Spring 2008

Features

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Anderson, James
As a year-round angler, there are always a few things I look forward to—and saying goodbye to snapping the ice out of my guides with frozen fingers is definitely one of them. In early spring there a lot of great rivers to choose from, but the Bighorn and Missouri are by far the best options for... Details
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Anderson, James
Tips for better fishing.During the frenzy of the hatch, trout can become very selective. Finding the fish and figuring out what they’re eating is only half the battle—now you’ve got to present your fly to them properly. Here are three of the most effective casts I know.The Reach CastPosition... Details
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Kira Stoops
Getting hitched under the Big Sky.Face it: no outdoors enthusiast worth his salt readily and without profanity cancels a sunny, spring-weekend excursion to pack into a church and watch a twitterpated twosome tie the knot. Most cringe at the words "save the date", envisioning themselves strangling... Details
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Editors
ALL HAIL THE MIGHTY SUBARU!Once again, Outside Bozeman and southwest Montana drivers have teamed up to celebrate this most prized of Asian autos, the stalwart Subaru. Within the following pages are some of Montana’s most engaging Suby tales, as told by the proud pilots and passengers who rightly... Details

Departments

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Edwards, Becky
When Babs Noelle founded Women Who Wine in 2004, her vision wasn’t just of a bunch of gals unabashedly guzzling vino. Noelle wanted to better understand and positively affect this new community she moved to from Denver—and make a few friends in the process. Women Who Wine is a group of forward-... Details
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Editors
“Wilderness is recognized as an area where the earth and its community of life are untrammeled by man, where man himself is a visitor who does not remain; wilderness areas are devoted to the public purposes of outstanding opportunities for solitude or a primitive and unconfined type of recreation,... Details
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Frost, Melissa
Now You KnowHave you ever wondered how many antelope there are in Montana? How many people visit Montana state parks? How many fish are reared annually for stocking in Montana rivers and lakes? How many miles of groomed snowmobile trails there are in the state? Now you can find out. FWP's handy Now... Details
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Smith, Marjorie
Bozeman’s Intermountain Opera Association (IOA) is celebrating its 30th anniversary this spring with a lavish production of Bizet’s Carmen. Approximately 3,000 area residents and visitors from around the Northern Rockies will thrill to magnificent voices and lavish costumes as the gypsy girl,... Details
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Harkin, Sue
You don't have to leave town to have a great outdoor experience. Why not explore your city park system and participate in some of the City of Bozeman’s Recreation Department activities? Here's what's coming up.Spring ChickensThe city’s annual Easter Egg Hunt will be held Saturday, March 22, at 1 pm... Details
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Fella, Monica
Spring has sprung, and we aren't the only ones waking up from a long winter. All over Montana, warmer weather is bringing grizzlies out of their dens. When bears awake, they are sort of in a daze, and their only intent is to find food and find it quickly. They're out searching in the same places... Details
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Serena Rundberg
A meat-less alternative to a breakfast classic. One of my fondest memories in life is wild-salmon fishing in Sitka, Alaska with my 93-year-old grandfather in 2003. We caught so much fish that I found myself with a huge freezer full of wild Alaskan King salmon. In my family, the tradition of fishing... Details
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Caplette, Jenna
If you have a camera that allows you to change the lens—a single-lens reflex (SLR) camera—specialty filters will improve the quality of your photographs. So before you head out to take photographs in high mountain country this spring, be sure you have a polarizing filter.Polarizing filters are... Details
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Villase
Twelve years ago on a backcountry adventure my two sisters, me, and our mama crossed paths with Pita the Wonder Dawg, or PWD for short.One day, in search of new biking challenges we found a little furball huddled in the middle of nowhere. The injured puppy was too young to be weaned from its mother... Details
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England, Mike
It’s easy to extol the virtues of Bozeman’s unequivocally badass back yard—but don’t rave too loudly, lest ye drown out the sweet, seductive song of our wind-scoured neighbor 22 miles to the east. Sure, Hyalite and Gallatin Canyon are awesome, but Livingston’s playground, Paradise Valley, is a 40-... Details
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Orem, Tina
Insurance can be a totally boring topic until you're looking at a thousand-dollar bill to fix the lung you punctured with your buddy's ice axe. That's when you realize that gear isn't the only expense thrillseekers have to consider.It's an important concern, that thousand-dollar bill, because few... Details
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Stoops, Kira
It's tough being a Bozemanite sometimes. Which coffee shop am I gonna frequent? Which one of these Suby Outbacks is mine? Grab a jacket, a Nalgene, those never-ending out-of-town guests, and get back into the boonies for a day, on one tank or less.Start in Manhattan, Montana. You can deliberate... Details
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Swinson, Renee
When you think of massage, what comes to mind? It may simply be relaxation, or you may expect a more clinical experience. You may want to work out the knots, release the tension in your lower back, or get rid of a headache. The good news is, no matter what your expectations, there is a massage and... Details
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Orem, Tina
730 billion: dollars spent on active outdoor recreation in U.S., 200624 million: number of Americans who paddle every year6 million: number of Americans who play soccer15.9: percent of men over age 30 who have been married twice17.2: percent of women over age 30 who have been married twice44.6:... Details
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England, Mike
At its most basic level, dancing is entertainment; hence the insane popularity of Dancing with the Stars, So You Think You Can Dance, and similar shows. For most of us, dancing is just plain fun, whether we’re doing it ourselves or watching others. It’s a physical expression of our most elemental... Details
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Barker, Dave
Last August, we hit a particularly bad bison jam on the road that cuts through Yellowstone National Park’s Lamar Valley. Humans rarely have the right-of-way in this bison-packed section of the Park, and our bus wasn’t going anywhere.A ranger swaggered up to the driver’s window. “Is everyone in this... Details
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Manning, Jim
Black birds circling the sky are a common Western motif. But if they’re flapping more than soaring, it’s not buzzards you spy, in all likelihood, but the ubiquitous raven, or its cousin the crow. These raucous avians are not shy about claiming their piece of the landscape, and their claim extends... Details
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Hoberecht, Suzy Hall
Here are suggestions for things to try as you head down the road to greener living. 1) Reduce. The first, and for some of us the toughest, of the 3 Rs. Ask—Do I really need that new whatever-it-is? Will it last? Will it be out of style tomorrow anyway? Avoid impulse buying. If you see something you... 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.ChampsSparse Miller, owner of Sun Runner, a Subaru repair shop and used car dealership in Belgrade, for being an all... Details
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Halpin, Bill
Every so often an existing word gets revived. Like an old rock & roll star returning to the stage, it becomes popular and brings a newfound respect and a fresh outlook to its meaning. Sustainability is such a word. It seems over the last few years this word has achieved a welcome popularity:... Details
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Ponca, Peter
The slopes of the Mill Creek drainage, near the Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness boundary, look bleak and dark. Blackened torsos of burned trees contrast the clear blue sky. Gushing water rips deep cuts in the soft, fire-damaged ground. Many trees have been forcefully uprooted by high winds, leaving... Details
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Smith, Marjorie
It's not just the young and fit—the climbers of frozen waterfalls, the runners of Bridger Ridge—who long to get out and experience what makes Montana special. I’ve been making sure that my 87-year-old-mother, a native Montanan, gets out and about and onto the roads less traveled. Perhaps you know a... Details
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England, Mike
I have a good friend who chides me mercilessly when I don’t ski enough. This year was particularly bad. “You’re the freakin’ editor of an outdoor magazine,” he cried, incredulous, “and you only skied 12 times this year? What the heck’s wrong with you?”What indeed. Twelve lousy days—that’s a far cry... Details
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Pogge, Drew
The fire was burning down. Luckily we still had a pint of rum left and nothing else to do but throw more wood into the hole. You see, the fire was literally burning down—into a reflective snowy cavern that grew deeper with each log we tossed to the hungry flames. So we sat around the fire—now about... Details
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Kira Stoops
Wetlands compose less than two percent of the land in Montana, but there's some right here in Bozeman—for now, anyway.As co-owner of 33 acres of marshy ground behind the Village Downtown (north of East Main, near the railroad tracks), developer Mike Delaney claims he’d like these wetlands preserved... Details

Gear Reviews

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Peterson, Simon
The most impressive feature of the Seal Line Kodiak Taper 20 dry bag is its weight, or lack thereof. Made from tough, low-friction nylon, it weighs in at only six ounces. The bag is designed for use in kayaks but can be shaped and easily stuffed into any tight spot by squeezing air out of the purge... Details
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England, Mike
You’ve probably heard of yerba mate—it’s that South American tea and coffee substitute that’s only slightly less potent but much gentler on the stomach, and is rife with health benefits. California-based Guayaki uses hand-picked leaves and rainforest-grown mate to produce its all-natural Organic... Details
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Bass, Rick
They’re not perfect—the Vasque Wasatch GTX Backpacking boots—but I’m pretty sure they’re the best boots I’ve worn yet. For years I’ve been trying to find a pair of boots that are truly waterproof, and all have failed miserably, usually in the most inconvenient of circumstances: deep snow, cold day... Details
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England, Mike
I used to think all sunglasses were the same—and on the $10 gas-station rack, they pretty much are. Move up into the $75+ range, however, and the differences can be vast. The Native Triumph, for example, is lighter, more comfortable, and far more stable than most other glasses in its price range. I... Details
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England, Mike
Three Forks-based Outa Ware has built a watertight reputation for burly technical clothing that outlasts everything else in one’s outdoor wardrobe—and their new Norris Pants are no exception. In addition to Outa Ware’s trademark durability, the Norris’s soft microfleece lining and waterproof,... Details
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England, Mike
Few things suck worse than being halfway up a rock face, white-knuckling a sloper hold with one hand while you reach desperately toward a tiny crack with the other—and you can’t find a taper to stop your nut. Your leg starts doing the Elvis shake and you know that a fall is mere moments away. If... Details
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Ponca, Peter
When preparing for climbing adventures I am always concerned about weight, especially on longer alpine trips. The lighter you are, the faster you can move—and the safer you will be. That's why I like the ViaMont stoppers and tricams for technical climbs. They’re made of light aluminum alloy and are... Details
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England, Mike
There’s no shortage of energy bars on the market today—my local grocery store, for example, devotes an area bigger than my closet to them—but most have only subtle differences in flavor, shape, etc. Like energy drinks, you simply pick the one that tastes the best to you; all else is pretty much... Details
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Schwehr, Darren
What can the Platypus Hoser hydration system offer over existing systems? Well, if you tend to leave your water bladder festering in the sun with the rest of your sweaty gear in the back of your car, you can rest assured that no bacterial cell division is taking place, thanks to Platypus’s... Details
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Ponca, Peter
Even if a thick mane of hair protects your head, you may still need a little extra coverage when exposed to the elements. The Adventure Hat from Sunday Afternoons should be an essential part of all outdoor enthusiasts’ wardrobes. Whether it’s the gusting winds of Livingston or the blazing sun of... Details

Additional Articles

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Dehmer, Kurt
Sometime between the end of April and the middle of May something spectacular happens. Depending upon the air and water temperatures, as well as the ever-volatile spring weather, little moth-like insects emerge from local lakes, rivers, and streams. This emergence is dubbed the “Mother’s Day Caddis... Details
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Frost, Mick
After wandering the mountains of the Pacific Northwest for most of her life, a happy bipedal hominoid named Hairy Ann has finally settled down in Missoula, Montana. “I’m ready for a more urbanized lifestyle,” the Bigfoot-human cross says. “A girl gets lonely in the woods.” So why Missoula over... Details
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Frost, Mick
After wandering the mountains of the Pacific Northwest for most of her life, a happy bipedal hominoid named Hairy Ann has finally settled down in Missoula, Montana. “I’m ready for a more urbanized lifestyle,” the Bigfoot-human cross says. “A girl gets lonely in the woods.” So why Missoula over... Details
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England, Mike
With spring in full swing—and gas prices in high gear—there’s no better time to get on a bike. Whether you’re a lifelong biker or a velocipedic neophyte, the Gallatin County Fairgrounds is the place to be April 19, for the Gallatin Valley Bike Club’s 30th annual Bozeman Bike Swap. Similar to the... Details
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Strickland, Erin
Bozeman’s skateboarding population is booming. And desperate for more elbow room. The skatepark is busy and crowded. “If someone like yourself (read: never-skated-before-in-my-life) wanted to learn, there’d be very few hours of the day that there weren’t a ton of people zipping by,” says Elwood... Details
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Patterson, Amber
On February 5, Habitat for Humanity of Gallatin Valley broke ground on the first of ten homes in the West Winds Subdivision behind Home Depot. “Habitat” hasn’t built a home in Bozeman for roughly a decade, but the need for affordable housing is real here—when applications came in, 90 people had... Details
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Villase
An MSU honors program senior completing a double-major in media and theatre arts, Kevin Connolly is one helluva rolling exhibition. With digital equipment funded by his silver-medal earnings during the 2007 Winter X Games, Connolly, who was born without legs, recently skateboarded nonstop through... Details
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Edwards, Becky
It's be easy to pick out boaters across Montana in the winter. They’re the ones with the shit-eating-grins plastered across their mugs after every cold smoke dump leaves its calling card. And that’s not just because most of ‘em are skiers, too. This winter was a banner year for snow pack after... Details

Book Reviews

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Orem, Tina
An updated edition of the 1977 original, Northwest Trees (Mountaineers Books; $19) is a beautiful and meticulously illustrated book profiling more than 60 species of native trees in southern British Columbia, Washington, Oregon, Idaho, southwestern Alberta, most of Idaho, Yellowstone, and western... Details
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Orem, Tina
Thomas Elpel is the director of the Hollowtop Outdoor Primitive School in Pony. The guy has been around for years and is one of the area's foremost experts in survival skills. Elpel's written several books on various survival-related topics, and now he's out with a DVD series called the Art of... Details
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England, Mike
Montana photography books are like architects—shake a tree around Bozeman and five will fall out. But like architects, not all photo books are created equal. Take Montana Panoramic (Great Wide Open Publishing, $75), a new collection of images by local photographer Craig Hergert. This book is truly... Details

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