Spring 2007

Features

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Shroeder, Dave
Climbing onto an enormous, polished boulder, six brave souls look deep into the heart of a throbbing maelstrom. For most, high brows and wide eyes gaze up and down this ferocious display of hydraulic force before a quick headshake and humble sigh deem a portage necessary. Yet two paddlers remain... Details
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Kurowski, Becky
“One more time, Daddy!” my five-year-old voice squawked at my father as he grasped my white-and-red Strawberry Shortcake mittens for one more “pull” up the hill. From my very first foray into the artificially frosty ravine called Sundown Mountain, smack dab in the middle of Iowa’s corn and soybean... Details
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Gutkoski, Joe
Yellowstone’s wild, free-roaming buffalo are a unique wildlife resource. Certainly we can fashion a Montana solution that shares the land with our buffalo and their annual movements without slaughtering them every time they step into Montana. Buffalo provided food, clothing, and shelter for Native... Details

Departments

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Orem, Tina
One of the biggest business trends of the last 20 years is the boom in organic and natural products. The industry is experiencing double-digit growth, going from a $4-billion to a $14-billion industry in just eight years, and even though studies show most Americans have tried organic foods and... Details
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Patterson, Amber
Adding to the Gallatin Valley Land Trust’s “Main Street to the Mountains” trail system, the new library trail will be quite an achievement once it is finished. The paved and lighted trail will connect the library with Peet’s Hill, Lindley Park, Burke Park, and Gallagator Trail. Along with the... Details
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Dehmer, Kurt
One of the most beautiful things you’re ever likely to see is a thundering herd of horses raising dust under the azure Montana sky. Just ask anyone who’s ever seen it. Some folks will tell you it’s downright religious, but most lack the words to describe such a sight. Maybe just thinking about it... Details
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Outside Bozeman
How Far Will You Go?From the shores of the Arctic Ocean to the Great Wall of China, readers spread Outside Bozeman across the globe better than ever this past winter, making it particularly hard to choose a winner. “Magazine’s a welcome break out here,” wrote soldier Fred Bradford from northern... Details
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Outside Bozeman
Number of buffalo in U.S. before 19th century western expansion: 50-60 millionNumber of buffalo in U.S. at end of 19th century: 23Number of buffalo in Yellowstone herd today: about 3,000Size of Church Universal and Triumphant’s Royal Teton Ranch, on north side of YNP, in acres: 12,000Price paid to... Details
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Schroeder, Dave
“A thing is right only when it tends to preserve the integrity, stability and beauty of the community; and the community includes the soil, water, flora and fauna, as well as the people. It is wrong when it tends otherwise.” Aldo Leopold, A Sand County AlmanacThroughout its history, the Gallatin... Details
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Pogge, Drew
Skiing, climbing, biking; all have an element of danger and a risk of injury. For avid Bozeman outdoorsman Ryan Rigard, it wasn’t skiing a crazy a line or crashing his bike that changed his life, it was a 12-foot fall from a ladder in a work-related accident. The fall broke 29-year-old Rigard’s... Details
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England, Mike
The Constitution only gives people the right to pursue happiness. You have to catch it yourself. —Benjamin FranklinI was thinking about this quote the other day while circling the new Bozeman Library roundabout. Specifically, I was thinking, does the same thing apply to understanding? Because I’ve... Details
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Japhe, Brad
There has always been an ecological rationalization for hybrid and alternative fuel vehicles. But with the cost of gas these days, a very real economic incentive has entered the minds of countless American consumers, as many of them find it increasingly difficult to bankroll their daily commutes.... Details
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Thielman-Ibes, Kim
For two months of the year, set upon an inhospitable rock- and ice-filled landscape nesting around 17,600 feet, sits the Everest Base Camp Clinic. This is the first, and only, extreme-altitude emergency room ever established on top of the world. The patients vary from well-prepared, elite members... Details
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King, Joe
Bozeman's latest fashion craze.How to find clothing rugged enough to endure the rigors of a hard day’s work or play, yet still look stylish and sexy—this is the ongoing dilemma of the modern-day Montana woman. Until now, that is. Perfect for everything from hiking to horseback riding, the all-new... Details
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Icenoggle, Radd
Driving through the milky dawn twilight, the hills and forest of the Lamar Valley in Yellowstone National Park begin to materialize. The air flowing over the vehicle seems to almost crackle with the intense cold. I started this drive in pitch-black darkness, coming to this place in search of one of... Details
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Reitz, Lisa
The worst of winter has subsided, and it’s time for runners to get trailblazing. What could be more exciting than the start of spring, when the roads are clear, temperatures are rising, and the once-frozen paths are calling your name? Nothing… except that you’re feeling sluggish, it snowed... Details
spring skiing bozeman, emigrant peak montana, outside bozeman
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Edwards, Becky
From Iowa to Emigrant Peak. “One more time, Daddy!” my five-year-old voice squawked at my father as he grasped my white-and-red Strawberry Shortcake mittens for one more “pull” up the hill. From my very first foray into the artificially frosty ravine called Sundown Mountain, smack dab in the middle... Details
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Terry Levine
Dear Editor,My recent book on the disenfranchisement of transgender immigrants was such a success that I was able to retire from my position in Amherst, Massachusetts as a professor of Genderization Studies and move to Montana. It has been a dream of ours ever since my life partner and I purchased... Details
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Hill, Pat
According to archaeologist Larry Lahren of Livingston, a two-year-old child and dozens of stone artifacts were buried together by late ice-age hunters 11,000 years agoat the base of a rocky bluff along a bend in the upper Shields River. Lahren believes the bluff itself played an important role in... Details
Spring Fly Fishing Montana
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Anderson, George
Early-season trout haunts.A long Montana winter can give a guy a serious case of cabin fever, and what better way to cure it than to get a fly rod in hand and head for some productive water this spring. But there are a few keys to catching early-season trout that you’ll want to consider. First, not... Details
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Keeler, Greg
It’s spring, timeto scare the bearsoff of the trash,hose the caterpillars out of their tents.Time to shovelthawed dog-blow out of the yardand pry the robinfrom the cat.It’s spring, timeto pick the first morelsbetween the willows,under the cottonwoodsthen tweeze the ticksout of your crotch.Time to... Details
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Center, Dean
I’ve heard it hundreds of times. “I hurt my back and put heat on it. It felt so good I slept on my heating pad and this morning I couldn’t get out of bed!”Like the bumper sticker says, shit happens. If you’re an active person, heck, even if you’re a desk jockey and couch potato, you’re susceptible... Details
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McMurray, Dana
The verdict's in, and smoking is out. Clean indoor air laws are on the increase across the nation. Cigarette use is down. And there are now more people in the U.S. who have quit smoking than the 46 million Americans who still do. But before you go thinking tobacco is a thing of the past, consider... Details
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Patterson, Amber
A comedy club in Bozeman? It seems so big-city. I’d heard good things but didn’t give it a shot until recently. It was my first stand-up experience, and I had no idea what to expect. Probably some jokes about North Dakota guys humping sheep.I was in for a pleasant surprise. The venue is upstairs at... Details
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Kurowski, Becky
Local Nordic skier, artist, mother, wife, and passionate community member Hedvig Rappe-Flowers died peacefully at her home in south Bozeman on January 4, 2007. Flowers faced her battle against cancer with strength and humor—she referred to her illness as a “major inconvenience”—and continued living... Details
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Mike St. Thomas
This spring Bozeman and the Big Sky take on Ithaca, New York and the Cornell Big Red. Home to the prestigious Ivy League university and the smaller Ithaca College, the town prides itself on a hip nightlife—more restaurants per capita than New York City—and its prime location among the Finger Lakes... Details
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Pogge, Drew
Tail wagging, tongue lolling, a yellow lab smiles as only a dog can through the passenger window, driving away with her new owner. Curled up in the lap of her new caregiver, a kitten purrs with contentment. At Heart of the Valley Animal Shelter, these scenes are replayed daily as people find pets... Details

Gear Reviews

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Harrington, Emily
Global warming is messing with my outdoor recreation. Before there were a couple “in-between months”—too muddy to bike and too warm to ski. Now the in-between months constitute an entire semester of outdoor-recreation limbo. Thank goodness for my Vasque boots. They broke in quickly and are... Details
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Orem, Tina
Here is the second half of our list of good places to donate your used gear. We hope you got off your duff and gave something to the folks in the winter issue. But if you didn’t, here’s your chance to get us to like you again, you lazy son of a bitch. Seriously, what are you really going to do with... Details
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England, Mike
I’ve always avoided four-season tents—the extra weight of a nine-pound double-wall never seemed worth it, and single-walls usually lack that all-important vestibule—but one too many butt-cold January nights in the backcountry made me reconsider. I tried the Pampero two-man by Sierra Designs and was... Details
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Patterson, Amber
When spring finally arrives and you’re itching to get outside for some early-season activity, a good pair of hiking boots is a must. Enter the Jannu Lo by Lowa—easily the best light-hiking boot I have ever worn. The shoes are really comfortable and well-made. When hiking up Sypes Canyon for the... Details

Book Reviews

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Baskerville, Pope
A Mile in Her Bootsedited by Jennifer BovéTraveler’s Tales, Inc.The women whose stories appear in A Mile in Her Boots: Women Who Work in the Wild come from widely varied backgrounds and have different jobs. They are alike only in their choice to work outdoors.That being said, all 33 stories in this... Details
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Orem, Tina
The Road Washes Out in Spring: A Poet’s Memoir of Living Off the GridBaron WormserUniversity Press of New EnglandThis is an enchanting memoir of the author’s two decades in the woods of Maine with his wife and children. Part of the 1960s back-to-the-land movement, Wormser explains how he and his... Details
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Pogge, Drew
A Road Runs Through It: Reviving Wild Placesedited by Thomas Reed PetersenJohnson Books“Can we restore the spirit of a place once smothered in roads?” asks Thomas R. Petersen, editor of A Road Runs Through It: Reviving Wild Places. A collection of essays and short stories written by some of the... Details

Columns

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Frost, Melissa
Thousands of Years of History Just Outside BozemanMade famous by the Lewis and Clark expedition, Missouri Headwaters State Park lays where three great rivers—the Gallatin, Madison, and Jefferson—meet to form the mighty Missouri. On July 27, 1805, Captain Meriwether Lewis stood on top of a limestone... Details
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Manning, Jim
Ah, spring! The season when Tennyson said a young man’s fancy “lightly turns to thoughts of love.” But for the region’s grizzly bears, newly roused from their winter’s fast, love can wait. It’s all about getting a good meal.It seems fitting then, with bears once again abroad in the wilderness, that... Details
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Matthews, Jason
Raft-guide school: high water and high anxiety.I'm always amazed at how rivers can shape people in the same way they shape rocks—if you spend enough time on a river it will eventually wear away the rough edges and make you smoother and more rounded. But you have to pay your dues, leave your ego on... Details

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