Southwest Montana's Outdoor Journal
Issue #7 | July 6, 2009

Summer Time!   (Giddyup.)

Hello Outside Bozeman reader!

What's this? Two newsletters in one year?

No, evil corporate bosses haven’t chained us to our desks; we still lead vigorous second lives playing in the mountains. But we’ve recruited a clutch of new minions, er, interns, with the skillz (adding the "z" makes us sound all hip and gives them greater job satisfaction) to make this newsletter happen. Gotta love free labor.

It seemed a common complaint around town: spring (which, in Montana, is often indistinguishable from winter) was lasting forever. But with multi-day rainstorms abating, trails drying up, and the high country abloom with wildflowers, it can no longer be denied – summer has finally arrived! And Outside Bozeman magazine is filled with yummy editorial treats for us grown-up kids to drool over.   

It’s time to rally. There's summer aplenty for all of Bozeman's diverse outdoor souls. Hike, climb, kayak, bike, BBQ, toss the disc, run with the dog, fish and float in a tube or boat. Did that list get you excited? Us too. So go for it, get after it, grease your mug with a grin... and giddyup!

Summer Issue on the Shelves
The snow's melting off the mountains, rivers ripen with slowing runoff... and Outside Bozeman leads the righteous though the wilderness. This issue offers you training tips, community profiles, details on area activities, “I did it so you don’t have to” mishap stories, and beautiful photos from our amazing surroundings. Grab a copy at your favorite coffee shop or outdoor store or make things easy on yourself and buy a subscription! They're just $15/year and will guarantee a copy in your hands early in the season. As always, the Magazine page of our website has articles in text-only form.

Photo Contest Results
The results are in! Choosing the winners of the second annual Outside Bozeman Photo Contest sure wasn’t easy, given the 200-some entrants and over 2,000 photos. With amateur and pro categories in wildlife, landscape, lifestyle, and action, there are plenty of awesome photos to enjoy. Selected winning shots are featured in the Summer 2009 issue and on our Facebook page. The awards ceremony (read: party) will be at the Gallatin County Fairgrounds on August 27, with beer from Madison River Brewing and dinner provided by Elle’s Belles Bakery. Mark your calendars now.

Summer Contests
Never before has O/B given you so many ways to win gear, swag, and other cool prizes. Get down and dirty in the woods and send us your best Mud-Covered Car shot. Or pose your pooch for our Best Dog Photo contest. Sun-lovers can document their best Farmer Tan (Teva tans and other unconventional lines apply). And get ready to cache in and cash out in our upcoming Geocaching Contest. That's four contests in one issue do we rock or what? Visit or our Facebook page for more info, and send all photos to [email protected].

How Far Will You Go?
Leave all your worries at home when you travel, but take the best Bozeman has to offer a copy of Outside Bozeman! And, while you're at it, take a photo of your adventures with your copy in-hand. Best image each season wins a trip to Chico Hot Springs in Paradise Valley. But be creative as you can see by Jason and Steffany Kay's winning photo, we prefer originality. (Who doesn't love sacrificial skeletons from ancient Mayan caves?) Thanks to all those who've already sent in shots from around the world, and keep packing O/B along!

We are constantly striving to make Outside Bozeman both our print issue and the website even better. We welcome suggestions for improvement, though we reserve the right to ignore them completely. If you have feedback or ideas, send them to [email protected].

And as always... see you outside!
Summer Feature
Old-Fashioned First Descent
With the wilderness getting more and more traffic, hype-
less first descents are rare. Humble shredder Patrick Rodgers shares both his adventurous epic and quiet awe of Montana in Hellroaring and High Water.
Ever wonder what a mountain lion thinks while looking at you
and your dog hiking down the trail? Learn how to keep yourself from becoming the main course in Five Creatures that Will Kill You.

It may sound romantic, but camping's not for sissies or
the ill-prepared. Jeff Wozer gives eight reasons to check your Amorous Expectations at the trailhead.

"I ate all my space Food Sticks, and where's my mom?" cries
Phil Knight in a humorous essay about his first backpacking trip. We've all had similar experiences; Knight explores why we're so inexplicably prone to Suffering for Fun.

Join us this summer for a host of fun events. The Bohart Bash mountain-bike race,on July 11th, welcomes all levels and raises funds for the GAS cycling team. On July 18th, head to the Emerson to support IMBA and watch some big-screen mountain-bike action in the premiere of Freedom Riders. Take a jog through downtown Bozeman on August 8th for the Bozeman Classic 5k and 10k. And prove your push-up prowess at the popular Drop & Trot race on September 26.

Remember, Outside Bozeman helps support these and other community events, so come on out and take part. It's wasted advertising space otherwise, which we could have traded for whiskey or a #2 Camelot.