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hiking etiquette, outdoor rules, outside bozeman
Carbery, Deborah
A plea for outdoor etiquette.  Read more >>
Tucker, David
The Hyalite Porcupine Buffalo Horn Wilderness Study Area has been a point of contention since it was established in 1977, but the Gallatin Community Collaboration (GCC) hopes to solve Read more >>
  • Spring 2017

    Bozeman, Montana, Drew Pogge
    Drew Pogge
    Choosing day by day.   “People are like dice. We throw ourselves in the direction of our own choosing.” ―Jean-Paul Sartre Read more >>
    Pearl Izumi Select Escape
    David Tucker
    A lightweight shell is a staple and especially useful in spring. Whether you’re running, biking, hiking, or fishing, having a water-repellent windproof layer will keep you comfortable and safe when the weather turns. Read more >>
    DIY Pete, DIY Bike Storage
    Pete Sveen
    Wall-mounted bike storage.  Read more >>
    Montana Prairie Voles
    Barbara Lee
    Seems we're not so different after all.  Read more >>
    Spring Photography, Motion Photography
    Conor Glesner
    Shooting moving objects.  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

    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 >>
    Bozeman Ice Climbing, Ice-Climbing Training
    Pogge, Drew
    Guarantee a better pump. Read more >>
    Montana Hunting Season, Bozeman vs.
    the editors
    Comparing Montana's big game species. Read more >>
  • Summer 2016

    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 >>
    Where Roads Will Never Reach
    Tucker, David
    In Bozeman, we’re lucky enough to have millions of acres of public land to recreate on, but that isn’t by accident. 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 >>
    Hunt Right Campaign, FWP Region 3
    Frost, Mick
    The Hunt Right campaign explained. 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 >>
  • Spring 2015

    Bozeman douche bags, Outside Bozeman, humor
    the editors
    Are you a Bozeman d-bag? Read more >>
    Bear Spray, Bear Safety, Canister recycling
    King, Joe
    The top 10 uses for expired canisters. 1. Replace your friend’s cologne or perfume to punish overuse.2. Convert to a flame-throwing ice-and-snow melter.3. Utilize as aromatherapy for difficult cases. 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 >>
  • Winter 2014-15

    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 >>
    winter, waiting, Outside Bozeman, Montana
    Reed, Tom
    Waiting out winter. Read more >>
    patrol dog, winter, Outside Bozeman, Montana
    Bergeron, Alex
    A day in the life of a patrol hound. Read more >>
  • Fall 2014

    Backcountry skiing, fall skiing, Bozeman, Montana
    Pogge, Drew
    Preparing for a deep ski season. Read more >>
    Yellowstone, Montana, National Parks
    Solomon, Morgan
    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 >>
  • Summer 2014

    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 >>
    McCarthy, Daniel
    Simon and Garfunkel. The Indigo Girls. Cheech and Chong. Any good duo can perform independently, but the combination is pure magic. The Mira 15F women’s down sleeping bag and NeoAir XLite air mattress from Therm-a-Rest are no exception. Read more >>
  • Spring 2014

    Bike Fitting, Excel Physical Therapy
    Lunden, Jason
    Fit your bike to avoid injury. Read more >>
    Photo by Meg Sommers
    DeWeese, Chelsea
    Photographing Yellowstone’s shoulder season.  Read more >>
    Harris, Emily
    Spring fever in Yellowstone ParkSpring camping in the Park. Read more >>
    Photo by Chuck Bartlebaugh
    Slepian, Maggie
    How to stay safe. Read more >>
    England, Mike
    Explore Bozeman's trails and support GVLT. Read more >>
  • Winter 2013-14

    Josephson, Joe
    A look at an ice-climbing Mecca. Read more >>
    David Galliard
    Bozeman's backyard beast, the lynx. Read more >>
    When the World Fell Awayby Liz Williams  Read more >>
    Reuss, Dave
    If there’s one thing that will forever remain recession-proof, it’s beer. 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

    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 >>
    Hilleboe, Ben
    What do you envision when you think of “therapy”? If you’re like most people, you probably see a settee in a dimly lit room with “ocean sounds” coming from a CD player. Sound about right? 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

    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 >>
    Johnson, Chuck
    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 >>
    Frost, Mick
    Oh Dawn, bringer of light,With eternal vision deliver us from night.And color the world, not black, not white,But ambiguous grey, a beautiful sight! Read more >>
    Jelinski, Jack
    I love to touch wood that’s beaver-skinnedand worn to glass by flowing water. There are willow saplings that startle.Bent low by winter snow loadbut still rooted to the bankthey get pulled downstream by the current 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 >>
    Pogge, Drew
    Let's face it: we live in a destination town and tourists are a part of life. Luckily, many of them fly quietly into Belgrade, rent an enormous SUV, and plow screaming into a herd of bighorn sheep before we ever know they’re here. 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 >>
    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 >>
    Roloff, Sam
    Swiftwater training in southwest Montana 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 >>
    Pinet, Carolyn Pettit
    Ahead of me Hardscrabblecracks knuckles against clouds.Behind the Bridgers splaycrags in the oystery air.I move to a tango.Skies and poles glide, cut, break.I am partnered by the windagainst whom I tangle, kick.A flake catches my lash, 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 >>
  • 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 >>
    Leach, Michael
    In a rapidly growing western landscape, the ability to assimilate into the local culture is a skill and even a gift. 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 >>
    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

    Garcia, Corinne
    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 >>
    Setzer, Shannon
    Hooray, winter is here! Get out your skis, snowshoes, and ice skates—it’s time for fun in the snow. As an outdoor enthusiast, you might ready your body, strengthening knees, legs, and arms for the activities ahead. But do you think about your skin? Read more >>
    Barba, Katie
    Most people don’t think a hood on a vest is necessary—sort of like screen doors on a battleship. To the contrary, however, I found the hood on the Whisper Hoodie Vest delightful. Read more >>
    Krueger, Ryan
    Do not underestimate the need for a bomber sleeping bag when spending time outdoors this winter. Long, frigid days and cold, stormy nights take their toll without a solid refuge from the elements. Read more >>
    the Editors
    We've all seen him: the guy up on the ridge who looks like a total mess. He's holding the line up, he's swinging skis and poles everywhere, and he's stopping in the middle of everything to fix his gloves. Read more >>
  • Fall 2010

    The Editors
    O/B’s Rundown of Bipedal Fauna 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 >>
    England, Mike
    Everybody loves a good Western yarn, and Cowboys, Mountain Men & Grizzly Bears: Fifty of the Grittiest Moments in the History of the Wild West (TwoDot Press, $17) compiles 50 of the best tales of our region’s rugged and ruthless past. 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 >>
    Muennich, Pete
    If Bozeman isn't the center of the fly-fishing universe, its at least in the right galaxy. Read more >>
    MacPherson, Joy
    It was enough that we pledged to show her dead body to her yellow lab, Shamus. Now we were asked to spread her ashes atop “Lady B.” It’s what lifelong friends must do. Read more >>
    Sundborg, Caitlin
    Come hill or high water, your tootsies will appreciate the Merrell Waterpro Tawas, a hybrid river/trail shoe designed for playing in and around the river. Drainage ports allow soggy feet to dry quickly, while the perforated footbed provides a stable fit. 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

    Krueger, Ryan
    The forest, once too thick to ski through, had thinned and opened itself up, granting us the opportunity to explore its altered terrain. Standing on top of the ridgeline, we look down at the burn, toward the ruins and all of the subsequent hillsides that fell victim to the fire. 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 >>
    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 >>
    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 >>
    Reuss, Dave
    Montana is known for its big skies and even bigger skiing, but how did it all start? Downhill in Montana (Pictorial Histories, $25) features hundreds of detailed photos and documents detailing the birth and development of skiing in Montana. Read more >>
  • Fall 2009

    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 >>
    MacDonald, Sean
    If you need a straightforward, light, and extremely durable messenger pack, check out the Outa Ware Messenger Bag. Read more >>
    Reuss, Dave
    My friends called it the funniest noise I’ve ever made. It was a strange, girlish, primal scream, as I was 10 feet above my last bolt, frantically trying to clip the next one above my head. Pumped out of my mind, I reached down to grab my Black Diamond Livewire Quickdraw. 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 >>
    Sheehan, Joe
    I've historically shunned the backpack-style water bladder; however, since losing-or should I say, "donating" my second SIGG water bottle in as many months-I have given up on the Swedish supercanteen in favor of strapping on one of Platypus's new hydration systems. Read more >>
    Schneider, Bill
    In the past, I've written about options hikers and wilderness groups had to make peace with mountain bikers so the two key constituencies could work together to protect roadless land. One option was urging Congress to pass another organic act creating a true alternative land designation. Read more >>
    Orem, Tina
    If you're a fly fisher, be sure to check out the sixth annual Pesca Fiesta in Big Sky on Saturday, June 27 from 10 am to 2 pm. Sponsored by Gallatin Riverguides, which celebrates its 25th anniversary this year, the festival offers raffles and gear giveaways, casting demos, and barbecue. Read more >>
    Wink, Callan
    Sometimes, when the fishing is especially goodwe stop the moment, the boat in the current.Stop casting,and start smiling.We say to each other,damn, it's like we're in Montana or something.Like this is the Yellowstone River Read more >>
  • Spring 2009

    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 >>
    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 >>
    Orem, Tina
    Paying $12 for freeze-dried camping "entrees" that taste like crap is for lazy bastards. At least that's what I think to myself when I'm standing in line to pay $12 for freeze-dried camping "entrees" that taste like crap. 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 >>
  • Winter 2008-09

    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 >>
    Patterson, Amber
    This past September, the Gallatin Valley Land Trust ramped up its Main Street to the Mountains trail system by opening a new trail off of McIlhattan Road. It’s called the Snowfill Recreation Area and is located on 37 acres of land just north of the Bozeman City Landfill. Read more >>
    Dewitt, Dawn
    Think meth and the outdoors are unrelated? According to the Department of Fish, Wildlife & Parks; various game wardens; and several forest-service professionals, significantly less meth lab debris has been found in state parks and forests since the Montana Meth Project started in 2005. Read more >>
    Conant, Steve
    The economic crisis, shorter days, and the stress of the holidays can be enough to trigger depression for many people. Regular exercise in the beautiful surroundings of southwest Montana offers a great way to battle the winter blues. 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 >>
    Tomkinson, Katie
    After spending a sufficient amount of time on the river this summer, I have a pretty good idea of what to bring. The 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
    With more protein and energy bars on the market than you can shake a ski pole at, it’s easy to be skeptical of newcomers to the scene. I didn’t expect much from Whole Food Country Squares, and boy was I pleasantly surprised. 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 >>
    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 >>
    Kelley-Weber, Shannon
    A city with more than 4,000 historic buildings, Butte is one of only five cities in the country recognized as a National Historic Landmark. Filled with a rich and remarkable history, Butte was the “place to be” during the late 1800s and early 1900s. 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 >>
    Smith, Marjorie
    Bozeman’s Intermountain Opera Association (IOA) is celebrating its 30th anniversary this spring with a lavish production of Bizet’s Carmen. Read more >>
    Orem, Tina
    An updated edition of the 1977 original, Northwest Trees (Mountaineers Books; $19) is a beautiful and meticulously illustrated book profiling more than 60 species of native trees in southern British Columbia, Washington, Oregon, Idaho, southwestern Alberta, most of Idaho, Yellowstone, and western Mo Read more >>
  • Winter 2007-08

    Mike England
    Alpine Ice & Rock Guideby Ron Brunckhorst Read more >>
    Brad Japhe
    The Wild Steelhead Coalition (WSC) is a not-for-profit group of concerned citizens who are committed to reversing the decline of the wild steelhead in the waters of the Pacific Northwest. 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 >>
  • Fall 2007

    Brown Trout Fishing, Montana
    Mcknight, Doug
    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
    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 >>
    Pogge, Drew
    There’s nothing more unnatural than strapping on skis and speeding down a snow-plastered, near-vertical mountainside—except maybe wearing those same skis while staring at the tailgate of a speeding truck, dodging airborne rocks, holding a waterski rope, and praying you don’t hit a dry patch of pavem Read more >>
    Tina Orem
    Corvallis, Montana with its old-school farming history may not look like it's on the cutting edge of the Montana tourism industry. After all, with 859 residents, the town is but a speck on the map. 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 >>
    Wozer, Jeff
    I’m currently sitting at my kitchen table on a damp Tuesday afternoon attempting to confront my addiction to outdoor gear and clothing. 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 >>
    Orem, Tina
    The Road Washes Out in Spring: A Poet’s Memoir of Living Off the GridBaron WormserUniversity Press of New England Read more >>
    Pogge, Drew
    A Road Runs Through It: Reviving Wild Placesedited by Thomas Reed PetersenJohnson Books 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 >>
    Bjorklund, Anna
    The morning air was crisp and the camp coffee strong. “I think I’d like to be a mountaineer,” my friend Naomi told me on the final morning of a backpacking trip in the Bridgers. “Could you teach me a few things?” Read more >>
    Goodman, Cameron
    Here’s what some production houses are saying about their latest ski movies, guaranteed to stoke you up this season.Long Story Short Level 1 Productions Read more >>
    Dudas, John
    Since the Las Vegas marathon was only three weeks away, this was the day, in early January 2005, that we needed to do the capstone 23-mile training run. Read more >>
    Edmunds, Meredith
    It’s official: Bridger Bowl recently purchased a 1976 Dopplemayr double chairlift from Snowbird with the intention of installing it in the Slushman’s drainage the summer of 2008. Read more >>
  • Fall 2006

    Drew Pogge Outside Bozeman, Bozeman Outdoor Recreation
    Pogge, Drew
    Ten years at O/B. 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 >>
    Orem, Tina
    Bear books may all seem the same, and indeed the thinking may overlap quite a bit, but the variety of philosophies, yarns, and themes offered by books in this genre keep it from getting tired. Read more >>
    Arsenault, Blaise
    My border collie Nelly has been a frisbee connoisseur since she was a pup, and she gets attached to familiar, proven disks. Read more >>
    Peterson, Simon
    If you’re looking for an inexpensive, easy solution to those soggy autumn sandwiches, look no further than the Mountainsmith Rain Cover III. With a slick design, this rain cover folds into itself, creating a convenient pouch that can be stuffed anywhere. Read more >>
  • Summer 2006

    Schultz, Briana
    Summer is here—it’s time to break out the barbeque, dust off the flip-flops, pop open a cold beer, and round up your friends. Summer's arrival also marks the beginning of the Copper River salmon season. Read more >>
    Strickland, Tanner
    Ranger cabins have a long and illustrious record in southwestern Montana. They once housed very lonely rangers who did lots of scientific work and occasionally single-handedly fought raging forest fires. Read more >>
    St. Thomas, Mike
    In late April, the Emerson Cultural Center hosted the looping, beat-boxing one-man-band known as Keller Williams. Keller wowed the sold-out crowd for almost three hours, creating multilayered grooves with his guitar, voice, and any soniferous device within arm’s reach. Read more >>
    Edwards, Becky
    Southwest Montana's most convenient gems. Read more >>
    England, Mike
    Not every mountainous region in the world is blessed with the quality of life we enjoy in Montana. The people of Nepal and Tibet, for example, are so bad off in places that they lack access to education, clean water, and other basic needs. But a few Bozeman locals aim to change all that. 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 >>
    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 >>
    Dehmer, Kurt
    For most outdoors folk, springtime hunting in Montana is reserved for bears, turkeys, and morel mushrooms. However if one really needs another reason to be drawn away from the never-ending list of “Honey-Do’s,” there is always horn hunting. Read more >>
    Allen, Alex
    If you’re looking for a new creek boat, check out the Dagger Nomad. The Nomad comes in two sizes, so it doesn’t matter if you’re a 120-pound chick or a 240-pound dude. Read more >>
  • Winter 2005-06

    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 >>
    Wilson, Courtney
    The Gnu Barrett Pro is one of my favorite women-specific boards of all time. This board rips and so fun! It's soft enough to let you butter around with the boys, yet knows when it's time to get aggressive. Read more >>
    Center, Dean
    Physiologically, humans are tropical beings, better suited to losing heat than retaining it. 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 >>
    Strickland, Tanner
    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 >>
    Drozic, Bennett
    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 >>
    England, Mike
    Backpacking Light MagazineBozeman, MTBeartooth Mountain Press, 2005 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 >>
    England, Mike
    Asolo—Lebanon, NHTasman XCR - $135www.asolo-usa.com603-448-8827 Read more >>
    Edwards, Becky
    Alpine Climbing: Techniques to Take You Higher picks up where many other climbing instruction books culminate. 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 >>
    Deibert, Mark
    Thanks in part to the recent extreme sport craze, whitewater kayaking has evolved dramatically in the last ten years. What was once a relatively unknown sport now ranks high on the list of the most popular adventure activities. Read more >>
    Maffly, Brian
    Ultimate, the field sport played with a flying disc, was born of 1960s college-campus counterculture. It has since matured into a highly competitive sport where nice guys almost never win anymore. But you can see the game played at its spiritual roots in mixed-gender events like Bozofest. Read more >>
    Stifler, John
    Note: this article was published in the summer of 2005; much of the information may be outdated. Read more >>
  • Winter 2004-05

    Ault, Megan
    Walk through the halls of Longfellow Elementary School and you enter a world where art and the outdoors intersect. Four walls throughout the school are testimony to the overall art theme that Longfellow has adopted: A Sense of Place. Read more >>
    Pilney, Kathleen
    Wild Animus is a novel that takes place in Alaska’s wildlands. Read more >>
    Kelley, Shannon
    It happens all the time in this great valley we live in. Read more >>
    Orem, Tina
    Finding the North PoleFrederick A. Cook, Robert E. Peary, Edited by Charles MorrisGuilford, ConnecticutLyons Press, 2003448 pages Read more >>
    Orem, Tina
    Between a Rock and a Hard PlaceAron RalstonNew York, New YorkAtria Books, 2004 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 >>
    Kayser, Mitch
    Stretch Gore-Tex XCR Deluxe Wading Jacket - $250www.cabelas.com1.800.237.4444 Read more >>
    Kayser, Mitch
    Aether 75 Backpack - $240www.ospreypacks.com970.564.5900 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 >>
  • Summer 2004

    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 >>
    Kayser, Mitch
    The long days of summer are here for us to enjoy... but what to do? Well, load up the car with your camping gear and get out there is what I say. Enjoy Montana for what it is, an outdoor person's paradise. Read more >>
    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 >>
  • Spring 2004

    Ault, Megan
    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 >>
    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 >>
    England, Mike
    April may indeed be the cruelest month, but this year it should also be one of the most fun. After a one-year hiatus, Montana’s most unofficial spring celebration—the Sweet Corn Festival—is officially back on. 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 >>
    Jenkins, Julie
    A result of a handful of Big Sky locals’ desire for a fun, family- and community-oriented winter event, the second annual Big Sky Winterfest is scheduled for March 20. Read more >>
  • Winter 2003-04

    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 >>
    Steinbrook, Krista
    It all comes down to flow and feel. “I’d think about riding and a movie would unfold in my mind’s eye… I’d watch a movie taking mental notes on the overall flow and feel of the film,” Erik Morrison told me when I interviewed him a month ago. Read more >>
    Outside Bozeman
    ENDURANCEShackleton's Incredible Voyage to the Antarcticby Alfred LansingNew York, NYCarroll & Graff/Avalon Books, 1999278 pages Read more >>
    Manning, Jim
    Montana—in a normal winter—is nothing if not cold. Snow drapes the mountains like a powdery blanket, the air is sharp and brittle, and even the stars huddle together for warmth. Just look at the Pleiades and you’ll see what I mean. Read more >>
    Thielman-Ibes, Kim
    Connoisseurs can take ski waxing to an elevated art form; here we’ll just cover the basics. Before you wax you have a few simple equipment choices: ski support or vice, waxing iron, and lastly some scrapers and brushes. 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
    PUBLISHED FALL 2003; INFO MAY BE OUTDATED 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 >>
  • 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 >>
    Kelley, Shannon
    Can you say, "Viva Las Vegas?" You'd better start thinking about it, because that's the theme for this year's Pinhead Classic, where dozens of telemark "pinheads" head for Bridger Bowl dressed in wacky costumes to race each other on a specially designed course. 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 >>
    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 >>
    Fast, Annie
    After years of retail experience I’ve come to the conclusion that most consumers buy snow goggles based on one thing: their reflection in the mirror. Read more >>
  • Summer 2002

    Missouri River, floating in MT, Outside Bozeman,
    England, Mike
    Floating the Missouri Headwaters. 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 >>
    Sanford, Ashley
    Summer is here, and that means the hardy trail runners of Bozeman will be out in full force. For those who aren’t ready to attempt the following big runs, hook up with the Big Sky Wind Drinkers every Wednesday night from the middle of May through October for weekly fun runs. 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 >>
    Mistretta, Jeremy
    The seasons have changed. The death of winter has brought flourished life to the mountains, canyons, and valleys. Alpine moisture has changed from a solid to a liquid form. Sporting enthusiasts have also changed their form, from snow sliders, to river riders. Read more >>
  • Winter 2001-02

    Bridger Bowl, Gallatin Historical Museum
    Regnerus, Megan
    Bozeman's original extreme skiers. Read more >>
    Mistretta, Jeremy
    On September 15th, 2001, the Willson Auditorium in Bozeman was packed with skiing fanatics. Read more >>
    Carpenter, Brad
    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 >>
    Manning, Jim
    Whether you prowl the winter landscape in snowshoes, skis, or your favorite pack boots, look skyward whenever your adventures keep you outside at nightfall. You’ll find a fellow sportsman in the heavens in the glittering figure of the constellation Orion, the hunter. Read more >>
  • Summer 2001

    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 >>
    Orms, R. Kent
    Ok, you’ve made the big investment and bought a boat. Then you had to buy paddles, maybe a sprayskirt or a frame, then a helmet and a PFD. Your wallet’s thin enough to shave with, but you still need outerwear. Something durable and comfortable, something inexpensive but bomber. Read more >>
    England, Mike
    When it comes to backpacking and camping gear, two basic categories exist: the essentials, such as pack, tent, sleeping bag, stove, etc.; and the comfort & convenience items like pillow, headlamp, water purifier. Read more >>
    England, Mike
    We all know people who are stubbornly spartan in the woods, deriding high-end internal frame packs with their flashy colors and space-age construction. But the majority of us are Epicureans at heart, gladly sacrificing looks for comfort and performance. Read more >>
    Torms, Arken
    Remember the good old days, when a pair of boots lasted longer than you really wanted them to, when Mom said "I don't care if you've been wearing them since creation, they're still perfectly good boots!" And they were. 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
    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 >>
    Altermatt, Joy
    I am not a fly fisherman. Lacking a true affinity for political correctness, I am not a fly fisherwoman either. But I do like to fly-fish. It is therapy and yet it is madness, like an addiction. Read more >>
    Orms, R. Kent
    Easing over a small roof, I mantle up onto an ice cream sandwich-sized ledge, some 300 feet above the Gallatin River. It's our fourth pitch, and I stand quickly, hips tight to the rock, and grasp for a small egg-sized pebble protruding from the rotten cliff face. Read more >>
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