Spring 2017

Outside Bozeman Spring 2017
Nothing feels quite as good as the first day of spring: birds chirping, sun shining, trails drying, and a new issue of Outside Bozeman to inspire this season's outdoor adventure. For this year, we have off-the-beaten path road-trips, ski-moutaineering objectives, the season's best gear, and much, much more. Whether you've been waiting all winter for spring's first hatch, or the crowded confines of the climbing gym are on your last nerve, take advantage and head outside—to the river, the crag, the trail, or the campground. And bring along O/B to start planning your next epic. 

 

 

Features

Big Hole Valley, Montana Road-Trips
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Under-the-radar spring trips. Afoot and light-hearted I take to the open road,Healthy, free, the world before me,The long brown path before me leading wherever I choose.—Walt Whitman, “Song of the Open Road” Few excursions swell the heart of the outdoor enthusiast like a spring road-trip. The sense... Details
Montana Bighorn Sheep, Gravelly Mountains
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Don Thomas
Like a herd of rutting rams, various parties butt heads over bighorn-sheep management in southwest Montana—but others are figuring out ways to work together.Great abundance of the Argalia or big-horned animals in the high country through which this river passes. —Meriwether Lewis, May 29, 1805The “... Details

Departments

DIY Pete, DIY Bike Storage
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Pete Sveen
Wall-mounted bike storage. Storing a bicycle in your home can be an inconvenience. After doing some research on bike racks, I came across a great-looking wall-mounted model selling for much more than I wanted to pay. I knew I could make something similar for a fraction of the cost. Off to the... Details
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Staying active in the public-lands fight is essential to ensuring victory for outdoor recreation, public access, and wildlife protection. Below you'll find all the information you need to make a difference.  Address emails to:Montana State Senate (2017 session)[email protected], nancyballance@... Details
Gallatin River Runoff, Bozeman, Montana
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The Gallatin River is our backyard playground—we fish it, paddle it, swim it, hunt it, meander it. Come spring, it’s more dynamic than ever, waking from a season-long slumber, roaring to life once again. Here are some facts and figures about Bozeman’s beloved local waterway. Etymology: Albert... Details
Beartooth Pass, Pet Advice, Bozeman
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Simon Peterson
A canine slide-for-life.  Skiing with canine comrades is one of the most rewarding experiences dog-owners can have, but it can also be one of the riskiest. The objective hazards of alpine recreation require a different interpretation when traveling with man’s best friend. Understanding these... Details
Jelt Belt, Bozeman Businesses
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Kira Stoops
Jelt Belt keeps Bozemanites from cracking. Meet Jennifer Fait Perry, self-declared tomboy (“it’s amazing that I haven’t grown balls yet”) and proud founder/owner/inventor of Jelt, Bozeman’s adventure-belt company.O/B: Tell us about the moment you decided to launch Jelt, and spare us no details.JFP... Details
Sklar Bikes, Adam Sklar, Gravel Grinding, Bozeman
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Adam Sklar
Dirt-road rides for spring. If you’re itching to ride but can’t wait for the trails to dry, dirt roads are where it’s at. A gravel-grinder is the best option, but hardtails and short-travel mountain bikes work, too. Here are some routes to consider this spring.Gallatin River: easy; 10 miles round-... Details
Wave Train Kayak School, Spring Kayaking
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Dave Zinn
Spring paddling safety. As spring settles into the northern Rockies, whitewater enthusiasts eagerly watch the weather, waiting for winter snowmelt to come roaring down the rivers. In southwest Montana, river-runners appear from near and far to enjoy this lively stage of the hydrologic cycle.... Details
Montana Panoramic, Spring Camping, Bozeman
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David Tucker
Lowland camping this spring.   By the time spring rolls around, we’ve all got cabin fever. And even if you spent the winter outside, skiing, snowshoeing, and ice climbing, when’s the last time you slept under the stars? As temperatures rise, the urge to camp grows, soon outpacing the languid melt-... Details
Whiskey Gulch, Tobacco Roots, Bouldering
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Kevin Kennedy
Quenching the spring-climbing thirst. If you’re a rock climber in Bozeman, you’ve probably found yourself seasonally confused. One day, a rogue storm will drop smoky cold powder and pull you to your skis and into the Bridger Range. The next, you long for a dry sunny day wrestling slabs of rock with... Details
Bozeman, Montana, Drew Pogge
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Drew Pogge
Choosing day by day.   “People are like dice. We throw ourselves in the direction of our own choosing.” ―Jean-Paul SartreIt could be the season—spring is a time of abundant change—or maybe it’s the political and social climate we’ve been enduring, but lately many of my friends have been asking some... Details
Kayak Technique, Spring Kayaking
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Brian Fletcher
Improving your paddling technique. Spring run-off: Just the thought of all that snow melting out of the mountains and filling the rivers and creeks to their capacity is enough to get any kayaker’s heart pumping. Small creeks transform into raging torrents of frothing brown water, and rivers... Details
Face-off, Tacoma, Outback
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Adventure vehicles abound around Bozeman, and like streamflows, these envy-inducing gear-haulers reach their peak in spring. Loaded down with every imaginable item of outdoor equipment—bikes, skis, paddleboards, driftboats, et al—they conjure pulse-raising images of multisport excursions near and... Details
Bozeman, BBC, CDT
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Drew Pogge
BZN gets short. Acronyms and abbreviations are useful (if often misconstrued) linguistic tools. Here’s a primer to a few that are common to southwest Montana, along with some misconstruction, just for fun.BBC—Bridger Bowl CloudAhhh yes, the phenomenon that dumps copious quantities of snow on... Details
Copper City Trails, Southwest Montana Mountain Bike Association
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David Tucker
Bozeman mountain bikers have long craved a three-season destination close to town, and thanks to the tireless efforts of Bozeman’s Tim Hawke, they’re going to get their wish. The Bureau of Land Management has approved Tim’s proposal for 30 miles of trail at Copper City, a swath of scrub and rolling... Details
Bozeman Astronomy, Jupiter, Spring Stargazing
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Jim Manning
Tracking Jupiter this spring. Every range needs its boss to keep the cowboys on point and the cattle moving, and the range of the sky is no different. Look southward this spring on a pleasant, clear night and you’ll find the bright light that serves as the range boss of the sky.It will be easy to... Details
Mother's Day Caddis Hatch, Fly Fishing Montana
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Jimmy Armijo-Grover
Fishing the Mother's Day Caddis Hatch. Still suffering from cabin fever? Well, it’s time to dust off those winter cobwebs and get ready for the first big hatch of the year, the Mother’s Day Caddis Hatch.This hatch is best experienced in person, as it has to be fished to truly be appreciated. It’s... Details
Yellowstone River Fish Kill, Montana Invasive Species
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Andrea Jones, FWP
Last year’s massive whitefish kill on the Yellowstone River was bad, but for Montana anglers, it may be a signal of what's to come. Last February, Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks announced that the Big Hole, Jefferson, Madison, East Gallatin, Gallatin, Yellowstone, Shields (at the Yellowstone),... Details
Spring Photography, Motion Photography
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Conor Glesner
Shooting moving objects. Moving subjects can be the single-hardest thing for a photographer to tackle. In fact, they can be so unpredictable that even professional sports and wildlife photographers are never sure what exactly they might get out of any given shoot. But what the pros have on their... Details
Custer Gallatin Road Openings
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Mariah Leuschen-Lonergan, USFS
Spring is in the air and Custer Gallatin National Forest employees are busy across your forest. Here are some important dates to be aware of when planning your recreation this season.  Campground OpeningsGreek Creek and Moose Creek – May 5Red Cliff – May 11Spire Rock – May 16Langohr, Hood Creek... Details
Montana Prairie Voles
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Barbara Lee
Seems we're not so different after all. When a couple first gets together, they can be pretty obsessed with one another. True love means a long-term commitment, but sometimes there’s cheating on the side. If the couple has kids, in general both parents are involved in raising them. And some guys... Details

Gear Reviews

Native Eyewear Sidecar
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Chris McCarthy
This time of year can be frustrating—I leave the house with clear skies but by the time I get to the trailhead the clouds have rolled in. If I go without shades on cloudy days, my eyes dry out from the wind, but if I wear my sunglasses I struggle to see in the trees. This dilemma led me to Native... Details
Katadyn BeFree
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Melissa Doar
When it comes to recreating in the great outdoors, hydration is essential. Thanks to the Katadyn BeFree filtration water flask, the guesswork has been taken out of where your next drink will come from, giving you a little extra peace of mind when venturing into the backcountry. This convenient... Details
Toad & Co. Chaka Skirt
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Angie Mangels
Despite being a tomboy, I find myself drawn to wearing skirts, mostly because they’re versatile, comfortable, easy to dress up or down, and look better than just wearing tights. The Chaka by Toad & Co. fits the bill perfectly for ready-to-go-anywhere attire. With a classic A-line silhouette,... Details
Nemo Nocturne 15
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Chris McCarthy
I’ve never been a fan of mummy bags; I understand their usefulness when backpacking, but even then I’ve been known to take a traditional bag for comfort. NEMO must have read my mind because they’ve combined comfort and packability with their Nocturne 15. This spoon-shaped bag provides extra room at... Details
Rockport Trail Technique
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Simon Peterson
I walk a lot—around town and in the mountains—and I have struggled for years to find durable and practical shoes that fit my wide foot and also fit a modest budget. Thanks to the Rockport Trail Technique, I have to look no further. Providing an excellent balance between comfort, style, and... Details
Therm-a-rest NeoAir All Season SV
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David Howlett
After two seasons of heavy abuse and several patch jobs, it was time for a new air mattress. I opted for the four-season, rugged, go-anywhere NeoAir All Season SV from Therm-A-Rest. It took several tries using the new SpeedValve, but once I got the hang of it, the mattress aired up quickly. Fully... Details
Hi-Tec Waimea Falls
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Melissa Doar
Rarely does a product come along whereby I find myself secretly hoping for the end of ski season in exchange for warmer temps. The super-comfy Hi-Tec Waimea Falls casual sandals actually had me contemplating such nonsense. These attractive, adjustable strappy sandals offer a secure customized fit.... Details
Arborwear Cedar Flex
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Mike England
Last year I destroyed my favorite pants, ripping out the backside as I bootie-scooted down a steep scree field below Mt. Cowan. I’d needed mobility for the climb, which meant I had to sacrifice durability on the descent—thick, tear-resistant pants just don’t bend where you need ’em to, right? Wrong... Details
Hoka OneOne Challenger ATR 3
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David Tucker
Spring in Bozeman means variable trail conditions, so if you’re going to spend time on the run, you’ll need a shoe that can handle it all. Enter the Challenger ATR 3 from Hoka One One. Out of the box, they’re extremely lightweight, meaning they’re agile on the trail, which is essential when picking... Details
The Dog Outdoors WalkingDog Plus
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Angie Mangels
Sometimes, you need to get your dog exercised quickly and across town safely by bike. The WalkyDog Plus bike leash is an ingenious yet simple product that gives you hands-free control while riding. Once you’ve secured the adjustable clamp to your seatpost, and the springs inside the leash-bar are... Details
Pearl Izumi Select Escape
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David Tucker
A lightweight shell is a staple and especially useful in spring. Whether you’re running, biking, hiking, or fishing, having a water-repellent windproof layer will keep you comfortable and safe when the weather turns. The Select Escape from Pearl Izumi is a no-frills option that is bike-specific. It... Details

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