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Friday, July 8, 2016 - 3:59pm Anonymous

An unorthodox excursion at Ousel.

On Friday night, I sat at a friend's house sipping drinks when a longtime buddy walked in. I hadn’t seen Dylan since winter, and even then it was only for a day. After a few beers and a night’s worth of bullshitting, he outlined a plan to hit Lower Ousel Falls the next morning. My only commitment fell in the afternoon—he needn’t say more. At 8am the following day, we were joined by friends Ethan, Austin, and Izaak and headed down the canyon.

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Tuesday, June 16, 2015 - 3:46pm Kevin Kennedy

2015's Gallatin Whitewater Festival.

If I’ve learned anything about river festivals, it's never to miss one. Our Gallatin Whitewater Festival is no exception. Since 1978, the north-flowing Gallatin has inspired celebrations by river enthusiasts and whitewater lovers. Although the Gallatin Valley recently went several years without a festival, Dave Zinn of the Wave Train Kayak Team partnered with the Gallatin National Forest to bring the festival back in 2013.

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Wednesday, February 6, 2013 - 3:21pm Ryan Jordan

All about packrafting, the next big thing in wilderness travel.

Standing on a 12,058-foot peak in the heart of continental America’s remotest spot with kayak paddle blades sticking out of the top of my pack left even me a bit confused. But one half of that paddle came in handy for controlling my glissade down the NW face of Thorofare Mountain in the Teton Wilderness a decade ago. 

Ryan on the banks of the Thorofare River in the Teton Wilderness in 2008

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Thursday, July 22, 2010 - 12:00am Mike England

The O/B crew spends a workday on the water.

There are many ways to get rich in this fine capitalist country of ours: investment banking, designing software, practicing law, repairing hail damage. Alas, working for an outdoor magazine does not make the list. As Outside Bozeman’s illustrious senior editor, Dave Reuss, recently explained, “Journalism is a road rife with poverty, and I’m okay with that.”

The rest of the O/B crew seems okay with it too, as we all continue to work for wages that qualify us for high-school gymnasium seating at Christmas dinner. We’re not complaining, mind you; just pointing out a fact that becomes relevant when people ask us, incredulous and almost accusingly, “You went rafting today?”

Yep, it’s a bright Tuesday morning in late June, and instead of sitting down in front of our mind-numbing computer screens, we’re piling into cars and heading to the river. Eat your hearts out, people with disposable incomes.

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