Spring 2011

 

Spring 2011 is about what sets Bozeman apart, from its people to places to activities. A big part of the spring issue takes place on the water, fly-fishing, paddling, and even gettin’ it on.  Articles abound about running, biking, climbing, and late-season skiing; learn about the best ways to prepare the food you catch, and plan the perfect outdoor event. There’s so much to do in Bozeman, and even more importantly, great people to enjoy it with. So read the spring issue and remember why you love where you live. 

 

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Smith, Greg
“Tell us a scary bear story.”I knew what he wanted—I just didn’t want to give it to him.I had just finished presenting a living history character for an audience at Lone Mountain Ranch. Dressed as a buffalo-hide hunter working for the American Fur Company in the year 1879, I wrapped up the program... Details
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Edwards, Becky & Kira Stoops
Quick, hide this article. Otherwise, you can’t take all the credit for orchestrating one stand-out family reunion, company retreat, friendly gathering, corporate conference, or other outdoor outing right in your proverbial backyard. As a gift to you, dear reader, the O/B planning plebeians have... Details
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Torvinen, Eric
My first time running the Baldy Blitz, I experienced the full gamut of human emotion: from feelings of ecstasy as I ran down off the summit, my yee-haws drowned out by the roar of arctic style winds, to spirit-crushing despair on the ice-cold, bushwhacking decent, rivaled only by the Bataan Death... Details
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Weight, Casey
I never get laid in the summer. There is very little sex on the riverbanks these days. After all, it’s a hard place to find those types of women. Women who think that moldy waders, chapped hands, and coffee breath are sexy; in other words, women who not only know of Flip Pallot and Lefty Kreh, but... Details

Departments

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Dehmer, Kurt
The synthetic felt sole has long been the standard for wader traction and grip on slippery river rocks, but its days may be numbered: Montana State Senate Bill 230 proposes an amendment to fishing regulations that will effectively ban felt soles. “We know felt isn’t the only way to spread invasive... Details
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Warren, Becky
When patches of snow become harder to find around town and blades of grass begin to appear, many anxious Bozemanites hit the trails. Such eager hikers are often deflated when they reach the trail and find only mud and post-holing conditions. But if you're looking for an early-season, local/localish... Details
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French, Betsey
I’m out on a beautiful river, on a beautiful day, with beautiful trout. As the sun sinks low, I look over the river in search of an easy way to wade across without getting myself in trouble or falling in. It's not that I'm clumsy—I just don't pay attention to where I'm wading while casting to... Details
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Rosenbach, Timm
Spring is here and it’s time to stock up the fly box. As the honeycomb-like fly-shop bins suggest, there are literally hundreds of patterns to choose from. But if used properly, you only need a few. It’s okay to error on the side of more versus less, but don't be caught without the following fly... Details
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Pape, Jay
Isn’t it funny how things work? All summer long I dream of backcountry powder, but as soon as those long winter nights set in, I begin passing the time on a bike trainer and dreaming of future “gravel grinder” rides on my cross bike. After spinning away in that stationary trance, I pore over a host... Details
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Knight, Phil
At 11,000 feet, having only marginal rain gear during a storm can be life-threatening. On the other hand, if you're hiking for several hours in the rain, you're going to get wet, no matter how awesome your new parka is. So what to do? Prepare, prepare, prepare.ShelterA medium-sized tarp or fly can... Details
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Reuss, Dave
2011 Photo ContestOffering new camera gear, free booze, cold hard cash, and too many gift certificates to count, the Outside Bozeman Photo Contest is back once again, bigger and better than ever. Last year’s contest brought in over outdoor 3,000 images across all categories, which include action/... Details
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Casey, Jamin
Having lived in the Bozeman area for some 13-odd years, it seems strange (at least to me) that I didn't really see the outdoors until recently.Of course, I've “seen” the outdoors. I'm not visually challenged—I had just never seen the outdoors until I looked at things through the eyes of my mutt. I... Details
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Reuss, Dave
88%: trout’s chance of survival if exhaustively exercised62%: trout’s chance of survival if exhaustively exercised and held out of the water for 30 seconds28%: trout’s chance of survival if exhaustively exercised and held out of the water for 60 seconds33.1: weight of Montana’s record rainbow trout... Details
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Murgatroy, Mike
Over the years, I’ve had people come into the gym after a weekend outing on one of our great rivers and they can hardly move. Kayaking, rafting, or paddling a drift boat uses a great deal of upper body and core strength. And you can’t expect a season of downhill skiing to prepare you for spring/... Details
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LePage, Jenny
Kayak and canoe paddles, bike wheels, bare backs in the sun. Aaah, Bozeman in the springtime. It really is paradise here in southwest Montana… until that darn rotator cuff injury ruins everything! Shoulder issues are so common that it seems like everyone and their dog has one. Let’s take a closer... Details
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Editors
Better Ways to FenceI read with interest Melynda Harrison’s article on the pronghorns (Fall 2010, p. 30). I think you only scratched the surface of the problem. Restricting migration or herd movement is one issue, but a far more serious one is the danger to the animals. Please don't label me as a... Details
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Coughlin, Bev
Experience has taught humankind that the most effective control of any disease is to prevent it in the first place. That’s why early detection of breast cancer is crucial for providing the best hopes of prevention and survival. Breast self-exams are an important part of every woman’s cancer-... Details
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Reuss, Dave
Published May 2011- Check our EVENTS CALENDAR for updated dates. There’s no better way to shake off the cobwebs of hibernation than to ditch the treadmill, head outdoors, and compete. Lace up your shoes and come run this spring—check out winddrinkers.org or runmt.com for updates and more... Details
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McGlynn, Shawn
You can see them bouncing near dusk.Like the deer, antelope, and elkthat used to live here.On pavement and in the shadow ofsodium vapor lamps they dance,frolic, and try to forget everything thatbrought them here and busied their days.By midnight though, they're back to it,tucked away in that dream... Details
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Baumann, Karie
Resurfacing isn't just for roads. Just as spring shows us the havoc winter has played on our byways, highways, and roads less traveled—exposing new holes, ruts, and bumpy terrain—skin shows similar wear and tear, making for a rough go of things. And just as road crews spend time restoring and... Details
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Hopper, Carolyn
Michelle Feldstein stands on the bank of the Yellowstone River in Paradise Valley. Cottonwoods sway in the breeze next to the river at the feet of the Absaroka Mountains. Snow still skiffs the crags. Her eyes scan the rolling 270 acres of Deer Haven Ranch that reach to the west. About 170 rescued... Details
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Harrison, Melynda
If your forehead is feeling warmer than usual, it might just be spring fever. There are a variety of cures for that in Livingston and the surrounding area; here are a few of the best ones.On the RiverThe Joe Brooks Chapter of Trout Unlimited hosts the annual Yellowstone River Clean-Up April 9. Meet... Details
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Pogge, Drew
You might be a Bozemanite if…... your garage is for outdoor gear, not cars.... you associate the scent of gun powder with food. ... you wear Carhartts to weddings.... you've waxed your skis in July.… you’ve skied, floated, and biked on the same day.... your last barroom fight involved talking smack... Details
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Metrick, Dee
A few months ago, my boyfriend got in touch with his fire-loving inner Neanderthal, and together they went out and purchased a wood stove for our house. To compliment his desire to improve our home, I found my way to Ace Hardware and bought 12 smoke detectors (two for each end of every room), six... Details
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Sundborg, Caitlin
Feelin’ hot, hot, hot! If you’re looking for a little somethin’ to tickle your taste buds, give Oso Loco a try. This versatile sauce goes great with tacos, eggs, chili, or anything else you feel like spicing up. I’ve never been one to find enjoyment in eating hot sauces that make you cry, choke,... Details
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Lange, Ted
The good news for the Sourdough Canyon / Bozeman Creek trailhead is that Gallatin Valley Land Trust (GVLT) doubled the parking capacity and installed a permanent vault toilet last fall. It also secured major funding for more improvements this summer. The bad news is that if GVLT raises the rest of... Details
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Wetlaufer, Karl
Now that winter has come to a close, it’s time to start thinking about hitting the rivers again—and all signs are pointing towards a fantastic paddling season. Bozeman’s favorite little girl, La Niña, treated us well this winter with mid-season snowpack in southwest Montana reaching 120% of average... Details
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Harrison, Melynda
If you live in the Gallatin Valley, you know that biking is pretty damn fun. What you might not know is that biking with kids can be just as much fun—even though it takes a little more work and planning. But few family activities rival a good old-fashioned bike ride, and there’s no better way to... Details
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McMahon, Amy
Springtime is finally here... and that means the fresh produce of summer gardens. However, if you’re like me, you live in an apartment, and the only space available for your gardening dreams are your windowsills. If you’re tired of cramming your pots onto sills and envying friends their sunflowers... Details
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Keeler, Greg
You should of been here yesterday. I mean spoons was workin’ like Jesushisself was puttin' 'em on the hook. Hell, Roy Dean, he seen Bobby Dontoss a Alka Seltzer where they was rootin' and a little one took it, then abig one took the little one. I mean you should of seen that thing blow uplike a... Details
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Stoops, Kira
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 in either the perfume-soaked air or... Details
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Bilverstone, Bill
July 22, 1957 - November 26, 2010I don’t know where she found the time. She swam, skied, mountain biked, hiked, backpacked, and scoured Montana cafés in search of pie. She wrote an award-winning book, was working on a second, and her freelance articles and poetry appeared in Christian Science... Details
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Dehmer, Kurt
Want to give the perfect Mother's Day gift? Take Mom fishing. That’s right; there’s even a corresponding aquatic insect hatch, which reminds us that Mother Nature also celebrates Mother’s Day. Numerous local fly-shops offer equipment rentals and lessons in fly-fishing, which will surely whet Mom’s... Details
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MacPhee, Tobias
Whitewater kayaking has long been one of my favorite subjects to photograph. The high energy, emotion, and adventure elements of the sport inspire my photography and continually bring me back time and time again. The sport gives the photographer an amazing amount of creative freedom; however, there... Details
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Bilverstone, Bill
Constellations are a lot like movie stars. Some, like Orion, are superstars. Others, like Hercules, are character actors. And some, like Porcus the Pig, are who-dats. And just like movie stars, each constellation has a backstory. But you won’t find it on the cover of a glossy magazine at the... Details
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Harrison, Melynda
Around Montana, runners, anglers, and cowboys are breaking out their gear to help find a cure for breast cancer—the second leading cause of cancer deaths in women, after lung cancer. In the United States, a woman has a one in eight chance of developing breast cancer in her lifetime. That is one out... Details
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Krueger, Ryan
It’s springtime in southwest Montana, but for those willing to work for it, ski season isn’t even close to finished. We’ve handpicked a few of our favorite spring ski locations so that you to can enjoy what’s left from a long winter. Remember that all normal avy safety considerations apply—despite... Details
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Robinson, Sarah
The rugged backcountry around Bozeman compels folks to partake of the fresh air and challenging terrain. Whether it’s hiking to Lava Lake or a more casual stroll along Hyalite Reservoir, each trip presents both a physical and spiritual journey, with enough earthy scent and breathtaking landscapes... Details
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Reuss, Dave
These events took place in 2011; for updated dates, visit our event calendar. Nothing helps ring in the spring like getting out and enjoying the wide array of outdoor events Bozeman has to offer. Grab a friend or neighbor and hit one (or all) of these festive springtime socials.Join nearly everyone... Details
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Allen, Bob
New TrailsThe recently completed Chestnut Mountain trail, east of Bozeman at the Trail Creek exit, adds some sweet new front-county singletrack. A new spur trail brings improved climbing access to the Frog Rock area. Be warned: the clay soils and north-facing aspect of this trail make it... Details
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Hill, Ty
I rarely barbeque trout caught in the local rivers and streams, especially in summer, because the flavor and texture of the meat seems to diminish with the warmer waters. I prefer to harvest trout from colder water via ice fishing (and ice off-casting in early spring). The meat then is firm, plump... Details
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Harrison, Melynda
When your kid is ready to graduate from beginner status and take to the hills, try one of these (relatively) easy trails:Bozeman Creek / Sourdough Canyon—mileage variesThis local favorite (you’ll see ten people you know, and their dogs) is an easy introduction to mountain biking. The closed-to-... Details
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Reuss, Dave
“You’ve gotta check out this arête, it’s amazing,” Tom Kingsbury urges on one of his many guided tours through the Desert, a bouldering area outside Whitehall. The six climbers following him gather around the blunt, overhanging arête and spread their thick foam bouldering pads around the base. As... Details
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Pogge, Drew
You can tell a lot about people by the blades they choose to carry. It’s kind of like a personality indicator, or even a mood ring—that also doubles as a lethal weapon. Here’s a primer on blade psychology.Multitool: This person is practical, level-headed, and likely works with his or her hands... Details
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Pogge, Drew
Ask someone to borrow a knife these days and nine times out of ten they won’t be packing. It’s damn near impossible to find a blade in public, even here in Montana, where there’s all kinds of stuff that needs cuttin’. But it wasn’t long ago that personal knives—pocket knives, penknives, multitools... Details
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England, Mike
Excellence is not a skill. It is an attitude. –Ralph MarstonSeveral years ago an essay landed in the O/B editorial inbox, about a woman’s post-divorce experience working in a barn with a retired rodeo bull named Wander. Called “Wandering” (Fall 2007, p. 66), it was insightful and amusing, erudite... Details
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Pogge, Drew
I am not a disciple of Norman Maclean. To say it another way: I’m not a fly fisherman. Fly fishing is fine and dandy, but I’m more of an eater than a fisher. Fishing is something I do to provide myself with juicy, succulent meat, and that’s pretty much where the romance ends. I can appreciate a... Details
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Lussier, Alex
If you think that “looking forward to your daily commute” sounds outrageous, you’re probably thinking about mind-numbing, stress-inducing, bumper-to-bumper travel. Change your mindset to bike commuting—the kind that lands you at your desk invigorated, mentally sharp, and high on endorphins. To make... Details
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Dehmer, Kurt
Adorning the walls of Manhattan’s famous Garden Café is a truly unique and original collection of angling and angling-inspired art. Dubbed the “Hatch Matcher Gallery,” this exhibit—still in its nymph stage—is an impressive collection of mounted insect specimens, paintings, drawings of numerous... Details
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Edwards, Becky
An interview with the Gallatin Valley Land Trust.Penelope Pierce, the new executive director of the Gallatin Valley Land Trust (GVLT), offered some insight into one of the area's most well-known organization that protects this valley that we call home. O/B: What are the origins of Gallatin Valley... Details
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Reuss, Dave
Our latest mountain-town match-up finds Bozeman competing against the like-minded burg of Park City, Utah. Does this filthy rich tourist hotspot have what it takes to win? Let's see how they stack up.Movie Festivals Sundance Film Festival vs. HatchFest. Bozeman puts up a good fight, but Sundance is... Details
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Shark & Yankee Jim
The Tungsten Bead Goomie Worm is a go-to fly in the spring. This worm pattern is great when the bugs aren’t hatching, the water is off-color, or the fish are slow and lethargic. Those truths said, let us also disclose that this fly pretty much works all the time. While being a must-have on some of... Details
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How to calculate your asshole footprint.Being an asshole is like burying a dead body in the woods: everyone’s done it. Or something like that. Are you an asshole? Take our handy quiz to find out. 1. Did you blow up the cliffs along the Jefferson River?2. Have you updated your Facebook status from... Details
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Lange, Ted
The East Gallatin Recreation Area on Bozeman’s north side contains some of the valley’s most popular trails—residents come to immerse themselves in the beauty of the river, its shimmering green cottonwood and aspen forest, and its cascade of birdsong. But more than a decade after these trails were... Details
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Cashman, Jan
Want to grow your own veggies? Interest in raised-bed gardening is growing, and the local climate and soils make them a great way to go in Bozeman. Here's how to get started.Why a Raised Bed?The soil in a raised bed warms up quicker in the spring. That's very important in our short growing season.... Details

Gear Reviews

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England, Mike
Few things feels better than a soft, furry dog head in one’s hands—and nothing’s worse than a sudden blast of rank dog breath on the face. If your pooch’s halitosis is out of hand, temper the terror with Breath Bites from Pet Naturals. These potent treats are all natural and have a chicken-liver... Details
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Baker, Alicia
Designed especially for women, Lowa’s Bora GTX Quarter Cut boot is lightweight and supports the whole foot. As I hiked up Sypes Canyon, my feet didn't roll onto their sides like other flimsy boots I’ve used. The supportive, wraparound frame helped. The burly tread is great for hiking and... Details
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England, Mike
Nothing’s more fundamental to bike commuting than a good light. Sure, you can sling a headlamp on your skull and call it good; but for more stability, safety, and a MaxBright LED that slashes darkness like a wizard’s staff, check out the Princeton Tec Push. Named for the handy pushbutton switch on... Details
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England, Mike
Bungee cords come in many styles, from cheap Wal-Mart flimsies to burly S-hook straps used for lashing big-rig load covers. One flaw common to all, though, is eventual deterioration—nylon bungees eventually stretch out, and even professional-grade rubber degrades. Enter Perfect Bungee, a series of... Details
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Wells, Andrew
Cold weather in Montana is never really confined to just a few months. When the wind kicks up and your average sweatshirt just won’t cut it, you need Carhartt’s thermal-lined Hooded Zip-Front Sweatshirt. This sweatshirt is made from a super tough cotton and polyester fleece blend and lined with 100... Details
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Sundborg, Caitlin
Need a good pack, but don’t want to fork over $400 to get one? Check out the Everest 65+10 by High Peak. Straps and buckles galore make adjusting the frame easy and allow you to find your perfect fit while minimizing frustration. EVA foam on the straps and back padding make you feel like less of a... Details
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Bass, Rick
I’m partial to the kitchen-sink style of daypacking, so the Gregory Serrac 45 suits that need wonderfully. It has a very good-fitting waist-belt and it rides smooth and firm, which, at the end of a 16-hour walk, is appreciated. The Serrac is available in small, medium, and large—2,624, 2,746, or 2,... Details
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Krueger, Ryan
When I wear these shoes, I feel like I could kick Sasquatch in the nuts and then outrun him. The Salewa MTN Trainer is designed to be comfortable enough for everyday use and general hiking but technical enough to handle any approach. Built with a mesh lining for breathability on hot days, as well... Details
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Bass, Rick
Hardly anyone could dispute the cool factor of the Julbo Pipeline. This is a fantastic set of sunglasses. Somehow, despite the ungainliness of each of their individual parts, they manage to look cool with a dinosaurian kind of uniqueness. The arms are strangely minimalist frames-without-a-body,... Details
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McCarthy, Chris
Getting into the Redington Sonic-Pro Wader with the bulky clothing I was wearing for cold-weather fishing was a breeze, plus the zipper made it easy to prevent my polar fleece pants from bunching up around my knees. The rock guards are attached just above the ankle and also have a clip to help keep... Details
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McCarthy, Chris
The Fishpond Deep Creek Chest Pack solves many of the problems I’ve had with previous chest packs. The front pouch opens to a full 90 degrees so I can find the right fly, and the foam storage pad is attached with Velcro so I can have different flies on interchangeable foam pads for different... Details
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Reuss, Dave
Waterproof gear is absolutely awesome—until it stops working. For the longest time, I would relentlessly use my waterproof stuff, and then sadly shrug off the fact that my gear’s “waterproof” claim was now meant sarcastically and I’d lust after new replacements… even though the old gear was... Details
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Reuss, Dave
Now that spring is here for the next six months, climbing only happens on terrain too steep to get rain or melting snow (i.e., thuggish, blocky limestone with glassy feet). I need all the help I can get to clip the chains, so when I do battle with these bastard routes, I pull out my Solutions. With... Details
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Sundborg, Caitlin
Just so we’re clear, Luna Bars aren't "chick food." Each bar has nine grams of protein—which is about 50% more protein than an egg—and they come in mouthwatering flavors such as Peanut Butter Cookie, Vanilla Almond, and Iced Oatmeal Raisin (my favorite). Which is why the guys on the editorial staff... Details
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McQuiston, Carol
If you’re headed into the mountains with your adventurous best friend, the newly updated Dog Pack from Mountainsmith is something to consider. Its tapered torso prevents slipping and provides excellent balance as your dog carries his food (and your gear, if the pup needs extra exercise) up and down... Details
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Ebeling, Chris
The performance of Mammut’s Phoenix double ropes inspires a climbing twist on an old cliche: two ropes are better than one. Routing the separate cords through alternating pieces of gear or switching ropes across a traverse makes rope drag a thing of the past, as does the slick 8mm diameter and... Details

Book Reviews

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Reuss, Dave
We don’t have to sit idly by while oil companies pillage the earth for cheap petroleum. With The Heart of the Monster: Why the Pacific Northwest and Northern Rockies Must Not Become an ExxonMobil Conduit to the Alberta Tar Sands (All Against the Haul publishing, $15), David James Duncan and... Details
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Reuss, Dave
Tired of hiking the same old circuit of trails around Bozeman? Check out the new edition of Robert Stone’s Day Hikes Around Bozeman (Day Hike Books, $16) for plenty of beautiful hikes you’ve never done before, all within a 90-mile radius from Bozeman. Detailing over 100 day hikes past gorgeous... Details
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Krueger, Ryan
A collection of some of the greatest skiing locations on the continent, 50 Classic Ski Descents of North America (Wolverine Publishing, $60) by Chris Davenport, Art Burrows, and Penn Newhard has a lifetime of skiing within its covers. With first-hand accounts from many of the sport’s legends,... Details
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Hostetler, Jeff
Silent Seasons, a legendary 1978 collection, assembles angling writers who delve into the contradictory nature of humanity. The writers of these essays are honest to a fault. In fact, their faults are where their self-deprecating sincerity lies open and bare, and this truth serum is destined to... Details

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