Spring 2012


Our Spring 2012 issue is all about seeking out new adventures, and learning that, no matter how good we think we are, we always have more to learn. True joy comes from the experience of discovering something for the first time, and whether it’s fishing the Madison for the hundredth time or biking Pipestone for the first, keeping an open mind makes each adventure feel new, no matter how many times it’s been done. So as spring rejuvenates Bozeman and its outdoor enthusiasts, go ahead and push your limits by ziplining across the Gallatin, or put a twist on an old classic by stalking carp with a fly rod. Explore Montana’s infinite variety, and we bet you’ll find there’s still plenty to learn. 

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Kumlien, Kris
It seems pretty strange that in a beautiful state like Montana—replete with pristine lakes, rivers, and streams chock full of beautiful brown, rainbow, and cutthroat trout—groups of fly-fishing bums would be excitedly searching muddy ponds and murky waters for a lowly trash fish that Midwesterners... Details
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Harrison, Melynda
Student stories from Mount Ellis AcademyThere isn’t much that would make a sane person want to go back to high school, but Mount Ellis Academy’s outdoor program might do just that. From bombing down their private ski hill, to hiking through the Tetons, to canoeing the Missouri River, students of... Details
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Sam Roloff
Swiftwater training in southwest Montana.Arriving at Thumper Rapid on the upper Gallatin, our team spots an unconscious kayaker stranded on a rock in the middle of the whitewater. He’s in a section of river surrounded by strainers—dead trees lodged in the waterway. In any whitewater scenario, they... Details
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By mid-March, most Bozeman residents have had just about enough of cold weather. The days are getting longer, and it’s finally time to head outdoors for a little sunshine. Sadly, our outdoor-rec reach tends to exceed our grasp. All too often, bikers are sent back to the car by muddy, snow-clogged... Details

Departments

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Turner, Ryan
The hardest part of shooting fishing photos: I would rather be fishing. So if I’m putting my rod down to take pictures, I like to concentrate and take really good ones. Here are some hints to help you make the most of your fishing shots. The ActionWhen the fisherman hooks up with fish, there can be... Details
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The Editors
1. Read O/B Classics. Check out gems and rarities from the fabled O/B archives—who can forget the Carhartt thong, grumpy old Gramps, indignant immigrant Terry Levine, or the Field Guide to Bozemanites? outsidebozeman.com/magazine/archives2. Join the Conversation. Jump into the already-heated... Details
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Kumlien, Kris
The Cheerio Plugger is a cool carp pattern that is similar, but with a few tweaks and an addition or two, to Jay Zimmerman’s Backstabber. I like this pattern better than Jay’s and it’s great for taking carp in every water condition, on lakes, ponds, sloughs, and rivers. It can be tied in a variety... Details
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England, Mike
If you need help fostering a love of the outdoors instead of a fascination with computers, bring the young’uns out to the Bozeman Fish Technology Center on May 21 for the 13th Annual Watershed Festival. Hosted by Montana Outdoor Science School (MOSS), this celebration of watersheds and wildlife... Details
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Orem, Tina
You wanted it, you got it—a few issues ago, we caved to readers’ clamoring and began publishing a digital edition. Here are the articles that got the most attention at digital.outsidebozeman.com last issue:Top Dogs. We now have even more documented proof that Bozeman is a dog town; digital-edition... Details
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Jones, Andrea
With spring in the air, it’s time to look ahead at improving the hunter experience and preparing Montana youth to hunt safely. Application Deadline ChangesThis year, Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks (FWP) instituted a new application deadline of March 15 for special permits (deer and elk).... Details
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Herzog, Tim
You’ve run shuttle and you’re sliding into your boat at the put-in. The water level is about what you expected and you can see the entry to the first rapid, remembering that you need to start left and then cut right after the big hole.You feel confident and quickly get on the water so you can... Details
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Mangels, Angie
There are wolves in the compound.As I step onto my cabin porch during my first night at the Lamar Buffalo Ranch, one of the volunteers tells me he saw one. While I’m trying to decide if he’s joking, I hear the howl.We grab our flashlights and look around, but we aren’t quick enough and don’t see... Details
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Manning, Jim
Let’s say you’ve been kidnapped—God knows why. You’re tossed into a trunk, driven an interminable time, and dropped off in the middle of nowhere with only a jacket, a bottle of water, and two sticks of gum. Night is falling. What do you do?Put on the jacket. Save the water for later. Pop one of the... Details
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Bozeman, Johnny
Need to know the deal on gear, trends, and outdoor issues? You've come to the right place. Gear guru Johnny Bozeman's got the answers you need. Q: What’s the deal with the whole “barefoot” running craze? And aren’t “barefoot shoes” an oxymoron anyway?A: Yes. The uninspired marketing teams at... Details
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Reuss, Dave
Gone are the days of focusing on just one sport—there are just too many fun things to do in southwest Montana. Instead, good Bozemanites know building a strong athletic base is the best way to enjoy the outdoors, stay healthy, and perform at a respectable level. Enter Altitude Althetics, a new... Details
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Keyes, Fletcher
What happens when you find yourself needing a change of pace, a different outdoor backdrop, or just need to run into some new faces? Satisfy your hunger for variety by heading south, to the border towns of West Yellowstone and Island Park, where opportunity awaits to reinvigorate your outdoor... Details
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Rogel, Christine
Flanked by the Absaroka-Beartooths and the Crazy Mountains, the town of Big Timber sits at the confluence of the Yellowstone and Boulder rivers, serving as a great starting point for a multi-day adventure. It’s a quiet, historic town that welcomes guests with signs for fishing and hiking right off... Details
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Keyes, Fletcher
Night owls, rejoice! The Southwest Montana Astronomical Society (SMAS), a nonprofit organization dedicated to amateur astronomy and the study of the universe, holds meetings the last Friday of each month at the Museum of the Rockies. Meetings may include a speaker, demonstration, workshop, and/or... Details
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Lunden, Jason
As we make the transition from snow to spring runoff, it’s time to get those shoulders in check. The shoulder is the most unstable joint in the body and prone to a variety of injuries, especially if you participate in overhead activities such as kayaking and climbing.To prevent a shoulder injury... Details
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Western, Sally
Looking to get in on the wolf-watching action around Yellowstone Park? Here are some resources to get you started. Yellowstone Safari CompanyOffers private, customized, wolf-viewing safaris from one to five days with experienced wildlife-biologist guides. yellowstonesafari.com. Yellowstone... Details
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Leahy, Mike
Many people in Bozeman live an outside life. Dave Gaillard was one. It was Dave’s passion to take himself and others out to explore the mountains, and it was his life’s work to conserve the wildlife that makes the mountains whole.Unfortunately, Dave lost his life on one such trip on New Year’s Eve... Details
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Manning, Jim
As the world begins to sprout and bloom, the days and nights are better for strolling—but watch your step, for rattlesnakes and other wriggly reptiles are emerging from their lairs to sun themselves into activity once again. And they have plenty of cousins in the sky.Foremost, if faintish, is Hydra... Details
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Corcoran, Jackie Rainford
With ski season on the horizon, it’s time to get those ski/snowboard/nordic legs ready—try these exercises to improve your cardio strength, stamina, agility, and balance before the snow flies. High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT)If your heart and lungs are strong after an active summer, add HIIT... Details
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Beaudoin, Kate
The Bozeman City Commission and the Bozeman Creek Enhancement Project are in the final stages of planning the improvement of Bogert Park and its access to Bozeman Creek. The city’s plans include (re)creating meanders throughout the creek to ease access, planting more vegetation, and improving and... Details
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Jakob, Thomas
Nutrition is rapidly gaining popular interest, and food companies are under pressure to increase the quality of their ingredients. The pet-food industry alone has annual sales over one billion dollars, and, like human food, a company’s sales pitch makes rational selection and comparison difficult... Details
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Raindrops slither down the window as you stare outside, searching the sky for a break in the clouds. No such luck—it’s grey as whale skin. The thermometer reads a frigid 40 degrees; you can only imagine how much colder it is on the trail, and what a frozen mud-luge it must be up there. Nope, not... Details
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Beaudoin, Kate
Local author and jack-of-all-trades Greg Keeler has been a busy man: in the past year, he’s published five books, among them his first novel and four volumes of poems, with four of the books featuring Keeler’s own artwork. His novel Painting Water is, like his popular Trash Fish, a memoir, but told... Details
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Sundborg, Caitlin
And they call it puppy love… On May 19, team up with Bozeman Canine Classic for the K9 9K, a dog party, mixed-species footrace, and alliterative palindrome all in one. Participate in a 5.5-mile run or a 1-mile fun run/walk with your beloved pooch, all while raising money for the rest of the litter... Details
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Mrazz, Kyle
Springtime is back, which means one thing: the fisherman (or fisherwoman) in your life will be coming home with a creel full of fresh fish. Here’s a simple and delicious way to prepare your next meal. Whole Trout Poached in Riesling with Local Roasted Potatoes and a Cucumber Dill Yogurt Sauce /... Details
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Western, Sally
In the mid-1970s, a Delaware shoe repairman named Steve Schnee and his wife Jean packed all their worldly possessions into a Plymouth Valiant and headed west, in hopes of acquiring a new business somewhere between Ohio and California. They eventually purchased a company in Anaconda, MT, which they... Details
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Dave Reuss
Climbing the King & Queen. From the interstate, the King and Queen stick out like a wart in the wooded hillside of the Boulder Batholith. With little precipitation and drive-up access, this multiseason crag boasts great camping and beautiful towering walls of granite, riddled with fissures,... Details
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England, Mike
Three Forks Threesome.When Saturday dawns warm and bright and outdoor ambitions rise within you like spring snowmelt, it’s time for a Montana multisport: two or more outdoor activities spliced into a single day of fun and adventure. Lash the raft or canoe to the roof; hoist bikes onto the hitch... Details
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Pogge, Drew
Few communities are more dog-friendly than Bozeman. Everywhere you look, it seems there’s a dog waiting for the next hike, bike, ski, or float—and that’s a good thing. But with all this dog culture, it can be easy to lose track of the lingo. Here’s a refresher on Bozeman dog-speak.Bloodbath—... Details
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Keyes, Fletcher
There are photographers who are born to take pictures of the natural world. Discovering their passion at a young age, they spend hours outside experimenting with their parents’ cameras, idolizing outdoor-photography icons like Ansel Adams and Galen Rowell, and eventually attending specialized... Details
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Western, Sally
Interested in getting your Wilderness First Aid certification, exploring the natural sciences firsthand, or fostering your child’s outdoor leadership skills? Fortunately, Bozeman is rich with outdoor-education programs for adults and kids.Headwaters Academy is a private middle school whose... Details
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Kurt Dehmer
Wild turkeys, not unlike the namesake whiskey, can bring an otherwise sane person to the heights of elation, the depths of depression, or the brink of madness. Fortunately for sportsmen (and their significant others), Montana’s spring turkey season is just slightly over a month long—usually April... Details
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Foster, John Clay
Art by Will PopeA young robin stares at the bud of a tree, waitingfor it to open. He thinks it will be in the nextseventeen minutes. “Wait for it, wait for it...”he sings (not being able to say the words withthe normal slow brevity required). A pine beetle sighs"That spruce tasted like heaven."... Details
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Sawyer, Kit
There’s no better way to shake off cabin fever than a day out on the river. The trout get more active as water temperatures rise, and they seem easier to catch after relatively little fishing during winter. Here are three of the best places to go for good spring fishing around Bozeman. The... Details
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Smith, Greg
It’s not really spring until the birds return.According to the Montana Audubon Society, the official Montana bird list contains 427 species, ranging from birds of prey such as the golden eagle, to shorebirds and waterfowl, to warblers and sparrows. Some of these are year-round Montana residents and... Details
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Sveum, Paul
We’ve all seen them. Like a herd of placid bovines at the feed pile, their Subys line up at the trailhead lot, so caked with dust and mud that you can barely read the Sierra Club, WWF, and “Live Simple So Others Can Simply Live” bumper stickers.Out of those cars emerge obese backpacks teeming with... Details
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Jelinski, Jack
Come spring I am starved for a fix.I tremble like an addictfumbling with my head kit:blood knots, surgeon’s loops, clinch knots,longing to get bent, baked, jacked up,amped to find the perfect joltof energyfrom a perfectly drifted nymphferociously struckby a winter-starved troutthat travels through... Details
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Kurt Dehmer
A treasured Montana pastime.Sure, any joker can lay down a pile of bucks to harvest a giant bull on the Flyin’ D, and there are more than enough “grip and grin” shows on cable outdoor channels. However, in Montana, one of the most sought-after game critters of the spring season happens to be the... Details
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Reuss, Dave
Harrison Lake, aka Willow Creek Reservoir, just east of Harrison in the Madison Valley, is now formally an Important Bird Area (IBA)—the 40th IBA in Montana. The Harrison area has a diversity of species, including transient waterbirds, breeding waterfowl, and migrating shorebirds, and IBAs help... Details
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Reuss, Dave
My friend threw an elbow into my ribs. “Shut up,” he said through clenched teeth. The usual chatter of the crag had ceased and half a dozen people froze to stare upward, jaws hanging limp and eyes unblinking. “He’s climbing it.” The dusty limestone cave was quiet as Catholic mass, sentences clipped... Details
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Keeler, Greg
Art by Michael S. Maydak When weather won’t hold and cloudsturn snake down skies too bright to stay,you blame the ducks and think bad ducksthen fisting skyward shout bad ducksat Vs that waver but don’t quit coming. When rivers turn dream-side downand thicken to the green of marmaladein a schoolgirl... Details
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Beaudoin, Kate
Mountain Belles, formerly Team WinS (Women in Sports), have been encouraging women to “adventure together” for almost a decade. Initially, Team WinS sponsored competitive female athletes who did everything from triathlons to figure skating to rock climbing. The organization helped cover the cost of... Details
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Keyes, Fletcher
Summer may be the high season, but spring’s got its share of horse-and-rider action as well. Here are a few events to check out around southwest Montana. March 24C & C Winter Series, BelgradeCheck out arena barrels, poles, breakaway, and goat-tying. [email protected] 24Kountz Arena... Details
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The Editors
Shoot to ThrillShooters, take your positions—the annual Outside Bozeman Photo Contest is back for its fifth year, and it promises to be the best one yet. From landscape to lifestyle, action to wildlife, there’s a category for every aspect of (outdoor) life in southwest Montana. And with three... Details
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Mike McClure
Like many before me, I arrived in Bozeman full of proverbial piss and vinegar: a rabid recreationalist, indiscriminately attacking every outdoor adventure possible. My drive far outpaced my experience, though, and within a few days I almost died in an avalanche. It’s no small wonder that I made it... Details
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Logan, Cynthia
Catch the tail end of a bona fide Western tradition and head to Three Forks between May 3 and 6—that should put you smack in the middle of some serious cowboy camaraderie and adrenaline, as riders trail horses thundering through town to their summer pasture during Montana Horses’ final spring... Details
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The Editors
One of the O/B editorial department’s favorite activities is calling bullshit—on wannabe posers, ridiculous trends, shameless marketing spin, and any other assaults on reason and our collective common sense. Which is exactly what we did last issue, with our article about the latest dietary craze to... Details
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Reed, Tom
It was the kind of winter that keeps you indoors. A sullen one, with low clouds in the sky, clouds that threaten snow, but do not produce. The mountains were cloaked, buried in fluffy grayness; but down on the valley there was only a high, gray sky. All winter you wished it would do something, but... Details
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Harrison, Melynda
Many of us have memories of playing outside as children—my brother and I, for example, loved the old oak tree near our house. Its large limbs bent down to the ground; we’d scoot through the leaves to the secret interior where we could be whoever we wanted. The tree was at various times a house, a... Details

Gear Reviews

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McCarthy, Chris
Fit and function—that’s what look for in a pair a sunglasses. I want a snug fit; something that won’t slide down my nose, rub the backside of my ears, or squeeze my head until it feels like it’s going to pop. I also want polarized lenses and sides that blocked wind and light—plus a durable frame so... Details
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McCarthy, Chris
Made with Konnetic technology (whatever that is), the Sage One rod with 4250 large arbor reel and RIO Gold fly line is a sleek and even stylish rod. I used the 590-4, which is a four-piece, nine-foot, 5-weight rod. Matched with the 4250 reel, the combined weight is just under seven ounces. I could... Details
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England, Mike
Every once in a while, you’ll see a cool product and say to yourself, “Why didn’t I think of that?” So it is with TitanStraps, the burly, multipurpose straps engineered right here in Bozeman by outdoor photographer Cameron Lawson. Basically a beefed-up version of the classic Voile ski strap, the... Details
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Beaudoin, Kate
The burly Five Ten Exum Guide shoe is like armor for your feet. Hiking through muddy spring conditions and over slippery rocks, these shoes not only protected my feet, but they also provided lots of durable support, a practically ankle-twist-resistant mid-cut, water-resistance all around, and... Details
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Keyes, Fletcher
The Fishpond Nimbus Guide Pack is the proud king of fishing fanny-packs everywhere. Useful features include a large zippered storage pocket with two inner organization compartments, a quick-access front pocket, bottom cinch straps for an extra layer or rod tube, exterior cord tabs for gear... Details
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Beaudoin, Kate
With a clean cut and versatile layering options, the Ibex Shak Full Zip is a 24/7 kind of jacket. Form-fitting but with classic lines, the Shak kept me comfortable in the office during the week and cozy as a mid-layer on weekend expeditions in particularly cold and windy conditions. The breathable... Details
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Sundborg, Caitlin
Burn easily? The UPF 45 sun protection in the women’s Loggerhead Longsleeve has got your back. Tend to get a tad sweaty? The 100% polyester allows for quick drying. Cool features such as thumbholes in the sleeves and a pocket on the back of the shirt for lip gloss or keys are just gravy. Plus, if... Details
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Lach, Devon
It’s a proven fact: if your feet are cold, you won’t have fun. To chase off the chill, Teko Merino Summit Women’s Light hiking socks use all-organic wool and are made with wind power, providing a sustainable option for keeping your feet comfortable during whichever activity strikes your fancy. Teko... Details
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Sundborg, Caitlin
“Gone fishin’”—that sign has been hanging on my door quite often lately. The complimentary duo of the Sonic Pro waders and Willow River wading boots are practical, yet stylish; durable, yet comfortable. What really makes them the catch of the day? The waders are forged together with sound—meaning... Details
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England, Mike
There’s nothing better than a cool product, made right here in our cool little town, by a cool local. That about sums up the Beetlekill Boards San Juan Camp Chair, the latest innovation from Neil Wilbert, construction guru turned sustainable-products entrepreneur. After the building downturn and... Details
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England, Mike
It’s easy to fall into the habit of wearing hiking boots around town—this is Bozeman, after all, and we’re an unpretentious lot. But if you want a little more style in your casual wear, check out the Otis boot from Chaco. Yes, Chaco—no longer limited to iconic summer sandals, the company now has an... Details
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England, Mike
Want to feel like Hemingway or Teddy Roosevelt on your next outdoor road-trip? Then ditch all the nylon and Gore-Tex, throw on a wool sweater, and pick up a Packhorse duffel from Eddie Bauer. This baby ain’t cheap, but it’s got both sturdiness and style—two traits of the aforementioned alpha males... Details
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Tocci, Allison
At first glance I was skeptical of the Nomad FZ Hoody by Ibex. Though the color was great (I got it in “Deep Sky Blue”), it seemed a little too thin and lightweight for a mid-layer. Also, being new to wool garments, I expected it to be itchy. But I was pleasantly surprised—not only is it warm, but... Details
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England, Mike
For warm nights, car camping, or when you need more space than your snug mummy bag allows, the Mountainsmith’s Boreas 40-degree sleeping bag is a great choice. Synthetic Mountainloft fill protects against drizzle, an anti-snag zipper reduces frustration, and the bag zips open for use as a blanket.... Details

Book Reviews

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Western, Sally
Remember the joys of bicycling as a child? Foster that love in other children by giving them a copy of Mike on a Bike in a Forest (Infinity Publishing, $11). In his newest tale, Bozeman author Michael Hickey takes young Mike on his first mountain biking adventure (with his parents’ guidance). Not... Details
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The Editors
Dozens of books make it across the O/B editorial desk every season—here’s the cream of the crop. These spring selections are guaranteed to get you in the outdoor mood, regardless of how crappy the weather may be.It can be hard for the average weekend outdoorsman to associate the wilderness with... Details

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