Snow Peak Camping Cookware

I like to go light because I like to feel light-of-foot. Hills are easier, up or down, and you’re not working overtime to balance so you can actually look around—which, after all, is why you came out here.

Mountain Hardware Tent

There’s something about a new tent that makes a guy giddy. Maybe it’s that first whiff of brand-new nylon, or the big-mountain fantasies that fill his head upon such a significant gear acquisition. Or maybe it’s simply the complete and utter absence of buyer’s remorse. After all, a tent is hardly a luxury—when you’re camped on top of a mountain in the middle of a snowstorm, your tent may be the only thing between you and white death. Whatever the reason, tents hold a special place in the hearts of outdoor adventurers everywhere, and the Trango 2 from Mountain Hardware is no exception.

Hammer Gel

I’ve never really been into sports drinks or energy bars. Being an unathletic woman from the South, I had always believed that if you had gotten to the point where your energy was depleted and you were sweaty, it was simply time to sit down.

John Bozeman's Bistro

By their very nature, frontier towns tend to possess rich and exciting histories. Rugged mountain men, noble Indian chiefs, intrepid explorers, hardy homesteaders – these are the kinds of figures that imbue a nascent Western locale with character and charm. These qualities imbed themselves, and generations later, we find that same spirit threading currents through our modern, everyday lives.

Season Opener: Engage the Elements

Never are we more at the mercy of our warm-blooded physiology than in winter. You know the feeling: it’s Sunday morning in mid-January, cold enough to freeze nose hairs, and you’re simply NOT getting out of bed. You sledgehammer the alarm clock with a wild swing of your fist, stretch like a grizzly, and then shrink back into the covers for a few more hours of deep, mammalian slumber.

Mountain Biking Big Sky

If you’re looking to ride some different trails this summer, check out Big Sky. It has more accessible downhill runs and singletrack than anywhere in the region. While most of the terrain is for advanced riders, there are several trails for beginners, too. At Big Sky proper, people usually head up the mountain from Mountain Village via the South Access Road. The wide gravel road winds gently up at first, then steep through the switchbacks, finally meeting up with the gondola on top.

Campground Crags

Hot, bluish-black smoke billowed from the end of the buzzing sawblade and swirled about me, permeating my clothes and hair. Chunks of disemboweled wood sprayed out in all directions, sticking to the sweat on my arms and face, and I glanced at my watch. Time to quit. The day had been long, hot, and unamusing: ten hours of chainsawing eight-foot railroad ties into pieces. I finished my cut, put the saw in its nightly resting place, and, feeling as though someone had beaten me with a stick, drooped back to my car and flopped in.

This Business of Ecology

I still remember the valley the way I first saw it as a kid. It had been a long heavy winter when finally, spring arrived, tentative and coy. Then the large, open fields near our house exploded with wildflower blues and yellows aching to reach up and be caught in the late afternoon breeze. Without even trying you could hear the grass buzz with vast microsystems of life. Magpies squawked, a young blue grouse chirped from dense cover, and in the stream a cutthroat twisted, then rose on a midge not half a minute old.

Northern Lights, Explained

If you've never seen the northern lights – and almost 95% of Earth's population hasn't – this year may be your best chance. Massive surges of solar activity are blasting Earth with more magnetic energy than it's felt in 20 years. This means that aurora borealis will be bigger, more vibrant, and visible much farther south than normal. Montana has already hosted a few breathtaking atmospheric lightshows this year, and if things go as expected, there's much more to come.

The Importance of Being Rugged

In 1889, Hamilton Carhartt started making pants. They were no ordinary pants, though. Designed to "endure the rigors of a hard day’s work", they were constructed with the heaviest, most durable material possible. He’d had it with flimsy fabrics and cushy clamdiggers. Even Levis were too thin-skinned for old Hamilton – hard-working men like him needed super-rugged trousers that would hold up while mending barbed-wire fences, hauling ore, repairing tractors, or riveting I-beams 300 feet up.

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