all, August 2016

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Tuesday, August 23, 2016 - 11:30am Paul Sveum

The yin and yang of fly fishing.

A few months ago, I posted a grip-and-grin selfie with a spunky little rainbow I caught near Livingston. It was the last day of a 14-day trip, an excursion that forced me to ask myself if I really enjoy fly fishing. Or has it become a life-consuming obsession filled with hours of confidence-crushing refusals, mercifully pocked with occasional bouts of elation? While that mental road is one we all must go down once in a while, my frequent paying of that toll left my spiritual tank riding near “E”, and the thought of donning waders for another cold, windy, and underwhelming day of nymphing didn't exactly have me firing out of bed in the morning.

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Thursday, August 18, 2016 - 10:24am Barbara Lee

Building a DIY cook stove.

An ingenious little camp stove that doesn’t cost a dime? Sign me up. Using a few simple materials, you can build a fuel-efficient “rocket stove” — an updated version of the tin can “hobo stove” used by generations of wanderers, survivalists, and backwoods campers.

Hobo Stove, DIY Camping, Montana
Note the L-shaped design, which makes this a "rocket"

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Thursday, August 11, 2016 - 12:23pm Janice Cessna

Backpacking the Beartooth's Beaten Path.

Think a beaten path is for newbies and the unimaginative? Think again and meet the Beaten Path of Yellowstone country. “It’s a popular trail because it’s a beautiful trail,” says the USFS officer during a pre-hike visit to the Beartooth Ranger District in Red Lodge. Although, he quickly reminds me, “popular” in a southwest Montana Wilderness Area is a far cry from the intense crowds visiting the region’s national parks.

Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness Area, Montana
One of many alpine lakes along the way

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Thursday, August 11, 2016 - 12:18pm Chris McCarthy

Q&A with Will Caton, owner of Swiss Fit Montana.

I’ll be the first to admit, when I talk with people about the workouts I’ve doing at Swiss Fit Montana, I struggle to explain the exercises, and, more importantly, how they tie in to training for the Ridge Run. So I asked Will Caton, the owner of Swiss Fit, to explain why he has me doing certain exercises. 

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Monday, August 1, 2016 - 12:16pm Anonymous

River brews for the dog days. 

When floating the river in Montana, you need two things: watercraft and beer. (On occasion, a bathing suit as well.) Once you know where you’re going and how you’ll get there, shift your focus to beverages. Here are some tips to think about the next time you find yourself scratching your head in the booze aisle.

Floating, River, Beer, Summer, Outside Bozeman, Multisport
"Come on in – the water's fine."

First, think of your company. Who will be joining on this water excursion? If you’re hitting the water with a convoy of college crusaders, PBR (Pabst Blue Ribbon) is hard to beat. It’s a staple river beer, and for good reason – the Milwaukee classic comes in 24-packs at a cheap price and is only 144 calories with a low 4.74% ABV. If you need numbers, look no further. 

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