Spring 2016

Outside Bozeman Spring 2016
Spring is a schizophrenic season. We ski, we fish, we run, we bike, and we hike, hopefully all on the same day. It's a season of rebirth and revitalization, when we're inspired to plan big and make the most of every additional minute of sunlight. That's why our spring issue is full of big stories, like our investigation into an age-old conservation ethic. Or our profile of Wilderness's biggest advocate. Or our six pages of the season's best gear. So whatever your spring dreams are, our spring issue is sure to point you in the right direction. 

 

 

 

Features

Bell Lake Yurt Haute Route, Tobacco Roots Skiing
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Peterson, Simon
A yurt-opian Tobacco Root traverse.Boasting 43 peaks higher than 10,000 ft., the Tobacco Root Mountains are thick with glaciated bowls, couloirs, cirques, and gullies, not to mention chutes aplenty. One would be hard-pressed to find a local backcountry skier who hasn’t at least dreamed of crossing... Details
Catch-and-Release Ethic, Montana Fly Fishing
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Drews, Debbie
The unseen impacts of catch-and-release.Catch-and-release has become an ingrained fly-fishing habit. It’s been the only way to fish for so long, that for many, it’s hard to imagine an alternative. But is catch-and-release, as practiced, still an important tool in fish conservation and fisheries... Details
Montana Creekboating, Ousel Falls
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Schroeder, David
Creekboating in southwest Montana.The ephemeral blue ice floes yawn and stretch in the brilliant reflection of snow-covered peaks. A steady drip soon becomes a trickle; the water glistens between the precipice and the awakening creek bed below. Released from the tortured motions of winter’s depth,... Details
Montana Wilderness, Big Wild Adventures, Howie Wolke
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Qualtieri, Nicole
A personal crusade for Wilderness.As of late, one of the most important acts of environmental advocacy that conservationist and longtime Wilderness guide Howie Wolke partakes in is a small one: he hands a self-described “propaganda” packet to his clients—a list of Wolke-approved conservation... Details

Departments

Ruby Habitat Foundation, Madison Valley, Ruby River
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Brayton, Lea
Managing agriculture, nature, and recreation.Eight miles of trout-inhabited water curl across an 1,100-acre expanse in the Ruby Valley. The water drips from the delicate feet of a nearby sandhill crane and the curved lip of a stout bull moose; from the tip of a quiet fly rod streaming downwind;... Details
Montana Astronomy, Bozeman star-gazing
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Manning, Jim
Spring constellations.In the vast open spaces of the Old West, almost any isolated homestead you came upon would have had horses for transportation and a stable in which to house them. In the vast open spaces of the night sky, we can find a stable as well, but it takes some looking.On spring... Details
Missouri Headwaters State Park, Montana State Parks Foundation
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Tucker, David
Introducing the Montana State Park Foundation.Montana’s state lands comprise iconic landscapes, unique recreation opportunities, and treasured historical sites, yet they get far less attention—and funding—than their high-profile counterparts in the public-lands system. “Investing in our state parks... Details
East Gallatin River, Canoeing Bozeman
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England, Mike
Near-drowning on the East Gallatin.Great rewards come with great risk. Throughout history, this maxim has inspired noble action, fueled courage in the face of danger, and rationalized some really stupid behavior. Which one applies to our calamitous canoe-trip on a fateful spring day in 2014 depends... Details
field forecasting, Montana weather
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England, Mike
Reading the weather.When it comes to preparing for weather, most of us are decidedly reactive: see raincloud, grab parka. Even the most scrupulous student of the skies does little more than read the newspaper’s daily forecasts and check the latest updates on her smartphone. As a result, we’re often... Details
Spring Running Injuries
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Lunden, Jason
Preventing running injuries.As the seasons shift and we move from gliding across the mountains to pounding across the mountains, it’s important to review the principles of running-injury prevention. If you’re a runner, you’ve likely sustained a running-related injury. Running injuries are... Details
Trail Dogs Bozeman, Pet Etiquette Bozeman
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Murray, Ron
Spring advice for dog-owners.Spring is here and summer’s just around the corner. The snow’s melting, the days are getting longer, and we’re itching to get out to our favorite spots. Who better to join us than Fido, our favorite canine companion? Here are a few things to keep in mind as we get ready... Details
Spring Fly, Madison River go-to Fly
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Gonade, Ian
The Hi-Vis Baetis Parachute.Spring heralds the first substantial hatch of the year: the baetis (blue-winged olive) mayfly. These little guys hatch prolifically on the Paradise Valley spring creeks, but also in good numbers on the Yellowstone River and other freestone fisheries. The diminutive size... Details
Ruffwear Dog Beds
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Tucker, David
Sleeping gear for dogs.So naturally, your dog loves trail running, hiking, biking, and skiing just as much as you do. That’s why he has a giant smile on his face right before collapsing into a pile of clean laundry for a post-adventure nap. But how can you get Bridger to curl up where he’s supposed... Details
Gallatin Valley Land Trust Trail Ambassador
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Cunningham, Terry
GVLT's trail-steward program.When I moved to Bozeman 16 years ago, it was uncommon for two hikers to pass one another without a smile and a greeting. I think we’ve slipped a bit in recent years, so I joined the Gallatin Valley Land Trust’s Trail Ambassador program. The Trail Ambassador table serves... Details
Bozeman Women's Activity Groups
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Dehmer, Kurt
Bozeman-area hiking groups.For most outdoor enthusiasts, solo outings are nothing out of the ordinary, and adventures with pals usually involve the same person or persons that one has been trekking with for years. As is often the case, schedules get crammed and the old buddies can’t or won’t be... Details
Yellowstone Bison, Buffalo Field Campaign
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Jones, Andrea
West-side bison decision explained.Over the winter, Governor Steve Bullock released his decision to expand tolerance for bison in a limited area of Montana outside of Yellowstone National Park. The decision relied upon years of scientific analysis and consistently high-spirited input from the... Details
Baldy Blitz, Bozeman
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Brayton, Lea
Must-do seasonal races.“It’s not important how fast one runs, but that one runs.”—Ed Anacker, co-founder of the Big Sky Wind Drinkers Ah, spring… break out your running shoes and shake the winter’s rest from your legs—it’s time to race. Here’s a rundown (ha) of events around the region this season.... Details
Bozeman Building Boom, Montana Economy
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Bach Jr., Orville E.
The curse of measuring Montana's economy.The economy throughout southwest Montana is thriving. Gallatin County’s unemployment rate is 2.2%, there’s a new building boom, real-estate development is surging, new mines have been proposed near White Sulphur Springs and Emigrant, and politicians are... Details
Custer Gallatin National Forest Master Plan Revisison
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Leuschen-Lonergan, Mariah
The Custer-Gallatin revision.Where do you go to recreate? Around here, chances are on the nearly 3.1 million acres of National Forest System lands that make up the Custer Gallatin National Forest. This spring, the CGNF is kicking off a four-year process called the Forest Plan Revision, the guiding... Details
Spring Fly Fishing Montana
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Anderson, George
Early-season trout haunts.A long Montana winter can give a guy a serious case of cabin fever, and what better way to cure it than to get a fly rod in hand and head for some productive water this spring. But there are a few keys to catching early-season trout that you’ll want to consider. First, not... Details
Hell's-A-Roarin' Horse Drive, Paradise Valley
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Dehmer, Kurt
Unique opportunities along the Yellowstone.As the days get longer, the nights get shorter, and the air gets warmer, it’s common for even the stodgiest of homebodies to seek out a change of scenery. Fortunately, good scenery and a healthy dose of deviation from the norm are easily found in Paradise... Details
Lewis & Clark Caverns, Montana State Parks
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Albrecht, Patti
The geology of Lewis & Clark Caverns.Gorgeous panoramas and abundant wildlife have drawn many to Montana; however, the Treasure State has much to offer below ground, as well. The most beautifully colored and whimsically shaped sub-terrestrial attraction is Lewis & Clark Caverns, Montana’s... Details
Beginner's Guide, Montana Whitewater
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Pogge, Drew
Fun before mastery.Let me be clear: I am a landlubber. Dweller of solid ground; denizen of rock and soil; habitant of earthy matter; a landsman, through and through. The liquid realm, where river rats, surfers, mariners, and fisherpeople thrive, is simply not my jam. I have neither gills, nor... Details
Allenspur, Paradise Valley, Montana Rock Climbing
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Drew Pogge
Warm spring climbing areas.It’s spring, which means it’s time to put the ice tools away and squeeze into rock shoes once more. But with Montana’s fickle weather, finding climbs that are accessible, warm, and dry enough for early-season missions can be easier said than done. Here’s a primer on... Details
Bowline knot, rafting knots
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England, Mike
Essential knots, part 1.For outdoor recreationists, cam-straps sit proudly among the world’s greatest inventions—we use them to quickly and securely strap down boats, bikes, coolers, gear, you name it. But they can’t do everything, and sometimes a rope and a good old-fashioned knot are in order.... Details
Spring Activities Bozeman
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Making the most of mud season.Spring is a strange season in Montana. On any given day, you might be skiing, you might be biking, you might be fishing, or you might be doing all three. To help guide you through, we dug into our cumulative experience for ways to make the most of the season.Spring’s... Details
Montana Float Trips
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Krueger, Ryan
Overnight floats in the Bozeman area.Finally—the sun is shining and it’s time to get out on the water for a good, long float. Many rivers in our area are best suited for a single day in the boat, but why not extend the adventure? Here are three possible overnights that will allow you to go beyond a... Details
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At its most basic level, fishing requires a line, a hook, and a lure, three items attainable for under five bucks. How, then, has the industry grown into a billion-dollar one, and how, then, did anglers spend over $900,000,000 in Montana alone in 2014? Let’s take a closer look at the numbers.$908,... Details
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Green, Anita Noelle
Seasons continue to changeBut does she remain the same?Though winter becomes warmerShe finds herself colderThe wind wanders west The leaves continue to fallAs do the petals of her blooming dreamsThe gentle cadence of trees dancingWhy does she remain still?The wind wanders west As the sun seethes... Details
Illustration by Ian Jones
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Jelinski, Jack
The essence of springcan be found in giant willowswhose roots seek depthsof sweet-scented earthto siphon water from subterranean streamsquickeningtheir leafy embrace of the moon. Go and sit amidst the bright halosof their delicate leavesbudding greeny-tipped with lifejust as the setting... Details
Boulder Hot Springs
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LaFortune, Emerald
A shoulder-season Plan B.Spring can be a rough time for recreating in Montana. Inevitably, you wake up to a day when the snow is trashed, the mountain biking is muddy, the fish aren’t biting, and the rock is too wet to climb. Try as we might to play in the shoulder seasons, Montanans know it’s... Details
Illustration by Monte Dolack
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Jelinski, Jack
Caddisflies in my ears and up my nose,Caddisflies riding the brim of my hat.Inside my waders and inside my clothes,Trichoptera stuck to my hemostat. Stowed gear on the porch when I got home late,Recalled my youth with three fingers of Beam.Grateful for my reprieve from time’s cruel fate;To have... Details
Dave Kumlien, Warriors on Quiet Waters
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Lewis, Jimmy
Q&A with a local legend.If you love fly fishing, imagine moving to the Gallatin Valley in 1970—that’s when legendary angler, outfitter, and conservationist Dave Kumlien settled into a life filled with “mountains and moving water.” Since then, he’s spent every bit as much time learning how to... Details
Big Sky Bravery
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England, Mike
The work of Big Sky Bravery.Although most of America’s regular troops have pulled out of the Middle East, thousands of special-operations soldiers remain—and after multiple deployments, returning stateside takes adjustment. “Our desire is to help with this transition,” explains Josh McCain, co-... Details
Bozeman Growth, Future West, Randy Carpenter
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Randy Carpenter
The benefits of town-centered development. What Bozeman recreationist hasn’t biked down her favorite rural road, savoring the unobstructed Big Sky views, only to come around a corner and find a new trophy home plopped down in the middle of a once-scenic meadow? Or returned to his whitetail blind... Details
Mystery Ranch
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England, Mike
Mystery Ranch bringing back old classics.In 1996, when Bozeman backpack-manufacturer Dana Design was sold to K2 Sports, and K2 did what big companies do—streamline production and short-change quality—legions of outdoor recreationists mourned the loss of the best backpacks ever built. Twenty years... Details
Mt. Helena Ridge, Mountain Biking Helena
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Leslie Kehmeier
Early-season biking in Helena.Right around mid-April, we get that insatiable itch to switch—from two planks to two wheels, from white slopes to chestnut pathways through the forest. Alas, the trails around here are often either snow-covered or mud-clogged. To get our fix, we head up to Helena for... Details
Whitewater kayaking, Standup Paddleboarding
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A final watery showdown.Running rivers is a rite of spring, and warmer weather begs us to seek out a seaworthy vessel and hit the water. But which one is best suited for the aquatic environs of southwest Montana? Now, we have way too much respect for the canoe to pit it against any of its less-... Details
Outside Bozeman Champs & Chumps
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Spring 2016 edition.Industry is a sticky wicket. One the one hand, we like stuff, we consume freely, and we value innovation. On the other, we decry greed, despise arrogance, and denounce business as usual. With that in mind, we present the next installment of Champs & Chumps. ChampsEvery... Details
Outside Bozeman, Smith River
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Pogge, Drew
Don't rush the season.“There is no such joy in the tavern as upon the road thereto.” —Cormac McCarthySpring in Montana is a little like walking into a kitchen where cookies are baking. The smell is arresting, with the unmistakable promise of something delightful, coming soon. It produces physical... Details
Gallatin County Nonprofits
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Brayton, Lea
O/B-approved nonprofits.Astute AltruismWith dozens—perhaps hundreds—of nonprofit organizations in southwest Montana, it’s hard to know which to support. After all, we only have so much time, energy, and money to give, and it’s important that we allocate those precious resources to the things we... Details
Osprey Baling Twine, Yellowstone Valley Audubon
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Hopper, Carolyn
Ospreys and baling twine.Orange streamers of twine fly on the wind. I spy them tethered to a snag-nest on a platform high above the Yellowstone River. They may appear harmless to a casual observer, one who keeps an eye on the nest and sky for a glimpse of the majestic resident of this rough-hewn... Details
catch and release, Montana trout fishing
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That's become the question.Fishing pressure on Montana’s rivers has reached a tipping point—such is our opinion, anyway. Given the increased numbers of fishermen and new data on catch-and-release fish mortality, does the current catch-and-release ethic need to be revisited? We asked two of our... Details
Combatives, Fortress Personal Defense Solutions
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Betancourt, John
Benefits of self-protection training.A quick search on Wikipedia reveals that “martial arts are codified systems and traditions of combat practices, which are practiced for a variety of reasons: self-defense, competition, physical health and fitness, and entertainment, as well as mental, physical,... Details
Cell phone safety, Montana search and rescue
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Lee, Barbara
Phones in the backcountry.You’re in a remote area and your friend is injured, or you’re seriously lost and not equipped to spend the night out in severe weather. Dealing with this kind of emergency, or more importantly, preventing it from happening in the first place, begins way before you start... Details

Gear Reviews

LOWA Innox GTX Mid, Montana Backpacking
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England, Mike
Gone are the days of weighty, oversized hiking boots—those eight-pound clodhoppers that made the ankles invincible but limited one’s pace to a slow, steady walk. Modern materials mean lighter weight with negligible loss of support, and no boot epitomizes this improvement quite like the Innox GTX... Details
MSR Papa Hubba NX, Montana Camping
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Howlett, David
When my family outgrew our beloved Mutha Hubbard three-person tent, upgrading to MSR’s larger Papa Hubba NX four-person backpacking tent was an easy choice. After all, it shares performance features we’ve grown to love such as the color-coded unified hub-and-pole system, StayDry doors with built-in... Details
Scarpa Techno X, Montana Rock Climbing
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McCarthy, Chris
Now I know what Cinderella’s ugly stepsisters felt like trying to cram their feet into the undersized glass slipper. Straight out of the box, the Scarpa Techno X climbing shoe is so painfully tight that I thought I’d grabbed the wrong size. But once I got off the ground and started climbing, I... Details
Montana Backpacking, Thermarest EvoLite
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Tucker, David
Let’s get one thing straight: sleeping on the ground sucks. But it sucks by degrees. There’s the four-inch-car-camping-mattress kind of sleeping on the ground, which doesn’t suck that much, and there’s the got-caught-outside-and-had-to-spend-the-night kind, which sucks a lot. Somewhere closer to... Details
Therm-a-Rest Capella, Montana Camping
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Howlett, David
My trusted Therm-a-Rest sleeping bag has kept me warm through many cold Montana adventures, so when it came time to upgrade sleeping gear for my twin nieces, I knew right where to turn. Making sure the twins sleep warm and comfortably on overnight adventures was paramount, so we opted for the women... Details
Therm-a-Rest NeoAir Sleeping Bag, Montana Camping
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Howlett, David
It was in a tent at Hyalite Reservoir when I finally gave up any hope of getting sleep while being pinned between two miniature inflatable rafts that my nieces were using as makeshift mattresses. Never again, I vowed! Now they each have a NeoAir All-Season inflatable mattress from Therm-a-Rest, and... Details
Rapid Rifle Cover Bear-Spray Holster
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England, Mike
A pissed-off griz can be on you in seconds, which makes your pepper spray pretty much worthless if not instantly deployed. Problem is, ease of access leads to ease of accident, as branches snag the bottle or it slips out when you drop your pack. Enter the new Bear-Spray Holster by Manhattan-based... Details
Patagonia Powslayer Bibs, Montana Backcountry Skiing
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McCarthy, Chris
When you spend a lot of time outdoors in the elements, protection is key, but functionality is equally important. With that in mind, I went looking for a workhorse ski pant and landed on the PowSlayer Bibs from Patagonia. The PowSlayers feature all the standards for top-of-the-line shells, like... Details
MSR Autoflow Gravity, Montana Backpacking
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Tucker, David
For outdoor recreationists, water is essential—for cooking, for cleaning, and to keep ourselves and our furry friends from dehydrating. But water is also heavy and takes up space, especially on longer backpacks. With that in mind, I decided to start carrying a filter—something that would be light... Details
Nikwax Tech Wash
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Tucker, David
This is less of a review and more of a reminder: take good care of your gear, and it’ll take care of you, plus you won’t have to keep buying new stuff every season. A few times throughout whatever season it is, I throw my technical apparel (Gore-Tex jackets, softshell pants, etc.) into the washer... Details
Garmont Dragontail MNT GTX, Montana Hiking
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Howlett, David
I often transition from one excursion to the next, which may have me walking the banks of the river one day, followed up by a rigorous hike on the next, or on a real good day, both. Therefore, I must have footwear that can perform in various environments. This is why I am so impressed with the... Details
Petzl Tactikka+, Montana Camping
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England, Mike
Headlamps are a dime a dozen these days, which is great—more competition means constant improvement and increasing options. My new favorite just happens to be from Petzl, the company that pioneered headlamp-development back in the ‘70s, making hands-free lights for cavers and mountaineers. Forty... Details
Lorpen T3 Light Hiker Shorty, Montana Hiking
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England, Mike
Gone are the days of 12-pack tube-socks, worn until hole-ridden, stinky, and stained; today’s high-impact outdoor activities call for socks that match the rest of one’s apparel in performance, comfort, and moisture-control. Lorpen’s T3 Light Hiker Shorty delivers these crucial features, with a... Details
Pearl iZumi EM Trail N3, Bozeman Trail Running
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Tucker, David
The best part about testing gear in Montana is that you never know what the elements are going to throw at you, and our terrain is so varied that conditions are never certain. Finding a running shoe that rises to those challenges isn’t easy, but it’s possible, with the new Trail N3 from Pearl Izumi... Details

Additional Articles

100 Deadly Skills
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England, Mike
To take your self-defense and survival skills to the next level, grab a copy of 100 Deadly Skills: The SEAL Operative’s Guide to Eluding Pursuers, Evading Capture, and Surviving Any Dangerous Situation (Touchstone, $18). This illustrated guide is concise, well-organized, and easy to read, offering... Details
Catch-and-Release, Keep 'Em Wet Campaign
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LaFortune, Emerald
Fishing-photo protocols.After finally chasing down that perfect slab of a rainbow trout on the Gallatin, a triumphant photo feels like due reward. The folks behind the KeepEmWet campaign agree, but they’re aiming to change our fishing photography and overall fish handling in the process.The... Details

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