Spring 2016

Outside Bozeman Spring 2016
Spring is a schizophrenic season. We ski, we fish, we run, we bike, and we hike, hopefully all on the same day. It's a season of rebirth and revitalization, when we're inspired to plan big and make the most of every additional minute of sunlight. That's why our spring issue is full of big stories, like our investigation into an age-old conservation ethic. Or our profile of Wilderness's biggest advocate. Or our six pages of the season's best gear. So whatever your spring dreams are, our spring issue is sure to point you in the right direction. 




Montana Creekboating, West Fork Gallatin
David Schroeder
Creekboating in southwest Montana. 
LOWA Innox GTX Mid, Montana Backpacking
England, Mike
Gone are the days of weighty, oversized hiking boots—those eight-pound clodhoppers that made the ankles invincible but limited one’s pace to a slow, steady walk. Read more >>
Mt. Helena Ridge, Mountain Biking Helena
Leslie Kehmeier
Early-season biking in Helena.
Montana Backpacking, Thermarest EvoLite
Tucker, David
Let’s get one thing straight: sleeping on the ground sucks. But it sucks by degrees. Read more >>
the editors
At its most basic level, fishing requires a line, a hook, and a lure, three items attainable for under five bucks. How, then, has the industry grown into a billion-dollar one, and how, then, did anglers spend over $900,000,000 in Montana alone in 2014? Let’s take a closer look at the numbers. Read more >>
MSR Papa Hubba NX, Montana Camping
Howlett, David
When my family outgrew our beloved Mutha Hubbard three-person tent, upgrading to MSR’s larger Papa Hubba NX four-person backpacking tent was an easy choice. Read more >>
Catch-and-Release, Keep 'Em Wet Campaign
LaFortune, Emerald
Fishing-photo protocols.
Bozeman Growth, Future West, Randy Carpenter
Randy Carpenter
The benefits of town-centered development. 
Bozeman Women's Activity Groups
Dehmer, Kurt
Bozeman-area hiking groups.
East Gallatin River, Canoeing Bozeman
England, Mike
Near-drowning on the East Gallatin.
Ruby Habitat Foundation, Madison Valley, Ruby River
Brayton, Lea
Managing agriculture, nature, and recreation.
Cell phone safety, Montana search and rescue
Lee, Barbara
Phones in the backcountry.
Osprey Baling Twine, Yellowstone Valley Audubon
Hopper, Carolyn
Ospreys and baling twine.
Petzl Tactikka+, Montana Camping
England, Mike
Headlamps are a dime a dozen these days, which is great—more competition means constant improvement and increasing options. My new favorite just happens to be from Petzl, the company that pioneered headlamp-development back in the ‘70s, making hands-free lights for cavers and mountaineers. Read more >>
Whitewater kayaking, Standup Paddleboarding
the editors
A final watery showdown.
MSR Autoflow Gravity, Montana Backpacking
Tucker, David
For outdoor recreationists, water is essential—for cooking, for cleaning, and to keep ourselves and our furry friends from dehydrating. But water is also heavy and takes up space, especially on longer backpacks. Read more >>
Dave Kumlien, Warriors on Quiet Waters
Lewis, Jimmy
Q&A with a local legend.
Boulder Hot Springs
LaFortune, Emerald
A shoulder-season Plan B.
Scarpa Techno X, Montana Rock Climbing
McCarthy, Chris
Now I know what Cinderella’s ugly stepsisters felt like trying to cram their feet into the undersized glass slipper. Straight out of the box, the Scarpa Techno X climbing shoe is so painfully tight that I thought I’d grabbed the wrong size. Read more >>
Spring Activities Bozeman
the editors
Making the most of mud season.
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