Winter 2007-08

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Brad Japhe
The Wild Steelhead Coalition (WSC) is a not-for-profit group of concerned citizens who are committed to reversing the decline of the wild steelhead in the waters of the Pacific Northwest. Established in 2000, the organization has raised thousands of dollars for the cause and has put significant... Details
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Mike England
Alpine Ice & Rock Guideby Ron BrunckhorstOnce you’ve mastered the basics roadside and are ready to get after it alpine-style, an indispensable part of your equipment list should be the Alpine Ice & Rock Guide to Southwest & Central Montana (Brunckhorst; $20). This compact volume,... Details

Features

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Sinclair, Sarah Heuck
It was Matt’s idea to build the cave. He considered it good practice and although we’d reserved a warm, dry Forest Service cabin for the night, it seemed like a sensible way to pass a gray afternoon in the snow.Despite the lure of the roaring fire inside the cabin, Matt, Alex, and I began digging a... Details
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Pape, Jay
I became hooked on backcountry skiing as an intern with Gallatin National Forest Avalanche Center back in 1995. Since then, I have only ridden the lifts a handful of times each season.While skiing in the backcountry, I tune in to the weather, terrain, and snowpack in a way that allows me to... Details
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McGurk, Linda
When Jennifer Grace gave up a lucrative career as a biologist to become a professional snowboarder, she defied all conventional wisdom. Not only would pursuing her dream take a heavy toll on her finances, but at 23 the self-described “downhill junkie” was already considered old for a beginning... Details
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Kurowski, Becky Edwards
Remember lunchtime in seventh grade when enjoying some scrumptious government rations involved more than just finding an empty seat? Time to pick your clique: The budding, pint-sized, testosterone jocks sat together, the “pretty” girls sat together (within spitting distance of the jocks, mind you... Details

Departments

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Pogge, Drew
In a way, all skiers are simply falling down a mountain. But there are amateurs and artists when it comes to crashing. Indeed, crashing is an art. The slope is the canvas, flying bodies the brush. A finished work of art can leave gear strewn for hundreds of yards, blood stains in the snow, and... Details
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Wilke, Joanne
With a hiss of sun-struck snow blasting my windshield, I crest the pass. Crunching, bottoming out, I miss the wide view of the Absaroka Mountains, fishtail through drifts lined like ribs, battering truck ruts too wide for my car. I’m almost there. A mountain of black coke dust lies dormant, smooth... Details
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Editors
Castigated by Coeur duh AleneI read the article comparing Bozeman to Coeur d'Alene [Summer 2007]. I felt it was 'slightly' slanted. I'm sure many who conduct comparisons between different cities would agree, since Coeur d'Alene is rated in the top 5 on a consistent basis. The two that come to mind... Details
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Caplette, Jenna
When you gear up for a winter photo expedition, the first thing to consider is you. If you’re cold, you won’t be able to focus on capturing a good photo. Dress so that you can put on or take off layers as needed. Focus on being both warm and dry.Winter days are often overcast. Taking a good photo... Details
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Keeler, Greg
Nothing New New snow piled on old snow turns to old snow under more new snow. Thus the winter goes. Leave the house and track some bold new tracks out into more of the same. Enter the commerce of the coffee shop, and mark in every face you meet the color of the day. Converse if you've a mind for it... Details
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Stoops, Kira
Twenty-year-old Bozeman climber Michael Spencer wants to save the world. But it's also prime climbing season this winter in Ecuador. With a little soul-searching, Spencer dreamed up a way to do both. Combining his deepest passions—mountaineering, traveling, and philanthropy—he founded Alpine... Details
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Pogge, Drew
First WinterFirst flakes fall, waltzing, halting, haunting,Soft smells of autumn swirl with the twirling sky cream,Until autumn falls completely to the ease of winter.Nature slows; lows a greeting in brisk wind strokes,Painting whites, blues; opaque hues onto a canvas of time.All seasons before... Details
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Willmschen, Montica
Contending with unparalleled growth in the Gallatin Valley and Big Sky, the Skyline and Streamline bus systems have been instrumental in alleviating a significant amount of traffic. With only 16 months of service under its belt, Streamline is already making its mark on Bozeman, including the... Details
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Hoberecht, Suzy Hall
Try these tips to start making the home front more environmentally friendly. And because most of these are going to result in energy savings, they may even help keep a bit more green in your wallet. Get Better LightingIf there's one must-do, here it is: Convert to compact fluorescent lighting. CFLs... Details
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Lewis, Jimmy
“The true force behind ice fishing is that it is better than no fishing at all,” states renowned American author Jim Harrison in his essay “Ice Fishing, the Moronic Sport.” And while many may agree with the sentiments of this literary genius, it is worth considering that ice fishing, whether by... Details
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Smith, Marjorie
Blight is like beauty: it lies in the eyes of the beholder.If you’re a developer, blight keeps you from selling your townhouses and condos for top dollar until someone puts in paved streets and curbs and streetlights.If you’re a local politician, blight is a magic word that lets you create a tax-... Details
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Editors
37.1: Average number of people who die in U.S. skiing/snowboarding accidents (per year) 86.4: Percentage of 2006/2007 fatalities that were male 80: Percentage of women who will become widows at some point in life 10: Percentage of couples who get engaged on Valentine's Day$28,850: Average cost of a... Details
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Japhe, Brad
Fans of ice sports throughout southwest Montana were saddened when the Valley Ice Garden shut its doors to become a cold-storage warehouse. Thankfully, the Gallatin County Fairgrounds immediately provided partial remedy with its semi-enclosed Haynes Pavilion. Now the official home of our... Details
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Patterson, Amber
We all know that Bozeman is a really fun town. But when it comes to New Year’s Eve, ol’ Boz Angeles just doesn’t live up to the fame. But if you decide to stick around for New Year’s (presumably to ski every day), here are the top five ways to usher in 2008:5! Hit the Bars. When we went to print,... Details
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England, Mike
"If pro is the opposite of con,” the comedian Gallagher once quipped, “is Congress the opposite of progress?"That question may soon be answered by the Associated Students of Montana State University (ASMSU) Senate, who, at press time, were discussing a proposal to permanently displace up to half a... Details
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Stoops, Kira
Men, this Christmas, give your sporty sweetie the gift that says, "I was thinking of you. Not me and how much I love climbing gear. You. And how much you now love thoughtful, romantic me because I got you: a. An ecologically-sound necklace. Oooh, shiny. b. A bottle of the first wine we ever shared... Details
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Manning, Jim
There were the Youngers. And the Doolins. And who could forget Frank and Jesse James? In the Wild West, brothers had a way of becoming notorious. It’s no different in the sky, where another set of brothers—the Gemini boys—ride high every winter’s night.Look above and right of the rectangle of Orion... Details
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England, Mike
Four down, one to go. It’s taken half a dozen laps of careful, precise driving—not to mention some incredibly good luck—but one by one I’ve managed to slip past Matt, John, Steve, and CJ. I’m alone now, with the rest of the pack fighting for position half a lap behind me. Only Dennis remains, a... Details
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Pogge, Drew
Intro to ice climbing.“You’ll be fine, just drop your heels, stay calm, and DON'T CUT THE ROPE.” My teacher may not have been a sage, but he certainly knew his Klemheist from a clove hitch. That first day, he taught me to find the fun in a cold, wet, miserable sport: ice climbing.It’s no... Details
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Steve Kuntz
When an unexpected dinner guest or a long day at the office makes dinner preparation seem impossible, turn to this shortcut curry and relax. If you have canned coconut milk, chicken in the freezer, and a little red curry paste hiding at the back of the refrigerator, you are halfway there.5 cups... Details
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Frost, Melissa
Just a Hop, Skip, and Jump from BozemanNot far from bustling Bozeman is a real blast from the past. A high limestone cliff situated at the edge of the Gallatin Valley marks the site of the Madison Buffalo Jump State Park, a unique and important Native American historical and cultural site. The... Details
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Nelson, Peter
Hunter Green and David Schmidt’s first film, Lucky Number 13, which recently took third place at Bridger Bowl's Point and Chute film contest. Set to a fast-paced soundtrack and showcasing a myriad of stoked air and powder shots, the film was created entirely with a common video camera and a PC.... Details
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England, Mike
One of the joys of independent publishing is that you can print whatever the hell you want. (Pseudo-cusswords, for example.) But as we all know, freedom comes with a price—and for us that price is controversy. Yes, Outside Bozeman’s unabashed editorial content occasionally collides with certain... Details
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Josh Cavan
Fishing in winter.As the days become shorter and the snow covers the valley floors, thoughts of fly fishing dwindle in almost every angler’s mind. However, rivers that see a plethora of anglers throughout the warmer months are now open to unique opportunities for solitude. The absence of other... Details
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Kimball, Doug
Eyeballs have a lot to worry about in winter: skiers get faces full of snow or stare at the glare too long, icicles fall on people while they're shoveling their driveways, winter campers get a face-full of tree branch, snowmobiles launch snow-covered debris, and at least one snowball fight ends... Details
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Outside Bozeman
Want to win $500 in cold, hard cash? How about a pile of swag from local retailers like Helly Hansen and F-11 Photographic? Then grab your camera, get outside, and start shooting. That’s right, the Outside Bozeman photo contest is here, and you could be a winner. Categories include action/sports,... Details
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Branson, Robb
When the toys are put away for the summer and the freezer is filled from a successful hunting season, what’s next? Skiing, snowboarding, and ice climbing are a few choices. To stay in svelte summer shape, though, requires aerobic exercise—and a bicycle trainer is a great way to get what you need.... Details
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Outside Bozeman
From the Tibetan high country to the ice sheets of Antarctica, Outside Bozeman sure made the rounds this season. Robert Swinney packed O/B along on a ski tour of Patagonia, while veteran How Far entrant Gary Hellenga (Spring 2006) snapped shots with his copy atop the Matterhorn and Mont Blanc (“... Details
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Wozer, Jeff
It is now hour five of camping with Winston, my golden retriever, and it has become obvious to me that he was not the dog the pet food industry had in mind when they found a need to create energy bars for dogs.Even though the Montana sky is faultlessly blue I’m encased in full rain gear. For the... Details
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Alex Alviar
I don't know why there are so many McMansions popping up in this town when many of us don't seem to have two damn cents to rub together. (Maybe it has something to do with the fact that we spend everything we make, I don't know.) But if trickle-down economics has turned out to be just another dog... Details
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Margaret Burns Vap
Stretching for optimal ski fitness.What do yoga and skiing have in common? The need for balance, flexibility, and focus.Yoga helps cultivate these qualities, so it follows that practicing yoga can help improve ski technique. Let's face it—we love skiing for its adrenaline rush. But the other side... Details
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Outside Bozeman
No guts, no glory! Nick Wakeman picks his way up the first free ascent of Pura Vida (WI6 5.11) on Hyalite’s Black Magic Wall, December 2006. Surrendering oneself to such a thin ribbon of ice takes huevos indeed, as Alex Lussier, who ascended and named the route about two weeks prior, can surely... Details
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Layne, Liz
Sometimes it's hard to know whether it's too cold for your pooch to be outdoors. Here are some tips.How cold is too cold? Depends on the dog. Shorthaired, miniature, very old, or very young dogs with chronic illness can tolerate less than longhaired, double-coated, outside-all-winter-long northern... Details
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Greg Keeler
When we get to Canyon Ferry, the ice looks like it’s only an inch thick, so we drill a hole to check it and it’s four inches—maybe. There are already several groups sitting around out there, so we figure what the hell and take baby steps over the hairy stuff near the edge that’s been broken and... Details
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Stoll, Kelly
It’s that time of year again where we all put on insane amounts of clothing just to get the mail and wake up an hour early to start the car. Just call in sick and have a beer. Here’s the staff's quarterly list of favorite winter brews.Uncle Funkle DunkelMadison River Brewing CompanyBelgrade,... Details
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Orem, Tina
In the spring 2006 issue of Outside Bozeman, we told you about Scott Brown. He's a local guy who runs Desert Rose Catering and started making biodiesel on the side.Scott's not the only American who's caught the bio-brewing bug. After all, if you can figure out how to make the stuff, you'll never... Details
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Outside Bozeman
LicensesBe sure to start the New Year off right for both pet and pocketbook—renew your pet license. The City of Bozeman requires a license for any dog or cat over six months old that lives within the city limits for more than 15 days. To purchase or renew a license, head down to City Hall at 411 E... Details
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Fine, Elle
Rustic bread pudding with vanilla bourbon sauce.After all your resolution-induced deprivations, here’s a justifiable indulgence to keep the chill away during our cold Montana winter. This recipe is an all-around crowd-pleaser; served with vanilla bourbon sauce, it will be a favorite at holiday... Details
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Blazer, Robin
In the spring of 2007, the nonprofit Madison County Economic Development Council (MCEDC) developed a program to bring Montana beef back to Montana. The project, named Montana Black, provides financial incentives for local ranchers to retain their healthy calves on their land rather than selling... Details
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Thielman-Ibes, Kim
During the spring of 2002, Jennifer Lowe Anker and her husband Conrad Anker were hiking to the Everest base camp. It was part honeymoon, part pilgrimage and just a few years after her late husband, Alex Lowe, had died on Shishapangma. On their way, they passed through the small Nepalese village of... Details
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Dehmer, Kurt
When the snowy season comes, most sporting folk clean and lock up the firearms and spend most of their winter recreation time waiting in lift lines and watching the sky for fresh powder. Although this is certainly a quality outdoor experience, there are other, possibly more appealing options for... Details
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Pape, Jay
My partner and I ski across a slope covered with avalanche debris. It looks to be a couple of days old, but the crownline at the top of the slope is obscured by storm clouds and I try to convince myself that it will not slide again. We both understand this and keep a healthy amount of space between... Details
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Kurowski, Becky Edwards
I can never quite get rid of the smell of sweaty polypropylene from my work cubicle. In spring, summer, and fall, my trail-running shoes and extra pair of running shorts have a place of honor stuffed in my backpack, neatly tucked beneath my desk. Lush, green, wildflower-strewn summer trail runs at... Details
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Dodge, Brent and Schoeneman, Sam
Skiing demands strong core muscles. Pilates can help you reduce core muscle imbalances, reduce your chances of injury, and maximize your performance. It also helps increase your body awareness, your accuracy, and your overall enjoyment of the sport. Pilates and Skiing—A Natural MarriagePilates... Details
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Orem, Tina
I think it’s fair to say that we’re all sick and tired of hearing about MySpace.com already. So in hope that we can help everyone remember that the internet should help people enjoy their lives, not be their lives, here are a few of our favorite outdoor-oriented websites. Maybe we can drum up a... Details
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McKnight, Doug
I can’t think of a more productive winter fly than this version of the Disco Midge. A good friend of mine from Victor, Idaho turned me on to it years ago, and countless good fish have fallen victim to its small, innocuous imitation. I have a lot of fond memories of icy cold days, numb hands and... Details
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Meier, Mary
This is the year you're deciding to get healthier, but where do you start? Here are some ideas to get you going. 1) Control Your Impulses. Incorporate more fruits, vegetables, and whole grains into your daily eating routine. Select whole fruits and vegetables whether canned, frozen, or fresh... Details
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Outside Bozeman
January2-6 Half-priced ticket days, Big Sky Resort. 995-5000.5 Franklin's Fat Ass 50K. winddrinkers.org.5-6 Yellowstone Institute class, "Wilderness First Aid." (307) 344-2293.5-20 Community Race Series—Alpine and Telemark, Bridger Bowl. 587-2111.6 Nordic Fest, Bohart Ranch., 586-9070. 10 Avalanche... Details

Gear Reviews

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Bauder, Warren
Last winter, I had the opportunity to “experiment” with an early model of Mad River Rocket’s Killer B Sled. With a little practice, I mastered a basic carve turn and a rudimentary hockey stop at the bottom of the slope. Of course, I felt those skills qualified me to take the sled airborne, which I... Details
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Nelson, Peter
The decision to go touring instead of hitting the resort depends on your mood, and so it is wise to have a ski boot that accommodates both. Equipped with a number of adjustment features, the Scarpa Tornado Pro is suited to either endeavor. When I tested these boots, I brought both interchangeable... Details
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Peterson, Simon
Made with stylish hand-knit quality and 100% acrylic, the Chaos Camo Beanie is warm, comfortable, and lightweight. The Camo Beanie keeps a tight grip on the head, making it great for casual use and almost all cold-weather conditions. It comes from a vast selection of blended knit hats made by Chaos... Details
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Strickland, Tanner
So have you heard of steepandcheap.com? It's a streamlined website that sells one outdoor-related item at a time at 50-75% off retail price. When the first item sells out it offers a new piece of gear. For example, the site might have ten sets of medium-sized Marmot long underwear for women. Once... Details
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Outside Bozeman
No, you 60s hippie, we’re not talking about a free ounce of “grass”—a lid goes on your noggin, not in your skull bong. Here’s the deal: name the dude in the Hip Headz logo and win the helmet cover of your choice (worth about $30). Get witty, wild, goofy, whatever—just send your best suggestion to... Details
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Lusk, Ashley
The Cloudveil women’s RPK jacket is a perfect fit for big mountain skiing and riding, and it can handle anything from a killer wipeout to waist-deep powder. It’s made of Gore-Tex softshell fabric that is comfortable, breathable, and guaranteed to keep you dry. The internal-stretch powder skirt with... Details
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Smith, Sherri
Looking for an inexpensive way to spice up your helmet collection without stickers or spray paint? Hip Headz Helmet Hats will revamp your outdoor wardrobe with over 30 colors, textures, and patterns to choose from. Transitional from gear to gear and sport to sport, Hip Headz makes it cool to be... Details
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Ponca, Peter
A reliable camp stove can make all the difference on a backcountry trip, and a cup of hot soup, tea, or coffee makes you feel warmer on those cold summit days. In winter, the stove is also essential for melting snow to keep you hydrated. After decades of using a heavy stainless-steel cook set, I... Details

Additional Articles

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Kurowski, Becky Edwards
A blinking blue light on the Baxter and a smattering of Subarus and Toyota trucks filled with skis and boards are sure signs of one thing in Montana: ski season. This year, Moonlight Basin, Big Sky, and Bridger Bowl are offering a bundle of new amenities and services to make your days on the... Details
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Harrison, Melynda
Like many of us, Bozemanites Chris Axelson and Mandy Bowden had a dream. A dream to open a family-style, sustainable Nordic Center. But unlike many, Axelson and Bowden are actually making their dream come true.Atop Homestake Pass (15 minutes east of Butte), Axelson and Bowden's Homestake Lodge... Details
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Orem, Tina
It was harder to get a license to hunt buffalo than it was to get into Harvard this year, according to statistics from Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks: this year's 4,402 applicants had about a one-percent chance of snagging one of the FWP's 44 licenses offered. And because nonresidents won six... Details
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Randall, Brianna
The Clark Fork Coalition, a nonprofit based in Missoula, introduced Montana’s newest and coolest specialty plate, featuring artwork by Monte Dolack. Not only is the plate classy and fun (see if you spot the elusive River Goddess), your money goes directly to the Coalition, which works to protect... Details
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Stoops, Kira
The war between the Gallatin County Commission and the U.S. Forest Service rages on. In September, the County Commission resolved to order the U.S. Forest Service to reopen Bear Canyon Road. If the Forest Service refuses, then the Commission has authorized county road crews to restore the road and... Details

Book Reviews

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Hanisch, A.
Dick Dorworth's newly released memoir Night Driving: Invention of the Wheel and Other Blues (First Ascent Press; $25) is a colorful chronicle of exploration and adventure during socially and politically tumultuous times. This world-renowned skier and climber compiled his stories and musings in the... Details
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Kurowski, Becky Edwards
Joe Josephson’s most recent installment in the Big Sky Rock guidebook series proves to be as beta-rich and witty as the two previous works, Butte’s Climbing Guide and Central Montana Rock. Lost Horse Canyon (First Ascent Press; $20) is chock-full of accurate route descriptions, driving directions,... Details
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England, Mike
In the early 1920s, the West was still relatively wild—many territories had just gained statehood, mine-worker violence had recently erupted across the region, and train robberies were common. Yet in the summer of 1924, eight Nebraska farm girls set off on a nine-week, 9,000-mile road trip across... Details
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Mike England
Few things are as frustrating to a climber as a poorly done or outdated climbing guide (anybody remember the old Butte guide?). Southwest Montana climbers will be happy to know that local climbing pioneer Ron Brunkhorst has updated yet another guidebook. Indian Creek (Brunckhorst; $13), released... Details
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Orem, Tina
You can't call yourself a dedicated skier without having read John Fry's The Story of Modern Skiing (University Press of New England, $28). It's simply one of the most thorough and diligently written books on the heritage of skiing. Inside are the stories of the creators of modern skiing, the... Details

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