Hiking with the Montana Wilderness Association.
all, June 2016
The hype behind climbing lingo.
Like all outdoor sports, climbing has its own jargon, and the terminology can be overwhelming. If you’ve ever been around a climber or hung out at Spire, you know what I’m talking about. In a given exchange, enough superfluous vocabulary is thrown around that a non-climber might comprehend half, at most. If you’re new to the scene, good luck keeping up. But fear not—the loudmouth spouting every piece of slang in his lexicon was at one time just as confused as you, and just because he can talk the talk, doesn't mean he can send the rock.
Ridge Run training with Swiss Fit Montana.
This year, I wanted to incorporate some new training strategies to meet my goals of improving my time and getting stronger, so as not to break down physically after my third consecutive Ridge Run. To achieve these goals, I started working out with Will Caton at Swiss Fit Montana.
During my first session, I was introduced to the exercises I’d be using. But this wasn’t a polite introduction—it was a full-on workout. Will took note of key areas to target in future workouts, such as my slouch, as it takes more energy to run when you’re constantly lifting your body up and down. I also needed to work on the oft-discussed core, and my glutes, a muscle group that according to Will, I'd need to build for endurance, climbing, and descending.
Tracking our miles for area trails.
When I first heard about the Gallatin Valley Land Trust's Trail Challenge, I thought it'd be just that—a challenge. Twenty-thousand miles sounded like a whole lot, and I wasn't sure the people of Bozeman had it in them. But after the first ten days, it looks like we're getting after it at a pretty solid pace. Now that we're moving into the home stretch—the challenge ends on the summer solstice—it's time to double-down on tracking our miles. Here are a few ways to ramp up participation.
Bike ride up Sypes: that's six more miles.
How to avoid an attack while on the trail.
When enjoying a sunset hike on one of the many trails around Bozeman, we generally don't worry too much about being accosted by predators with bad intentions. Besides, we all know how to avoid most wildlife attacks. It's possible, however, for a human predator to be lurking around the corner. On the rare occasion that one is, it's best to be prepared.
Six reasons not to transfer our public lands.
As privately-funded think tanks and radical politicians promote the idea of transferring ownership and management of public lands to individual states, it’s important to fully consider the significant consequences that might have on Montana's economy and our outdoor way of life. Here’s a closer look at six major changes that Montana residents could expect if the 27 million acres of public lands in Big Sky Country were transferred to state ownership.
Let's keep this land our land.
A first-timer's guide to bikepacking.
Why would you listen to a newbie when it comes to bikepacking advice? That's a valid question, but odds are, if you're seeking said advice, or are at least interested in the activity, you need whatever info you can get. You're probably about to make all the same mistakes I did — so if you want to have a slightly better experience, take it from someone who just fouled up big time. These are lessons learned from a Memorial Day Weekend epic that covered 90 miles in three days, required no less than five hours of thigh-deep postholing, and included a camp arrival no earlier than 1am. Here goes.
Well, here goes nothing...
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