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Ridge Run Resolution

A local runner goes for broke.

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Sleds, Schnapps, and Snow: Hyalite by moonlight

The cold is aggressive, almost predatory. Within seconds, any exposed flesh begins to sting and ache, go numb. Without goose down and Gore-Tex, you’d die in minutes. People aren’t designed to be in Hyalite in the winter. And definitely not at 11pm.

Headlamps are laser beams

—Christ it’s cold. Where’s the schnapps? someone asks.

Working Up a Sweat

Near Livingston, artist Parks Reece has made a new addition to the ever-evolving work of art that is his backyard. Built entirely out of salvaged and sustainable materials, a sauna now sits near his granite fire pit and barbeque. The handsome structure, composed of compressed-earth bricks made with soil from the property, fits well within the ethos of Reece’s land art.

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Jonesin' for a Pet Fix?

Thousands of disadvantaged pets in the valley need helpful hands and homes each year. Do you care? Of course you do. Volunteer, foster, or rescue a pet from Heart of the Valley Animal Shelter.

Emily Wallace (HOV Volunteer Coordinator & Education Manager) with Mango

Above: Emily Wallace (HOV Volunteer Coordinator & Education Manager) with Mango.

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Autumn Inspiration


Don’t give up just yet. It’s easy to become sedentary when the leaves turn colors and the temps start to drop. Excuses stack up like the decaying foliage—excuses based on assumptions: that the weather isn’t good enough or that the days aren’t long enough or that the summer is over. And gone with the excuses is time spent outside—at least until you can ski again, right?

Empty Your Pockets If You Want to Live

We can all agree that the most important element of safety is preparedness, but sometimes a short, worry-free three- or four-hour hike can turn into something more serious. The weather changes suddenly (as it’s apt to do in Montana), the sun goes down, or you’re lost—and the only things you brought along are the random crap you keep in your Camelbak. Fear not! With these surprising tips, you can learn how to turn your everyday amenities into life-saving tools. 

Avian Dog Fight

The shadows stretched long as my wife, daughter, and I drove to our friends’ ranch to catch a few fish on the Madison. Getting out of the car we noticed a commotion above us. Three ospreys flew around erratically; then we saw an eagle, and then another, talons outstretched and beaks open. My wife pointed out that one was a bald eagle and the other a golden (though the latter may have been a juvenile bald, we’re not sure).

Baby, It's Cold Outside

With winter just around the corner, it’s important to understand the different options for heating your home. Here’s a look at three different ways to stay comfortable when the mercury drops.

The Sun’s Radiance

by Todd Hoitsma 

Hitchhiking 101

By most accounts, hitchhiking has devolved from a commonplace it's-all-good-bro kind of '60s sci-fi adventure to a life-threatening how-badly-do-I-need-to-get-to-Spokane art form. Like most dangerous pursuits, though, it's the stuff epic stories are made of. So to do it right, follow these time-tested rules. 

1. It will rain on you. Dress and plan accordingly. 

2. Beers, weed, and other favors go a long way. Tip your driver. 

3. Travel alone, and shower. It's easier to pick up one clean-looking person than three bearded homeless-looking people. 

Pocket Change

I am passionately attracted to the state of Montana: Chico Hot Springs, the Crazies, Livingston, the truly amazing Corral Burger. All are powerful individually; collectively, though, they fuel an overwhelming desire to move to Montana. Move myself, move my wife, Michele, move our young son, Holden. Someday, move to Montana.


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