozemanites packing in recent years, we figure that it's only a matter of time. So, we wondered, when the... Details
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Garrett, Connie & Floerchinger, Sus
With all of the incredible outdoor activities Bozeman has to offer, most of your spare time might be spent just looking for a place to live, earning money to pay rent, and saving what little is left for a down payment. But exorbitant housing prices are forcing the very people who make up Bozeman's... Details
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Orem, Tina
Winston Churchill once said, "I have always considered that the substitution of the internal combustion engine for the horse marked a very gloomy milestone for the progress of mankind." Though he may not have considered the combustion engine's sweeping implications for the pizza-delivery industry,... Details
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Harkin, Sue
ACTIVE KIDS ARE FIT KIDSLooking for a fun way to keep your kids active this summer? The Bozeman Recreation Department's new structure of affordable recreation programs for youth ages 6 to 15 will offer blocks of active programs from 8 am to noon and from 1-5 pm. All programs have exciting themes... Details
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Kelley-Weber, Shannon
You've seen it. A toilet rolled on its side with a splash of perennials pouring out of the bowl, lawns adorned with strange gargoyles and gnomes riding Harleys, not to mention the unusually ginormous air-blown snowman that engulfs an entire house at Christmas time. The question is, what exactly are... Details
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Smith, Curt
Thinking about new hiking boots or shoes? The correct sole should surely be part of the equation, and with a few considerations, you can be sure you're choosing the proper one for the terrain you'll be covering. This includes rubber compound, lug spacing, lug shape, and overall heel shape.Rubber... Details
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Jim Manning
No figure of the Old West is more iconic than the gunfighter—the lone wolf with the tortured soul, traversing a hostile landscape, selling his skills to the highest bidder for “a few dollars more.” The figures of the sky predated firearms, so nobody up there is packing. But the heavens hold the... Details
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England, Mike
NalgeneThe staple. Attractive, relatively inexpensive, and nearly impossible to destroy, this water bottle reflects your full indoctrination into established outdoor protocols. Recent BPA scares have done little, as of yet, to dethrone the mighty and ubiquitous Nalgene. In a road-trip emergency,... Details
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Stoops, Kira
Yes, you KNOW you should have stretched / trained / carbo-loaded / not climbed so many pitches. Little comfort when stiffness and soreness set in by Monday. That's Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness, your body's malapert way of saying, "I told you so." Shush the twerp with a few of these relief... Details
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Pogge, Drew
My first time whitewater kayaking was a lot like my first kiss: sloppy, wet, desperate, and over way too soon. Both terrified me, both thrilled me, and in both cases I ended up treading water in dangerous territory.I’ve always envied the smooth agility and playfulness of ‘yakers. A few years ago, a... Details
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O'Brien, Timothy
Summer in Montana means many folks are eager to kayak, mountain bike, hike the trails, fly fish, and play organized sports like soccer, baseball, and softball. But with the rush to sports also comes the unfortunate injuries.As an orthopedic surgeon who specializes in sports medicine, I see injuries... Details
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Lussier, Alex
Mud season is over, let the mountain biking begin. There are a ton of options, but if you aren't in the mood for a three-hour car ride or only want to mess around after work for a while, then this short list is right up your alley. If you're unfamiliar with the area, I recommend the Bozeman, Big... Details
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Kelley-Weber, Shannon
A city with more than 4,000 historic buildings, Butte is one of only five cities in the country recognized as a National Historic Landmark. Filled with a rich and remarkable history, Butte was the “place to be” during the late 1800s and early 1900s. Imagine an urban metropolis in the middle of... Details
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Hopper, Carolyn
Lightning crackled. Gullies filled with runoff from the monsoon. What had I been thinking when I signed up for three days at the top of the world? Then the quiet voice of Dr. James Halfpenny reassured me and the rest of the class—the class there for “AlpineEcology in the Beartooths” sponsored by... Details
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Layne, Liz
Caring, active owners, great outdoor recreation, and relatively few parasites and infectious diseases make a dog's life in Montana a little more comfortable than in other parts of the country. Our cool and dry climate helps our dogs stay cooler too.Dogs don't sweat, except for on their feet; they... Details
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Marcum, Mike
The Big Hole River is the first choice of any Butte-area angler, with its wide variety of hatches and hungry trout. Just 30 minutes south of Butte on I-15, there is a chance at rainbows, browns, cutthroat, brook trout, whitefish, and grayling. Summer fishing is highlighted with the start of salmon... Details
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Lyons, MacNeil
When I was 12, I was diagnosed with cancer and survived three years of intensive chemotherapy treatments at Johns Hopkins Hospital. I was given a second chance at life, and years later Yellowstone gave me an opportunity to give back to another young person who was suffering.A kid named Douglas had... Details
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Schneider, Bill
Most people find it difficult to admit they have a problem, and when they do, they confess only to a good friend or relative.Not me. I'm fortunate enough to be in a position to admit it to everybody who uses the Internet. You could call it an Almost True Confession.I have a problem. I'm a... Details
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England, Mike
At 10:30 am, heat waves swim off the asphalt on Hwy. 287 north of Norris. It's gonna be a hot one. A quick stop at the Harrison store for munchies and Gatorade, and we're cruising down the dirt road to Willow Creek Reservoir, aka Harrison Lake. A 50-yard-long wake of dust billows out behind us. The... Details
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Nawyn, Lori
Not long ago, I read a blog post wherein an author gave a vivid account of his recent trip to Yellowstone. The post unleashed a plethora of memories. Some brought a smile. Others evoked emotions similar to being strapped into a scary amusement park ride.The memories that made me smile were of my... Details
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Stoops, Kira
Montana summers are beautiful, but what if you need to break that been-there-done-that bad mood you've been in lately? During your road trip to Ennis, discover some new cool things to do this summer.Fourth of July Parade & RodeoIf the primaries have got you down, this weekend will assure you it... Details
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Soukup, Grant
cross the street, and folks always said “Howdy” or waved? I mean, Montanans are a friendly bunch and we celebrate our Big Sky heritage together.But things are changing. Each day on my way to work, I wave to my neighbors—and recently I have begun to notice that not everyone responds to my gesture of... Details
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Marjorie Smith
Gravelly Range wildlife tour.Outside Bozeman’s readers are not limited to the young and fit, the climbers of frozen waterfalls, the runners of Bridger Ridge. My 88-year-old mother, for instance, also loves to get out and experience Montana—but her expeditions must be made in a vehicle. Hence, the... Details
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England, Mike
“First you jump off the cliff and you build wings on the way down.” –Ray BradburyAround the middle of March, when spring arrived on our calendars but not in the skies, mountains, or streets of Montana, I got a call from local photographer and quintessential Bozemanite Lonnie Ball. He said he had an... Details
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Kira Stoops
When it comes to Gardiner, the journey is the destination. Highway 89 is the kind of road that makes even those near-numbed to natural splendor wish for a lower speed limit and acoustic radio stations. The jagged peaks, rolling river, and swooping paragliders provide welcome distraction.Snap out of... Details
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Frost, Melissa
On March 28, 2008 with the delisting of the Rocky Mountain Gray Wolf, the federal Endangered Species Act (ESA) did exactly what it was designed to do—recover a listed species to a point where the protections afforded under the ESA are no longer necessary. Montana wildlife officials welcomed the... Details

Gear Reviews

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Bass, Rick
The Lowa Renegades are some of the lightest waterproof boots I've ever worn. I did not encounter any of that sensation of slight clumsiness that accompanies wearing most boots. And they're extremely comfortable to all parts of the foot—more comfortable than my tennis shoes. They're good for... Details
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Gilson, Steve
If you're like me and hate wearing shoes when you know your feet are going to get wet or hot, then the new shoe by Helly Hanson is for you. The Manifesto Breathe bridges the gap between sandal and trail shoe by combining the rugged outsole and tread of a superior outdoor/trail shoe with the exposed... Details
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Tomkinson, Katie
I’ve heard that no one looks good in waders. They aren’t exactly all the rage in Paris. Simms' new Women’s Gore-Tex Stockingfoots, however, have a lot of the same specifics the men’s waders have—plus a few perks for us gals. Mostly this is because Simms designed the women’s version with a woman’s... Details
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Lusk, Ashley
I’ve been in search of comfortable hiking boots half my life. With my extra-wide feet (often referred to as “flippers”), it’s hard to find a boot that fits well and provides decent support and stability. I found that the Lowa Lady GTX is a great boot for a short day-hike or an extended trip in the... Details
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Smith, Sherri
Less is always best when your office is mobile; that's why I chose the Seal Line computer sleeve, available at Cascade Designs. For the person on the go, this slim yet densely padded sleeve works great on its own or in tandem with another briefcase or backpack. The shoulder-strap attachment allows... Details
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England, Mike
All-terrain, closed-toe sandals are a dime a dozen these days (thank you, Keen) and the range of quality is vast. I like the Kamik Baytown, these lightweight slip-ons have proven themselves comfy around town, stable on hiking trails, and grippy in the river. The Velcro back-strap adjusts easily... Details
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England, Mike
Carabiners have long been used to attach various items to backpacks, PFDs, fly vests, etc., and it was only a matter of time before somebody improved on the system. NiteIze’s two-sided S-Biner clip partitions the ‘biner and adds a second gate, meaning you never have to rotate it—one gate is always... Details
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Peterson, Simon
Weighing in at only 22 ounces, the DoubleNest hammock, made by Eagles Nest Outfitters, packs down to the size of a grapefruit. Made from high-strength nylon and super-strong nautical line, the DoubleNest can hold up to 400 pounds. With two extra feet of width there’s plenty of room to snuggle or... Details
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Tomkinson, Katie
Being 5’2”, I have always been on the search for a backpack that can accommodate large amounts of gear while distributing weight evenly on my smaller frame. I found that in the Recycled All-Terrain Scarlet backpack from Mountainsmith. With its adjustable shoulder straps, four adjusters to disperse... Details
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Houston, Alice
The first thing that appealed to me about the MSR Mo Room 2P tent was the “super-spacious hooped vestibule,” or as I like to call it—the porch. I must have a porch. Ideal for two people but definitely accommodating for a triple-spoon session, the Mo Room is adequate for any adventure from a weekend... Details
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Patterson, Amber
Sleeping in the woods is great, but the ground can be a bit uncomfortable, even with a really plush sleeping bag. Therm-a-Rest’s goal is to change that. I had been using an old Therm-a-Rest, a hand-me-down from my husband, but recently I got the women's Trail Pro, which is designed specifically for... Details

Additional Articles

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Dehmer, Kurt
As the summer months reach their peak, those good ol� secret spots and honey holes turn out to be not so sweet, and not so secret. A sure cure for those overcrowded-river blues is but a hike, horseback ride, or mountain-bike pedal to one of Montana's many secluded alpine lakes. The experience is... Details
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Stoops, Kira
On Saturday, July 12th, Outside Bozeman isn't sleeping in. We're joining the 7th Annual Drop & Trot 5k Walk/Run to support the Network Against Sexual and Domestic Abuse. This Network Crisis Hotline fundraiser is an excellent excuse for anybody who owns running shoes to burn some calories, help... Details
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Orem, Tina
You may have thought it was the wind, but that gust you felt in late March was actually a giant, city-wide sigh of relief after Bridger Canyon Partners withdrew its application with Gallatin County to build over 400 overnight accommodation units, a new lodge, an equestrian center, ice rink, and up... Details

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