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Orem, Tina
I think it’s fair to say that we’re all sick and tired of hearing about 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. Maybe we can drum up a little more interest in the finer things instead of worrying about how many “cyberfriends” everyone has.

Filled with personal narratives about adventure travel and cool expedition blogs, this website will get you revved up to get out there. They’re affiliated with National Geographic Adventure magazine, which is why we especially like the photography section of the site.

Setting aside the cheesy slogan (“Where Your Dreams Become Reality”), this is a no-frills portal for runners, especially competitive high school, college, and professional athletes. The site offers a message board, articles, and a focus on race results and training.

For a long time, we thought this site was for wusses, but we’re singing another tune. Travel Montana is a good “list” site; that is, it’s a great place to find lists of all the scenic drives in an area, for example, or a list of Montana’s ghost towns. A great jumping-off point for excursion-planning research.

This is the site for the Gallatin National Forest Avalanche Center. It provides updated avalanche advisories, weather conditions, daily podcasts, and lists of avalanche education courses. Everything you need to know about southwest Montana’s backcountry snow conditions.

For some of the best weather data on the web, check out the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration website. There are lots of great graphics, detailed hard data, and forecasts. Great for anyone heading into the backcountry any time of year.

Need to find a race to enter? is the place to go. With nationwide race and race registration information, is usually the first place we go to find out what’s coming up.

This is the website for the Bozeman Recreation and Parks Advisory Board. It’s shocking how much information about local leagues and community groups is there, as well as events scheduled for local parks and community centers.

This is the website for region three of the Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks. This is where to go to get hunting and fishing information and licenses (including online applications), understand what weapons-education requirements are out there, and stay on top of wildlife and land management issues.

This website is a great place for mountaineers to search for climbs/peaks. There are great photos of each destination. There’s also a discussion forum for planning trips and getting information from other climbers.

For all things indoors and local, this is the site to bookmark. Restaurant and movie listings, business directories, a local forum, and free classified ads keep you hip to what’s happening around town. Regular contests award prizes ranging from movie tickets to a free desktop computer.

For comprehensive coverage of southwest Montana’s entertainment, this site can’t be beat. The online version of Bozeman’s mainstay music guide, is the site to check out before deciding where to go for the evening.

What can we say? It's the best site out there! Check out article archives, contests, the map room, and the best outdoor-events calendar this side of the Missouri River.
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