Lingo & Etiquette

Spring Mountain Biking Etiquette, Mud Season, Bozeman, Trails
the editors
Calling out impatient pedalers. 
Skiing Lingo, Bozeman Lingo
Drew Pogge
A guide to skiing lingo.
outdoor etiquette, Bozeman, Montana
Jeff Wozer
O/B’s answer to outdoor offenders.
Bozeman douche bags, Outside Bozeman, humor
the editors
Are you a Bozeman d-bag?
hiking etiquette, outdoor rules, outside bozeman
Deborah Carbery
A plea for outdoor etiquette. 
slang, Bozeman vernacular, Bozeman idioms, lingo
Pogge, Drew
A guide to local lingo
snow, winter
Mike Coil
A while ago, I spotted an article in Outside which discussed the numerous words in the Inuit language for “snow.” The editors of the magazine were impressed that the members of the far northern tribes would have so many descriptive names for frozen water, which as I recall was around 40. Read more >>
the editors
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 >>
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 >>
Pogge, Drew
Do you like to sweat in cold weather? Do you like to wear tight clothing? Do you like to ski with great difficulty up hills before flailing down on flimsy gear? Do you know what lutefisk is, and how it’s made—and still eat it? Read more >>
Drew Pogge
“Dude, I had brutal chainsuck on that compound disappearing hill and had to dab twice. Then I did a little crotch testing over the stump—wang chung in a big way. Did you pass that brand whore roadie on the tar?” Read more >>
Villasenor-Allen, Estela
It’s a bluebird summer afternoon, hot and dry. As you jog down the dirt road to Beartrap Canyon, every passing car slows to a crawl and gives you the standard Montana wave—and all remains right with the world. But then you hear it: around a bend, the roaring crunch of gravel. Read more >>
Pogge, Drew
You can tell a lot about people by the blades they choose to carry. It’s kind of like a personality indicator, or even a mood ring—that also doubles as a lethal weapon. Here’s a primer on blade psychology. 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 >>
Pogge, Drew
You might be a Bozemanite if…... your garage is for outdoor gear, not cars.... you associate the scent of gun powder with food. ... you wear Carhartts to weddings.... you've waxed your skis in July.… you’ve skied, floated, and biked on the same day. Read more >>
Pogge, Drew
Ask someone to borrow a knife these days and nine times out of ten they won’t be packing. It’s damn near impossible to find a blade in public, even here in Montana, where there’s all kinds of stuff that needs cuttin’. Read more >>
the Editors
As the temperatures cool down, the age-old rivalry heats back up: skiers versus snowboarders. Both have an unjustified sense of superiority over the other, and jokes abound about each type. Read more >>
the editors
It’s hard to admit, but we’ve all committed them—outdoor sins. You’ve discovered a muddy trail and biked it anyway, borrowed your buddy’s gear and neglected to own up to the subsequent thrashing, stepped on the rope wearing crampons… the list goes on. Read more >>
Pogge, Drew
With the advent of online sex solicitation—err, dating—the days of printed personal ads are numbered. Here are a few choice selections gleaned from the good people of Gallatin Valley.No Worries Read more >>
Pape, Jay
May 21 is Bike to Work day in the United States, but for more and more Americans, a two-wheeled commute is a year-round proposition. According to the League of American Bicyclists and the U.S. Census Bureau, the number of people who bike to work rose 43% between 2000 and 2008. Read more >>
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