Fall 2011

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Fall 2011 is a reminder for us to get out and try something new, to find an adventure that speaks to us. As the seasons change and fall settles in, exciting opportunities abound, like hunting, running, fishing, and floating. Try something you've always dreamed of doing but have never gotten around to, or, better yet, do something you've never even heard of. Check out our suggestions for great fall activities and local events, try our new outdoor crossword puzzle, and read about the Lycra fashion statement that will revolutionize outdoor recreation. 

 

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Turiano, Thomas
With its blocky shape, truncated summit, and unique color, Sphinx Mountain has drawn more people climbers to its summit than any other major peak in the Madison Range. This fortress of reddish-brown conglomerate is one of the most distinctive landmarks in the Yellowstone area, and the deep... Details
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Labash, Matt
Spend enough time on the water and you will meet all kinds of fishermen who are dropouts and ne’er-do-wells, men bent on cheating time and ducking out of the world. But you will meet very few hopeless fishermen. For fishing forces optimism even into the soul-sick and the beaten. As the Scottish... Details
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Carty, Dave
I knew something wasn’t working, but I just couldn’t put my finger on it. The presentation came from two traps hidden in the trees to my right. The first clay pigeon—a hard, right/left crosser—passed in front of me in a flat, low arc, and it was smoking. The second, also a right/left crosser,... Details
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Knight, Phil
Even though nearly four million people swarm Yellowstone each year seeking to experience its magic and majesty, a relatively small number leave the roads or boardwalks. Even fewer make it to the remote and fabled Cascade Corner. But if you like water—hot, cold, flowing, falling—you will love this... Details
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Carty, Dave
The dog, Powder, found the brood in an open meadow at 6,500 feet in elevation—1,500 painful feet higher than where we’d left my truck. They had scattered out below a lonely and ancient Douglas fir, where they’d undoubtedly spent the morning looking for grasshoppers. Powder pointed, and when the... Details

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Hoovler, Sara
Last fall, friends of mine talked me into a three-day, pre-season cross-country ski lesson. Initially, I resisted the idea of trading a lazy Thanksgiving in front of the TV with a giant bird browning in the oven for skinny skis, wicking layers, and aerobic exercise. However, my friends promised I... Details
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Patterson, Amber
Last year saw an uproar among hunters, sportsmen, and NRA members when Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks (FWP) proposed a ban on lead-shot ammunition for hunting upland game birds and migratory birds on all of the state’s 72 wildlife management areas. Intended to make Montana’s law consistent with... Details
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Flowers, Pat
Montana's Second Wolf-Hunting SeasonIn July, the FWP commission approved a 2011 wolf-hunting season. The hunt will be managed in 14 “wolf-management units” and have an overall harvest quota of 220 wolves. The goal is to maintain a viable and connected wolf population and to reduce their impact on... Details
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England, Mike
Wounded veterans looking for a little more excitement need look no further than Operation SAS, which stands for Sports Afield and Stream. This annual production—hosted by Operation Never Forgotten (ONF), a nonprofit communications service that connects the military and civilian worlds through... Details
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Reuss, Dave
Photo ContestThe 4th annual Outside Bozeman Photo Contest was our best yet, bringing in thousands of amazing outdoor images taken from southwest Montana. Professionals, amateurs, and juniors all sent in shots across four different categories (nature/wildlife, landscape/scenery, outdoor action, and... Details
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Dehmer, Kurt
One thing I have learned from 20-odd years of pursuing big game in Big Sky country is that it pays to know your shit. I don’t mean gear, backcountry horse skills, field-dressing techniques, or the host of other woodcraft that comes with being a seasoned hunter. I mean shit. Actual feces. Doo doo.... Details
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England, Mike
Taking your gun for a hike, as many experienced grouse hunters call it, is one of the great pleasures of a Montana fall—whether you see a bird or not, you still had a great hike through the autumn woods. Mountain grouse season—which includes blue, spruce, and ruffed grouse—begins September 1 and... Details
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Pogge, Drew
In most parts of the country, the beard is relegated to farcical status, worn only for Halloween or in support of Canadian sporting events. In Montana, however, follicles still range free, flowing from the cheeks and chins of manly men (and, to be fair, manly women) who desire, nay, demand the... Details
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Corcoran, Jackie Rainford
The best time to get your ski legs ready is right now—so get strong and fast before the snow starts falling. Here’s a broad overview of the types of exercises that you will want to incorporate into your ski-conditioning routine. EnduranceIf you haven’t been training already, this is an ideal time... Details
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Reuss, Dave
"Jack of all trades, master of none,Though oftentimes better than master of one." Chasing wide swaths of sunlight through the pines, I came to stop on a ridge high above Leverich Canyon, captivated by the view. Menacing thunderheads rolled in from the west, and in the final few minutes of calm, a... Details
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Mittelsteadt, Jane
There are some dangers lurking in the woods and fields for our hunting companions, and some basic precautions can go a long way to ease the symptoms from any problems your pet experiences. Prior to heading out, have your vet help you put together a basic first-aid kid including bandage material,... Details
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Keller, Sarah
Last fall, I came home from work and was greeted by a couple of bloody guys wielding knives. Our small kitchen was barely big enough for a live elk to stand, but by the time I walked in the door, every surface was covered with parts of a dead one. It was 11pm and I was about to get a lesson in... Details
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Warren, Becky
Although any season is a good season for a local brew, fall is perhaps the best. Oktoberfest-style beers typically have higher alcohol content, but these days the name refers to almost any beer of the fall season. There are almost 30 microbreweries in Montana that can give you that special taste of... Details
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Kumlien, Kris
When I think of fishing in the fall, I think of one thing: streamers. There’s something almost romantic to a streamer addict about fall, with the leaves turning colors and fish getting aggressive as the brown trout begin their courtship. That’s why this particular sculpin pattern is perfect for... Details
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Orem, Tina
First it was coyote fur on everything. Then it was camouflage couture. Then we found out about the cashmere Carhartt line and that New York restaurants were actually using hay in cuisine. Now, thanks to Aerosmith front man Steven Tyler, Miley Cyrus, Jennifer Love Hewitt, and a bunch of other people... Details
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Johnston, Holcomb
Cooler temperatures, waning light, and snow mean an increased risk of getting sick. Use these simple techniques to help stave off common illnesses during the coming chilly months.Reduce your sugar intake. Many people wonder how to “boost immunity,” yet continue to suppress it with poor dietary... Details
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Roots, Alex
Montana’s wildlife regulations have been piling up since the territorial legislature first convened in Bannack in December 1864. At that session, the legislature prohibited fishing for trout with anything but “fishing tackle, consisting of a rod or pole, line and hook,” and “[t]hat said hook shall... Details
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Reed, Tom
I have never figured out why once these good short months of harvest and hunt come, my thoughts never drift to fish. It’s as if, come the end of summer, all thought shifts, because even if I were to concentrate heavily—really try—I couldn’t make myself think of fishing, let alone actually go... Details
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In the second century BC, Roman invaders of present-day France made great fun of their enemy’s attire—they considered the Gauls’ long trousers intolerably effeminate, compared to their cool and manly tunics. Nowadays, of course, the roles are reversed, with skirts worn by the fairer sex, and pants... Details
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Reuss, Dave
PUBLISHED SEPTEMBER 2011 - CHECK OUR EVENTS CALENDAR FOR UPDATED DATES Cooler weather, dry conditions, and a svelte summer bod make a great combo for fall races. There are a few key running events every Bozemanite should consider when the thermometer starts its yearly plunge. September10th annual... Details
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Walters, Lou
I had a cow and a calf in my crosshairs. The calf looked back at me with a sad look, as if to say, “Please don’t shoot my mom.” I lowered my rifle. Then the alarm clock woke me. It was closing day of my first hunting season, during my first year in Montana. Being from Philadelphia, I was clueless.... Details
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When traveling abroad, have you ever met people ashamed of their native land? (Boulder, CO; Iowa; Alabama; and the entire East Coast spring to mind.) Thankfully, that never seems to happen with our residents. There’s something comforting about the fact that, no matter where they end up,... Details
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Mike England
If Yellowstone Park is America’s Serengeti, as it is often called, then the Absaroka Mountains are Montana’s Alps. Piercing the sky a mile above the Yellowstone River, these dramatic peaks form a massive wall of earth, with rounded foothills spilling down toward the valley floor in a cascade of... Details
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Reuss, Dave
There’s a lot of lingo in ice climbing: V-thread, spectres, frontpoint, flute, serac, and WI4, to name a few. Fresh off my first hard ice climb, the pain in my hands taught me another interesting phrase: screaming barfies. The white-hot throbbing doubled me over and a steady grunting escaped my... Details
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Greg Smith
“Where ya headed?” I asked. He turned, occupied with the task of saddling his horse, and said simply, “up-valley.” “Well,” I said, “have a good ride.” Of course, I couldn’t let it go at that. There we were, at the Bear Creek trailhead in the Madison Valley, a quick entryway into the Taylor-Hilgard... Details
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Kelley, Amy
In today’s climate of divisive discourse, it can be extremely difficult to have a meaningful discussion of “living green” without it deteriorating into finger-pointing and name-calling. Unless you surround yourself with perfectly like-minded people (which is boring), you’re bound to encounter... Details
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Hill, Ty
I’m a hunter and a chef, and I like to eat wild game. My preferences—in order—are antelope, deer, and then elk. The backstrap is the king’s meat. Incredibly tender, juicy, and flavorful, with no gaminess—when butchered, frozen, thawed properly, and cooked at extremely high heat. I’m going to go out... Details
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Sarah Hoovler
Last fall, friends of mine talked me into a three-day, pre-season cross-country ski lesson. Initially, I resisted the idea of trading a lazy Thanksgiving in front of the TV with a giant bird browning in the oven for skinny skis, wicking layers, and aerobic exercise. However, my friends promised I... Details
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Wozer, Jeff
I’m currently suffering from option paralysis. It’s a term penned by author Douglas Coupland meaning “the tendency, when given unlimited choices, to make none.”I’m also suffering from water bottle stupefaction. It’s a term I originated to describe my shock that Nalgene bottles now come in 12 colors... Details
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Orem, Tina
The slick magazine you’re holding in your hand isn’t the only way to find out what’s happening outside Bozeman—our website has 11 years worth of archived articles about southwest Montana’s outdoor world, as well as a host of other features. (FYI: watch for an even bigger, better website, set to... Details
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Metrick, Dee
Every Thanksgiving morning, I stand at the starting line of the Huffing for Stuffing race and wonder if my beak is straight, if my feathers are falling off, and if I’ll stay warm and itch-free. You see, I’m the official female turkey. And how I got here is quite a story.As an attempt to fight off... Details
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McCarthy, Shannon and Christian Appel
A Montana summer seems to last all of about two months, and with such a short period of optimal trail conditions, most of us tend to overexert—and that can lead to injuries. One of the most common injuries from overtraining is knee pain. This can come in many forms, but two of the most frequent are... Details
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England, Mike
Paddling and peddling are a great combination—not only can you and your friends drive to and from the river in a single vehicle, but you’ll get some exercise to counterbalance all that beer-drinking on the water. Another great stretch of the Jefferson—the Drouillard fishing access to Headwaters... Details
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England, Mike
If you believe in karma, chalk one up for the huge, retaliatory slap in the face that life delivered Wade Dokken, the wealthy developer whose failed Ameya Preserve recently went on the auction block. Reverting to its original name, Bullis Creek Ranch—once the site of over 300 proposed luxury homes—... Details
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Elpel, Thomas
Looking for a quiet fall float and some great scenery? Try the Jefferson River, starting from the Cardwell Fishing Access Site (FAS), 60 miles west of Bozeman just off of I-90 at exit 256. The float starts in farm country lined with cottonwoods and cow pastures and then quickly turns into a scenic... Details
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Reuss, Dave
After 17 long years of serving as a gear store, art gallery, and local climbing-beta HQ, Barrel Mountaineering closed its downtown Bozeman doors this summer. Barrel was named after the founder’s father, Barry “Barrel” Bishop, who was on the first American ascent of Mount Everest in 1963.“Running... Details
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It’s easy to rebuff Old Man Winter by ducking inside, stoking up the woodstove, and thumbing your nose at the howling winds beating vainly on the windows. But what about your botanical buddies outside? Think they’re having a good time, completely unprotected while winter rages on? There’s a reason... Details

Gear Reviews

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Davies, Colton
As if sheer comfort wasn’t enough, Arborwear’s 1/4 Zip Tech Pullover is among the most versatile garments on the market. For starters, there’s never been a more wearable product since the Fantastic Four suits. The unique 15% cotton / 85% polyester blend acts as a superhuman extension of your skin... Details
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Mangels, Angie
After switching to platform pedals, I realized that I had to find out what Five Ten Baron shoes were all about. These super-sticky-soled kicks are an alternative to clipless pedals—once you set your foot down on a pedal, it doesn’t move (until you move your feet yourself). Even when bouncing over... Details
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England, Mike
Headlamps have come a long way in a very short time—it was only a decade or so ago that the handheld MiniMag still ruled the roost of personal illumination devices. Now, tiny, high-output headlamps are ubiquitous—and a new one that we like is the Irix II by Icon. Like most good lamps, the Irix’s... Details
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England, Mike
With autumn’s variable weather—cool mornings, hot afternoons, rainy evenings—a waterproof, convertible pant is must for long hikes and river floats. I like the Eddie Bauer Travex Convertible Pant, for a number of reasons: 1) the light, comfortable Travex material protects the skin while being cool... Details
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Sundborg, Caitlin
The Copper Spur UL3 tent has a trail weight of a little over four pounds and its floor space (44 square feet) is big enough to fit a queen-size air mattress. The tent has two large doors, handy vents (lifesavers on summer mornings), and is good for three seasons of outdoor rendezvous. Like most... Details
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Mangels, Angie
My motivation was starting to drain after pedaling away in the hot sun on one of those never-ending uphill slogs. I stopped to take a break in the shade and remembered that I had thrown some Honey Stinger Organic Energy Chews into my bike pack that morning. I ripped into a package, enjoying the... Details
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Baker, Alicia
The ladies-only Endeavor Jacket is an all-purpose outerwear essential. With its weather-resistant, softshell exterior, I was able to wear this during cool, misty morning runs. The jacket offers 360-degree reflectivity, which makes evening outings safer. The interior zip pocket was handy for... Details
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Wells, Andrew
When fall rolls around, there are a few things every Montanan needs. One of those is a good pair of boots, and that’s where the Blaze MT Realtree AP comes in. These waterproof, breathable boots are comfort-rated down to 40-below, so no worries about frozen toes once the cold sets in. The Realtree... Details
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Mangels, Angie
These boots look way too pretty to get muddy, but mud, snow, slush, and nasty conditions are exactly what the Classic Mid Boots are made for. Tough, durable, and completely waterproof, they’re also insulated to 40-below and are super comfortable with no break-in period. The mid-height cut has grab... Details
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Caitlin Sundborg
There’s nothing better than crackin’ a cold one and sipping that sweet succulent nectar we all enjoy. But sippin’ is for wusses, and who wants to do things half-assed? Enter the Chuggler: every beer enthusiast’s dream. Feelin’ classy? Fill up the mug and look presentable while you enjoy your... Details
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England, Mike
The trail is an uncontrolled environment, a place of obstacles and adversity—and it’s where the simple yet supremely capable Lowa S-Trail GTX thrives. Both nimble and strong, this lightweight shoe gripped the trail like a puma paw and held my foot tight during sideways dances around and over rocks... Details
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Henan, Jacob
If every journey starts with a single step, then choosing the right footwear can be the most important decision before hitting the trail. Teko Light Hiking Socks provide some of the best comfort available for your feet whether you’re on a quick jaunt up the M or out for a few days deep in the... Details
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Baker, Alicia
As a nutritionist, I’ve had my share of granola bars. So when an online bakery, Bakery on Main, recently unveiled its newest granola bars, I just had to try them out. TrueBar is gluten, casein, and dairy free, non-GMO, and Kosher, so there’s no risk of offending anyone’s religious, environmental,... Details
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McCarthy, Chris
Originally designed as an emergency survival pack, the Adrenaline 60+10 TentPak system comes with a built-in tent that’s lightweight and easy to set up. The pack and tent weigh less than five pounds and leave plenty of room for everything you need—minus the kitchen sink. The straps on the pack are... Details
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Ebeling, Chris
The Osprey Exos 46 is built to impress. At 2lbs 5oz, it’s a wonder how a pack with so many dialed-in features and pockets is so light. One of the advantages of this weightlessness is comfort. And after hiking on a 95-degree day, the Osprey kept my back dry because the Bio-Stretch harness and... Details
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McCarthy, Chris
For the first time in as long as I can remember, putting on my wading boots was not a painful ordeal that ended in a race to the water so my boots could stretch out. That’s because the Korkers Chrome wading boots are as easy to get on and off as regular shoes. The Boa speed-lacing system makes it a... Details
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England, Mike
Every soldier and veteran knows the value of military parachute cord. Dubbed “550” for its burly breaking strength, this versatile cord is a warrior’s duct tape, with almost no end to the number of possible uses. The Survival Bracelet by SurvivalStraps takes a time-honored military tradition—... Details

Book Reviews

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Lach, Devon
Day Hikes with Dogs (Pruett Publishing, $19), by Wendy Pierce and regular O/B contributor Becky Warren, features over 50 rated hikes for furry friends who like to run in the mountains. Going beyond simple distance and hiking time, the authors provide details on accessibility to water and leash... Details
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Stoddard, Jan
Until the legendary legwork of Paul Rubinstein, Lee Whittlesey, and Mike Stevens, it was thought there were only about 50 waterfalls in Yellowstone. Seven years and 5,000 miles of backcountry exploration later, their landmark book, The Guide to Yellowstone Waterfalls and Their Discovery ($22,... Details
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England, Mike
It may be hard for homegrown Montanans to imagine an urbane French nobleman in the field chasing game, but author Guy de la Valdène makes it clear, in his memoir The Fragrance of Grass (Lyons Press, $25), that a love of hunting and the natural world transcends cultural boundaries. Part of Florida’s... Details
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Lach, Devon
Local Bozeman resident and author/illustrator Ted Rechlin gives Montana’s children of all ages a chance to find out what a year in the life of a Yellowstone grizzly is like in his new book Silvertip (Riverbend Publishing, $10). This beautifully illustrated picture book depicts a grizzly named... Details

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