Into the Wild

Originally an article in Outside magazine, Jon Krakauer’s Into the Wild was received rather contemptuously by many Alaskans. It is the true story about a young man from a well-to-do family who starved to death in the shadow of Denali. They said he was an idealistic fool. He didn’t have the proper equipment, couldn't tell moose from caribou, didn't know Alaskan rivers become unfordable torrents as the summer melt comes down; they said youthful ignorance dictated his fate.

<i> Last Year's River <i>

With the recent release of his first novel, Last Year's River, Missoula-based Allen Morris Jones emerges into the novel writing scene with absolute luminosity. His extraordinary eye for detail and intuitive sense of old-fashioned storytelling assist tremendously in telling the story of two people, from worlds apart, who are brought together in the beautifully depicted region Jones himself has called home for nearly his entire life: the West.

Big Sky Ice: Montana Ice Climbs

Written by local Bozeman author and noted climber Ron Brunckhorst, Big Sky Ice: Montana Ice Climbs reads like a transcribed version of around-the-campfire stories, tips, and legends from local ice climbers.

Bridger Outdoor Science School: Building an Informed Community

Need a new perspective on nature? Well, you live in the right place. Bozeman is home to the Bridger Outdoor Science School (Bridger), a non-profit organization that is progressively working to educate Bozeman's youth and community by offering "interactive natural science programs that promote an appreciation and understanding of the natural world."

Winter Birding in Yellowstone

Four-footed furry creatures aren't the only inhabitants of Yellowstone's harsh winters; many birds manage to make Yellowstone their year-round residence as well. Along open waterways, look for the American Bald Eagle and the Trumpeter Swan. Also easily spotted in winter are the Barrow's Goldeneye and the Lesser Scaup.

Carl's Favorite Rides

These are some of my favorite mountain bike rides in the area. They are fun and not so technical that you’ll have to go real slow, but not wide open enough to go super fast. They’ll scare you and challenge you, but you won’t disintegrate if you wreck.

Cave Gulch

Backcountry Spirits

In the deep green world of its backcountry, a hiker with a small pair of binoculars and an alert nature will get to know, up close and personal, many of the birds of Yellowstone Park. Along the streams fringed with willow and red dogwood you can expect the slate-blue dipper, the kingfisher rattling on upcreek, and a noisy pair of spotted sandpipers teetering on the rocks.

UDAP Industries Bearspray

Seing a grizzly in the wild can be a thrilling experience — its massive, brown body; those powerful jaws; that great, lumbering stride. But these qualities are best enjoyed from a safe distance. When you round a bend in the trail and find yourself face-to-face with an angry, 600-pound bruin, its physical virtues are your last concern — you just want to get out of there, and fast. At this point, two things work together to determine your fate: your reaction and the bear’s reaction. The encounter becomes a sort of primordial poker game — and it’s your move.

J.A. Gear Backpack

If you’ve been into an outdoor store any time lately, you’ve probably seen the plethora of backpacks being offered these days. Most of them seem to have more bells and whistles than any normal recreationist could possibly use. Forget all that when it comes to Bozeman-based J.A. Gear and their popular Action Pack. This high-speed, low-drag pack has all the necessities for any day hike, bike ride, or short off-trail ski trip.

Todd Reels

When it comes to outdoor gear, my tastes slurp on the meager sundae of practicality. Last winter I had the opportunity to pit Birten Todd's locally manufactured Madison Fly Reel against the rigors of my pragmatism.

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