Summer 2018

Features

Illustration by Angie Mangels
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Lisa Baril
The women growing Bozeman's bike community. At age twelve I lived at the bottom of long, steep hill. I’d pedal my pink Schwinn to the top, spin around, and sail over the hill’s lip pedaling as fast as I could. As I gained momentum, I’d fling my legs out to the side and fly down at breakneck speed,... Details
Portal Creek Trail, Porcupine Trail, Custer Gallatin Forest Plan Revision
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Bozeman reacts to Wilderness recommendations. If one were to choose the American city with the greatest wildlands opportunities, few could compete with Bozeman. Mountains rise in all directions, with vast forests and abundant wildlife. Within a hundred miles of town, there are more than a million... Details
Montana Wilderness, Wildlfire, Yellowstone Park
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Dennis Glick
When ecological systems are free to play themselves out on a large scale, things get a little dirty—and that’s a good thing. Close friends of mine know that around mid-August, I generally have a hitch in my getalong—a souvenir of our annual eight-day backpack to the northeast quadrant of the... Details
Big Hole River, Fly Fishing, Montana
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HG Moser
Summers on the Big Hole.  It seems like a lifetime ago. In the ’70s and ’80s, my wife Pam and I and our two kids would meet my best friend Dick McGinnis and his wife Diane and their two kids on the upper Big Hole River for a week of camping and fly fishing.Dick—Muggs to his friends—grew up in... Details
Mount Wallace, Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness, Paradise Valley
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Thomas Turiano
Climbing Mount Wallace. “So, if you cannot understand that there is something in a man which responds to the challenge of the mountain and goes out to meet it, that the struggle is the struggle of life itself upward and forever upward, then you won’t see why we go. What we get from this adventure... Details

Departments

Trout Lake, Yellowstone, Family-Friendly Hikes
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Melynda Harrison
Family-friendly Yellowstone. Bozeman parents, you sure are lucky. You get to live within an hour and a half of two Yellowstone National Park entrances. There’s a lot to see from the car or the boardwalks, but the Park really comes alive when you step away from the throngs of people and into the... Details
Sky Rim Trail, Yellowstone National Park, Montana
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Traute Parrie
Hiking Yellowstone's boundary trails. There’s nothing like running your hands over the bark of a scarred tree to get a sense of those who came before, whether it’s the mark of a grizzly, an elk working to shed the velvet from its antlers in late summer, or the aspen carvings of a lonely Basque... Details
Sprucehammer Moth, Gallatin River Guides, Fly Tying
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Jimmy Armijo-Grover
Tying an effective summer fly. Although the spruce moth has a bad rap for killing millions of acres of trees in the West (rightfully so), it holds a special place in many trout angler’s hearts. Spruce moths tend to flutter around in late summer in southwest Montana, when most of our aquatic hatches... Details
Beaver, Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness, Montana
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Faith Rudebusch
Beaver reintroduction in the Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness.  Beavers have long shaped the Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness, their stick-and-mud dams slowing high-meadow streams and creating sparkling pools that teem with life. Despite their historical residency, the AB’s current resident beavers have... Details
Livingston, Mountain Biking, Montana
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Jeff Mazer
Riding West Pine to North Dry. This summer, head over toward Livingston to satiate your singletrack addiction. In the past several years the Livingston Bike Club and many friends have been hard at work improving the West Pine to North Dry trail, and the results are fantastic. VitalsDistance: 11... Details
Gallatin River, Fly Fishing, Gallatin River Guides
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David Tucker
A mini-vacation along the Gallatin. The first fish I ever caught was on the Gallatin, a 10-inch rainbow that I accidentally hooked while letting out some line; I think I was more surprised than the fish. I haven’t caught much on the Gallatin since, partly because other interests occupy my time, and... Details
Moose, Mountain Biking, Moser Creek
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Phil Knight
A near-miss with an angry moose. Like most people who get outside a lot, I’ve had plenty of close encounters with wild animals. I’ve been treed by a bear and by a semi-wild bovine bull; I had to run from a stampede of bison; I was forced to duck and cover from an angry goshawk; and I jumped away... Details
Rock Climbing, Allenspur, Bozeman, Montana
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Luke Ebeling
Keeping the fun in sport. It’s a pleasant summer afternoon and a group of us have driven out to Paradise Valley to climb at Allenspur. We’ve warmed up on a couple routes we know, and now it’s my turn to start up one we don’t. I make it past the fifth bolt before the wall vacates itself of holds. I... Details
Stinging Nettle, Yellowstone Forever, Native Plants
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Angie Mangels
Discovering nature’s bounty. You probably know that dandelion leaves and flowers are edible, but did you realize how many essential nutrients they contain, or that their dried roots can be made into a tea that can help clear the lungs and is also good for cancer patients and diabetes? What about... Details
Wilderness Study Areas, Hunting, Montana
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Nick Gevock
Public discourse on public lands. Montana’s wild backcountry is essential to our state. From the high alpine to forested foothills, sagebrush-steppe grasslands to abundant riparian areas—it’s a diverse landscape, and it supports incredibly diverse wildlife species, game and non-game alike.Of our... Details
Bow-Season Training, FHF Gear, Montana
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Scott Grimm
Prepping for a successful season.  Just over four miles from the truck by foot and headlamp, we stashed our pack frames in a downed aspen. Another two miles and 2,000 vertical feet put my hunting partner and me in position. Light started to spill over the west side of Gallatin Canyon. The fog... Details
Mount Cowen, Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness, Trail Running, Montana
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Anthony Pavkovich
Scrambling up the crown of the Absarokas. Nestled among the high peaks of the Absarokas, Elbow Lake sits waveless and inviting on a hot July day. Above the eastern shore towers the granite walls of Eenie, Meenie, Miney, and Moe. This basin is a paradise for rock climbers, hikers, and campers alike.... Details
Bozeman Beer, Breweries, Summer Drinks, Montana
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Imbibe with the tribe. The pickup tailgate after a blissful singletrack descent; the captain’s seat of a driftboat as the sun dips below the Gallatin Range; the half-light of a campfire circle as your buddy tells that story, again. These are all good places to have a drink, and the O/B crew is here... Details
Ground Turkey Kebabs, Bozeman, Grilling
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Simon Peterson
Wild-turkey kebabs.  Traditionally, ground-meat kebabs are made with lamb, and while lamb kebabs are delicious, the meat is expensive. This summer, try some ground turkey on the grill. Not only does turkey blend well with spices, it’s affordable, and if you’re a hunter, kebabs are a great way to... Details
Standup Paddleboarding, Bozeman, CrossFit
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Joe King
A last gasp for a storied tradition.  Long a vast, untamed wilderness, Montana’s north country was civilized in large part due to the Great Northern Railroad, which delivered settlers and supplies from more populous regions in the east. Integral to this effort were Montana’s early loggers—rugged... Details
Yellowstone, Bison, Bison Rut
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Jenny Golding
Photographing Yellowstone's summer bison.   It’s uncommon to venture into Yellowstone without encountering bison. At over 4,000 strong, they’re a dominant presence on the roads, on the trails, and throughout the Park’s verdant valleys. Many people pass them by in search of more toothy things like... Details
Drones, Wildlife Photography, Bozeman
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Drew Pogge
Drones in the outdoors. On a warm summer morning, a mile up Bear Trap Canyon in the Lee Metcalf Wilderness, there’s usually little to hear but the constant harmonics of the Madison River moving swiftly past, the whine of insects, and a cacophony of birds announcing the day. That’s the point of... Details
The Montana Wave, Backroads, Montana Highways
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Holden Sieler
This summer, lighten up. After the long slosh and skid of winter finally recedes, the sudden profusion of thawed tarmac, green valleys, and snow-capped vistas cannot but tickle already itchy feet. On any given summer day, the eager outdoorspeople rise with the lark before the rest of the... Details
DZone Skydiving, Three Forks Skydiving
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David Howlett
Freefalling with DZone Skydiving. “It’s not looking good,” the pilot, Jon lamented, as he surveyed thick clouds closing in around us. “We’re probably going to need you to reschedule.”I couldn’t help feeling the sting of disappointment, which was noticeably shared by the small crew that had... Details
Peets Hill, Burke Park, Mary Vant Hull, Bozeman
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Jodi Hausen
Remembering Mary Vant Hull.  A bench dedicated to Mary Vant Hull sits atop Peets Hill overlooking Bozeman, the city she deeply loved. It’s an apt place to remember the community activist who died on January 1, 2017, at the age of 89.Known for her quirky yet unforgivingly tenacious personality, Mary... Details
Wilderness Study Areas, Bozeman, Montana
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Drew Pogge
Wilderness gets no second chances. “Plans are of little importance, but planning is essential.”—Winston ChurchillMy dad is a fan of home projects, and as a result, I spent much of my youth digging holes, holding boards, mixing concrete, or running power tools when I’d much rather have been riding... Details
Mars, Opposition, Bozeman
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Jim Manning
Summer's alien invasion. No one would have believed in the last years of the nineteenth century that this world was being watched keenly and closely by intelligences greater than our own… (that) across the gulf of space…. intellects vast and cool and unsympathetic regarded this earth with envious... Details
Dream vs. Reality, Camping Nightmares, Bears
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Drew Pogge
The best stories often come down to the difference between what is perceived and what actually happens. Anyone who spends time roaming the mountains of Montana knows that this difference can sometimes be a chasm. Particularly when it comes to things that go bump in the night. And bears. Especially... Details
Yankee Jim Canyon, Yellowstone River, Whitewater Kayaking, Montana
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Fred Smith
A guide to Yankee Jim’s whitewater. The Yellowstone River, specifically the mighty Yankee Jim Canyon, has the biggest whitewater features in the state. Don’t believe me? Go to any bar in Gardiner this summer and ask the locals. You won’t be able to finish your first pint before some brash raft... Details
Missouri Headwaters, Montana State Parks, Three Forks
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Melynda Harrison
Exploring southwest Montana’s state parks. We all know and love the big national parks at the top and bottom of our state. They’re dramatic, inspiring, and in the summer, they’re crowded. Luckily for us, Montana is rich with state parks full of beautiful vistas, rich with culture and history, thick... Details
Packrafting, Southwest Montana
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Packrafting local waters.  Bozeman summers are short and full of activity. So why add yet another option to the mix? Because variety is the spice of life, that’s why, and trying new things is fun. This summer, try packrafting. Here’s how to get started. Rent a BoatThe last five years have seen... Details
Photo by Lars Scinny
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Lance Craighead
For wildlife, they're weapons of mass destruction. If you drive east on I-90 past the Bear Canyon exit, you may notice a section of high fencing along the sides of the interstate. Look more closely and you’ll find four breaks in the fence: elevated platforms where animals that get trapped inside... Details
Nixon Bridge, Gallatin River, Gallatin County, Montana
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Kate Beaudoin
The uncertain fate of a Gallatin River icon.  “The old bridge will be removed.” That’s what Gallatin County Commissioner Don Seifert, along with Commission Chair Steve White, told Outside Bozeman. For groups like the Montana Ghost Town Preservation Society and the Manhattan Rotary Club, this news... Details

Gear Reviews

 Vasque Breeze III GTX
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Mio Alt
My field-test of Vasque’s Breeze III GTX started with the first few steps—at the Missouri Headwaters, I walked from the car straight into an ankle-deep mud puddle. My feet emerged dry as a bone. Clearly, the boot’s waterproofing is as advertised, which will come in handy late into the summer with... Details
Pearl Izumi X-Alp Launch, Mountain Biking, Bozeman, Montana
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Angie Mangels
Pearl Izumi continues to develop its mountain-bike lineup by adding a flat-pedal shoe. The women’s X-ALP Launch is a stylish and lightweight sneaker that, despite its looks, is ready for the abuse of a full day on the trail. Vibram soles grab the pins of the pedals instantly, delivering the right... Details
Salomon Advance Skin 12 Step, Trail Running, Bozeman, Montana
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Chris McCarthy
Packing enough water for a long run is tough in summer heat. That’s why I’ve started using the Salomon Advance Skin 12 Step hydration vest. This form-fitting pack comes with two 17-oz. soft flasks that ride comfortably in front pockets and has room for a 1.5-liter bladder in an insulated sleeve... Details
Pearl Izumi Launch Short, Mountain Biking, Bozeman, Montana
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Angie Mangels
The Launch is a trail-riding short that’s ready for the elements. Loaded with great details, plus an effective moisture-transfer-management fabric, these shorts are comfortable no matter how long or hard you’re riding. My favorite feature, besides the zippered thigh cargo pocket, is the detachable... Details
Tuff Truvk 60L Tote, Dry Bag, Bozeman, Montana
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Luke Ebeling
If you’re protecting your gear and clothing in the 60L Tote dry bag, and it falls out on a dirt road going 30 mph, it’ll be fine—we checked. Also great for rafting and as airline baggage, this versatile dry bag has welded seams, great stitching, and a class-3 waterproof rating. The only thing that... Details
Salomon Sense Pro Max, Trail Running, Bozeman, Montana
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David Tucker
I didn’t want to like Salomon’s Sense Pro Max—the Sensifit lacing system requires you to pull tight and cinch down, then fold under the top of the tongue. What ever happened to loop, swoop, and pull? Then I ran a race in them. I was completely won over by their performance in a variety of trail... Details
Stio Pinion Pullover
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Joyce Pollastro
You wake up in your tent on a damp and chilly summer morning, hesitating to unzip your sleeping bag. Unless you’re donning the Pinion down pullover, that is. This water-repellent, ultralight, hooded jacket is a Stio original. It’s thin enough to roll up and add to your backpack in case of... Details
Oboz Campster, Oboz Shoes, Bozeman, Montana
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Chris McCarthy
In an overcrowded sandal market, it’s good to go with a trusted name—I chose the new Campster from Oboz. This shoe, like all Oboz models, has solid traction and good support. The heal strap rotates up, turning the sandal into a slip-on. The Campster’s great for hiking on a gentle slope, crossing a... Details
OnXMaps, Bozeman Hunting
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Chris McCarthy
I was an early adopter of the land-ownership chips from OnX—I’ve had one in my GPS for seven years now. You’d think it’d be hard to sing praise for this handy device every other year, but each time I get the latest version, I’m amazed at the improvements in functionality. In this release, you’ll... Details
Pearl Izumi X-Alp Elevate, Mountain Biking, Bozeman, Montana
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David Tucker
On big backcountry rides, performance is king. That’s why I’m stoked about the aggressive outsoles on Pearl Izumi’s X-Alp Elevate biking shoe. The Vibram tread provides awesome traction on technical hike-a-bikes without compromising pedal-stroke power when you are in the saddle. The oversized lugs... Details
Aku Alterra GTX, Hiking, Bozeman, Montana
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Austin Jenanyan
The Alterra GTX hiking boots are durable yet comfortable, making them a great choice for long treks through the Montana high country. On a multi-day backpack through Glacier’s rugged peaks and canyons, the Alterras withstood whatever I threw at them, and kept my feet from feeling worn out. Added... Details
Altra King MT 1.5
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Chris McCarthy
Whether the MT stands for Montana or mountain, I feel like the king of both when running in Altra’s King MT 1.5. These zero-drop trail shoes have a super-aggressive tread that chews up trail, and minimal cushioning so you feel what’s underfoot. The upper dries quickly, and the Velcro strap keeps... Details
NRS Quiver 9'8"
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Mike England
When you’re ready to take your paddleboarding up a notch—and that means runnin’ the rivers, rapids and all—consider the Quiver by NRS. This extra-wide, highly maneuverable board combines rock-hard inflatability with extra rocker on the tip and tail, meaning it’s sturdy, stable, and more than able... Details
GCI Outdoor Wilderness Backpacker
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Mike England
Relax in style anywhere with the Wilderness Backpacker from GCI Outdoor. From upright to fully reclined, this well-built, four-position chair has a cup-holder (of course), headrest, and shoulder straps for hands-free carry to your favorite campsite, beach, alpine lake, or outdoor concert. And it’ll... Details
Primus PrimeTech 1.3L
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Taylor Burlage
With an integrated burner, two 1.3L pots, a lockable pot-gripper, and a lid with an integrated colander, the PrimeTech stove set gives you a whole new world of backcountry culinary options. The entire setup packs into an efficient, insulated storage bag, and though it needs more room than your... Details

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