Summer 2014

Most Montanans agree that summer is the season, but it's short and sweet, and it's hard to do it all. Let Outside Bozeman be your guide. This issue features stories about a family's deep connection to wild places, the benefits of taking the road less traveled, and an expert's guide to one of southwest Montana's most classic climbing destinations. As always, our gear reviews highlight the essential tools you'll need to get the most out of your endeavors, and our experts keep you up-to-date on area news and the best seasonal activities. So tune your bike, organize your climbing kit, and outfit your raft: it's going to be a great summer.  

 

 

 

Features

Surrender, fishing in Montana, perfect cast, fly fishing
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Carl Beideman
Patience may just lead to perfection.When I first observed spey casting, it looked like a man waving in surrender, or perhaps a horsetail swatting flies off its ass. There is nothing graceful about either image.As any local knows, there is little out there that can match the beauty of a first-rate... Details
Montana wilderness, Beartooths, thunderstorm, igniting the passion
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Kesselheim, Alan
How wilderness flows through time.There is much I don’t know about the things that have shaped me, but I do know the moment when my passion for wild places was lit. I was 11 years old. My schoolteacher parents had summers off, and once or twice a year we’d take a family adventure, a caravan of... Details
Mountain biking in Montana, adventure riding, bikes, Montana
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Krueger, Ryan
Biking Bozeman's hidden trailsMud spun off the tires and splattered my legs as I cycled through another pedal-stroke. The sun dipped low on the horizon, turning the skyline orange—the kind of evening that makes you want to ride until the wheels fall off. Rounding one more manicured turn, I made it... Details
Beehive basin, alpine climbing, Montana, mountain, Beehive Peak
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Tapley, Pete
Multipitch alpine climbing in Beehive Basin.Exit the tram atop Lone Peak, let the view wrap your mind with 360-degree exposure—the wild Montana landscape, its dramatic rise and fall of range and valley—and 99% of the time, find your eye drawn to the prominent south face of nearby Beehive Peak,... Details

Departments

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Mittelsteadt, Dr. Jane
Keeping your pets safe this seasonSummer is finally here, and with it comes more time outdoors for us and our four-legged friends. Veterinarians see more patients with activity-induced injuries this season than any other. As the weather becomes progressively warmer, make sure you head off potential... Details
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Hickey, Ryan
The effort makes the catchAnyone who spends time during summer and fall below Holter Lake on the Missouri becomes intimately familiar with one of the most prolific hatches on the storied water: not baetis or caddis, but daily swarms of drift boats launching beneath the dam and floating in convoys... Details
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Jones, Andrea
Understanding Montana's stream-access lawAll surface waters that are capable of recreational use may be so used without regard to the ownership of the land underlying the waters.In January, the Montana Supreme Court again upheld Montana’s progressive stream-access law, reversing part of an earlier... Details
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Miller, Anne L.
Shooting ain't just for the boys.When I was growing up, the boys in high school would return victoriously from sighting in their guns and I would hear things like, “308 BR549 Roger 4 Clicks MRAD Over.” I had no idea what they were talking about, but was pretty sure the language of guns was the... Details
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Tollett, Tim
A versatile trout-trickerNear the small town of Dillon lies one of the most productive tailwaters in the great state of Montana: the Beaverhead River. The Beaverhead is famous for its large trout and their sly, selective feeding nature. The sheer amount of bug life the river supports is reason for... Details
Old Faithful
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Slepian, Maggie
West Yellowstone in a day.The quirky, tourist-meets-nature town of West Yellowstone is just a scenic 90-minute drive from Bozeman. Best known as the west entrance to Yellowstone National Park, the town itself is an epicenter of fly-fishing, hiking, rodeo events, and tourist attractions. While you... Details
parks
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Overton, Mitch
Bozeman Parks and Recreation updateSummers are sweet in Bozeman, but they’re relatively short, and with so many amazing activities to take part in (it’s a tough life) you may feel you need a small fortune to complete them all. Fear not, for your Bozeman Parks and Recreation Department is here to... Details
fox
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Lee, Barbara
The red fox's feline traits explainedA red fox is not actually part cat, although they do possess various traits that can make people think otherwise. One of three wild canine species in southwest Montana, this highly-skilled, bushy-tailed hunter evolved side-by-side with the grey wolf and the... Details
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DelHomme, PJ
The tangled web of the whitebark pineAfter countless water breaks and switchbacks, you finally approach timberline. Before entering a world of ankle-eating scree, you’re greeted with one last chance for shade. Gnarled by the elements, whitebark pine trees sit in clusters. For backpackers, skiers,... Details
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After years of lopsided matchups, with Bozeman trouncing one seemingly worthy adversary after another, it’s become clear that most other places simply don’t compare. So after a lengthy search, we found the only town that might ever give Bozeman a real run for its money: Bozeman.Despite an ever-... Details
floating
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Dehmer, Kurt
Pro tips for boat tripsI spend winter evenings thumbing through catalogs and browsing the interweb looking for the perfect accessory to outfit my precious boat. I love my boat. I mean I really LOVE my boat. The affection I hold for my watercraft is in no way unique; many people hold the same... Details
Helena Mountain Biking
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Pogge, Drew
A weekend of outdoor adventure in HelenaA short drive from Bozeman is Montana’s state capitol, Helena—a perfect weekend destination for mountain biking, geocaching, hiking, trail running, fishing, water sports, and a plethora of other outdoor activities. With dozens of miles of buffed singletrack,... Details
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Decker, David
An argument for dry-fly fishingWhen I was young and learning to fly fish with my ever-patient grandfather, I asked him why we had to fly fish. He had been kind until then, but the thread was wearing thin and he hesitated answering. He looked past me into the smooth run we were fishing. I followed... Details
Livingston
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Harrison, Melynda
Livingston's in-town trailsFrom almost anywhere in Livingston, you can enjoy stunning views of the Crazy Mountains, the Absaroka Range, or the Gallatin Range. But you don’t have to leave town to get on a trail. Just a few years ago, there were very few trails around town. Nowadays, miles of paths... Details
Running
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Lindsay Swan
The ups & downs of Chestnut Mountain.   For the last three summers, I’ve been running Chestnut Mountain once a week as part of my training regimen. It’s one of my favorite runs, but only after the first 55 minutes—after I’ve reached the top and can enjoy the trip down. The slog up is a steady,... Details
Skidoo Bay
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Tia Troy
Three days in western Montana. Some places are just made for playing, such as western Montana. Within its 22,000 square miles of wild terrain are blue-ribbon trout rivers, colorful cliffs, wide valleys, thousands of miles of trails, and some of the coolest towns in the West—not to mention Glacier... Details
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Seng, Brett
This summer's hottest flyMost trout guides agree: despite countless nights at the fly-tying vice, that innovative next-level fly is a rarity, as elusive as a 28-inch brown. But every once in a while, the magic happens.Two summers ago, during the short-lived bite periods of late August, I noticed an... Details
Kayaking
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Ransom, Katie
Kayaking destinations for beginnersEven if you’ve already rowed a raft, cast a line, or floated a tube down a southwest Montana river, there’s another exciting option for anyone wanting to try something new: kayaking. This means of waterborne transport allows you to see the river from a different... Details
Canoe
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Knight, Phil
Canoe camping made easyAs middle age shrinks in the rearview mirror, one becomes somewhat less enamored with dragging luggage over rugged Rocky Mountain ridges. If you’re over backpacking and still want to camp, you can always join the other over-the-hill hordes in Winnebago Land. But why not let... Details
Lake
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Charley Hester
Turning around is never easy. Sheep Lake is a deep body of crystal-clear water, maybe 20 acres in size. It sits in a glacial cirque at an altitude of just over 9,000 feet near the south end of the Madison range, not far from the Idaho border. The lake is accessible only by horseback, mountain bike... Details
Hollow Top Mark Genito
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Templeton, Arthur
      Slate, like faces staring into the suncold from the internalnessof stonelying open and exposedwaiting to be warmedClinging for its lifea flower ties a bond with its saviorand plants itself in a cracksheltered and put ona pedestalit has nothing to dobut grow And the sun seeing thisblazes a... Details
Fly Fishing
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Mike England
Fishing through the storm. As our Jeep bounces down the winding dirt road, I peer at the massive thunderheads rolling in above us. The sky is dark and the air thick as pudding.“Are you sure you want to do this?” I yell over the wind to my fishing partner, Quinn. “This one might get nasty.”“Fish don... Details
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Sheets, Jenny
Where to get racy this summerWith mud season behind us, it’s time to get outside and enjoy the thousands of trail miles and vertical feet that Montana has to offer. Drop those weights, get away from the sweaty guy on the elliptical, and challenge yourself to a competitive outdoor race. Competition... Details
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Dr. Lou Walters
All about altitude sickness.Altitude sickness, also known as Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS), is caused by lack of oxygen at higher elevations. While AMS doesn’t conjure up as much fear as a grizzly encounter or lightning storm, it can be fatal if not addressed properly. Whether you’re a lifelong... Details
Hollow Top Mark Genito
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Foster, John Clay
      Sandhill cranes pull up their stockings, tie down their nests;an upset storm creeps in, smokes a cigar down the crackof Saddle Peak, rests its legs over Sacajawea, puff puffs abit of rain and hail before coughing up some afternoon thunder.Bison brave the weather, tell brethren stories ofwhen... Details
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Pogge, Drew
It’s not always easy to tell when summer begins.In my experience, there are two ways to accept summer: adopt early or cling to spring.Early adopters are fueled by anticipation; they’re tubing the Madison on the first 65-degree day in May, hypothermia be damned. They simply will summer into full... Details
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Bach Jr., Orville E.
A close encounter in Yellowstone Park.I left Yellowstone’s Gneiss Creek trailhead on a cool, late-summer afternoon. After hiking through dense willows, I emerged into a deep, grassy meadow tinted a beautiful golden-brown. I could see hundreds of yards in all directions, and had begun to let my bear... Details
Shoshone Lake
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Ryan Cuddy
A solo adventure to Shoshone Lake After an unusually bad week working at one of Yellowstone Park’s restaurants, I needed an escape to the backcountry. I’d been fishing frequently at Lewis Lake, but now, by the middle of summer, the trout had retreated into the depths, far out of reach from shore.... Details
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Krueger, Ryan
The grass is always greener, be it a fence or a cloudy day. We wait for the snow to fall or the rain to stop, the trails to dry or the rivers to flow.But summer—summer is the other side of the fence. Where everything is better and there’s no more reason to hope and wonder when things will turn... Details
Grass-Fed Beef
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Barnett, Elizabeth
The skinny on grass-fed beefTo make the perfect grass-fed beef burger, you need three things: an understanding of grass-fed beef, an instant-read thermometer, and some quality ground grass-fed beef.Grass-fed beef is a very different product from the corn-fed, feedlot, “conventional” beef available... Details
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Urie, Wendi
Bozeman Ranger District dipatchIn Bozeman, public lands are right outside your back door in any given direction—they’re one of the reasons we love living here. The Bozeman Ranger District alone has over 900 miles of trails, ten campgrounds, ten rental cabins, and numerous day-use facilities. The “M... Details
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Drew Pogge
Running with your cat.Much has been said about the relationship between man and dog, but a man and his cat? More glowing prose has appeared above a truck-stop urinal. It’s true that cats lack many of the qualities that make dogs so lovable—our feline pals have the loyalty of a pirate, a host of... Details
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Fountain of YouthDespite the arrival of Medicare cards, more gray hair, and the consternation of our friends, we thought we had trained pretty well for our fourth trip to the Bozone. Fixated on goals, we did manage to replant the family flag at Hyalite Lake and the M, and also leave some tracks on... Details
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Anderson, Peder
Physical activity has many benefits.It’s often said that laughter is the best medicine, and while there’s no doubt that a bit of mirth can be good for the soul, it won’t do much to solve the health problems plaguing 21st-century Americans. Fortunately, there is a natural panacea that can... Details
trail running, running, outdoor athlete
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Lundgren, Dr. Randall
Chiropractic care for outdoor athletesThanks to warm weather and long daylight hours, we are are at the peak of our physical activity during summer. While that’s an inarguably good thing, this increased activity can cause soreness and joint restriction, which our body responds to in various ways.... Details
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Winner: Michael YarnallPhoto 1: AntarticaPhoto 2: AustraliaPhoto 3: AlaskaWhile studying Weddell Seals in Erebus Bay, Antarctica, I’ve had the opportunity to see some truly spectacular sights. This past season, however, I decided to see even more by taking a roundabout return to Bozeman. After... Details
Stone Creek
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Ben Donatelle
Mountain biking Stone Creek.In the scenic Bangtail Range north of Bozeman lies the Stone Creek trail—an unbeatable out-and-back that tests riders’ endurance and switchback skills, both on the ascent and descent. The climb to the top gains about 2,000 feet over five miles, creating a 1.5 to 2.5-hour... Details
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Savage, Nicholas
A "courageous" case of mistaken identityI am probably the only person on Earth who can tell a story about smacking a wolf, and still manage to come across as soft.Pine Creek Lake and Jewel Lake, resting high in the Absaroka Range, have got to be among the most beautiful places in the world. The... Details
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Bowled Over:In March, a 259-acre property just north of Bridger Bowl changed hands from California-based Bridger Canyon Partners to the Jackson Financial Group, a Montana LLC established in April 2014 whose principal address is in Chicago. The property was sold at an auction administered by New... Details
kids outdoors, bozeman, summer
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Harrison, Melynda
Learning to take it easyLast summer, my kids and I spent four or five days by the Yellowstone River. I watched them play for hours as the river cruised by.Swallows skimmed the water, darting from nests in nearby cliffs. Anglers floated past, casting for trout and bragging rights. I leaned back in... Details
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Lavold, Susann
Uncovered in the high countryIt was a long time ago. I was young, independent, and full of myself. Having grown up an hour north of Yellowstone Park, I was used to the great outdoors. Our ranch buildings were mere steps from a river that wound around misty, rugged peaks bordering the Gallatin... Details
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the editors
Bozeman summer astrologyAries: March 20 to April 20An increased level of physical and mental energy will help you send that climbing project or epic mountain bike ride. Matters involving family or home may fall to the wayside during this period of intense motivation, but fear not—your spouse will... Details
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Dehmer, Kurt
The other, other white meatUnfortunately, we live in a time where a fat guy eating deep-fried swine-gut in the Caribbean is considered entertainment. I’m serious here—there are a half-dozen programs on various networks dedicated to portly fellows traveling to exotic locales and eating supposedly... Details
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Wozer, Jeff
Redefining nature’s hierarchyI live in a remote mountain cabin at the end of a dirt road in a thick pine forest. It’s slightly more accessible than North Korea and looks as if it was built by Habitat for Humanity on a budget. I see more elk than humans on any given day. In a nut, it’s life on the... Details

Gear Reviews

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Pogge, Michelle
There’s nothing better than a warm shower after a day of mountain biking or climbing, but when you’re camping out of your car, there are few opportunities to get clean. Nemo’s Helio pressure shower is the answer. Simply fill the dark, solar-friendly 11L reservoir with water in the morning, leave it... Details
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McCarthy, Chirs
I have a new fishing partner; I’ll call him Eddie. He doesn’t drink my beer or eat my food. Hell, he doesn’t even try to catch fish, but he does provide protection. Protection from summer heat. Protection from sunburn. Eddie even keeps me dry when I start to sweat while working the oars or fishing... Details
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Howlett, David
No raft trip is complete without a cooler full of frosty beverages and enough snacks to keep content a boatload of river rats. Said ice chest must be rugged enough to withstand demanding whitewater conditions, while pulling double duty as a standing platform or makeshift seat. The burley 90L... Details
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McCarthy, Daniel
Simon and Garfunkel. The Indigo Girls. Cheech and Chong. Any good duo can perform independently, but the combination is pure magic. The Mira 15F women’s down sleeping bag and NeoAir XLite air mattress from Therm-a-Rest are no exception. Together, they make a comfy sleep system that’s lightweight... Details
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Pollastro, Joyce
Despite an undeniable attachment to my backcountry mansion (technically a two-person tent, but known to sleep four people) it was time to slim down the pack and go with something lighter. Enter the NEMO Obi 2P backpacking tent, a top-notch blend of durability, space, and minimal weight. Weighing in... Details
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England, Mike
When the peaks and alpine lakes call, pick up the Tibet GTX Hi from Lowa and head to the high country. With its 9-inch height, this burly backpacking boot protects your feet from impact and keeps your ankles from rolling over, all while keeping your toes warm on those crisp mornings. A thick rand... Details
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Hessman, Patrick
Montanans need gear that will keep them dry and warm through foggy morning excursions and sudden afternoon downpours—and the Helly Hansen Loke jacket is ready for Montana’s schizophrenic weather. The Loke is windproof and waterproof, with vents to prevent overheating. A storm flap keeps out wind... Details
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England, Mike
For a sturdy, all-purpose pack that won’t break the bank, check out the Mystic 65 from Mountainsmith. Lightweight, with a tough ripstop exterior and a secure, comfy fit, this multiday expedition pack boasts all the usual virtues, plus tool mounts and a host of comfort features: perforated shoulder... Details
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Howlett, David
After a “slight mishap” dumped my friend and me into the East Gallatin while canoeing spring runoff, I found myself wet, cold, hatless, and—effin shit!—my expensive sunglasses were sacrificed to the river gods as well. Luckily, I found the new Saltbreak 580P from Costa. The Saltbreak’s tortoise... Details
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Howlett, David
I had a pretty good idea of what I was looking for in a new cookset for my raft—it had to be compact, light, and it needed components to dish up meals for four people. The Pinnacle Camper integrated cooking and eating system from GSI Outdoors fits the bill perfectly. Amazingly compact, the Pinnacle... Details
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England, Mike
When the fishing’s hot and a late-afternoon thundershower crashes the party, a good rainshell can make the difference between placid composure and a full-on freak-out. The Harbor rain shell from Eddie Bauer prevents the latter, keeping you dry and in the game, regardless of how hard it comes down.... Details
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Tucker, David
When buying a new pair of sunglasses, I look for three things: fit, functionality, and style. The Takeoff by Zeal Optics satisfies all three of these criteria, meaning they won’t leave my noggin all summer. Made for those of us with larger faces, the frames are padded along contact points and made... Details
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Hessman, Patrick
A summer hike can be ruined with the wrong pack, especially if it makes the heat more stifling with heavy, insulating padding. The AC Aera 24 from Deuter was designed to specifically avoid this sweaty mess. A tight mesh creates a layer of ventilation between the pack and wearer, which definitely... Details
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McCarthy, Chirs
My feet are in a constant battle—too hot, too cold, too sweaty—but the Lorpen T3 Light Hiker might be the Treaty of Versailles for my barking dogs. These socks actually have three separate layers of fiber, each providing a different function. One layer, called Tencel, is the soft, comfortable layer... Details

Additional Articles

rafting, bozeman, montana, whitewater
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Dehmer, Kurt
Like most fishermen, I happen to enjoy a frosty barley pop while engaging in my favorite pastime. However, I was recently informed that my penchant for domestic suds is somewhat pedestrian. So I did what any man would do: I asked my wife what to drink.Her answer was simple and appealing: York... Details
running, trail running, bozeman
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Slepian, Maggie
Trail running—especially in mountainous terrain—is more complicated and challenging than monotonous pavement pounding. If you’re transitioning from roads to trails, don’t expect to run at 100% right away. You’ll need more focus to dodge obstacles, and different conditioning to handle varied terrain... Details
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Annual average grizzly-inflicted injuries in the backcountry: 1Number of snake species in Montana: 10Venomous snakes species in Montana: 1Reported snakebites in Montana each year: 5-6Number of deaths by snakebite in Montana in last 5 years: 0Reported cougar attacks in last 100 years in U.S.: ... Details
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Slepian, Maggie
Ankle injuries are annoyingly common for trail runners, so keep these tips in mind to ensure your ankles stay injury-free.Stretch and strengthen. 
Toe raises, tracing the alphabet with your foot, and resistance-band exercises are a good start. Progress to a wobble board or balance disc to increase... Details

Book Reviews

Aspiring Traveler's Handbook
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Hessman, Patrick
International travel is a dream of many, but often shelved for being too expensive or difficult to work into an already hectic life. Jackie Laulainen’s The Aspiring Traveler’s Handbook: A Preparation Guide to International Travel (self-published, $20) seeks to diffuse those negative notions, and... Details
Wild Again
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Rodriguez, Katie
Once thought extinct, and still one of North America’s rarest mammals, the black-footed ferret exemplifies the ecological, social, and political challenges of conservation in the West. David Jachowski’s Wild Again: The Struggle to Save the Black-Footed Ferret (University of California Press, $35),... Details
American Plains Bison
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Tucker, David
Few animals elicit more awe and debate than bison. In American Plains Bison: Rewilding an Icon (Sweetgrass Books, $20), retired professor of wildlife biology James A. Bailey draws on this unique species' inspiring characteristics to build a constituency for returning them to their wild state.... Details

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