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Friday, October 16, 2015 - 10:58am David Tucker

Jumbo Wild review.

Every fall, about a dozen filmmakers and production companies send screeners our way, hoping we'll use what influence we have to convince locals to cough up anywhere from five to 20 dollars to see the latest and greatest in winter-sports porn. The installments from said production companies are relatively formulaic—big terrain, big tricks, big deal. And while we find ourselves glued to our screens, declaring to ourselves that "this is going to be the year" – and then a few hours later, for seemingly no reason at all, browsing Salomon's new freeride line – the films have no lasting impression. They are entertainment, which is what they should be.

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Thursday, October 8, 2015 - 9:12am Jessica Tuttle

Joining the local running community.

When you move to a state as big and as vast as Montana from the small and cozy state of Vermont, things are going to feel a bit overwhelming. The gigantic sky above your head for one thing, not to mention roads that stretch out forever and wild animals on the trail that could potentially eat you for lunch. I know just about every nook and cranny of Vermont, and to not know these mountain ranges and all the land that lies in between them was intimidating. To know so few people was also intimidating. This past summer, however, a year after arriving, I reached a turning point. Some of this had to do with the passing of time, but a huge portion of it had to do with running, and the people that make up the Bozeman running community.

Bozeman Running, Trail Running Bozeman

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Monday, September 28, 2015 - 12:52pm Kate Emmerich

An anniversary weekend in Paradise Valley.

For the 11th Anniversary, “steel” is the intended gift for one’s beloved. Aside from cookware and yard tools, the only thing I could think of was a train. So, for our 11th wedding anniversary, I set out to secure a family weekend experience involving a train. Four weeks, several emails, and one secret later, we found ourselves at the Centennial Inn, a few miles outside of Livingston, and only a 30-minute drive from our home in Bozeman.

Centennial Inn, Livingston, Yellowstone River

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Tuesday, September 22, 2015 - 12:56pm Adam Ersland

The evolution of a competitive family.

On September 6, I ran. Well, actually, we ran. Along with two of my younger brothers and my sister, I ran in The Rut at Big Sky. My sister and I ran the 11k, while my two brothers tackled the 50k. As I reflect on the race and the sense of accomplishment we all felt, I realize that my family has changed over the years. We've gone from very competitive to something far different, far better. First, some background.

 The Rut Big Sky. Montana
When Lone Peak is along the route, finishing is reward enough.

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Sunday, September 13, 2015 - 12:42pm David Tucker

Tips and reminders for the season.

by Marna Daley

With general rifle season approaching, the U.S. Forest Service hopes you have a good hunt and offers some tips and reminders in order to protect your natural resources and make your visit more enjoyable.

Pick Up a Motor Vehicle Use Map
Motorized Vehicle Use Maps (MVUMs) outline designated road and trail systems and are free at any of the Custer-Gallatin Forest ranger district offices or online at or Remember: if there is no numbered route marker, the road or trail is closed. In addition, there are a few roads and trail closures that go into effect during the spring and fall seasons, so check the MVUM or call your local ranger district office before heading out.

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Monday, August 31, 2015 - 1:14pm David Tucker

Stop blocking mountain-bike access.

For a while, I’ve resisted the urge to write about mountain-biking access, or the lack thereof as it were. I’ve been forced to grapple with two conflicting interests: my love for biking and my love for wild places. The former employee of the Sierra Club in me cautions that land is finite, and unspoiled land rapidly disappearing. Therefore, everything should be done to manage land under the strictest designations possible: Wilderness. But the mountain biker in me looks around at the way Wilderness is currently managed and shakes his head, asking the simple question, “Why aren’t mountain bikers allowed in? And why are more and more trails being closed, even outside of Wilderness?”

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Monday, August 17, 2015 - 4:14pm Payson Partridge

A climbing film filled with emotion.

“Meru is the culmination of all I’ve done; and all I’ve wanted to do is this peak, and this climb.” –Conrad Anker

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Monday, August 10, 2015 - 3:28pm Johnny Certo

Story Under the Stars is back.

The plane bore down on Cary Grant as the sound of whirling propellers filled the air. It got closer and louder, but at the last second, Grant dodged the diving crop-duster as it flew past. I turned around, half-expecting to see its rudder disappearing into the night sky. I saw trees and stars, but no plane. I refocused my attention to the screen and the first outdoor movie I'd ever attended, Hitchcock's classic thriller, North by Northwest.

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Friday, July 31, 2015 - 1:17pm David Tucker

Simplifying fly-fishing gear.

At O/B, we never shy away from decrying the overly outfitted fly fisherman. That's not to say that gear isn't important, and that you don't need a lot of it to trick a fish into taking a bite. But do you really need all of it, especially when you're starting out? The answer is simple: no. There are a few things you can't live without, however, and we're here to ID what those things are.

Fly Fishing Yellowstone, Redington Fly fishing

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Wednesday, July 22, 2015 - 3:54pm Christine Halle...

A Montana love story.

I met Montana on my bike.

In late June, my Minnesota legs and lungs took me on a whirlwind four-day courtship with 186 miles of southwest Montana's roads. It took mere hours to recognize this was a love story in the making.


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