Spring 2005

Features

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McGurk, Linda
It’s a brisk spring day and the sun has just risen over Paradise Valley when a green Volvo station wagon rolls into the empty parking lot at Armstrong’s Spring Creek. A herd of cows watch as Jennifer and Lars Olsson unload their waders, split-cane rods, fly boxes, and coffee thermoses from the car... Details
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Coble, Melynda
O how can it be that the ground does not sicken?How can you be alive, you growths of spring?How can you furnish health, you blood of herbs, roots, orchards, grain?Are they not continually putting distemper’d corpses within you?Is not every continent work’d over and over with sour dead?—Walt... Details
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Gutkoski, Joe
For a long time I wanted to ski the 9,000-foot plateaus of the Spanish Peaks. In March of 1996, I made the decision to try it. To do this at Burnt Creek required wading the Gallatin River. The cold night temperatures slowed the tributary runoff, subsequently reducing the river flow—which I thought... Details
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Schroeder, Dave
The Clark’s Fork of the Yellowstone begins its tumultuous descent from the Absarokee-Beartooth Wilderness just outside the northeast entrance to Yellowstone National Park. On the way to its confluence with the Yellowstone River near Laurel, Montana, the Clark’s Fork tumbles through a feral and... Details
Photo by Mike Cline
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Kesselheim, Alan
A month of Mondays on the East Gallatin.The East Gallatin River is, by most measures, a stream of little account. Hardly anyone floats it. Only a few people fish it. From start to finish, it spans barely 25 miles, as the raven flies.Although I’ve set a canoe into those waters a few times, it’s a... Details
Kayaking the Clark's Fork, The Yellowstone River rapids, Outside Bozeman.
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Schroeder, Dave
The Clark's Fork of the Yellowstone.Down in the cool waters,through swirling poolsabove thunderous fallsbetween giant polished bouldersand soaring canyon wallswe are at once immersed in angelic beautyand at peace with the pulse of a beast.                                    —J.P. PerdarderThe Clark... Details

Departments

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Benedetti, Christine
A new cycling team begins its inaugural season this year, and orange and blue jerseys will start replacing those ever-so-popular U.S. Postal Service tops—on the roads around Bozeman and at races throughout the Northwest. After watching teams sprout up in Missoula and the Flathead Valley, a group... Details
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Mann, David
If you live outside of town near grassy fields, chances are you’ve seen a winter covey of gray partridge diving into snowbanks or seeking shelter along shrubbery lines or under the boughs of evergreen trees. How do you identify a gray partridge? First off, it’s a compact, pigeon-sized bird. The... Details
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McCune, Jenny
The battle for the Ardennes Forest was one of the fiercest campaigns of World War II. A similar battle in intensity, if not in lives, is being waged over the Gallatin National Forest, which contains 1.8 million acres and is the recreational destination for many a Bozemanite, from fly fishermen... Details
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Hill, Pat
Whether it’s seafood, steaks, or just plain old burgers you crave, the Livingston area offers plenty of opportunities to pig out. Tourists are the answer to the overabundance of eateries (more than 25) in or nearby the small town. Burke Moran, owner of Montana’s Rib and Chop House, says that... Details
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Edwards, Becky
For many teenagers, adolescence is a blur of food extraction from exorbitantly large braces and cringingly uncomfortable dinner-table discussions about the pubescent body. A lucky few, however, are blessed with friends or relatives who love nature and all of its intricacies and are introduced to... Details
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Edwards, Becky
Springtime in Livingston and the Paradise Valley offers much more than just the coveted re-opening of the beefburger stand. In addition to those delectable milkshakes, cheeseburgers, and 1950s-style nostalgia, the Livingston area provides a cornucopia of outdoor adventures guaranteed to put color... Details
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Schroeder, Dave
Attention all paddlers: the aquatic circus is back in town—so grab your boat and come on down! That’s right, the Gallatin Whitewater Festival is back and better than ever. The 2005 “Rally for the Gally” will be the 26th festival held on this classic stretch of river and this year’s new format, both... Details
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Sveen, John D.
Commonly thought of as a single mechanism, the shoulder is actually a complex of four different joints that allows you to move your arm in a number of directions. The shoulder has the greatest range of motion of any joint in the body and thus it is designed primarily for mobility. It’s no surprise... Details
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Lawrence, Francis & Watson, Dillon
The mountain snows are melting, it’s rained for the tenth day in a row, the robins are back and bouncing, and the skiers & bikers are pouting. Yup, it’s mud season. The ski hills are all closed for the off-season and the trails are too gooey to ride. If you planned it right, you’ve already... Details
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Sawyer, Kit
Say the name “Simms” and many people conjure images of the future hall-of-fame quarterback for the New York Giants, Phil Simms. But if you’re one of the select few who’d rather spend your Sunday afternoons and Monday nights out on the Madison River casting elk-hair caddis to rising trout the size... Details
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Mcdonald, Cheryl
After a long break from shoulder-intensive sports, many southwest Montana outdoor sports enthusiasts will soon transition into kayaking, golfing, climbing, Frisbee golf, and other sports involving overhead or raised-arm motions. Spring is an ideal time for shoulder re-conditioning in preparation... Details
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Hill, Pat
From the realistic to the ridiculous, Park County and the surrounding area has offered artistic inspiration for over a century.The natural grandeur of the upper Yellowstone River country has beckoned artists since at least 1871, when the Hayden Expedition wandered into the strange and beautiful... Details
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Deibert, Mark
Thanks in part to the recent extreme sport craze, whitewater kayaking has evolved dramatically in the last ten years. What was once a relatively unknown sport now ranks high on the list of the most popular adventure activities. It’s not uncommon these days to see kayaking videos or images of... Details
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Peter Ponca
In May, melting snow saturates the ground and higher temperatures keep the moist soil warm. This is the ideal time to look for one of Montana’s treasures: the morel mushroom, or Morchella esculenta.Morels haven’t been a household name very long. Just a few years ago, I was looking for mushrooms in... Details
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Maffly, Brian
Ultimate, the field sport played with a flying disc, was born of 1960s college-campus counterculture. It has since matured into a highly competitive sport where nice guys almost never win anymore. But you can see the game played at its spiritual roots in mixed-gender events like Bozofest. A tourney... Details
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Schroeder, Dave
In December 2001, American Wildlands submitted a petition to the Montana Board of Environmental Review to designate the Gallatin River, from Yellowstone Park to the Spanish Creek confluence, as Montana’s first Outstanding Resource Water (ORW). The petition had over 2,000 signatures and endorsements... Details
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Orem, Tina
In New Mexico, it's 100 degrees out in July and the last thing you want to do is walk around with 20 pounds of golf clubs on your back for four hours. But that's what I did summer after summer as a kid, because my parents kept signing me up for lessons and tournaments. I wore golf's scarlet letter—... Details
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Stifler, John
Note: this article was published in the summer of 2005; much of the information may be outdated.Take your pick: bluegrass, acoustic, “jam” band, reggae, hip-hop, country, punk, classic rock, symphony, or bluesy jazz. This may sound a little like the famously eclectic Seattle music scene—but in fact... Details
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Kelley, Shannon
Since 1985, Our Lady of the Rockies, a 90-foot statue in the likeness of the Virgin Mary, has overlooked the city of Butte from the Continental Divide. Currently she is only available to us through bus tours from June through September. However, her future holds much more. Still in the planning... Details
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Bill Curry
For Becky Weed and Dave Tyler, co-owners of Belgrade's Thirteen Mile Lamb and Wool Company, sheep farming was a grand experiment. "From the beginning," says Weed, "part of our whole motivation behind Thirteen Mile was to see if we could make small-scale agriculture work." A Harvard-educated... Details
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Dehmer, Kurt
Ursus arctos horribilis, the grizzly bear, is the largest predator in North America. To see a wild grizzly is to view raw freedom and power. Also known as the “brown bear,” the grizzly is highly intelligent, graceful, and extremely powerful. The heaviest of the species can weigh in excess of 1,000... Details
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Dosmann, Andy
“It is strongly recommended that the Biological Survey continue their campaign in this region without abatement until these pests are greatly reduced in numbers.” —Chief Naturalist Vernon Bailey, Yellowstone National Park, 1915From today’s perspective it seems absurd to think of Yellowstone Park... Details
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England, Mike
When it comes to natural beauty, the Gallatin Valley and surrounding area are pretty hard to beat. Spectacular mountain views; crystal-clear streams and rivers; vast, untrammeled forests; a magnificent assortment of fish and wildlife—all these environmental gifts lend a unique and invaluable... Details
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Ellenberger, David
Ed Bangs, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s (USFWS) Wolf Recovery Coordinator in Helena, thinks he just might be able to put himself out of a job in the next few years. And nothing could sound sweeter to the oft-maligned bio-crat who often finds himself between a rancher and a hard place.... Details

Gear Reviews

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Between a long Rocky Mountain winter and the placid euphoria of shirtless summer days comes the classic Montana swing season—spring, that dubious down-time that engenders raging restlessness among outdoor enthusiasts across the state. To avert a calamitous cabin-fever climax, we suggest getting... Details

Book Reviews

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David GoodsteinNew York, New YorkW. W. Norton & Company, Inc., 2004140 pagesOut of Gas author and Cal-Tech professor David Goodstein says global oil supplies will peak this decade. After the peak, Goodstein declares, measurable oil shortages will incite panic and chaos far before they will... Details

Columns

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Carpenter, Brad
Paddling out into a frigid spring torrent strewn with rocks and sucking holes presents a classic test of judgment. How do your ability and experience stack up against the challenge and the hazard? Decide badly, and you may wind up broken or even dead. Know yourself well, have capable support and... Details
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Manning, Jim
In the West, designating ownership has always been a straightforward affair: you own it, you brand it. Letters and shapes emblazoned on countless bovine rumps told a rancher what was his—and earned many a careless rustler an appointment with a rope.Nobody owns the sky, but we also find emblazoned... Details
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Kayser, Mitch
Spring is in the air and it’s time to dust off your tent and sleeping bags for a trip to the forest. When getting your gear together, take a second and look in the freezer. I bet you’ll find a duck that you shot last fall or maybe one that your neighbor gave you. Yes, it’s still in there waiting to... Details

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