Beginner's Guide

You gotta start somewhere, right? To expedite your progress and move closer to Bozeman's notoriously high standards of recreational competence, get some help from those in the know.

Beginner's Guide, Montana Whitewater
Pogge, Drew
Fun before mastery. Read more >>
fly fishing gear, fly fishing essentials, fishing in Montana, fishing ideas
the editors
What to take for your day on the water Read more >>
the Editors
By most accounts, hitchhiking has devolved from a commonplace it's-all-good-bro kind of '60s sci-fi adventure to a life-threatening how-badly-do-I-need-to-get-to-Spokane art form. Like most dangerous pursuits, though, it's the stuff epic stories are made of. Read more >>
Nordic Skiing, Cross-country Skiing
the editors
A guide to XC skiing. Read more >>
DIY European Mounts, Bozeman Taxidermy
Dehmer, Kurt
DIY European mounts. Read more >>
J Stroke Diagram, canoe
Drews, Debbie
Canoe-paddling basics. Read more >>
Backcountry skiing, earn your turns, Bozeman skiing
Krueger, Ryan
What to know if you wanna go Read more >>
Hyalite creek, fishing around Bozeman, Bozeman fishing, fly fishing
Sawyer, Kit
Intro to fishing in the BozoneIf you’re new to the sport of fly fishing, now is a great time to get out and wet a line in the fabled waters of southwest Montana. Here are a few places to go broaden your riparian education. Read more >>
fishing reels, fishing gear, fly fishing, fishing essentials
Tompkins, Josh
What you need to fish Montana Read more >>
bait fishing, fishing bait, fishing in Montana, old-fashioned fishing
England, Mike
Bait fishing basics Read more >>
Kayaking
Ransom, Katie
Kayaking destinations for beginners Read more >>
Chubby Chernobyl, fly-fishing in Montana, dry fly
Way, John
Top ten fly patterns Read more >>
Tapley, Peter
Once the domain of hardened alpinists, ice climbing has come a long way in its evolution and now anyone (thanks largely to modern equipment and Gallatin County snowplows) can enjoy a sense of adventure, complete with warming afternoon sun and hot cocoa between rounds on the vertical. Read more >>
Reuss, Dave
Over the last two years, I’ve racked up around 600 miles on the trails, hundreds of dollars in debt, and bruises on every part of my body trying to become a competent mountain biker. I’m still not there, but these are all things I wish someone would’ve told me on day one. Read more >>
Dehmer, Kurt
Eastern Montana has long been famous for its abundance of paleontological discoveries; numerous whole skeletons from various species of dinosaurs have been found in the bluffs and badlands along the Missouri River. Read more >>
Bozeman, Johnny
Need to know the deal on gear, trends, and outdoor issues? You've come to the right place. Gear guru Johnny Bozeman's got the answers you need.  Read more >>
Stagg, Elissa
With gear-bedecked fishermen floating and wading our rivers all summer long, it’s clear that fly fishing has become one of the most popular activities in southwest Montana. And for good reason: it’s exciting, rewarding, and relaxing, and it allows you to spend quality time outdoors. 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 >>
Zolynksi, Hallie
Imagine being whisked down your favorite trail by your faithful companion, exploring new terrain in the backcountry, and getting exercise all at once. Read more >>
Kira Stoops
They're handy for breaking into a new sport, even handier for learning more about the ones you love, and southwestern Montucky is crawling with them. They're guides, and they're ready to fix you up with the gear and know-how to try something new somewhere new. Read more >>
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