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Wednesday, April 6, 2016 - 12:54pm Lilly Brogger

And fearing change.

Five generations is a long time for one family to be in one place—growing up, I had to be careful to not date my cousin. My mom’s family homesteaded in the late 1800s in a one-room log cabin at the north end of what would become Gallatin County. It was a rough but breathtaking spot. Thirteen children were born in that cabin, one of which was my great-grandmother, Evaline. She married Oscar Callantine and they had my grandmother. My mom was raised in the same area up what we call Pass Creek.

Gallatin County
Same view as it ever was.

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Monday, March 21, 2016 - 4:37pm GNFAC

Potential hazards of late-season skiing and riding.

Spring skiing and riding can be some of the best of the season. Good snow coverage, warmer weather and more predictable snow stability (at times) can lead to unmatched  conditions. One's ability also improves after a full season which allows skiers and riders to push the envelope in avalanche terrain. While spring conditions can be the best, it can also hold avalanche hazards not encountered during the colder parts of winter.

As snowpack and weather transition into a warmer and wetter spring pattern, there are a number of avalanche variables to pay attention to.

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Tuesday, March 15, 2016 - 2:34pm Stephanie Lynn

Post-spill data collection.

Last Thursday, the Gallatin River Task Force joined a team led by Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks (FWP) to survey fish population on the South Fork of the West Fork (South Fork). We sampled directly above the confluence with Second Yellow Mule Creek (the drainage affected by the spill) and at three locations below the confluence. These sampling locations were chosen to provide context for the area in the absence of substantive historical data.

Gallatin River Task Force, Yellowstone Club Spill
Cutthroat checkup on the South Fork.

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Wednesday, March 9, 2016 - 2:11pm David Tucker

Making the most of mush.

Have you ever shown up to a party that feels "too cool" for you? The music is wordless but has a good beat, yet no one is dancing. And everyone is silent. And instead of beer, people are drinking cocktails. Just thinking about it makes me feel uncomfortable. And that's kind of how I feel when it comes to fat-biking; I know the phenomenon is sweeping the outdoor-recreation world, but I'm not really sure if I get it, or if I fit in, or why people are doing it. I guess I'd better chug two PBRs and introduce myself. Afterall, there's no powder to ski—might as well make the most of the mush.

Fat-biking Montana
Enjoying the Bridgers on two wheels, not two planks. 

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Friday, March 4, 2016 - 9:31am Sylvia Fallon

It's not time to delist grizzlies.

The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service is declaring that the Yellowstone population of grizzly bears is recovered and no longer needs the protections of the Endangered Species Act. Certainly we can all agree that the recovery of grizzly bears in the Yellowstone region has been a tremendous success and has prevented this population from going extinct. But have they recovered enough to no longer need federal protections?

 Endangered Grizzlies, Yellowstone Park

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Tuesday, March 1, 2016 - 3:09pm Sonny Mazzullo

Stewarding the CDT in Montana.

The Montana Wilderness Association takes a community-driven approach to protecting and championing Montana’s public lands, outdoor way of life, and quiet beauty. That approach entails connecting communities to the wild places that make our state so special. Since 1962, MWA has achieved this through its Wilderness Walks program. A few years ago, MWA went a step further and took over CDT Montana, a volunteer trail stewardship program dedicated to maintaining and completing the Continental Divide National Scenic Trail.

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Tuesday, March 1, 2016 - 2:43pm David Tucker

Rolling with the weather you've got.

For two years in a row, we’ve been forced to write a blog about what to do in early March when it hasn’t snowed in a long time, and frankly, it pisses us off. March in Montana is winter, or at least it should be. We should be skiing powder—billows and billows of powder. But we’re not; instead we’re stuck reciting the now-familiar refrains of “Any day in the mountains is a good day” or “It’s only dust-on-crust but it’s skiing a lot deeper than that.” Lame. So what to do? Complaining doesn’t help, so we went biking.

 Lewis and Clark Caverns Biking
If the forecast says it's spring, must be time to ride.

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Saturday, February 20, 2016 - 2:06pm Ashley Cosgriff

An O/B newbie tries CrossFit.

CrossFit: the word alone makes me cringe. All I can do is think of reasons not to try it, especially on my first day of work. My muscles could seize up; I could collapse with fatigue. I might get publicly ridiculed – or worst of all, I'd throw up. But I overcame my fears and joined the rest of my new colleagues at CrossFit Belgrade for a workout I won't soon forget.

CrossFit is based on elements of all sports and physical activities, with "constantly varied functional movements performed at relatively high intensity," according to our coach, Terri Sipes. If you’ve never done it before, you can expect a variation of different stretches and exercises, usually done in three sections. Here's what we did:

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Thursday, February 18, 2016 - 2:31pm David Tucker

A mid-week getaway to old Montana.

Living in Bozeman, we’re spoiled by our proximity to world-class skiing. In 20 minutes, we can find ourselves at Bridger Bowl, pulling into C lot, steps from the Sunnyside chairlift. If we want to up the ante, it’s an hour down the canyon to Big Sky’s thousands of skiable acres.

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Thursday, February 11, 2016 - 11:44am Sally Cathey

A case for muted recreation in the Beaverhead-Deerlodge.

Spanning much of southwest Montana, from the West Big Hole to the Madison Range, the 3.3 million-acre Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest (BDNF) encompasses eight mountain ranges and contains some of Montana’s wildest and most rugged country. The towering mountains, vast backcountry, and broad valleys within the BDNF also provide some of the best wildlife habitat in the state.

 Beaverhead Deerlodge, Montana Wilderness Association
Beauty and silence: two dwindling natural resources.

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