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  • Winter 2018-19

    Nutrition, Outdoor Recreation, Fitness, Bozeman
    Emely Lambert
    Fueling up for winter activity. Bozeman provides endless opportunity for outdoor recreation. For those of you exploring the mountains in winter for competition or adventure, your mood, cognition, and overall performance will reflect your fueling choices. Read more >>
    Montana Wildlife Federation, Conservation, Public Land, Hunting
    Nick Gevock
    Staying active in the public-lands fight.  Read more >>
    Review: Gregory Praxus 45L
    Wangmo Tenzing
    Whether you’re going home for a weekend, traveling abroad for a month, or taking a road trip across the country, you’re going to need a pack that is functional and efficient. Read more >>
    Bike Commuting, Winter, Bozeman
    Kirk Ahlberg
    Tips for cold-weather bike commuting. For many southwest Montana residents, winter means the start of ski season, but that doesn’t mean that cycling season has to end. Here are some tips for winter cycling to keep it safe, warm, and fun. Read more >>
    Big Sky Wind Drinkers, Jungle Bell Jog, Bozeman, Running
    Wangmo Tenzing
    Winter running in the Bozone.  Read more >>
  • Fall 2018

    MAG, Gallatin Canyon, Rock Climbing, Bozeman
    Sam Magro
    Autumn climbing in Montana.  Read more >>
    Review: Stio Second Light
    Joyce Pollastro
    After a long hike, when I reach an alpine ridge, the sweat stops and the cooling begins. Read more >>
    Avalanche Education, Early-Season, Bozeman, Montana
    Drew Pogge
    Early-season avalanche safety.  Read more >>
    Master Hunter, One Montana, Common Ground
    Courtney Miranda
    One Montana launches Master Hunter program.  Read more >>
    Elk Hunting, Weekend Warrior, Montana
    Tim Hoffer
    Quick-hits for the time-crunched.   Read more >>
  • Summer 2018

    DZone Skydiving, Three Forks Skydiving
    David Howlett
    Freefalling with DZone Skydiving.  Read more >>
    Aku Alterra GTX, Hiking, Bozeman, Montana
    Austin Jenanyan
    The Alterra GTX hiking boots are durable Read more >>
    Ground Turkey Kebabs, Bozeman, Grilling
    Simon Peterson
    Wild-turkey kebabs.   Read more >>
    Pearl Izumi X-Alp Elevate, Mountain Biking, Bozeman, Montana
    David Tucker
    On big backcountry rides, performance is king. Read more >>
    Mount Cowen, Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness, Trail Running, Montana
    Anthony Pavkovich
    Scrambling up the crown of the Absarokas.  Read more >>
  • Spring 2018

    Mike Fiebig
    50 Years of the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act.  Read more >>
    Vanlife, Montana, Sprinter Van
    Joe King
    If millennials have shown the world anything, it’s that people in their 20s really do have it all figured out. One example of this unprecedented generational wisdom is the phenomenon of #vanlife. Read more >>
    Gallatin River, Bozeman, Whitewater, Kayaking
    Drew Hulse
    One newcomer’s account of Bozeman-area whitewater.  Read more >>
    Missouri River, Tailwaters, Spring Fishing, Montana
    Jimmy Lewis
    Where to fish this spring.  Read more >>
    Bozeman Pedal Project, Women Outdoors, Bozeman
    Becky Edwards
    Getting after it together.   Read more >>
  • Winter 2017-18

    Lezyne Port-a-Shop Pro Review
    Angie Mangels
    It felt like Christmas came early when I opened Lezyne’s well-designed Read more >>
    Quake Lake, close calls, fishing story
    John Fedorka
    Finding a winter break on Quake Lake.  Read more >>
    the editors
    To resist gateway lingo.  Read more >>
    Mt. Ellis, Bozeman, Backcountry Skiing
    Sam Haraldson
    Full-value vertical off Mount Ellis.  Read more >>
  • Fall 2017

    Medical Marijuana, Montana, Greener Pastures
    Jeff Crost
    Stories of medical marijuana users.   Read more >>
    mountain bike, biking, bike light, gear
    Mike England
    As darkness comes sooner to southwest Montana, but temps remain (relatively) warm, a bike light becomes an essential item—for everything from in-town commuting to post-work Read more >>
    We Care Chiropractic, Bozeman
    Dr. Spence Jahner
    Tips for spinal comfort.  Read more >>
    Ted Kerasote, Three Long Seconds, Outside Bozeman
    Ted Kerasote
    The human mind can process an astounding amount of information in a few short moments, especially when life and death hang in the balance.  Read more >>
    Backcountry Yurt, Bell Lake, Montana
    Drew Pogge
    How to plan a hut trip.  Read more >>
  • Summer 2017

    Cougar-collars, Bozeman, cougars
    Joe King
    Cougar collars save lives.  Read more >>
    Mount Blackmore, Hyalite
    Joyce Pollastro
    Naming Mount Blackmore. At 10,154 feet, Mount Blackmore looms high above Bozeman on the southern horizon. Anyone who has lived in town for more than a few weeks can point to the peak, but few know how the mountain got its name. Read more >>
    Sassa GTX Women's Mid Lowa, Sassa, Lowa, women's boot
    Brandy Burke
    For women with ankle instability, the Lowa Sassa GTX Mid trekking boot is what you need. Read more >>
    chest pack, fishing chest rig, Outside Bozeman
    Mike England
    Once an essential apparatus, the fly-fishing vest no longer holds hegemony, thanks in large part to innovations like the FHF Gear Fishing Chest Rig. Read more >>
    Potosi Hot Springs, Montana hot springs, Outside Bozeman
    Sarah Sinclair
    From a walk in the woods to a walk down the aisle.  Read more >>
  • Spring 2017

    Ski Mountaineering, Southwest Montana
    Drew Pogge
    Spring ski mountaineering.  Read more >>
    Excel Physical Therapy, Running Myths
    Megan Peach
    Popular running myths debunked.  Read more >>
    Kayak Technique, Spring Kayaking
    Brian Fletcher
    Improving your paddling technique.  Read more >>
    Wild-Mushroom Risotto
    Simon Peterson
    Or wild-mushroom risotto, 'round these parts.   Read more >>
    Spring Trail Running, The Ridge Run, Devil's Backbone
    Zach Altman
    Training for summer trail races.  Read more >>
  • Winter 2016-17

    Cooke City, Backcountry Skiing, Snowmobiling
    Phil Knight
    And the beginning of winter fun.  Read more >>
    Skin Track How-to, Backcountry Touring, Montana
    Drew Pogge
    Strategy in the skintrack.  Read more >>
    Lost Remedy CBD Cream
    Karen Sheady
    It does the body good.  Read more >>
    Cooke City Backcountry Skiing, Skiing Injury, Montana
    Natalie Van Dusen
    Dislocation in the Cooke City backcountry. Read more >>
    Dakine Beretta Jacket
    Mio Alt
    Charging burly lines demands burly apparel, and the Berreta line from Dakine offers just that. Read more >>
  • Fall 2016

    Bike Jousting, Haufbrau
    Drew Pogge
    Winning honor (if not companionship).  Read more >>
    Grizzly Bear Delisting, Montana Grizzly Bear, Endangered Species List
    Jones, Andrea
    Montana FWP explains the delisting.“We didn’t work on this for over 30 years to see the bear disappear.” Read more >>
    Montana Wackos, Bozeman Characters
    the editors
    A field guide. Read more >>
    Lorpen Precision-Fit Ultalight
    England, Mike
    Two things are paramount in a ski boot: comfort and performance. And the sock you choose to wear affects both significantly. Which is why I’ve switched to the Precision-Fit Ultralight from Lorpen. Read more >>
    The Sphinx, Montana Ice Climbing, Winter Dance
    Josephson, Joe
    All about the Sphinx. Read more >>
  • Summer 2016

    Motorcycle Fishing, Tobacco Roots Mountains, Montana
    Drew Pogge
    Backcountry fishing by motorbike.  Read more >>
    GSI Pinnacle Dualist
    Tucker, David
    Convenience is king these days, and it doesn’t get much more convenient than the Pinnacle Dualist cooking system from GSI, especially if you backpack in pairs. Read more >>
    Gallatin Canyon Geology, Storm Castle
    Patti Albrecht
    Exploring Gallatin Canyon's geology. Read more >>
    Montana Recreation
    the editors
    We’ve all heard the accolades from national publications about the outdoor paradise that is Bozeman and Montana in general. Read more >>
    Nemo Tent
    Mangels, Angie
    I was looking for a tent that could go from car camping to the occasional backpack, that would have a bit of interior room while keeping a low profile, and could handle a variety of weather. Read more >>
  • Spring 2016

    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. Read more >>
    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 >>
  • Winter 2015-16

    Gerber Freescape
    Tucker, David
    Nothing is more essential than a good knife. It’s the ultimate tool and when you buy one, you can never imagine when and where you’ll need it. The applications are endless, and this winter, I’m using a Freescape folding knife from Gerber. Read more >>
    Alpen Optics Teton 10x42
    Acosta, Jeff
    I recently had a chance to try out the Alpen Teton 10x42 ED HD (extra-low dispersion, high-definition) and I have to say, I’m extremely impressed with both the feel and function of these binoculars. Read more >>
    "The Ultimate Winter Survival Handbook," by Tim MacWelch
    the editors
    A winter reading list.  Read more >>
    Big Sky Snowmobiling
    Drews, Debbie
    Recreating beyond the resort. Read more >>
    Bridger Bowl, Gallatin Historical Museum
    Regnerus, Megan
    Bozeman's original extreme skiers. Read more >>
  • Fall 2015

    Pollastro, Joyce
    In the mountains of Montana, even the warmest days can yield chilly nights. For someone who’s always cold, extra warmth is a must in any sleeping bag, and the Lithia Spring SL 15 by Big Agnes delivered just that. Read more >>
    Successful Hunting, Montana
    Miller, Anne L.
    Hunting grounds are hallowed places, viewed with great anticipation and anxiety over the bragging, freezer-filling, story-gathering process each fall. But to be sure your time there doesn’t turn to pure anguish, here are some tips to help you prepare.  Read more >>
    Custer Gallatin National Forest Fat-Biking
    Daley, Marna
    New options for wide-tired riders. Read more >>
    Snowshoe Hare, Montana
    Lee, Barbara
    Montana's hue-changing hare. Read more >>
    Deer Hunting, Montana
    Thomas, Jr., E. Donnall
    The more things change, the more they stay the same. Read more >>
  • Summer 2015

    Ericksson GTX, Vasque Boots, Bozeman hiking
    Tucker, David
    Every once in a while, a product comes around that I won’t shut up about. The Ericksson GTX from Vasque is such a product. These boots were made for walking, and that’s just what I do in them. I walk up mountains; I walk through mud; I walk around town. Read more >>
    Business for Montana's Outdoors, Land and Water Conservation Fund, Montana
    Tucker, David
    The fight to save the Land and Water Conservation Fund. Read more >>
    Stone Glacier Sky 5100 Review
    England, Mike
    Quivers may be all the rage these days, but a more minimalist approach has its advantages: less money shelled out, less space occupied in the closet, less time spent fixing gear. Which is why I like my new Sky 5100, made by Bozeman’s own Stone Glacier. Read more >>
    Granite Creek Range, Tobacco Roots Mountains, Montana Hunting
    England, Mike
    Repentance and redemption at the Granite Creek Range. Read more >>
    Mystic Lake, Mountain biking, Hunting
    Beardslee, Greg and Villasenor, Estela
    How Bozeman Creek was liberated. Read more >>
  • Spring 2015

    Bozeman douche bags, Outside Bozeman, humor
    the editors
    Are you a Bozeman d-bag? Read more >>
    The Turtle Shell Speaker by Outdoor Tech
    Tucker, David
    The sounds of silence make wilderness a special place. But the sounds of music make car camping, working out, tuning skis, and adjusting bike chains all that much more enjoyable. Enter the Big Turtle Shell Wireless Speakers from Outdoor Tech. Read more >>
    dogs, pets in montana, bozeman dog parks, pet manners, outside bozeman
    England, Mike
    How to be a good dog-owner.  Read more >>
    Jewel Lake, Livingston Montana, Outside Bozeman, Paradise Valley
    Slepian, Maggie
    Your Livingston-area activity list. If you find yourself in Livingston this spring, don’t plan on much downtime—the historic Western town is full of fun activities for the whole family. Read more >>
    Cutthroat fishing in Montana, fly-fishing Montana, catch and release
    the editors
    Or you won't catch them again. "Game fish are too valuable to be caught only once.”—Lee Wulff, father of catch-and-release fishing Read more >>
  • Winter 2014-15

    Montana, Skiing, Outside Bozeman
    Drew Pogge
    Only the experience matters.  Read more >>
    camp food, Outside Bozeman, Montana
    England, Mike
    When it comes to camp food, convenience and healthiness tend to move in opposite directions—but not so with Good To-Go’s Dehydrated Meals. These slim packets contain loads of healthy ingredients, without all the chemical compounds you’ve come to expect from most packaged foods. Read more >>
    winter gear, Outside Bozeman, Montana
    Krueger, Ryan
    Did you know that it’s possible to get the warmth of a giant puffy jacket without wandering the streets of Bozeman looking like the Michelin Man? Read more >>
    bobcat, winter, Outside Bozeman, Montana
    Haring, Mike
    Following a photogenic bobcat. Read more >>
    patrol dog, winter, Outside Bozeman, Montana
    Bergeron, Alex
    A day in the life of a patrol hound. Read more >>
  • Fall 2014

    Yellowstone, Montana, National Parks
    Morgan Solomon
    Delve deep into Yellowstone’s wild with David Peterson’s stunning photo book, Yellowstone: Near, Far & Wild (Farcountry Press, $20). Read more >>
    Photography, Landscape, Bozeman, Montana
    Ruger, Karen
    There's more to photography than point and shoot.The world is filling up with images. Online, in our newspapers and even some magazines, snapshots are the currency of the day. And as more creators enter the pool, the water continues to get deeper—but it lacks clarity. Read more >>
    Snow Geese, Poetry, Bozeman, Montana
    Knight, Phil
    Step outsideIt’s still and coldThe mountains shineLike burnished goldAll aroundThe silence ringsYou feel the powerThat wildness bringsThis is the worldAs it was madeThis crystal snowThat virgin gladeHigh overhead Read more >>
    West Yellowstone, Eagles Store, Yellowstone National Park
    Hamilton, Felicia
    How West Yellowstone was born. Read more >>
    Jones, Andrea
    Block management provides for all. Read more >>
  • Summer 2014

    Stone Creek
    Ben Donatelle
    Mountain biking Stone Creek. Read more >>
    Howlett, David
    I had a pretty good idea of what I was looking for in a new cookset for my raft—it had to be compact, light, and it needed components to dish up meals for four people. The Pinnacle Camper integrated cooking and eating system from GSI Outdoors fits the bill perfectly. Read more >>
    Grass-Fed Beef
    Barnett, Elizabeth
    The skinny on grass-fed beef Read more >>
    Bach Jr., Orville E.
    A close encounter in Yellowstone Park. Read more >>
    England, Mike
    When the peaks and alpine lakes call, pick up the Tibet GTX Hi from Lowa and head to the high country. Read more >>
  • Spring 2014

    Emily Harris
    Spring camping in the Park.  Read more >>
    Photo by Meg Sommers
    DeWeese, Chelsea
    Photographing Yellowstone’s shoulder season.  Read more >>
    Illustration by Kyle Rothweiler
    Mason, Michael
    Camping adventures with kids. Read more >>
    Photo by Jeremy Thurston
    Sheets, Jenny
    Top early-season trails Read more >>
    Photo by Ryan Krueger
    England, Mike
    Reasons to earn your turns this spring Read more >>
  • Winter 2013-14

    David Galliard
    Bozeman's backyard beast, the lynx. Read more >>
    When the World Fell Awayby Liz Williams  Read more >>
    Marjorie Smith
    Remembering the early days at Bridger Bowl.  Read more >>
    Josephson, Joe
    A look at an ice-climbing Mecca. Read more >>
  • Fall 2013

    Reed, Tom
    Alive, the grizzly is a symbol of freedom and understanding—a sign that man can learn to conserve what is left of the earth. Extinct, it will be another fading testimony to things man should have learned more about but was too preoccupied with himself to notice. Read more >>
    Hester, Charley
    Over my morning coffee, I sat staring out the window at the Madison River and thinking about things that needed to be done: my job, packing, cleaning, storing things for the winter—and then it occurred to me that this would be a damn fine day to go fishing. Read more >>
    Pogge, Drew
    Mine is a worthy prey. His home range is expansive, and in his element, he is King of Beasts. His numbers are large and growing. He is smart, he is elusive, and he is dangerous. In short, he is the ultimate hunt, for the ultimate hunter. He is the Touron. Read more >>
    Dr. Legrand, Alex
    For many of us Bozemanites, the first snow of the year is a tease, an alluring look ahead to the oncoming season. We daydream about the incredible powder days, and gnarly runs that we weren't quite ready to tackle last year, but feel this year might be the one. Read more >>
    Krueger, Ryan
    It starts up in the trees: a frail rustling through the leaves brought on by a cold, bracing breeze. Sweeping down through the ground there is a change of hue—an array of a colorful display. Read more >>
  • Summer 2013

    McCarthy, Chris
    Have you ever enjoyed a Dutch-oven dinner and wanted to learn to cook one yourself? Well, Carsten Bothe’s Dutch Oven: Cast-Iron Cooking Over an Open Fire (Schiffer Publishing, $30) is the perfect cookbook to get you started. Read more >>
    England, Mike
    Google Earth is awesome, no doubt, and that fancy GPS of yours is not to be scoffed at—but there’s nothing quite like unfurling a map on the kitchen table and letting a world of adventure appear before you. Read more >>
    O'Neal, Meghan
    Yellowstone Yesterday and Today (Golden Valley Press, $45) provides a captivating photographic history of Yellowstone Park. Photographer Paul Horsted recreates historic photographs of Yellowstone, illustrating how the Park has developed over the years. Read more >>
    England, Mike
    “Multimedia” is a bland and nebulous term, and therefore fails to capture the elegant and symbiotic blend of song and imagery that is Mike Haring’s new DVD, Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem (self-produced, $20). Read more >>
    Rolfe, John
    Wrapping a trout in tin foil might be nice when you’re out camping, but when you bring your catch home, try something a little more exciting. Read more >>
  • Spring 2013

    Spring Detox
    Dr. Walters, Lou
    Health tips for the season. Read more >>
    Cast Fishing Guide
    Frost, Mick
    There’s no shortage of recreational guides out there, but how often do they help anyone but novices? When was the last time you, self-respecting Bozemaniac and expert outdoorsman that you are, found anything original or useful in one? Read more >>
    Kira Stoops
    Not that we’re into stereotypes. But we double-dog-dare you not to wind up cracking a Montucky Cold Snack, sharing a chair lift, or splitting a Gobbler from Dave’s Sushi with one of these dudes. You know the type. And if you don’t… behold our guide. Read more >>
    Joe King
    A common complaint among the good women of BozeMan, Mantana—apart from the age-old "The odds are good, but the goods are odd" lament—is that the dating humor tends to be male-oriented and disrespectful of feminine sensibilities. Read more >>
    Photo by Bill Bilverstone
    Schroeder, Dave
    The boat slices through the last standing wave and carves smoothly into the placid eddy on my right. The thrill of the upstream rapids courses through my veins while I slowly spin in the calm water. Read more >>
  • Winter 2012-13

    Lone Mountain Ranch
    Melynda Harrison
    I’m kicking and gliding along the impeccably groomed Nordic trails at Lone Mountain Ranch in Big Sky. Snow-laden trees line the edge of the trail, threatening to drop gobs of snow; North Fork Creek gurgles near the trail, verdant green moss peaking out from under the snow. Read more >>
    Rogel, Christine
    Snowmobilers have unique avalanche risk factors built into their sport. Today’s high-powered sleds are capable of reaching new heights at greater speeds, and each year riders venture farther into remote terrain. Read more >>
    Harrison, Melynda
    Trail Grooming Read more >>
    Sinay, Ken
    Once the snow falls, there’s no better time than winter for “reading sign.” Whether snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, or surveying the landscape from a chairlift, picking out animal tracks and trails can enhance any outdoor experience. Read more >>
    Rogel, Christine
    Every so often, a blue light flashes on top of the Baxter Hotel, alerting anyone within view of the tallest building in Bozeman that snow is falling at Bridger Bowl. Read more >>
  • Fall 2012

    Drew Pogge
    For most of us Montana men, it simply happens. It might be a Tuesday, around mid-October. We stand shirtless at the sink with a razor in one hand, and look at ourselves in the mirror. Read more >>
    Hester, Charley
    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. Read more >>
    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 Radianceby Todd Hoitsma  Read more >>
    Chuck Johnson
    In 1985, Montana formally created Block Management Areas (BMAs), which provide free access to private lands across the state for hunting big game, upland birds, and waterfowl. Read more >>
    Mike England
    Oh Dawn, bringer of light,With eternal vision deliver us from night.And color the world, not black nor white,But ambiguous grey, a beautiful sight! Read more >>
  • Summer 2012

    Cunningham, Terry
    In 2011, the City of Bozeman dedicated its fifth and sixth recreational climbing boulders, which makes six more than virtually every other city in America. Read more >>
    Lavelle, Sarah
    Summertime is play-in-the-water time, and our dogs like to splash around in lakes and ponds just as we do. But the aquatic world around us isn’t always as benign as it looks. As you enjoy the warm weather this summer, keep in mind that there are dangers lurking beneath the water. Read more >>
    Coil, Jesse
    Hot summer days in Bozeman usually mean fun and adventure, but if you’re not careful, they can mean something else: heat stroke. Read more >>
    Reuss, Dave
    "I believe that there is a subtle magnetism in Nature, which, if we unconsciously yield to it, will direct us aright." –Henry David Thoreau Read more >>
    Krueger, Ryan
    This little northern oasis has escaped battling us for far too long. Great Lakes, thriving outdoor culture, and a staggering trail system all make Duluth a force to be reckoned with—but how does this Minnesota town stack up to Bozeman’s endless outdoor opportunities? Read more >>
  • Spring 2012

    By mid-March, most Bozeman residents have had just about enough of cold weather. The days are getting longer, and it’s finally time to head outdoors for a little sunshine. Sadly, our outdoor-rec reach tends to exceed our grasp. All too often, bikers are sent back to the car by muddy, snow-clogged... Read more >>
    Reuss, Dave
    My friend threw an elbow into my ribs. “Shut up,” he said through clenched teeth. The usual chatter of the crag had ceased and half a dozen people froze to stare upward, jaws hanging limp and eyes unblinking. Read more >>
    Sveum, Paul
    We’ve all seen them. Like a herd of placid bovines at the feed pile, their Subys line up at the trailhead lot, so caked with dust and mud that you can barely read the Sierra Club, WWF, and “Live Simple So Others Can Simply Live” bumper stickers. Read more >>
    Kurt Dehmer
    Wild turkeys, not unlike the namesake whiskey, can bring an otherwise sane person to the heights of elation, the depths of depression, or the brink of madness. Read more >>
    Pogge, Drew
    Few communities are more dog-friendly than Bozeman. Everywhere you look, it seems there’s a dog waiting for the next hike, bike, ski, or float—and that’s a good thing. But with all this dog culture, it can be easy to lose track of the lingo. Here’s a refresher on Bozeman dog-speak. Read more >>
  • Winter 2011-12

    Dehmer, Kurt
    For the average outdoor enthusiast, winter can be a difficult time to squeeze in a fun-filled overnight or multiday adventure without freezing your buns off or breaking the family budget. Read more >>
    Beaudoin, Kate
    Shakespeare wrote “thy breath be rude,”but I think thy breath has little attitude.Dullness, neglect, but not vulgarity—of emotions you haven’t even slight sincerity.While your chill betrays some tempered winds,your stillness renders still their sin. Read more >>
    Foster, John Clay
    The last of the geese have frozen over in my backyard,covered in a foot of snow. I dig one out each weekand thaw it in the fridge—with a high success rate;even the runt is able to take flight after a few days at 50 degrees. Read more >>
    Lach, Devon
    When winter hits, trying to get vegetables locally becomes a seemingly grueling task, whereas eggs, dairy, grains, and meats may still be easy to find. So this winter, use these helpful tips for ways to keep your veggies local this winter. Read more >>
    Krueger, Ryan
    Arapahoe Basin, otherwise known as “The Legend,” is a small resort hidden among giants in the Colorado Rockies, just outside Denver. Unlike its money-grubbing neighbors, A-Basin has remained humble. Read more >>
  • Fall 2011

    When traveling abroad, have you ever met people ashamed of their native land? (Boulder, CO; Iowa; Alabama; and the entire East Coast spring to mind.) Thankfully, that never seems to happen with our residents. Read more >>
    the editors
    In the second century BC, Roman invaders of present-day France made great fun of their enemy’s attire—they considered the Gauls’ long trousers intolerably effeminate, compared to their cool and manly tunics. Read more >>
    England, Mike
    It may be hard for homegrown Montanans to imagine an urbane French nobleman in the field chasing game, but author Guy de la Valdène makes it clear, in his memoir The Fragrance of Grass (Lyons Press, $25), that a love of hunting and the natural world transcends c Read more >>
    Warren, Becky
    Although any season is a good season for a local brew, fall is perhaps the best. Oktoberfest-style beers typically have higher alcohol content, but these days the name refers to almost any beer of the fall season. Read more >>
    Reuss, Dave
    "Jack of all trades, master of none,Though oftentimes better than master of one."  Read more >>
  • Summer 2011

    Kessler, Jerry
    A high-alpine misadventure. Read more >>
    Williamson, Dean
    Against my grandmother’s advice, I’d like to pass on a rumor. It’s relatively harmless, though I cannot confirm it. It goes something like this. Around the mid-‘60s, a group of women in Japan grew increasingly concerned about their food. Read more >>
    Mike England
    Whitewater canoeing in southwest Montana. Read more >>
    Allen, Bob
    In this sophisticated age where motor-driven, auto-focused, auto-exposed digital cameras can be shot while blindfolded and produce a useable image through Photoshop trickery, there is still no electronic substitute for thoughtful composition and deliberate content. Read more >>
    Pape, Jay
    If you’re looking for a new perspective on life, some folks might suggest getting high. But when it comes to photography, this takes on a whole new meaning for Bozeman photographers Jim Harris and Chris Boyer. Read more >>
  • Spring 2011

    Reuss, Dave
    Tired of hiking the same old circuit of trails around Bozeman? Check out the new edition of Robert Stone’s Day Hikes Around Bozeman (Day Hike Books, $16) for plenty of beautiful hikes you’ve never done before, all within a 90-mile radius from Bozeman. Read more >>
    MacPhee, Tobias
    Whitewater kayaking has long been one of my favorite subjects to photograph. The high energy, emotion, and adventure elements of the sport inspire my photography and continually bring me back time and time again. Read more >>
    Keeler, Greg
    You should of been here yesterday. I mean spoons was workin’ like Jesushisself was puttin' 'em on the hook. Hell, Roy Dean, he seen Bobby Dontoss a Alka Seltzer where they was rootin' and a little one took it, then a Read more >>
    Sundborg, Caitlin
    Feelin’ hot, hot, hot! If you’re looking for a little somethin’ to tickle your taste buds, give Oso Loco a try. This versatile sauce goes great with tacos, eggs, chili, or anything else you feel like spicing up. Read more >>
    England, Mike
    Bungee cords come in many styles, from cheap Wal-Mart flimsies to burly S-hook straps used for lashing big-rig load covers. One flaw common to all, though, is eventual deterioration—nylon bungees eventually stretch out, and even professional-grade rubber degrades. Read more >>
  • Winter 2010-11

    Corinne Garcia
    There are some places that many women try to avoid, and let’s face it, a locker room full of sweaty guys—along with their stinky, unwashed capilene—is one of them. Read more >>
    Bell, Ian
    Black Diamond’s new Cyborg crampons may not the lightest on the market, but they'll last forever—no need to get new ones when your front points go out; just hop on the Web and order up another set. Read more >>
    Wells, Andrew
    Outdoor Research has made some great improvements in its Mentor jacket this year. Built with Gore-Tex Pro Shell and fully taped zippers, moisture stays out but the jacket still breathes well. The double-sliding TorsoFlo hem-to-bicep zippers are a nice upgrade. Read more >>
    Bass, Rick
    Comparing these to the big Gregory Serrac 45 would be to compare grapefruit and grapes. I’m partial to the kitchen-sink style of daypacking, so the Serrac suits that need wonderfully. Read more >>
    Barba, Katie
    If you’re looking for an indestructible option to the woven dog leashes on the market, look no further. The Perfect Leash is like a chew toy made for hard-core dogs. It’s made of 100% polyurethane that stretches when your dog pulls and takes away the shock to your wrist and shoulders. Read more >>
  • Fall 2010

    The Editors
    O/B’s Rundown of Bipedal Fauna Read more >>
    the editors
    Creative solutions to a growing problem. Read more >>
    Sid Gustafson
    Our lame cowboy carefully gimps up The Bozeman alley, that long Rouse alley. His cane of twisted box elder weighs The gnarled burdens of his range-riddled bones. Leaves as if petals cushion his way. Read more >>
    Drew Pogge
    We’re all falling down We leaves on the lam Spinning like sailors Walking on land And land where we may Any land at all There’s a place for each Bright leaf of the fall Yellow, orange And deep, bloody red Read more >>
    Greg Keller
    That brown, tailing in the tail of these riffles, strikes my attractor, my sick joke: black hackles then white rubber legs and a piece of red yarn for a butt. Now here he is, wallowing in the shallows, flashing his Read more >>
  • Summer 2010

    Creel, Scott
    Trying to pick the best places to run near Bozeman is a little like trying to decide between ice cream and candy—they're all so good! So when the editors asked me which five I thought were the best, I had some thinking to do. Long or short? Hilly or flat? Read more >>
    England, Mike
    In wildlife-rich Montana, it’s common to spot a cool raptor flying overhead—but how often can you identify it? Was it a hawk or falcon? Swainson’s or red-tailed? Prairie or peregrine? Read more >>
    Dee Metrick
    When it comes to sexiness, I want to be the Frank’s Red Hot on my boyfriend’s egg-white omelet. Although this is a very intuitive goal, achieving it is not quite so natural for me. All too often, I find myself being more of a run-of-the-mill sort of condiment, like salt. Read more >>
    Editors
    Food is the all-important consideration when car-camping—and the Primus Atle BBQ Stove facilitates some fine lakeside dining. Lightweight, durable, and easy to set up, this camper’s mini-kitchen has a standard burner for boiling and a grill for steaks and burgers. Read more >>
    Johnston, Holcomb
    Snakes and their bites are the subject of much fear and trepidation. In Montana, over the last eight years, only 45 people have been bitten and no one has died. Inquisitive pets, however, are at greater risk. Read more >>
  • Spring 2010

    Drew Pogge
    What to do till summer. Read more >>
    Pete Muennich
    With the addition of Slushman’s chairlift, more relaxed Ridge rules, and the opening of side-country access gates on both sides of the mountain, things may feel a little different to those who grew up skiing Bridger Bowl. Read more >>
    Tina Orem
    With all the attention on Canada over the last few months, it was natural for us to wonder about Banff, home to the Banff Center for Mountain Culture and originator of one of Bozeman’s all-time favorite events, the Banff Mountain Film Festival. Read more >>
    Amy McMahon
    Looks like the tax bills might be going up for the folks in the Gallatin National Forest's 198 privately owned cabins, many of which were built decades ago when the U.S. Forest Service began leasing federal lands to Americans in the early twentieth century. Read more >>
    Tina Orem
    If you've ever wanted an invitation onto Ted Turner's famous Green Ranch, along the Madison River west of Bozeman, dress as a buffalo and you just might get in. Read more >>
  • Winter 2009-10

    the editors
    Bozeman-area skiers and snowboarders have plenty of hazards to deal with on the hill: rocks, ice, tree wells, unmarked cliffs, poor visibility, half-stoned trust-funders poaching your line. The last thing you need is an inadvertent run-in with a gaper. Read more >>
    Bill Schneider
    I’m not a gun nut. I’m a regular nut who owns guns, but only to hunt, not to defend my home and family, join the militia or fight the forces of tyranny.Gun nuts don’t scare or intimidate me. Instead, I’m learning a few things from them. You can, too. Read more >>
    Edwards, Becky
    I feel a snort. A wet misting of doggie mucus slightly scented with Eukanuba and a deer carcass that McKinley happened upon on the trail the day before. As I was unresponsive to the canine hydrating-facial-mist, my aging Siberian husky stepped up his game a bit. Read more >>
    Ryan Krueger
    The forest, once too thick to ski through, had thinned and opened itself up, granting us the opportunity to explore its altered terrain. Read more >>
    Reuss, Dave
    As soon as snow covers the ground, you can count on Bozemanites rushing to their favorite spots for some sweet sledding action. Read more >>
  • Fall 2009

    England, Mike
    Fanning out across the field, a dog in front of each of us, we move slowly, deliberately, through the hayfield’s saffron stubble. It’s late morning in the lower Madison Valley; the sky is clear and bright, with a cool, persistent breeze. Perfect hunting weather. Read more >>
    MacDonald, Sean
    If you need a straightforward, light, and extremely durable messenger pack, check out the Outa Ware Messenger Bag. Read more >>
    England, Mike
    I took the Mystery Ranch Snapdragon on a full-day trail hike; on a long, steep approach to an alpine climb; and on an all-day, off-trail scouting trip deep in the wilderness. The Snapdragon did what Mystery Ranch packs are known for: riding well and making the load more comfortable. Read more >>
    MacDonald, Sean
    I picked up a pair of Flojos (pronounced flo-hos, meaning kick back in Spanish) Primo sandals, not expecting much, but needing some after my veteran kicks had fallen apart. I was pleasantly surprised—they've got great arch support, great cushioning, and a soft feel on the feet. Read more >>
  • Summer 2009

    Editors
    Every day, one stalwart citizen does the right thing, while another acts like a blithering bonehead. Here's a recap of admirable acts and embarrassing blunders for the summer season.CHAMPS: Read more >>
    Lewis, Jimmy
    As a child, I fished almost every day-however, I never kept a fish to eat. It wasn't because I embraced the ethos of Lee Wulff, but rather because no one in my family was much interested in cleaning and cooking a fish. Read more >>
    Sheehan, Joe
    If the recession has stolen all your gear cash, don't fret. Embrace your new hobo lifestyle by learning how to make a Super Cat stove. The Super Cat is bare bones, yet extremely effective, made from nothing more than a tin or aluminum can. Read more >>
    England, Mike
    Perhaps even more important than reading weather is knowing how to properly use that ubiquitous sapphire sheet covering wood piles and old cars across the country. The Blue Tarp Bible (Mountaineers Books, $13) by Ron C. Read more >>
    England, Mike
    To keep warm on early-morning hikes or bike rides, you can't beat Helly Hansen's TrailWizard L/S. I wore mine under a tee shirt and it took the bite off my chilly 6-am trail runs, while wicking away sweat and keeping me dry. Read more >>
  • Spring 2009

    Perkins, Rich
    Robbins divides Montana into seven regions in this recreationist’s guide to Montana’s public lands. Each region has 50-odd pages of description, complete with color pictures, maps, travel tips, and history to describe its wealth of habitat, wildlife refuges, and state parks. Read more >>
    Tina Orem
    50 Recipes for camp and trail. Read more >>
    DiSanti, Mary Jane
    Glacier National Park: The First 100 Years (hardback $40) by C. W. Guthrie is a stunning coffee-table book full of history and wonderful old photographs. Did you know that more than 4,000 people attended the opening ceremony for the Going-to-the-Sun Road? Read more >>
    DiSanti, Mary Jane
    Books on avalanche safety have been flying out the doors. They include ABCs of Avalanche Safety by Sue A. Ferguson and Edward R. Read more >>
    DiSanti, Mary Jane
    We are excited to have two new children's books about Greg Mortenson's work building schools in Afghanistan and Pakistan. Listen to the Wind: The Story of Dr. Greg and Three Cups of Tea (hardcover $17) is written for kids in preschool up to about eight years old. Read more >>
  • Winter 2008-09

    Drew Pogge
    Sigmund Freud should have studied the ski area lift line. If he had, rather than screwing around with silly Oedipus theories and catering to his clear obsession with breasts, he would’ve found personalities and behavior of another order: the order of The Line. Read more >>
    Melynda Coble
    In 1982, Alan Kesselheim moved to Bozeman and began his writing career. He was done with his job as an outdoor education director in Wisconsin and wanted to come West to the state his dad was born and raised in, and the town—Bozeman—where the woman he had fallen in love with lived. Read more >>
    Lara Vaienti
    Greg Keeler is a sensible and serious poet who also happens to be laugh-out-loud funny,” says Tim Cahill, an author and friend of Keeler’s. According to Dave Quammen, another friend, “Greg has written lunatic masterpieces. He sings pretty good for such a big guy. Read more >>
    Stites, Jon
    Keeping your pooch safe come winter. Read more >>
    Zollars, Andre
    Spending her childhood summers in the cabin her grandparents built on Hebgen Lake in 1932, Lynda "Lyndy" Caine developed a deep, abiding love for Montana. The summers were a chance to experience an entirely different way of life than she knew in the city. Read more >>
  • Fall 2008

    Keeler, Greg
    Whether yodeling into the thunder mug or drivingThe porcelain Buick or talking to Ralph on the bigWhite phone, your bear brain is making you do it. The prigIn you hollers, “Enough of the life!” This bear brain is jiving Read more >>
    Orem, Tina
    Founded in 1607, Santa Fe is the oldest capital city in the United States. It's a high-desert town one hour north of Albuquerque, and it boasts sunshine, mountains, good food, and plenty of outdoor fun. But can it measure up to Bozeman? Vamanos.CELEBRITY MAGNETISM Read more >>
    Katie Tomkinson
    After spending a sufficient amount of time on the river this summer, I have a pretty good idea of what to bring. FishPond's Blizzard Soft Cooler was a nice addition to my weekend trips. Read more >>
    England, Mike
    One good thing about high gas prices (there are plenty, by the way) is that we’re riding our bikes more. Which means you may find yourself cruising the streets late at night amid Bozeman’s notoriously bike-blind drivers. A new weapon to add to your accident-avoidance arsenal is the SpokeLit. Read more >>
    England, Mike
    Amid a sea of compact headlamps lacking significant differences, UK’s Vizion stands out. Not only is it waterproof—UK stands for Underwater Kinetics—but the bulb is mounted along a battery-pack cylinder that rotates like a socket rather than on a hinge. Read more >>
  • Summer 2008

    Caplette, Jenna
    If you have a camera that allows you to change the lens—a single-lens reflex (SLR) camera—specialty filters will improve the quality of your photographs. So before you head out to take photographs in high mountain country this spring, be sure you have a polarizing filter. Read more >>
    England, Mike
    Dogs, it is often said, are people too. And while that statement may be subject to interpretation, I think we can all agree that like us, dogs do have at least some material needs. Here’s a rundown of some useful pet products for the summer season. Read more >>
    Drew Pogge
    My first time whitewater kayaking was a lot like my first kiss: sloppy, wet, desperate, and over way too soon. Both terrified me, both thrilled me, and in both cases I ended up treading water in dangerous territory. Read more >>
    Lussier, Alex
    Mud season is over, let the mountain biking begin. There are a ton of options, but if you aren't in the mood for a three-hour car ride or only want to mess around after work for a while, then this short list is right up your alley. Read more >>
    England, Mike
    At 10:30 am, heat waves swim off the asphalt on Hwy. 287 north of Norris. It's gonna be a hot one. A quick stop at the Harrison store for munchies and Gatorade, and we're cruising down the dirt road to Willow Creek Reservoir, aka Harrison Lake. A 50-yard-long wake of dust billows out behind us. Read more >>
  • Spring 2008

    Orem, Tina
    730 billion: dollars spent on active outdoor recreation in U.S., 200624 million: number of Americans who paddle every year6 million: number of Americans who play soccer15.9: percent of men over age 30 who have been married twice Read more >>
    Frost, Mick
    After wandering the mountains of the Pacific Northwest for most of her life, a happy bipedal hominoid named Hairy Ann has finally settled down in Missoula, Montana. “I’m ready for a more urbanized lifestyle,” the Bigfoot-human cross says. Read more >>
    Frost, Mick
    After wandering the mountains of the Pacific Northwest for most of her life, a happy bipedal hominoid named Hairy Ann has finally settled down in Missoula, Montana. “I’m ready for a more urbanized lifestyle,” the Bigfoot-human cross says. Read more >>
    England, Mike
    You’ve probably heard of yerba mate—it’s that South American tea and coffee substitute that’s only slightly less potent but much gentler on the stomach, and is rife with health benefits. Read more >>
    Serena Rundberg
    A meat-less alternative to a breakfast classic.  Read more >>
  • Winter 2007-08

    Mike England
    Alpine Ice & Rock Guideby Ron Brunckhorst Read more >>
    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. Read more >>
    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. Read more >>
    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. Read more >>
    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. Read more >>
  • Fall 2007

    Brown Trout Fishing, Montana
    Doug Mcknight
    Tying and fishing the Sasquatch. Read more >>
    Packing
    Stoll, Kelly
    It’s hunting season in Montana and everyone’s gearing up to fill their freezers. Read more >>
    Mike England
    If you can't answer a man's argument, all is not lost; you can still call him vile names. —Elbert HubbardIt’s about time. Read more >>
    Caplette, Jenna
    Autumn gives gifts to photographers. Trees like birch and maple become dramatic and colorful. Contrasts like that between a moss-green lichen and russet strawberry leaf sharpen. Objects like antlers and tree trunks add interest to images of the season. Late autumn is more austere. Read more >>
    Mike England
    After stubbornly clinging to my two-piece cheapo fly rod for the last ten years, I may finally be converted. Winston loaned me a LT 5-Piece for the summer season, and ohmigod does this thing cast sweet. Read more >>
  • Summer 2007

    Dave Barker
    Don’t buy Trapper Badovinac’s Fly Fishing the Solitude: Montana if you’re expecting the author to reveal his favorite fishing spots. Read more >>
    Dave Barker
    I am one of the clumsiest waders I know. I’ve always blamed my lack of grace on poor balance and overexcitement, but after trying the Simms G3 Guide Boots I now blame past stumbles on my old wading boots. Read more >>
    the editors
    Welcome to the Last Old West.1. Pull up your droopy pants. You look like an idiot. Read more >>
    Barker, Dave
    Break out the champagne and celebrate; Bozeman just became a lot more livable. Whether you’re a cross-country skier, Frisbee golfer, or just enjoy lounging in the grass, expect a host of new parks and trails to be completed or nearing completion by early fall.Ice House Park Read more >>
  • Spring 2007

    Spring Fly Fishing Montana
    Anderson, George
    Early-season trout haunts. Read more >>
    spring skiing bozeman, emigrant peak montana, outside bozeman
    Edwards, Becky
    From Iowa to Emigrant Peak.  Read more >>
    King, Joe
    Bozeman's latest fashion craze. Read more >>
    Manning, Jim
    Ah, spring! The season when Tennyson said a young man’s fancy “lightly turns to thoughts of love.” But for the region’s grizzly bears, newly roused from their winter’s fast, love can wait. It’s all about getting a good meal. Read more >>
    Matthews, Jason
    Raft-guide school: high water and high anxiety. Read more >>
  • Winter 2006-07

    Tina Orem
    Land Navigation Handbook: The Sierra Club Guide to Map, Compass, & GPSby W.S. KalsSierra Club Books Read more >>
    Outside Bozeman
    Suby Tales 2007 Read more >>
    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. Read more >>
    Orem, Tina
    Many charities appreciate cash during this season of giving, but here is a list of some great organizations that could really use your gear if it's in good condition. Read more >>
    Sagmyr, Ellen
    The outdoors is my work and play. It is a means of expression, a connection with friends, and a passion shared with my partner. My work as an outdoor educator and guide has taken me from New Zealand to Nepal, the Antarctic Peninsula, and all over the U.S. Read more >>
  • Fall 2006

    Drew Pogge Outside Bozeman, Bozeman Outdoor Recreation
    Pogge, Drew
    Ten years at O/B. Read more >>
    Mike St. Thomas
    In honor of the November gridiron meeting between our beloved Bobcats and the hated Grizzlies, this season’s battle of college towns goes Montana-style. Read more >>
    Mike England
    Convenience is key at hunting camp—after a long day chasing elk through rugged Montana country, the last thing you need is to be stooped over a lightweight backpacking stove, struggling to prepare a hearty supper for you and your famished friends. Read more >>
    Goodman, Cameron
    In Fort Benton, Montana, there lies an unusual monument to the loyalty of man’s best friend. In 1936, a sheepherder fell ill and was taken to the hospital in Fort Benton, followed by his border collie, Shep. Read more >>
    England, Mike
    Turn off your headlamp, holster that marker-sized Mini-Mag, and think about the flashlights of yore—namely, Dad’s big ol’ handheld jobber that took the monstrous square battery and shot a beam of light halfway across town. You gotta admit, that was a pretty cool light. Read more >>
  • Summer 2006

    Coble, Melynda
    Backpacking through Corcovado National Park in Costa Rica last April, Mariann Van Den Elzen ran into three folks from the Bozeman/Big Sky area. The following week, in Puerto Viejo, two Missoulians on bikes stopped her to ask, “Hey! Read more >>
    Vowell, Jamie
    Summer in Montana means rodeo, and there are plenty of boot stompin’, knee slappin’, bronc bustin’ events to choose from. Read more >>
    Biking, Cruisers, RoundHouse, Downtown
    Larry Merkel
    Considerations for the ultimate match. Read more >>
    Orem, Tina
    Few people know that when Rudolph Diesel debuted his namesake engine in the 1890s, he ran it on peanut oil. Diesel’s vision was to find uses for non-petroleum fuels so that small businesses could compete with the large industries that controlled much of the nation’s energy production at the time. Read more >>
    Schroeder, Dave
    As I slowly wind down the labyrinth of new roads from another exclusive clubhouse-to-be nestled high in the last best waste, my eyes are drawn to the mocha-tinted meltwater snaking down through the drainage ditch to my right. Read more >>
  • Spring 2006

    Montana Creekboating, Ousel Falls
    Schroeder, David
    Creekboating in southwest Montana. Read more >>
    star map, spring sky, Montana, corona borealis
    Manning, Jim
    The crown of the spring sky.  Read more >>
    Patterson, Amber
    12 Songsby Neil DiamondColumbia Records Read more >>
    Keeler, Greg
    Intelligent design would be just fineby me if the people who came up with suchideas stripped down and spent as much timeas they could naked. That way we'd see the touchof the creator as he/she intended it. Take buttsfor example. Why cover them up when they're Read more >>
    Lewis, Jimmy
    Perhaps you’ve ventured out during the winter months to favored local rivers when the weather permitted, attempting some deep-water nymphing or looking for elusive midge hatch. Read more >>
  • Winter 2005-06

    Bozeman, Dogs, Winter
    Vaia Barkas
    It snowed last night, I can smell it. The dry air, the chill nudging the back of my throat. The tip of my nose feels numb. Engulfed in a lair of blankets I retreat into sleep. It’s way too early. Read more >>
    Marjorie Smith
    Remembering the early days at Bridger Bowl.  Read more >>
    Winter Astrology, Bozeman, Zodiac
    Manning, Jim
    Winter astronomy. Read more >>
    Lewis, Jimmy
    When the temperatures plunge to frighteningly low numbers and even the desire to tromp out onto the ice begins to wane, take heart—this is the time to partake in an annual reorganization of your beloved fly collection. Read more >>
    Milford, Brandon
    If you’re in the market for a new snowboard that performs well in powder, crust, ice, and crud, check out the Steepwater Plow 164. This board is designed for those looking to ride outside of the park and among the peaks that surround it and who therefore need a board that can handle a variety Read more >>
  • Fall 2005

    Kayser, Mitchell
    Cabela’s — Sidney, NECabela's LST/LSR Fly Rod & Reel Combo - $260www.cabelas.com1-800-237-4444 Read more >>
    Manning, Jim
    The perfect cast, the cutthroat rises to the hand-tied fly, and the battle royal ensues. Such is the drama of fish versus fisher, playing out on countless mountain streams in Big Sky Country through the long, lazy summer and the earliest chills of autumn. Read more >>
    Tanner Strickland
    Gittin' Westernby Duane WilsteLincoln, NEiUnverse, 2005206 pagesGittin' Western: The resulting chaos when the forces of nature and the laws of physics collide where you are standing. Read more >>
    Bennett Drozic
    Indelibly bound with the spirit of independence and fortitude that permeates the idea of the West is a notion of single-minded, almost blind acceptance of certain dogmata. Read more >>
    Keeler, Greg
    Do not ask for whom they mooor why they stand and chew and chew.They've got their plans. Their heads are clear.Their future moves from mouth to rear,somewhat like ours, like ours I mean,who see no more than what we've seen,who do our best till noon then run Read more >>
  • Summer 2005

    Coble, Melynda
    If you've ever had to pull porcupine quills out of a dog's face or wondered why your pal won't stop panting and laying in the shade during a trail run, then you need local veterinarian Sid Gustafson's new book First Aid for the Active Dog (Alpine Blue Ribbon Books, $18). Read more >>
    England, Mike
    Zuke’s—Durango, CO Jerky Naturals $20 (6 bags) zukes.com 866-985-3364 Read more >>
    Coble, Melynda
    Confluenceby Susan MorganMissoula, MTSelf published, 2003283 pages Read more >>
    Edwards, Becky
    Travers Corners: The Final Chaptersby Scott WaldieGuilford, CTLyons Press, 1998270 pages Read more >>
    Drozic, Bennett
    When considering the benefits that this town offers, our downtown certainly stands out as a testament to civic awareness, historic preservation, and community collaboration. In no small way does Main Street contribute to our lifestyle and humanistic development. Read more >>
  • Spring 2005

    Kayaking the Clark's Fork, The Yellowstone River rapids, Outside Bozeman.
    Schroeder, Dave
    The Clark's Fork of the Yellowstone. Read more >>
    Photo by Mike Cline
    Kesselheim, Alan
    A month of Mondays on the East Gallatin. Read more >>
    Manning, Jim
    In the West, designating ownership has always been a straightforward affair: you own it, you brand it. Letters and shapes emblazoned on countless bovine rumps told a rancher what was his—and earned many a careless rustler an appointment with a rope. Read more >>
    Mcdonald, Cheryl
    After a long break from shoulder-intensive sports, many southwest Montana outdoor sports enthusiasts will soon transition into kayaking, golfing, climbing, Frisbee golf, and other sports involving overhead or raised-arm motions. Read more >>
    Carpenter, Brad
    Paddling out into a frigid spring torrent strewn with rocks and sucking holes presents a classic test of judgment. How do your ability and experience stack up against the challenge and the hazard? Decide badly, and you may wind up broken or even dead. Read more >>
  • Winter 2004-05

    England, Mike
    Coleman—Wichita, KansasLakeside $142coleman.com800-835-3278 Read more >>
    Pilney, Kathleen
    Wild Animus is a novel that takes place in Alaska’s wildlands. Read more >>
    Orem, Tina
    Finding the North PoleFrederick A. Cook, Robert E. Peary, Edited by Charles MorrisGuilford, ConnecticutLyons Press, 2003448 pages Read more >>
    Kelley, Shannon
    There you are, standing in the wine section at the Co-Op, faced with an overwhelming array of choices: red or white; merlot, cabernet, or chardonnay; French or Australian… the list goes on and on. So many wine-selection guidelines, not enough time to spend in the store contemplating it all. Read more >>
    Keeler, Greg
    Nature calls in mysterious ways. It calls,for example, through the speakers ofa McDonald's drive-through or through the ballsof a bugling elk. The sheer dramatics of loveand death—of eating food or sneezing a sneeze— Read more >>
  • Fall 2004

    England, Mike
    The law locks up the man or womanWho steals the goose from off the common,But lets the greater felon looseWho steals the common from the goose.—Anonymous Read more >>
    England, Mike
    Impulse Keylight - $15www.princetontech.com609.298.9331 Read more >>
    England, Mike
    Altitech2 - $150highgearusa.com888.295.4949 Read more >>
    Dehmer, Kurt
    by Ron Spomer - Belgrade, MTWilderness Adventures Press, 1999 - 518 pages Read more >>
    Litwin, Ryan
    by Mike Lapinksi - Portland, ORWest WInds Press, 2004 - 224 pages Read more >>
  • Summer 2004

    Ault, Megan
    July 10, 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m.Depot Rotary Park in Livingston, MontanaSustainability is…a vision and a journey that promotes environmental stewardship, economic prosperity, and community well being. Sustainability is achieved through the choices we make every day. Read more >>
    Kristof, Debbie
    The Bozeman area offers numerous summer recreation activities, including the opportunity to spend these long summer evenings tossing around a Frisbee with a bunch of Bozos. I’m speaking, of course, of Bozeman’s Ultimate team, the Bozos. Read more >>
    Manning, Jim
    Whether you’re a saddle-weary cowpoke or a wilderness adventurer, there seems to be one gastronomical truth about the Western mythos of outdoor living: at the end of a long, hard day on the range, the ridge, or the river, no Western campfire would seem complete without its coffee pot, ready to ta Read more >>
    Hostetler, Jeff
    Early summer in Southwest Montana is typically striped with muddy, raging rivers full of the melted snows of winter. Most anglers this time of year seek out tailwater fisheries and lakes. Read more >>
    Center, Dean
    Bill Johnson just wanted to get his life back on track. After the tremendous high of winning Olympic Gold in the Downhill at Sarajevo, his personal life became a mess. He decided to go back to the beginning, back to the place where he'd felt successful- going maniacally fast on snow. Read more >>
  • Spring 2004

    Megan Ault
    Ask about twelve-hour workdays stacked up, sometimes in blistering hot or numbingly frigid weather, continuous fatigue, or aches in the body, and Terry Johnson will still insist he has the best job in the world. Read more >>
    England, Mike
    You needn’t be a mountaineer to appreciate Select Peaks of Greater Yellowstone: A Mountaineering History & Guide. Thomas Turiano’s ambitious and meticulously researched book is also an outstanding resource for day-hikers, backcountry skiers, and local history buffs. Read more >>
    Jeff Hostetler
    Spring in Bozeman is an amazing time for numerous reasons—the fields turn green, the bears awaken, and the temperatures warm—but for the fly fisher, it means the long-awaited thaw of snow and ice. Read more >>
    Thielman-Ibes, Kim
    A couple of diehard outdoorsmen—in the traditional-Montana sense of the word—Don Laubach and Mark Henckel have written a lighthearted series of stories about their adventures in Montana. Read more >>
    Pilney, Kathleen
    A Comprehensive Guide to Wilderness and Travel Medicineby Eric A. Weiss, M.D.Oakland, CA Adventure Medical Kits, 1997198 pages Read more >>
  • Winter 2003-04

    Mike England
    Lone Mountain Ranch's sleighride dinner. Read more >>
    Chabot, Doug
    I get excited at the thought of fresh powder and start to salivate every time I hear, “a winter storm warning is in effect.” Obviously others share my obsession since each storm is followed by a shortage of workers in Bozeman, as folks call in sick and play hooky. Read more >>
    England, Mike
    Tracker DTS Avalanche Beacon - $300www.bcaccess.com303.417.1345 Read more >>
    Thompson, Nelle
    Established in February 2002 by climber Erin Taylor and his wife Rebecca Hoddkin, Montana Mountaineering Association (MMA) is a Bozeman-based nonprofit organization that strives to promote the values associated with mountaineering, rock climbing, and backcountry travel. Read more >>
    Fahlgren, Andy
    Look at a map of your area, and what do you see? Can you find every fishing access site you’ll ever need, or all the best hard-to-find creeks the locals won’t tell you about? Read more >>
  • Fall 2003

    Hostetler, Jeff
    Early fall is a temperamental time in Southwest Montana. As night temperatures ease into the 40s, the daytime thermometer might reach 80, but it might also plummet to 30. Snow might collect in the rocky couloirs, or anglers might squeeze 30-proof sunscreen on exposed arms and legs. Read more >>
    Shannon Kelley
    Our days are much shorter now, the rays of sun have faded in intensity, and the blades of grass have lost their luster. Although the leaves of autumn have merely begun, winter calls to us from around the corner with a northern chill in the air. Read more >>
    Huelsmeyer, Susanne
    The wind has died and sunset is not far away now. Birds are trilling in the bushes while insects hum and buzz above the peaceful wetland. Here and there, a fish rises to snatch an unsuspecting fly for dinner. Ducks squawk sleepily from further upstream. Read more >>
    England, Mike
    If you spend any amount of time in, on, or near the waterways of Southwest Montana—and whom in this arid landscape doesn’t—chances are you’ve used a Fishing Access Site (FAS) owned by the state and maintained by Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks (FWP). Read more >>
    Orem, Tina
    There is a certain sickness involved in being a foodie. Read more >>
  • Summer 2003

    Orem, Tina
    Like the title indicates, Kalispell’s Ben Long presents a collection of bear stories from across Montana. Read more >>
    Tina Orem
    MARK OF THE GRIZZLY by Scott McMillion Guilford, CT: Globe Pequot Press, 1998 249 pages Read more >>
    Kelley, Shannon
    In the small town of Willow Creek (not far from Three Forks, Montana), as basketball season begins and ends, Stanley West takes us through the lives of those participating on and off the court in the Blind Your Ponies. Read more >>
    Kelley, Shannon
    Set in the prairies of eastern Montana from 1916 to 1946, In Open Spaces is about the lives of the Arbuckle brothers. First we meet George, a man on the brink of baseball stardom, whose life ends unexpectedly under mysterious circumstances. Read more >>
    England, Mike
    There are a few places on earth where fishermen’s dreams are forged within a framework of grandeur and natural beauty—an elegant overlay in which fish are a single element among many. Read more >>
  • Spring 2003

    Spring Corn, Backcountry Skiing, Bozeman, Monrtana
    Chabot, Doug
    For sweet spring corn. Read more >>
    England, Mike
    From my blocking position atop a rock outcropping, I scan the broad, sage-covered slope below. There's movement to my left. Sliding along like phantoms, a small group of horses has veered out of a narrow gully and wheeled back upslope. Read more >>
    England, Mike
    Sick of seeing grocery bags wrapped around tree limbs as you’re casting for trout? How about those empty Budweiser cans bobbing alongside your boat? If you prefer our local streams waste-free, then join the Gallatin Valley Wad’n Women for a river clean up on Sunday, April 27th. Read more >>
    England, Mike
    Like any other issue that affects us and our recreation around Bozeman, the important thing is to get involved. But unlike many governmental policies, your voice DOES make a difference with the Gallatin National Forest's travel plan. Read more >>
    Henning, Becky
    Remember seventh grade? Puberty, pimples, braces, the drama of discovering the opposite sex? The truth is, most of us were emotionally scarred by some traumatic middle-school event. Read more >>
  • Winter 2002-03

    David Galliard
    Bozeman's backyard beast, the lynx. Read more >>
    Kelley, Shannon
    It's the ever-looming question: When will Bridger Bowl allow access to the backcountry from its north and south boundaries? Bridger Bowl and the Forest Service have been in discussion over this for many years and there are several issues influencing the decision-making process. Read more >>
    England, Mike
    In the staid, contemplative world of fine art, humor isn’t just out of place—it’s a social crime of the highest order. After all, we are told, the purpose of art is to transcend the ephemeral, to create a portal through which we can gaze, if only slightly, on the deeper meanings of life. Read more >>
    Henning, Becky
    I have to admit, I had my reservations about the Schnee’s Montana boot. Looking at the pull-on style, I had flashbacks to my elementary school moon boots. Read more >>
    Garcia, Mike
    I have been selling sleeping bags for over 20 years. That makes for a lot of stories about cold feet and sleepless nights trying to stay warm in under-built bags. Read more >>
  • Summer 2002

    Missouri River, floating in MT, Outside Bozeman,
    England, Mike
    Floating the Missouri Headwaters. Read more >>
    Mike England
    The “No Trespassing” sign loomed large on the dry, cracked fencepost, its black letters cold and threatening. A hundred yards behind it lay the river, calling to me in sonorous tones of riffle and rushing current. Read more >>
    Orms, R. Kent
    If you want to get in some good rock-climbing without the approach and commitment of an alpine climb, "the Canyon" is your spot. Gallatin Canyon’s gneiss formations are close by, just long and exposed enough to get your heart going, and many climbs see very little traffic. Read more >>
    Wheeler, Soren
    Our own local marathon, joining the path taken by Lewis and Clark in their expedition west, will return for its third year on September 29th. The 26.2-mile course has had some slight changes this year. Read more >>
    Corriel, Michele
    Get ready for a sumptuous summer of Shakespearean proportions. Montana Shakespeare in the Parks theatre ensemble commemorates its 30th anniversary by performing two of Shakespeare's most entertaining plays, Henry IV, Part I and The Comedy of Errors. Read more >>
  • Winter 2001-02

    Bridger Bowl, Gallatin Historical Museum
    Regnerus, Megan
    Bozeman's original extreme skiers. Read more >>
    England, Mike
    Large ranches aren’t quite as common around Bozeman as they used to be; beyond the trophy-cabin fragmenting that’s visible roadside, the proliferation of “Cows not Condos” bumper stickers around the Gallatin Valley is evidence enough. Read more >>
    Ford, Peter
    For the third year, assigning closure to several local extreme sports and introducing many others, The Best of Bozeman Slideshow will be visiting a “to be determined at a later date” theater in the Bozeman area come the first part of April. Read more >>
    Brad Carpenter
    A cold trickle of ice water runs down my cheek, freezing me back into reality. I look upward into blue overhanging gobs of frozen water. Stupid. The ice water runs smack between my eyes and fills my right ear. I take a few steps to the side and drier ground. Read more >>
    Becker, Mike
    "One must have a mind of winter," the poet Wallace Stevens says, to “see the nothing that is not there and the nothing that is.” If you hike along the frosty water outside Bozeman this winter, you won't need much imagination to discover lots of bird activity beneath the glitter of the January sun Read more >>
  • Summer 2001

    Trout, Parks Reese
    Greg Keeler
    Finding one's place in the grand stream of things.  Read more >>
    Keeler, Greg
    Behind the stockyards trout are taking nymphs, so you ditch the evening news and hit the stream. On the first cast you get a rainbow, a piggish wallowing blimp of a fish. It’s headed for the biker bar downstream and into your backing when it finds a rusted turquoise Plymouth fin and breaks off. Read more >>
    Becker, Mike
    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. Read more >>
    Kelley McLandress
    It’s 10:00 a.m. on a bright summer day near Yellowstone National Park, and a young golden grizzly bear scampers across the hillside. He tumbles down the bank, landing sideways and ready for his sister to pounce. It’s playtime! Read more >>
    Orms, R. Kent
    Shoot the moon. That’s what Bozeman writer David Quammen attempts in his 700-page environmental epic, Song of the Dodo. Read more >>
  • Winter 2000-01

    Climbing Genesis
    Saari, Hans
    Travails of a first-time ice climber.  Read more >>
    Montana Wolfers, Wolf Eradication
    Smith, Phyllis
    A history of wolf-eradication in the Gallatin Valley. Read more >>
    Chabot, Doug
    Chances are you're someone who enjoys winter – as a snowmobiler, backcountry skier, or snowboarder, you probably dream of steep slopes and deep, untracked powder. Or perhaps you snowshoe or cross-country ski, and you cherish the winter woods and the solitude that a blanket of snow provides. Read more >>
    field forecasting, Montana weather
    England, Mike
    Reading the weather. Read more >>
    McKee, Dave
    Montana. To fishermen around the globe this word conjures images of rising trout, endless riffles, drag-free drifts, and spectacular mountain scenery. And while the trout probably rise as we speak and the riffles continue to run endlessly, there is, in fact, a bit more to the story. Read more >>
  • Summer 2000

    Mike England
    By the skin of his teeth. Read more >>
    Mann, David
    Hiking Montana's mountain trails is enjoyment in and of itself, but when you add the thrill of birding, it takes on a whole new level of wonder and excitement – like turning a lazy, late-afternoon river float into a safari expedition. Read more >>
    England, Mike
    The river was huge. Swollen and discolored from the previous night's rainfall, it looked like a swirling sea of chocolate milk. Read more >>
    Mike England
    Through the fog they come, through the early morning mist: two hundred loping crusaders, steely-eyed and sweat-soaked, rushing forward like a herd of wild horses – side-stepping boulders, hurdling fallen logs, and propelling themselves, chests heaving, through the steep and rocky terrain. Read more >>
    England, Mike
    I intended to mow the lawn. I really did. Not that I felt any real need to, but I’d seen someone else doing it, so I thought what the heck, I might as well do it too. Read more >>
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