Spring 2004

Features

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Pilney, Kathleen
A week in the life of an MCC volunteer.I love my job, but like everyone else, I have my days. I live in a tent community with four other members and their idiosyncrasies.It’s not that I find making my tent a permanent address difficult. Nor is not showering for consecutive days, or digging a... Details
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Ault, Megan
Ask about twelve-hour workdays stacked up, sometimes in blistering hot or numbingly frigid weather, continuous fatigue, or aches in the body, and Terry Johnson will still insist he has the best job in the world. If you’ve ridden or hiked the new Bangtail Divide Trail that travels 23 miles from the... Details
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Knight, Phil
West of the rising moon and east of the Great Divide flows a still-wild stretch of the great Missouri River. Recently enshrined as the Missouri Breaks National Monument, this remote heart of Montana offers modern travelers a chance to experience a piece of the west almost as wild as it was in the... Details
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Thielman-Ibes, Kim
A woman's first season with the volunteer ski patrol. “Dispatch.”I’m always listening for the crackle of the radio, but can never quite get the volume control just right. It appears to me that the professional patrollers are much more adept at actually distinguishing the somewhat garbled speak and... Details
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Turiano, Thomas
Gazing into the Madison Range from Bozeman, Montana, one is gratified by an excellent view of the jagged Spanish Peaks. However, there is only frustration when attempting to see beyond the high, forested foothills into the core of the Gallatin Range. The only exception to this rule is Mount... Details

Departments

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Orem, Tina
This is the touching true story of Bozeman resident Kate Gibson's fight against cancer as told by her husband, Scott Bischke, and their 900-mile hike of Montana's Continental Divide Trail. Crossing Divides: A Couple's Story of Cancer, Hope, and Hiking Montana's Continental Divide alternates between... Details
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Wessol, Amanda
The first in a series of six books, Miranda and Starlight begins the story about a precarious ten-year-old girl and the special friendship she shares with the horse of her dreams. Inspired by her love of children and horses, and a passion for the outdoors, Montana author Janet Muirhead Hill tells a... Details
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England, Mike
You needn’t be a mountaineer to appreciate Select Peaks of Greater Yellowstone: A Mountaineering History & Guide. Thomas Turiano’s ambitious and meticulously researched book is also an outstanding resource for day-hikers, backcountry skiers, and local history buffs. In addition to technical... Details
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Thielman-Ibes, Kim
A couple of diehard outdoorsmen—in the traditional-Montana sense of the word—Don Laubach and Mark Henckel have written a lighthearted series of stories about their adventures in Montana. Their experiences, and the telling of them, are the likes you might find yourself enjoying while camping with... Details
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England, Mike
"Let us love nobly, and live, and add again years and years unto years, till we attain to write threescore: this is the second of our reign."—John Donne"Fortunate too is the man who has come to know the countryside."—VoltaireAnniversaries are a bit like a close friend’s wedding—cause for... Details
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Diskin, Larry
In these parts, most of us have a room full of camping gear and at least one bicycle. So chances are, you already have nearly everything it takes to give bicycle touring a try. That includes an ideal location—southwest Montana attracts bicycle tourists from around the globe. There are countless... Details
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Orem, Tina
Book Release: Gallatin County's Code of the WestGallatin County Bozeman, Montana20 pagesI obtained a copy of Code of the West after it appeared on ABC World News Tonight in a story about growth here and in the West in general. Gallatin County created the free booklet (also available online at http... Details
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Hubbell, Kathryn
Growing up in the San Francisco Bay area in the 50's and 60's—before business expanded across the Bay into the suburbs, before the dot.com companies redefined the economy—I wondered where the pavement ended. Even then, you had to drive a long distance before you could see mountains and clear-... Details
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Pilney, Kathleen
A Comprehensive Guide to Wilderness and Travel Medicineby Eric A. Weiss, M.D.Oakland, CA Adventure Medical Kits, 1997198 pagesThis easy-to-pack reference guide is written for the layperson in how to manage medical emergencies while in the backcountry. Topics range from abdominal pains to kidney... Details
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Sinay, Ken
The writing of Radd Icenoggle, in Birds In Place, is the highlight of this informative book. Consider "… a grebe trying to become an elegant swan describes the Western Grebe…" or “… the altitude-intensified sun pushes down on me, and young White-crowned Sparrows forage among the rocks.” It's... Details
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England, Mike
Once king of the American West, the grizzly bear has been reduced to a small fraction of its former population, roaming only the wildest, most remote corners of Montana, Wyoming, and northern Washington. While unregulated hunting and human encroachment deposed this ursine monarch, what truly... Details
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Schwedler, Jon
Two hundred and one years ago this month, Merriweather Lewis sat down at a table in rainy Fort Clatsop and gave consideration to an animal the Indians called “pekan,” one he personally referred to as the “black fox.” He described it thus: “they are extreemly active strong and prepared for climbing... Details
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Icenoggle, Radd
Having just closed the Jeep door, my eyes haven't yet adjusted to the inky indigo darkness of the March night. There is just enough moon to illuminate the snow with an odd bluish glow. Quickly, the cold weaves its way through my jacket and lies against my skin, sending a shudder from head to toe. I... Details
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Bertoia, Celia
“But I don’t run fast and my butt jiggles. I can’t run with them!” My next-door neighbor shrinks back from the door, hands on her cheeks, eyes big, when I suggest joining the Wind Drinkers club fun run. I explain, “You don’t have to run fast or pretty or far. Whatever you do feels good. We’ve got... Details

Gear Reviews

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Mitch Kayser
After years of frustration with low-cost, second-rate waders, I finally decided to bite the green bullet and splurge for a pair of locally-made Simms waders. I’d been reluctant because I’m pretty rough on fishing gear, and Simms waders aren’t cheap. Whether it’s barbed-wire fence or a thorny tree,... Details
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Thielman-Ibes, Kim
Endless Pursuit—Bend, OregonPersonal Performance Package - $300www.endlesspursuit.com541.383.9027Equipment Junkie. Sport-Aholic. Competition Freak. Performance Ninja. If you can identify with even one of these monikers, the Personal Performance Package training system by Endless Pursuit is a must-... Details
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Fletcher, Kevin
Backcountry Access, Inc. – Boulder, ColoradoNaxo nx01 Mountain Binding - $300www.bcaccess.com303-417-1345AT (Alpine Touring, or Randonée) technology has advanced rapidly in the past few years, with many bindings getting lighter and more durable at the same time. Introduced to European skiers two... Details
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Thompson, Nelle
Adventure Medical Kits—Oakland, CaliforniaGEARAID Go! Repair Kit - $10www.adventuremedicalkits.com800.324.3517If you’re the type of person who uses gear to its fullest extent, straining buckles and wearing Gore-Tex until you can see through it, your pack probably already includes an adequate supply... Details
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Fletcher, Kevin
Cloudveil — Jackson, WyomingSerendipity Soft Shell – $220www.cloudveil.com877-255-8345Keeping one’s body at a comfortable temperature while hiking in the backcountry has always been a challenge. The latest rage in layering versatility and technical outerwear adaptability is the “soft shell,” a... Details
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Fletcher, Kevin
Cloudveil — Jackson, WyomingCody Bowl Glove – $75.00www.cloudveil.com877-255-8345Keeping your hands warm while maintaining maximum dexterity in your fingers is the ultimate challenge for glove designers. For many years, the idea of an inner liner encased in a breathable, waterproof shell has been... Details

Additional Articles

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Thielman-Ibes, Kim
Yippee-kayo! July 2-4, get yourself down to the Livingston Roundup Rodeo. Celebrating its 81st year, the Livingston Roundup has bragging rights as one of the oldest professional rodeos in Montana. This year top hands will compete for a total purse of over $160,000. The Livingston Chamber kicks off... Details
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Wessol, Amanda
Gallatin Valley Golf announces its sponsorship of the Special Olympics Golf Fundraiser this spring. Fundraising activities will include the hole in one, long drive, and putting championship competitions. Approximately 70 local golf enthusiasts along with Special Olympic Athletes will participate in... Details
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Thielman-Ibes, Kim
Saturday, June 5th, come celebrate National Trails Day with the Gallatin Valley Land Trust and your fellow community members. GVLT’s 12th annual celebration will offer over 20 educational and volunteer activities for all ages and levels, including nature walks, hikes, and historic strolls. For the... Details
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Soule, Brian
If you enjoy a trash-free city, and want to make a difference in your community, then come to Bogert Park April 24th for Clean Up Bozeman Day, an annual event sponsored by the Bozeman Beautification Advisory Board. Families, friends, or individuals may sign up to clean up a stretch of roadway or... Details
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Wessol, Amanda
If you’re looking for a way to expand your knowledge about wilderness issues, look no further. Not to be confused with anything other than what the name implies, the “Wilderness and…” lecture series encompasses a broad range of topics that includes nearly everything having to with the backwoods:... Details
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This is Feldarb from Parallel 12 reportingback to Carbolyte in the Fifth GalacticQuadrant. We've dismissed our plans for abortingour mission and are considering a new tactic.The creature specified in your orders appearsto be infected by a phosphorescent mold.We are engaging our syncroretrovertersin... Details
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England, Mike
April may indeed be the cruelest month, but this year it should also be one of the most fun. After a one-year hiatus, Montana’s most unofficial spring celebration—the Sweet Corn Festival—is officially back on. From April 16-18, backcountry enthusiasts from around the state will converge on an... Details
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Jenkins, Julie
A result of a handful of Big Sky locals’ desire for a fun, family- and community-oriented winter event, the second annual Big Sky Winterfest is scheduled for March 20. The day will include five different race events, each with its own twist, and all geared towards getting locals, visitors, families... Details
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Orem, Tina
The Big Sky Institute for Science and Natural History is an education and research center focused on getting folks in touch with the Yellowstone ecosystem. The Institute is also MSU's primary vehicle for bringing environmental education to people from all walks of life and from all around the world... Details

Columns

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Manning, Jim
Spring is a sometimes season in Montana—sometimes we get it, sometimes we don’t. Such are the vagaries of a mountain climate, where the weather pays scant attention to the astronomical milestones of solstice or equinox.Nonetheless, when late March rolls around, the springtime roundup of... Details
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Smith, Chrysti
The fringe-petaled carnation, generous of blossom, has for decades been a standard flower in corsages, boutonnieres, and table arrangements. The pink carnation was selected in 1907 as the official floral symbol for Mother’s Day.This blossom is a native of the Mediterranean region. The Roman... Details
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Jeff Hostetler
Spring in Bozeman is an amazing time for numerous reasons—the fields turn green, the bears awaken, and the temperatures warm—but for the fly fisher, it means the long-awaited thaw of snow and ice. A critical period between the white flakes of winter and the torrential, infamous runoff is a truly... Details
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Center, Dean
I have often been asked, “What’s the best exercise?”Sometimes the person asking has a specific goal in mind. He may have an injury and want to speed his return to normal function. She may want to prepare for an upcoming season or increase her competitiveness in her chosen sport. He may need to lose... Details

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