Lingo & Etiquette

How to talk and act like you're a local. 

Montana Wackos, Bozeman Characters
the editors
A field guide.
outdoor etiquette, Bozeman, Montana
Wozer, Jeff
O/B’s answer to outdoor offenders.
Bozeman douche bags, Outside Bozeman, humor
the editors
Are you a Bozeman d-bag?
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
Skiing Lingo, Bozeman Lingo
Drew Pogge
A guide to skiing lingo.
hiking etiquette, outdoor rules, outside bozeman
Carbery, Deborah
A plea for outdoor etiquette. 
slang, Bozeman vernacular, Bozeman idioms, lingo
Pogge, Drew
A guide to local lingo
Coil, Mike
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 >>
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 >>
Jennings, Matt
Bike commuting in winter definitely takes commitment. Sure, spring, summer, and fall can all have their wet and cold days, but most of the time it's dry, the days are longer, and the temperature is above freezing (usually). Read more >>
Pogge, Drew
“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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
How to calculate your asshole footprint.
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 >>
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