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Friday, June 10, 2016 - 12:21pm David Tucker

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.

Sypes Canyon, GVLT Trails Challenge, Bozeman Trails
Bike ride up Sypes: that's six more miles.

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Thursday, June 9, 2016 - 3:03pm Ashley Cosgriff

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.

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Tuesday, June 7, 2016 - 11:13am Kayje Booker

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.

Hyalite Canyon, Montana Public Land Transfer
Let's keep this land our land.

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Thursday, June 2, 2016 - 1:17pm David Tucker

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.

Butte Mountain Biking, Montana Bikepacking, Advocate Cycles
Well, here goes nothing...

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Thursday, May 19, 2016 - 11:17am Chris McCarthy

Ridge-Run training the third time around. 

“This is not what I envisioned,”  I thought, lying on my back with both legs cramped, unable to move. It was near the end of my second Bridger Ridge Run in as many years, and after tripping over a mouse-sized rock descending from Baldy, I was doing my best impression of a turtle on its back.

The year before, I’d learned a lot and finished in a time that I was proud of. This go around, I figured experience and some training tweaks would put me well on my way to a better time. But things don't always work out as planned.

Bridger Ridge Run, Bozeman, Montana
With terrain like this, you need a plan.

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Tuesday, May 17, 2016 - 10:28am Debbie Drews

Tips for getting started.

It’s time to shed that winter gear and get outside. But, before you get the car loaded, take three steps and head into your own back yard to firm up those muscles and kickstart a healthy eating habit. What can be better than feasting on your own homegrown veggies? It’s easy to get started, and there are tons of nutritional benefits for you and yours.

Bozeman Gardening
Garden-grown: nutritious & delicious.

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Tuesday, May 17, 2016 - 10:11am Kassia Randzio

MWA reveals new online trail guide.

Looking to hit the trail? Look no further than hikewildmontana.org, the Montana Wilderness Association’s new online trail guide. Built by more than 70 volunteers, the site includes descriptions, photos, and maps for 225 trails throughout Montana. Plus, it includes recommendations to satisfy your trail cravings: burgers, milkshakes, pie, and more. Whether you’re in the mood for spring wildflowers, ancient cedar forests, glassy lakes, or mountaintop vistas, you’ll find what you’re looking for. Here are a few suggestions to get started.

Teepee Creek Trail #39
Location: Gallatin Range, Custer-Gallatin National Forest
Roundtrip Distance: 6 mi.
Total Elevation Gain: 925 ft.
Details here.

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Wednesday, May 11, 2016 - 12:56pm David Tucker

Blessed by the snow gods.

Last Sunday, I finally packed up my ski gear for the season. While there was plenty of snow left in the high country, I'd begun having dreams of tree-lined singletrack and the blue-green mountain lakes of summer, and I figured I should heed my nightly premonitions. But Mother Nature decided to have a joke at my expense, and dump over a foot of snow on Bozeman in a two-day, early-May storm. The skis came back out and went straight on top of the car.

Bridger Bowl Backcountry
With over a foot in the mountains, Bozeman skiers get the last laugh.

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Wednesday, April 20, 2016 - 12:33pm The Editors

Where to BBQ this spring.

Typcially, we think of summer as the season of cooking outdoors. But with the valley mostly dry and temps rising every day, why wait? There are plenty of opportunities to get out and grill before day-use sites are overrun and dry weather increases the fire danger. Here are a few to consider.

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Wednesday, April 20, 2016 - 11:24am David Cronenwett

The season of the American robin.

Despite the predictably-unpredictable weather this time of year, spring is in fact, upon us. For me, one of the simple joys of the season is during early morning, when robin song often sifts in to my dreams. It is a lovely and humane means of greeting the day. Throughout their range, robins are frequently the first to begin singing before dawn and the last to stop in evening’s twilight. The American robin (Turdus migratorious) could be the most well-known and regularly observed native bird in the country. Robins were named early on by North American colonists who saw a resemblance to the European robin. However, the two birds are not closely related; ours are members of the thrush family and the European version is classed with the Old World chats and flycatchers. Both species do sport a rusty breast though, which accounts for the misplaced association long ago.

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