Spring 2013

In our Spring 2013 issue, we want to help you appreciate our outdoor world in ways perhaps you haven’t considered before. What do local features like House Rock mean to those who navigate the waters around it? When you take a drive or hike through Yellowstone, does the effect of climate change on the world’s first national park cross your mind? Spring is here, and with it comes a renewed appreciation for our awe-inspiring surroundings. When you need a break from thinking deep, take a minute to ogle the results of the Beardsicle Contest, while cross-referencing the images with our informative bit on Snaggin’ Studs. Now get outside and enjoy the sun. 

Features

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Terry Cunningham
Pioneering athletes such as Pat Callis, Alex Lowe, Ed Anacker, and Tom Jungst established Bozeman’s reputation as a premier outdoor-sports community. These Boze-Men put up first ascents of ice-climbing routes in Hyalite Canyon, led alpine expeditions to the planet’s wildest corners, conceived of... Details
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Turiano, Thomas
The second-highest point in the Spanish Peaks is neither named nor assigned an elevation on any National Forest or USGS map. Yet, Beehive Peak, also known as “The Beehive,” is one of the most prominent and striking summits in the range when viewed from Ennis, Lone Mountain, and Highway 191 south of... Details
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Beaudoin, Kate
The effects of climate change are already evident, and the stakes are high for outdoor enthusiasts and nature lovers living in southwest Montana who recreate year-round in Yellowstone National Park. The reasons we live here—lush forests, mighty grizzly bears, powdery snow—are at risk because of... Details
Photo by Bill Bilverstone
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Schroeder, Dave
The boat slices through the last standing wave and carves smoothly into the placid eddy on my right. The thrill of the upstream rapids courses through my veins while I slowly spin in the calm water.The banter between the other paddlers swirls around my head, but no words register. My pulse quickens... Details

Departments

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Slepian, Maggie
As one of the top endurance runners in the world, Bozeman resident Nikki Kimball takes the brutal sport of ultra running to a whole new level. In ultra-running events, runners put themselves through an endurance test over courses spanning 50 miles, 100 miles, or more. It’s a battle between mind and... Details
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Kautz, Mike Quist
“And here, too, one learns that the world, though made, is yet being made; that this is still the morning of creation…”–John MuirCut deep by glaciers and worn wide by its river, the Lamar Valley of Yellowstone is a creation of spring. Shaped as the continental ice sheets retreated and the first... Details
Spring Detox
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Dr. Walters, Lou
Health tips for the season.Spring detox cleanses originated over 5,000 years ago by the Chinese—going the entire winter without vegetables left them a little bound-up by spring. Metabolic toxins and wastes collect in the body, interfering with normal cellular processes and promoting disease and... Details
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Reed, Tom
One of my earliest fishing memories has a mountain whitefish at its heart. I don’t know how old I was, but I do know that I was infected by the fishing fever. I loved to catch fish, and when your age is measured in single digits, you don’t care what the fish looks like—even if mountain whitefish... Details
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Fletcher Keyes
The Museum of the Rockies’ Taylor Planetarium is a Bozeman landmark: its 40-foot, 110-seat domed theater offers an intimate and unique look at the Montana night sky. And on March 2, the Planetarium went digital—thanks to the Museum’s $1.5-million “Building Bigger Skies” project—allowing visitors to... Details
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Vinje, Eric
Healthy soil is the basis of healthy plants and a healthy environment. When garden soil is in good shape, there’s less of a need for fertilizers or pesticides. As author and respected gardener Frank Tozer writes, “When building soil, you not only improve your plants health, but you can also improve... Details
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Slepian, Maggie
Montana lawmakers recently voted against a bill that would have amended current trespassing laws and enhanced access to public land for hunters and other outdoor enthusiasts. The House Judicial Committee tabled the “Corner Crossing Bill” on January 30. If the bill had passed, it would have allowed... Details
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Pihl, Ron
The valleys we inhabit are prone to wintertime inversions—just take a quick trip through Missoula in January for a perfect example. Without a moving weather system to clear out the air, particulate matter can easily accumulate to unhealthy levels. The Environment Protection Agency (EPA) is... Details
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Stoops, Kira
The day before Missoula’s 2012 GrizzlyMan Adventure Race, Team First Descents athletes Jordan Stoner and Josh Vandermeer were set to scram with $1,800 in pledges for First Descents, a non-profit that takes young adults with cancer on outdoor adventures. They had kayaks, bikes, and orienteering gear... Details
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Lowe, Max
Alex Lowe grew up with a deep and pure love for the mountains, instilled in him as a child by his parents who took him and his two brothers out into the wilderness of Montana. He felt at home among the unmarred peaks and boundless serenity of the most remote pitches the world had to offer. It was... Details
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Beaudoin, Kate
It’s hard not to feel like a kid in a candy store at Bozeman’s Spire Climbing Center. With over 8,000 square feet of climbing at an indoor facility that features new Skittle-colored routes every week, novice and expert climbers alike would be hard-pressed to find a better way to spend the day. I... Details
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Harrison, Melynda
Not a lot of kids can say they outgrew their climbing harness, mountain bike, hiking boots and waders all in the same year. The outdoors are beckoning, and Bozeman kids are flying down the mountain at Bridger Bowl, Big Sky, and Moonlight. They are hiking up Drinking Horse Mountain, playing in... Details
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Loudermilk, Derek
At 9:55 on a spring Sunday morning, Rockford Coffee at the corner of Main and Rouse is about to see a flurry of activity. One after another, riders descend on the spot from all corners of town on an array of sleek racing bikes, each sporting snazzy blue team uniform. The reason: the Rockford-Clif... Details
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Dehmer, Kurt
Eastern Montana has long been famous for its abundance of paleontological discoveries; numerous whole skeletons from various species of dinosaurs have been found in the bluffs and badlands along the Missouri River. Therefore it should come as no surprise that a living specimen from that ancient age... Details
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Loudermilk, Derek
Want to give road biking a try? Here are a few classic rides around Bozeman to get you pointed in the right direction.Triple Tree Lunchtime LoopMain Roads: Sourdough, Triple Tree, TayabeshockupDistance: 13 milesTime: 1 hourElevation: One short climb up to Triple TreeDifficulty: Easy Hyalite Canyon... Details
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Byerly, Travis
So you’ve hung up the waders and put on your apron… now what should you do with that hard-won fish? Try this flavorful preparation and have your catch ready for the table in 20 minutes. We use it for salmon here, but it’ll work just as well spicing up your fresh-caught trout.    Ingredients:2 lbs... Details
Madison River, Fly Fishing, Camping
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Kurt Dehmer
Every adventure, even a spring “staycation,” needs a good base camp—and Ennis fits that bill quite nicely. Traditionally a rest stop for travelers between the Gallatin Valley and the gold fields of Alder and Last Chance gulches, Ennis was a place to rest, refuel, and resupply. These days, Ennis and... Details
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Reuss, Dave
I hate this.Goddamn spring.Sloppy streets mockMuddy trails evict you.But then, the sun shinesSo clean and warm, teasing.Dreams of red, sunburned belliesAnd cheap laughs on the Madison.Days where dark doesn’t mean cold.Campfires become entertainment,Instead of necessary for survival.Bold blues and... Details
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Foster, John Clay
Roads of the West refuse to end, they waver over rivers, roll sleeves up cityscapes. Comb hair inwindows of downtown breakfast joints or fancylooking cowboy bars. They shuffle hooves withwild horses, cross wood bridges over dried upstream beds, uncover old Indian arrowheads—some still stuck in the... Details
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Reuss, Dave
After a hard day in the mountains, there’s little better than sitting down to an ice-cold beer. And while a fancy, dark microbrew might hit the spot, sometimes you need something a little lighter and more refreshing—and that’s where Montucky Cold Snacks comes in. Billed as “the official unofficial... Details
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Reuss, Dave
Now that the snow is finally melting, it’s time to start training for the panoply of races around southwest Montana. This summer, the majority of the O/B staff will be competing in the Madison Trifecta, which features three races of increasing difficulty. First up is the Madison Marathon on July 28... Details
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Foster, John Clay
Mountain peaks shiver, breatheand wiggle their foothill features,pee behind a cloud, maybe shakeup some starter-sprouts, yawn,cough up a couple leftover winterstorms, maybe drink some dewthat shines purple, then blue,then melts away. They pull up their green socks, takethem off, then put them on... Details
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Krueger, Ryan
Drunken spring: soaked and flooded with life. Sore from a long nap under a thick blanket, the natural world reaches out anxiously to breathe a long, slow breath. Just as it is on the side of Slough Creek in Yellowstone, change is evident in any valley, meadow, or mountain. The season strikes with... Details
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Caselli, Lauren
There are loads of guidebooks written about Yellowstone National Park, but few capture its essence and evolution quite like Yellowstone National Park: Past and Present (Schiffer Publishing, $25). Unlike a standard guide, this book is 125 pages of breathtaking photography, little known facts, and... Details
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Pogge, Drew
Some of the best things in life are hidden in plain sight, and Paradise Valley’s Tom Miner Basin is definitely one of them. There’s the petrified forest containing 50-million-year-old trees frozen in time. There’s wildlife: grizzlies, wolves, elk, moose, and dozens of other species roaming free... Details
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Hyalite LoopWoods in early spring;beside a sea-green saplinga deer carcass thaws.—Mike England Real SpringFlawless vernal faceSoft mossy buds mat damp treesDogshit in the snow—Kate Beaudoin Details
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Reuss, Dave
Cocky nine-point elk sitting yards from the trail, parades of bison clogging the roads, playful coyotes mousing on the crusted snow: the Lamar Valley in Yellowstone Park was teeming with wildlife—and we got pictures of all of it. During a recent four-day photography class hosted by the Yellowstone... Details
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Reuss, Dave
It seems like only yesterday that Kevin Connolly was zipping around campus on his skateboard. But he’s been busy since then—worldwide travels, international fame, and his own TV show on the Travel Channel. In his memoir Double Take (HarperCollins Publishers, $15), Helena-local Connolly details the... Details
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Maggie Slepian
Pull on your climbing shoes, buckle your life jacket, and saddle your horse: Paradise Valley has all the activities you need to satisfy your outdoor-adventure cravings this spring. With so much to do, you won’t even miss the snow.ClimbingReliable sunlight makes Allenspur an ideal crag to kick off... Details
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Lum, Mike
It’s about that time of year when non-skier types start pining for the longer, warmer days of spring. With lingering sub-zero days, constant wind-chill discomfort, and icy roads, the jonesing can set in hard. Getting to—and staying in—your favorite trout stream can become an exercise in survival.... Details
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England, Mike
The great outdoorsman, grizzly expert, and author Doug Peacock once said, “I wouldn’t let a bunch of unimportant facts get in the way of telling a good story.” Bozeman author Scott Bischke seems to agree, with his engaging allegory on global warming, Fish Tank (MountainWorks Press, $13). An easy,... Details
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Shertzer, Amy
Where else but southwest Montana do you get jaw-dropping scenery just taking Sparky for a walk around the block? Capturing the magnificence on camera, however, can prove challenging. You might find that, all too often, your images are flat and fail to convey the true glory of Montana. But by... Details
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Bloch, Paul
The Yellowstone is a great place to fish streamers. Often, we’ll be running #4 sculpins or baitfish patterns sporting heavy lead eyes in front of a sopping wet bunny strip. This is often very effective for big brown trout, yet it cannonballs the water, spooking shallow water predators. As you’re... Details
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England, Mike
With hungry bears waking up all around southwest Montana, now’s the time to become bear-aware—and the Bear Encounter Series by the Center for Wildlife Information is a great place to start. These informative DVDs, produced in Missoula and with an introduction by the late General Norman Schwarzkopf... Details
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Phil Knight
So the lifts have closed and the rivers are cold, muddy, and blown out. Your yard looks like half of Bozeman tossed their dog leavings there, and it’s too cold and wet to break out the road bike. If you’ve got the time and gas money, head south for that ultimate slot canyon or desert river trip.... Details
Sculpted Streamer, Spring fly fishing Montana
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Peavey, Beau
Streamers in the spring? You bet! As the water warms up, the bigger fish will be looking for a substantial meal. This is a great sculpin imitation for both pre- and post-runoff fishing on the Yellowstone or Madison. It can be dead-drifted, swung, or stripped. If you’re going to dead-drift it with a... Details
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Harrison, Melynda
Imagine flying through Yellowstone just inches about the ground. You zoom past lodgepole pines and along rivers not yet full with spring flows. Elk watch from the ecotones and ermine leap out of your way. Rolling meadows are covered in a smooth, sexy blanket that reflects the sun like diamonds. It’... Details
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Sinay, Ken
A few years ago I was guiding a family in Yellowstone National Park and, as usual, we were focused on bears. But while having a picnic under a big Douglas fir, we were all startled to see a red-tailed hawk drop down into the sagebrush about 15 yards away. We could barely see the bird through the... Details
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Joe King
A common complaint among the good women of BozeMan, Mantana—apart from the age-old "The odds are good, but the goods are odd" lament—is that the dating humor tends to be male-oriented and disrespectful of feminine sensibilities. Case in point: our "Bagging Bunnies" article from last issue (Winter... Details
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Miller, Alan
For those coming out of the winter with a less-than-your-best level of conditioning, we have a few basic exercises that will help you get ready for spring in the great outdoors. Sometimes the simplest exercise is also the most efficient and provides the best return for time spent—the air squat is... Details
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Kira Stoops
Not that we’re into stereotypes. But we double-dog-dare you not to wind up cracking a Montucky Cold Snack, sharing a chair lift, or splitting a Gobbler from Dave’s Sushi with one of these dudes. You know the type. And if you don’t… behold our guide.The ArchitectClean-cut, educated, and sharp, this... Details
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Overton, Mitch
Spring in Bozeman is filled with the feeling of fresh opportunity. Whether it’s getting out the boat, bike, climbing gear, fishing rod, or camper, this is the season for some new adventure.For the City of Bozeman and its Department of Parks and Recreation, one such opportunity is the implementation... Details
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Gustafson, Sid, DVM
When spring rolls around and Bozeman’s wildlife start to emerge from their dens, your curious dog might get more than he bargained for. Here’s an overview of how to deal with some common springtime hazards.Once BittenIf another animal bites your dog, flush the wound repeatedly with a sterile... Details
Cast Fishing Guide
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Frost, Mick
There’s no shortage of recreational guides out there, but how often do they help anyone but novices? When was the last time you, self-respecting Bozemaniac and expert outdoorsman that you are, found anything original or useful in one? Starting this spring, the paradigm’s set to shift with the... Details

Gear Reviews

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England, Mike
Modern cell phones may have rendered two-way radios rare, but certainly not obsolete—when’s the last time you whipped out your $400 iPhone in a rainstorm? For harsh weather, remote locations, and emergency situations, the Motorola Talkabout is what you need. Completely weatherproof, with a built-in... Details
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Reuss, Dave
When it comes to hiking, picking the right socks can be nearly as important as picking the right boots. Before I set out on any adventure in the hills, I never forget to pull on a pair of Organic SIN3RGI Midweight Hiking Socks from Teko. These babies have just about everything you could want in a... Details
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Krueger, Ryan
From the trail to the summit to the bar, I want a shoe that can do it all—and the Crux by Scarpa is that shoe. It’s got everything you could want: a webbing-reinforced forefoot for secure footing and control in steep alpine terrain, a cushioned sole for long approaches, and a rubber toe rand to... Details
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England, Mike
Like that annoying friend who wears different outfits for every outdoor activity, I’m an incorrigible rainshell geek. One for the river, one for hiking, one for fishing, one for trail-running… you get the idea. But I may have found salvation in the Focus LT Hoody, a cool new garment from Westcomb... Details
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Reuss, Dave
I love fishing, but I won’t wear a fanny pack—it’s not the ‘90s. Thankfully, the Westwater Chest Pack from Fishpond provides a great option to the more fashion-conscience fly fishers among us. You can wear it anywhere: slot it through a belt, sling it across your shoulder, or mount it squarely on... Details
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Reuss, Dave
When the water’s warm, it’s hard to beat wading out into the river and feeling the water rushing around your legs. But in the spring, the brisk temps require a little more protection from the elements. Thanks to the Sonic-Pro Waders from Redington, I can still get out to my favorite spots despite... Details
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Nostrant, Chloe
The G3 Alpinist High Traction Skins are an excellent choice for skiers looking for an option that provides supreme uphill traction. Though they were a little less smooth on the glide than some skins, they had far more grip than any other skins I have used. They were easy to cut to size and a breeze... Details
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Krueger, Ryan
Timeless and functional, flannel is a hard fabric to beat. The Feedback Flannel by Outdoor Research is both tough and comfortable. Along with all of the classic warmth that comes with a flannel, the Feedback features a sampling of new-age technology like quick-drying and wicking material to keep... Details
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Davies, Colton
The necessity of having a dependable knife on hand hit me like a blunt edge after a wilderness survival workshop last spring (see Outside Bozeman Summer 2012), and the Gerber LMF II Survival could be the key to luxury in the wild. Its sharp, sturdy blade will slice through firewood and the serrated... Details
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Caselli, Lauren
I’ve gotta be honest: I’m one of those girls who loves the outdoors—but hates looking like a marshmallow while I’m out there getting my hike on. Enter Eddie Bauer’s Mountain Guide Lite Pants. Not only does the soft shell fabric have ample give, eliminating any chance of restricting long strides and... Details
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Mangels, Angie
Comfort and function are the most important qualities I look for in my shoe choices, and the Chaco PedShed Shoe delivers on both. With the trademark Chaco LUVSEAT platform, these shoes provide great arch support and all-day comfort. The PedShed is a good alternative to trying to wear your sandals... Details
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England, Mike
Ask for a knife in the company of any self-respecting Montana man, and nine times out of ten, out flashes a burly blade suitable for everything from cutting cardboard to field-dressing an elk. But what about around the office or on the town, when that mini-scimitar seems a mite, well, excessive?... Details
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McCarthy, Chris
When hitting the rapids of the Mad Mile or tumbling over the waves in Yankee Jim Canyon, you need to rely on your oars handling the force of the water and the occasional rock. The Carlisle EX HD Oar shaft and blade meet the challenge. The shaft is made of reinforced tempered aluminum for added... Details
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Beaudoin, Kate
When the snow is melting and rain fills the gutters, Keen’s Willamette boots are on my feet nearly every day. They’re part of the company’s BLVD collection, meaning you’re meant to wear them on streets around town and not on the trail—a lesson I learned the hard way. The boot is made of waxed suede... Details
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Reuss, Dave
If you’ve ever woken up an hour before your alarm and snoozed contentedly while heaped in warm blankets, then you know what wearing the Stand Hunter 1/2 Zip Top feels like. In addition to feeling like it’s composed primarily of teddy bears, this base layer has all the right features: anti-microbial... Details
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Davies, Colton
When the Eureka Taron 2 arrived at my doorstep, I thought there’d been a mistake. This two-person backpacking tent is impossibly small and light as a feather. It packs down to 18 inches, yet opens to provide 30 square feet of room, which is exactly enough to comfortably host two six-foot Nordics... Details

Book Reviews

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Slepian, Maggie
Montana ski fanatics: clear a space on your coffee table. Photographer Craig Hergert’s stunning images of all Montana’s 16 ski hills have been newly compiled in a large-format book for your viewing pleasure. With more than 200 pages of glossy photos highlighting the beauty and scope of Montana’s... Details
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England, Mike
A fisherman could spend a lifetime exploring Yellowstone’s waters—and it would be a life well spent. At least that’s what I got out of Fly Fishing Yellowstone National Park: An Insider’s Guide to the 50 Best Places (Stackpole Books, $20). Extremely well-written, this guide is a breath of fresh air... Details

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