Fall 2009

Features

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England, Mike
Fanning out across the field, a dog in front of each of us, we move slowly, deliberately, through the hayfield’s saffron stubble. It’s late morning in the lower Madison Valley; the sky is clear and bright, with a cool, persistent breeze. Perfect hunting weather. We angle into the wind, giving the... Details
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Cain, Dan
It all took place within seconds. Entering a bend in a fast chute of water, the current grabbed the canoe, slammed it into the bank, and started pulling us down. Water poured over the gunnels as the pressure held us tight to the bank. The nose of the canoe had jammed against a beaver lodge, wedging... Details
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Roots, Roger
No one seems to have ever tallied the deaths of mountaineers in Montana over the course of the state’s history. A safe bet, however, is that far fewer climbers have died on mountains in the Treasure State than on Mount Rainier, Mount Hood, pitches in Yosemite National Park, or the more popular... Details
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Pape, Jay
When gas prices shot through the roof, I challenged myself to explore trail rides that were accessible from my front door. There are two benefits to this strategy. The first is that I get to spend more time riding and less time driving. The second is that I live in the old Northeast neighborhood... Details

Departments

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Caplette, Jenna
Two of Bozeman photographer Daniel J. Cox's images have made the cover of National Geographic in the past eight years, a success most photographers can only dream of. The images in his 2005 National Geographic feature on owls were taken in the Bridger Mountains, just 20 miles from his office.Cox's... Details
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Editors
We knew it would happen. Put out a call for dog photos in this town, expect a cavalcade of images celebrating Bozeman’s most beloved beast. And that’s exactly what we got: dozens of photos and stories honoring those canine companions that share and enrich our outdoor-oriented lives. Here are a few... Details
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Reuss, Dave
Congrats, Bozeman parents, your kids are gonna be like you after all. Backpacker magazine just ranked Bozeman number 18 on its list of the best 25 towns in which to raise an outdoor kid. Can you blame them? We’ve got mountain trailheads just minutes from town, a short two-hour drive to affordable... Details
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Stoops, Kira
Purists call it disc golf. Folfers call disc golfers “Californians.” And disc golfers who overhear Frisbee golfers call it “folf” call them “posers.” Whatever it’s called, now players, purists, and posers alike can fling a Frisbee (er, disc?) at two spanking new courses: Bighorn Ridge in Big Sky... Details
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Reuss, Dave
For the last 14 years, the premiere climbing guidebook for Bozeman climbers has been Rock Climbing Montana—a compendium of 70 routes with topo maps that are roughly equivalent to "magic eye" pictures. But two shiny new guidebooks, Rock Climbs of Southwest Montana by Kyle Vassilopoulos and Bozeman... Details
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Wilson, Rose
Teenagers get a bad rap—double if they're teenage girls. Just ask around. Their music is bad. They thrive on gossip. They have no sense of the world outside of their iPods and Facebook profiles.But if that were really true, the Traveling School wouldn’t exist.Started in 2000, the Traveling School... Details
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Montague, Ada
This past summer, the Gallatin County Park Commission and the Gallatin County Planning Board completed the next step in the county’s comprehensive park and trail planning process. With the assistance of Chris Seifert from Montana PBS and a grant from Blueprint America, Gallatin County and Montana... Details
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Kris Kumlien
For the fisherman, fall is a transition from some of the best dry-fly fishing of the year to some of the best streamer fishing of the year. Typically we think of big, gaudy, nasty streamers for the fall, and make no mistake: I have those in my fly box. But there are those days when fish don’t want... Details
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Corinne Garcia
During hunting season in the backwoods of Montana, it’s not all that rare to run into a chick with a gun, or a bow for that matter. Plenty of female hunters stock the freezer, sometimes during years when their husbands come home empty-handed. But it’s less common to find a female hunter working in... Details
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Reuss, Dave
Fall is prime race season. Here are a few to put on the calendar.The Tour de Hyalite is a Bozeman-style biathlon including a 15-mile round-trip hike/run to the top of Hyalite Peak followed by top-roped climbing at Practice Rock. This year’s race is scheduled for September 19 in hopes of avoiding... Details
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Stoll, Kelly
Halloween is that wonderful day of the year when it's okay to dress up like a jackass and then bang on strangers' doors like cops on a meth bust. We like to do that on weekends over at the senior center, but because Halloween's on a Saturday this year, we may blow that off and go trick-or-treating... Details
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Brown, Doug
One of the great boondoggle opportunities from working in the outdoor industry is going to trade shows filled with shiny new toys and lots of free beer. This summer, some 18,000 people converged on the floor of Salt Lake City’s Salt Palace Convention Center for the Outdoor Retailer Summer Market —... Details
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Frost, Melissa
Barring judicial intervention, on September 15 the State of Montana is set to begin its first-ever hunt of gray wolves as a species in need of management, hunted in a fair-chase manner much like big-game species. Their presence today in the state is a long story for a species that was bounty hunted... Details
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Editors
Geocaching ContestStolen caches, bad coordinates, three-foot-deep snowdrifts… the2009 Outside Bozeman Geocaching Contest was definitely dealt its share of mishaps. Nevertheless, dozens of intrepid navigators scoured southwest Montana for 17 well-concealed caches throughout the month of October.... Details
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Herzog, Tim
Martial arts training develops key areas of athletic fitness: strength, speed, agility, flexibility, and stamina. This is especially true of modern Taekwondo, with its noted emphasis on kicking. But did you know that martial arts training is also a good way to become a better skier?A major... Details
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Stoops, Kira
It’s a miracle that Bozeman locals Simon Clemens, Eric Kuntzelman, and Trevor Olson are alive. No, they didn’t get swine flu. It’s just that the Montana-raised trio have been flirting with danger since before they were old enough to flirt. Their latest offbeat antic: “slack-jumping” off an... Details
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McGlothlin, Jess
Any southwest Montanan would agree that the Madison River is one of the best local playgrounds around, which is really saying something in our neck of the woods. But there’s a possibility we could see some changes on Montana’s premier blue ribbon trout stream.Hydrodynamics, Inc., of Bozeman has... Details
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Pogge, Drew
Embers trail spiraling molten streamers, lingering in the space between firelight and darkness. Below, flames snap the cadence of autumn: sharp and clean and warm. Coals shimmer and spin their primordial waltz. And just beyond the fire ring, conversation flows to the flame-beat. Someone opens a can... Details
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MacArthur, Don
I take a great deal of pride, as you should too this season, in using the whole animal and all its unique cuts. Any knucklehead can cut a few steaks and roasts, then grind the rest, throw out the bones, and be done with it. But I think if you're not going to honor the animal by using it in its... Details
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Pogge, Drew
Accidentally walking into an outdoor shop during hunting season is like accidentally wandering into the Miami public bus terminal: everyone’s speaking a different language, and there’s a strong possibility of getting shot. So read up on the following hunting lingo to stay out of the line of fire,... Details
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Brown, Doug
The vision started four years ago. “We were originally working with the city of Livingston to develop community gardens close to the cemetery, so we got very involved and formed a nonprofit to help fund it,” says Linda Mahr, one of the originators of the Livingston Community Garden movement. Errol... Details
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Dehmer, Kurt
As the American Thanksgiving celebration becomes less like a Norman Rockwell painting and more like a Chevy Chase movie, we here in Big Sky country have the unique opportunity to transform this homogenized holiday into a truly memorable celebration. Of course the true test of any Thanksgiving... Details
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Schumann, Errol
Every yard in Montana is part of a local watershed that ends up in our world-class trout waters, which means that with population growth comes more sources of water pollution and less water for the fish.There are some easy things that residents can do to protect our fisheries, which is why the... Details
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Nauman, Chris
This fall, the Downtown Bozeman Partnership is preparing to give the city commission a draft of a plan to enhance the downtown area. The 44-page document, called the Downtown Improvement Plan, proposes a variety of strategies to encourage economic development, smart growth, and commercial vitality... Details
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Eberspecher, Brad
Having a little place out in the woods—even if it's just four walls and a roof—can be one of life’s great pleasures. It's a place to rest, think, hide, hunt, and have fun. But it's about to get mighty cold out there, and broken pipes, roof problems, or other household repairs can become double... Details
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Editors
Every day, one stalwart citizen does the right thing while another acts like a blithering bonehead. Here's a recap of admirable acts and embarrassing blunders for the the past season.Champs:The Gallatin Valley Land Trust, for their tireless work to expand and improve Bozeman’s trail network. Their... Details
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Lewis, Jimmy
Two summers ago, if anyone recalls, presented recreationists around the Bozone with an unprecedented dilemma: gas prices soaring to $4.00. This meant many things to many people. To me and some of my fishing friends, high fuel prices meant painful fill-ups to get to the river and ever-higher shuttle... Details

Gear Reviews

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Reuss, Dave
I started out your average dirtbag climber, only able to afford a set of stoppers. They were a little awkward, and more work than I’d like, but they got the job done. Then I bought my first cam. It opened up a brand new world: quick, satisfying, and I thought it couldn’t get any better. Until I got... Details
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England, Mike
I took the Mystery Ranch Snapdragon on a full-day trail hike; on a long, steep approach to an alpine climb; and on an all-day, off-trail scouting trip deep in the wilderness. The Snapdragon did what Mystery Ranch packs are known for: riding well and making the load more comfortable. I particularly... Details
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MacDonald, Sean
I picked up a pair of Flojos (pronounced flo-hos, meaning kick back in Spanish) Primo sandals, not expecting much, but needing some after my veteran kicks had fallen apart. I was pleasantly surprised—they've got great arch support, great cushioning, and a soft feel on the feet. They quickly became... Details
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MacDonald, Sean
If you need a straightforward, light, and extremely durable messenger pack, check out the Outa Ware Messenger Bag. Sure, it didn't have a built-in, waterproof, padded, battery-charging pocket with a wireless card for your computer (they make those, right?), but it has your standard-type pockets and... Details
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Reuss, Dave
My friends called it the funniest noise I’ve ever made. It was a strange, girlish, primal scream, as I was 10 feet above my last bolt, frantically trying to clip the next one above my head. Pumped out of my mind, I reached down to grab my Black Diamond Livewire Quickdraw. This top-of-the-line sport... Details

Book Reviews

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England, Mike
Nathan Jorgenson’s The Mulligan (Flat Rock Publishing, $17) is a novel that will resonate with all those who came to Montana to live the good life, not waste precious heartbeats in the pursuit of money and material possessions. It tells the story of a man who, by all outward appearances, has “... Details
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Reuss, Dave
Haunted Montana (Riverbend Publishing, $13) is a ghost hunter’s guide to haunted places throughout our state. Author Karen Stevens combines her skills as a research librarian and her extensive paranormal knowledge to create an engaging, hair-raising experience. Growing up in a haunted house in... Details
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England, Mike
Regional history is even more vividly showcased in two recent installments of the Images of America series (Arcadia Publishing, $20-$22 depending on the title). Both the West Yellowstone and Bozeman iterations, by Paul Shea and Denise Glaser Malloy, respectively, use historic photos to bring to... Details
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England, Mike
Yet another picture-book worth picking up is A Pictorial Souvenir of Yellowstone (Riverbend Publishing, $15) by Nelson Erickson. Yellowstone books are a dime a dozen, no doubt; but what makes this one different is a translation into four foreign languages—it’s an informative read and useful... Details
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England, Mike
A more modern—and to many, just as wicked—crime familiar to outdoors folk across Montana is the ongoing attempt to despoil the state’s rivers by industrial and commercial interests. Saving Homewaters (The Countrymen Press, $25) by Gordon Sullivan chronicles the history of Montana’s rivers and... Details

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