Summer 2001

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England, Mike
The caddis come out of nowhere, streaming up the bank in thick, buff-colored waves. One moment, it's calm, nary a bug in sight; the next, a burst of fluttering wings. As the wind drives them past, one drifts into my ear, a dozen catch my sleeve, two fight for sanctuary in my left nostril. A quick... Details
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Keeler, Greg
On evenings when the spring thaw is going full blast, I like to sleep with the bedroom window open. Though I live just two blocks off Bozeman’s Main Street, I can hear Sourdough Creek swollen and roaring down from the Hyalites where elk are dipping for a drink, down through hay fields then... Details
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Megan Ault
Sure, you could drive north to Martinsdale or Canyon Ferry Lake, east to Harrison Reservoir, or south to Ennis or Hebgen Lakes and probably find wind. A wind phone service will even tell you how hard it’s blowing at some of those places. But ask Bozeman windsurfers what their favorite lake is, the... Details
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Sinay, Ken
I wake, shove down my sleeping bag, and pull on my shirt and shorts. Unzipping the tent, I crawl to the door and peer out. It's damp and still following the night's drizzle.I pull on a fleece jacket and snug on my boots. Stove, pot, water, coffee, and I line up everyone's mug. While the water's... Details

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Smith, Phyllis
In a historical sketch written in the 1890s, Danish immigrant Peter Koch described what he had observed earlier during his tramps about the Gallatin Valley in the 1870s. However, he said, most of the physical evidence of first visitors had disappeared with recurring heavy snows, spring runoff, and... Details
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England, Mike
In 1889, Hamilton Carhartt started making pants. They were no ordinary pants, though. Designed to "endure the rigors of a hard day’s work", they were constructed with the heaviest, most durable material possible. He’d had it with flimsy fabrics and cushy clamdiggers. Even Levis were too thin-... Details
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England, Mike
If you've never seen the northern lights – and almost 95% of Earth's population hasn't – this year may be your best chance. Massive surges of solar activity are blasting Earth with more magnetic energy than it's felt in 20 years. This means that aurora borealis will be bigger, more vibrant, and... Details
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Orms, R. Kent
I still remember the valley the way I first saw it as a kid. It had been a long heavy winter when finally, spring arrived, tentative and coy. Then the large, open fields near our house exploded with wildflower blues and yellows aching to reach up and be caught in the late afternoon breeze. Without... Details
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Carpenter, Brad
Hot, bluish-black smoke billowed from the end of the buzzing sawblade and swirled about me, permeating my clothes and hair. Chunks of disemboweled wood sprayed out in all directions, sticking to the sweat on my arms and face, and I glanced at my watch. Time to quit. The day had been long, hot, and... Details
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Orms, R. Kent
If you’re looking to ride some different trails this summer, check out Big Sky. It has more accessible downhill runs and singletrack than anywhere in the region. While most of the terrain is for advanced riders, there are several trails for beginners, too. At Big Sky proper, people usually head up... Details
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England, Mike
"I wish to preach, not the doctrine of ignoble ease, but the doctrine of the strenuous life." —Teddy RooseveltFew people enjoy summer more than Montanans. After a long, hard winter, when cabin fever rages and our bodies are soft and sallow, we embrace summer with the fervor of fanatics. Giddy and... Details
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Saari, Hans
My mom descended from the Vikings. If you had seen her crossing the finish line of the 1998 Bridger Ridge Run you would not doubt this fact. After racing the 20 rugged miles of relentless hills and shoe-shredding scree, her blond hair had unwound from its customary braid into wild tufts, her knees... Details

Gear Reviews

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Frost, Mick
If you're like us, you love the lightness and comfort of breathable waders but can't seem to find anything as durable as those old neoprene jobbers you've been wearing since Don King's last haircut. Well there is a solution, one that guides have known about for years: Simms Guide Model Chest Waders... Details
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Frost, Mick
It wasn't long ago that any three-, four-, or five-piece fly rod was considered a "pack rod," reserved for high-country pack trips or stashed in the trunk for the occasional noontime jaunt to Rocky Creek. On the river, two-piece rods were the standard, be you guide or flailing neophyte. Anything... Details
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Orms, R. Kent
Ok, you’ve made the big investment and bought a boat. Then you had to buy paddles, maybe a sprayskirt or a frame, then a helmet and a PFD. Your wallet’s thin enough to shave with, but you still need outerwear. Something durable and comfortable, something inexpensive but bomber. Enter Outa Ware of... Details
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England, Mike
When it comes to backpacking and camping gear, two basic categories exist: the essentials, such as pack, tent, sleeping bag, stove, etc.; and the comfort & convenience items like pillow, headlamp, water purifier. Seasoned wilderness campers know that all too often the line begins to blur, and... Details
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England, Mike
We all know people who are stubbornly spartan in the woods, deriding high-end internal frame packs with their flashy colors and space-age construction. But the majority of us are Epicureans at heart, gladly sacrificing looks for comfort and performance. If this is you, pick up a new pack from... Details
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Torms, Arken
Remember the good old days, when a pair of boots lasted longer than you really wanted them to, when Mom said "I don't care if you've been wearing them since creation, they're still perfectly good boots!" And they were. You just wanted something new and shiny, something cool to show off to your... Details
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Frost, Mick
A boat’s a boat, right? That’s what we thought. Then we took Yellowstone Drifter's new 16-foot Guide Boat out for a day on the lower Madison. Wide, roomy, and extremely stable, the Guide Boat drew just four inches of water and turned on a dime, all while loaded down with three of us and all our... Details

Additional Articles

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McLandress, Kelley
It’s 10:00 a.m. on a bright summer day near Yellowstone National Park, and a young golden grizzly bear scampers across the hillside. He tumbles down the bank, landing sideways and ready for his sister to pounce. It’s playtime! We stand only twenty feet away, watching as the two young bears wrestle... Details
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Becker, Mike
In the deep green world of its backcountry, a hiker with a small pair of binoculars and an alert nature will get to know, up close and personal, many of the birds of Yellowstone Park. Along the streams fringed with willow and red dogwood you can expect the slate-blue dipper, the kingfisher rattling... Details
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Keeler, Greg
Behind the stockyards trout are taking nymphs, so you ditch the evening news and hit the stream. On the first cast you get a rainbow, a piggish wallowing blimp of a fish. It’s headed for the biker bar downstream and into your backing when it finds a rusted turquoise Plymouth fin and breaks off.... Details

Book Reviews

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Orms, R. Kent
Shoot the moon. That’s what Bozeman writer David Quammen attempts in his 700-page environmental epic, Song of the Dodo. It’s big, but in that space he manages to travel to the most remote spots on earth, chronicle wild scientific adventures, and explain the cause of worldwide ecosystem decay. It is... Details

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