Summer 2003

Features

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Danhof, Ken
Twenty-eight road miles (22 miles as a GPS-equipped crow would fly) southwest of the Bozeman city limits, one arrives at the Spanish Creek Guard Station, a major trailhead for the Spanish Peaks Unit of the Lee Metcalf Wilderness Area. Of the many wonderful outdoor attractions surrounding us here in... Details
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Leigh Ripley
We all know the danger is out there, but the reality of it actually happening is usually far from our thoughts. Fact is, grizzly bears do attack. They attack anyone or anything they feel threatened by. Spend enough time in the backcountry, and one day that threat might be you.On September 25, 1992... Details
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Kent Orms
On any hot summer day when I was a teenager, all it took was a phone call:"Hello?""Firehole."Click.Within the hour, 15 or 20 of us would be on the road to Yellowstone Park. Our caravan of cars and trucks would wind through Gallatin Canyon toward the Firehole River Swimming Area—a 200-yard section... Details
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Ault, Megan
As a mother of three nature-loving boys, one of my house rules is "Only one snake living with us at a time." They caught their snake enthusiasm outside, tracking and holding hundreds of garter snakes before we ever bought a snake and let it sleep in one of the bedrooms. Before having sons, I hardly... Details

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Kelley, Shannon
It was a bright, warm day in the summer of 1846 when the Morgan family decided to take a break from their wagon travels. Crossing the vast eastern plains of Montana on their way to resettle in Oregon, the hardy family of five came under the shadow of the vast Crazy Mountain range. They were in awe... Details
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Orms, R. Kent
Rock climbing is one of the greatest ways to get out and enjoy Montana's splendors in the summer. Plus, it's an absolute blast. The thrill of surmounting a sheer cliff that just moments before you swore was unclimbable is extremely empowering. Once you've done it for a bit, you'll start to notice... Details
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Roots, Alex
Until relatively recently, �GPS� was an acronym familiar only to gearheads and a few fatcats who were able to access the U.S. Government�s Global Positioning Satellite system to steer their BMWs to the nearest Taco Bell. But the ever-shrinking costs of the technology, combined with the... Details
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Hostetler, Jeff
In a small industrial park west of Bozeman and a long fly-cast north of I-90 sit a remarkably modest office and factory that are the home of Yellowstone Drifter Boat Company.The roots for this small, locally owned company began growing back in the 1970s when the Laviguerre Brothers made two lines... Details
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Henning, Becky
Picture, if you will, groups of spandex-clad bicyclists racing out Springhill Road. Or a string of cyclists cruising up and down Paradise Valley. Or a rodeo clown giving talks on bike safety at the fairgrounds. Sound interesting, like something you�d like to get involved in? Then the Gallatin... Details
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Regan, Michael
Rivers largely define Montana's history, culture, economy, character, and natural environment. So what happens when a river gets re-defined by pollution and irresponsible management? Health problems. Degraded beauty. Squandered recreation. Lost economic opportunity. Astronomical cleanup costs.That... Details
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Schwedler, Jon
The mountains of southwest Montana are a special place for the charismatic carnivores of the American West. Wolves, grizzly bears, black bears, and mountain lions all haunt this high country, with few other places in the nation matching this wealth of wildlife. But even beyond these well-known... Details
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England, Mike
Last summer, an elementary schoolteacher in southern California happened upon a copy of Outside Bozeman. For a writing exercise, she read an essay about fishing on the Gallatin River to her students, and told them to describe on paper how the story made them feel. One student had a particularly... Details
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Center, Dean
It was just before dark, and the small but feisty native cutthroats were finally starting to feed. They were in a run near the far bank, underneath alders that grew almost horizontally out from the riverside. The required sidearm cast and overhanging branches had cost me all but one of the only fly... Details
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Henning, Becky
Do you yearn for a break from the hum-drum, are you aching for adventure? Then come to the river. There's nothing wrong with acknowledging your need for the danger of rapids, or the constant pull of the current. And there's no shame in admitting that you don't know how to maneuver the waters... Details

Gear Reviews

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Stifter, Jon
Pneumo Dry-Sackwww.pacoutdoor.com406.586.5258The lightweight, compressible/inflatable Pneumo Dry-Sack from Pacific Outdoor Equipment is an important piece of equipment while traveling on or near water, or in a wet climate. The sack performed extremely well while I tested its waterproof ability on... Details
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England, Mike
Empire Slider Sunglasseswww.smithsport.com208.726.4477New on the market from Smith Sport Optics is the polarized Slider package. Now you can enjoy the convenience of interchangeable lenses and get all the benefits of a polarized lens to boot. We tested the Empire, Smith�s newest style, and found... Details
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England, Mike
Global Positions Terra Topoglobalpositions.com406.580.1314Few things trigger a sense of adventure like a good backcountry map. Poring over the terrain with an adopted bird�s-eye view, you see a whole new world of possibilities�distant peaks, secluded canyons, and remote lakes unseen from the... Details
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Thielman-Ibes, Kim
Superlight 3.5 Golf Bagwww.sunmountain.com800.227.8738Sun Mountain’s Superlight 3.5 golf bags are so light, you might find yourself willing to go the extra nine without the cart—or the caddie. It hits the scales at a mere 56 ounces, or 3.5 pounds, and it holds a full set of clubs. Yet, this bag is... Details
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England, Mike
Kodiak Raftwww.kickboat.com800.239.7238“Specialization,” the famous science-fiction writer Robert Heinlein once wrote, “is for insects.” If Heinlein were alive today and looking to buy a personal watercraft, chances are he’d choose a Kodiak kickboat from Water Master Rafts of Missoula. A float-tube... Details
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Stifter, Jon
Max-Lite Sleeping Padwww.pacoutdoor.com406.586.5258After I unrolled the Max-Lite self-inflating sleeping pad, I immediately noticed that it was shaped to contour to one�s body in a mummy fashion: narrow at the head, 20 inches wide at the midriff, and narrow once again at the feet. The Max-Lite is... Details

Additional Articles

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Corriel, Michele
The Bozeman Cutthroats are not a new sub-species of trout, as the name might suggest. They are, in fact, Bozeman’s own rugby team. The Cutthroats have been around since 1993, playing the rough-and-tumble football for which they are notorious. “It’s very physical, no doubt,” Cutthroat Coach Dennis... Details
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Thielman-Ibes, Kim
Ninety-seven years ago, on August 11, 1906, the first Sweet Pea Carnival was held in Bozeman. The social event was revitalized in 1978 with a mission to cultivate and support the arts in Bozeman by bringing together local, regional, and national performers and artists. Last year over 18,000 people... Details
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Henning, Becky
There�s a lot to learn when you�re a kid: how to blow bubbles with your gum, how to tie your shoes, how to do cartwheels� but probably the biggest challenge of childhood is learning how to ride a bike. From parents who cringe at the idea of their kid breaking his neck careening wildly down... Details
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Mike England
For a thorough, entertaining guide to the trout-filled rivers, streams, and lakes of the Treasure State, one could hardly find a better resource than Flyfisher’s Guide to Montana by Greg Thomas. In addition to maps, photos, and hatch charts, Thomas provides valuable lake and stream facts such as... Details
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Kelley, Shannon
Set in the prairies of eastern Montana from 1916 to 1946, In Open Spaces is about the lives of the Arbuckle brothers. First we meet George, a man on the brink of baseball stardom, whose life ends unexpectedly under mysterious circumstances. Jack, the black sheep of the brothers and a WWI vet,... Details

Book Reviews

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England, Mike
There are a few places on earth where fishermen’s dreams are forged within a framework of grandeur and natural beauty—an elegant overlay in which fish are a single element among many. Montana is just such a place: a vibrant commingling of fish and fly, mountain and meltwater, trout and topography.... Details
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Kelley, Shannon
In the small town of Willow Creek (not far from Three Forks, Montana), as basketball season begins and ends, Stanley West takes us through the lives of those participating on and off the court in the Blind Your Ponies. These characters are profoundly damaged in one way or another. The high school... Details
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Tina Orem
MARK OF THE GRIZZLY by Scott McMillion Guilford, CT: Globe Pequot Press, 1998 249 pagesIn Mark of the Grizzly, Livingston resident and environmental authority Scott McMillion explores the conflict between society’s admiration for bears and its actions related to bear habitat and control. The book... Details
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Orem, Tina
Like the title indicates, Kalispell’s Ben Long presents a collection of bear stories from across Montana. With grizzly bear and black bear accounts going back as far as 1830, Great Montana Bear Stories is not as graphic as Mark of the Grizzly—this book still commands a healthy amount of respect for... Details

Columns

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Jim Manning
When hiking the mountains and meadows of summertime Montana, it's always good to watch your step'lest you encounter the occasional bison or moose patty or one of the rodents, snakes, lizards, or other creepy-crawlies that inhabit the various terrains of the region. The terrain of the sky offers... Details
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Hostetler, Jeff
The art of fly-tying has evolved in a similar fashion to that of the painted canvas. Paints and mediums change as represented by the newest digital art endeavors. A similar evolution happened within fly-tying, and Rainey’s Grand Hopper is this summer’s pixel art.Tied of buoyant, easily trimmed 1/4-... Details
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Center, Dean
We love to look at them, we love to know they’re out there doing their natural thing, but we hate to think about them bothering us. From big to small, here’s a potpourri of tips on how to deal with Montana’s critters.Grizzly BearsUrsus horribilis. As always, avoidance is the best solution. For... Details
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Smith, Chrysti
An impressive array of atmospheric events is played out every summer in Montana’s skies. While cloud-gazing in Big Sky country, consider the origins of the names of three common cloud types: cirrus, stratus, and cumulus.In 1803, an English meteorologist named Luke Howard appropriated a trio of... Details

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