Summer 2005

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England, Mike
Zuke’s—Durango, CO Jerky Naturals $20 (6 bags) zukes.com 866-985-3364 The average canine has a pretty uninviting diet: dry, processed food chunks supplemented by the occasional rock-hard biscuit. No taste-bud-tantalizers there. If you love your dog, try spicing up his culinary life and give him... Details

Features

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Maffly, Brian
National forest travel planning has become a flashpoint in our society’s cultural rifts, with both sides claiming the moral high ground. Piston-powered visitors take to the streets, waving the flags of Liberty and Freedom. Muscle-propelled visitors insist environmental concerns obligate the U.S.... Details
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Outside Bozeman
High in the Castle Mountains, the picturesque Smith River begins its majestic, meandering descent across central Montana. Flowing north between the Little Belt and Big Belt mountains, the Smith gathers volume from several tributaries and finally pours into the Missouri just upstream from Great... Details
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Phil Knight
Paddling Yellowstone Lake.Looking for a big-time paddling adventure close to home? Want a flat-water canoe or kayak trip that will test your skills and your endurance? Try Yellowstone Lake, the largest lake above 7,000 feet on the continent, home to grizzly bears, cutthroat trout, breeding white... Details
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Becky Edwards
Running from East Rosebud to Cooke City.“Just so simply, the currents carry time away, and we are left confused by the velocity of our lives.” —from Glen Barrett’s Off the RoadTap, tap, tap. I rap my pen impatiently as the phone makes a soft hum against my cheek. “Well now, Miss Becky...” Gritting... Details
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Hill, Pat
When Jeff Schlabs of Bozeman feels like unwinding, he flings himself from an airplane, or just jumps off a cliff.Skydiving is Schlabs’s passion; the 43-year-old has logged over 5,300 jumps in his 18-year free-fall career. From exotic locations like Bali, Indonesia, to Chamonix, France, Schlabs has... Details

Departments

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Holtgreve, Bud
The onset of summer brings festive Italian wines for every table, raft, or backpack. While Pinot Grigio is the most recognizable white wine, many other options exist for Italian summer sippers. After all, Italy is the world’s largest wine producer, with an astonishing 900,000 registered vineyards... Details
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Heimann, Ginny
The first few times I went fishing with the Gallatin Valley Wad’n Women, my fly would end up under a rock, on my shirt, or on the top branch of a tree. Every now and then I managed a good cast. Eventually my patience and perseverance paid off. My fly disappeared into the mouth of a beautiful... Details
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Stewart, Lucia
Ever wonder what the Lewis and Clark Expedition must have looked like to the casual observer? “It looks like the circus is coming to town,” says Jeff Olson, Public Information Officer with the Corps of Discovery II. To commemorate the bicentennial of the Lewis and Clark Expedition, the traveling... Details
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Keeler, Greg
Is irony something beyond us—in the mindof a fish (if fish have minds), in the way a dogcocks its head or a cat looks behinditself when it knows nothing's there? In the logof human misery, the fates always providethese illustrations: man bites dog, fish hookhooks fisherman, soldier gives birth,... Details
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Center, Dean
One night when called in to see a patient and trying to quietly exit our bedroom, I painfully twisted my ankle. In the stream of invective that followed, I discovered that I resent professional basketball players. Overpaid to play a game with no benefit to humanity, they were probably sound asleep... Details
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DiSavino, Becky
Need a break from cell phones ringing while you’re getting a latte? Ever wonder what it was like to be a woman in the Old-West mining days? Perhaps you’ve been curious about the role the railroad has played in Montana’s economy, government, and society? Or maybe you just feel like getting out this... Details
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Brendgard, Tony
This fall, Bozeman will again play host to a great feat of endurance and perseverance. Commemorating the bicentennial of the Lewis and Clark Expedition, the Lewis and Clark Marathon will run through Bozeman on September 25th. This 6th annual event starts at the historic Malmborg School on Jackson... Details
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Vail, Juliette
Summer is here, and many of us are getting out and enjoying runs on the many trails in our area. Trail running is a fast-growing sport that allows a runner to enjoy nature while being softer on the joints overall. A good training program and preparation for the demands of running on uneven terrain... Details
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Smith, Phyllis
It had been a hot, dry summer. On August 19, 1881, Walter Cooper and friends Peter Koch and George Wakefield began the trek on horseback into Gallatin Canyon with dog Brownie. They planned to travel on to Yellowstone National Park to survey for a possible railroad. Koch, a civil engineer, wanted to... Details
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Dehmer, Kurt
Montana’s many rivers offer some of the best opportunities for scenic, accessible recreation in the state. That being said, the general consensus among frequent river-users and guides is that these waterways are becoming increasingly crowded. Spend enough time near various access spots during the... Details
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Colon, Matt
Ultralight Backpacking—the latest trend in backcountry travel—has definitely found a home in Bozeman. In fact, though most locals might not know it, many people around the country see Bozeman as a kind of ground zero for the ultralight backpacking movement.It all started back in 1987 when an... Details
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Maffly, Brian
Tom Kalakay first began scoping Rocky Canyon for its climbing potential 20 years ago. He initially dismissed the broken limestone crags a few miles east of Bozeman as “a pile of crap,” but soon discovered it had potential as a sport climbing area. And with convenient freeway access, no less.This... Details
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Edwards, Becky
Living in Montana forces us to notice and observe animals, both wild and domesticated, in ways that are often overlooked by city-dwellers. On any given morning there are at least two Golden Retrievers parked outside the Leaf and Bean, and no backcountry ski day is complete without our four-legged... Details
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Strickland, Tanner
Unless you’re lucky enough to catch a glimpse of a guy in spurs filling up his 4x4 before heading off into the sunset, the only cowboy hat you’ll see in most parts of our tourism-laden locale will probably be on the head of your valet. For a more certain sighting of the true Montana cowboy, that... Details
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Orem, Tina
There's nothing like living on the edge of the Gallatin National Forest. The air smells good, it's quiet, the birds chirp, and oh yeah, the whole thing is a giant ATM. Yep, the Gallatin National Forest is churning out at least $252 million a year. Of course, this all depends on who you talk to. A... Details
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Barnes, Savannah
Last summer I was part of a near-fatal running trip from Bridger Bowl, across the spine of the ridge, and down to the "M." It should have been an average-Jane run with a group of friends and two dogs—a strapping Black Labrador we'll call Buck and his best pal, a Golden Retriever named Flash. The... Details
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Gustafson, Sid
Examining Your Dog:  Determining the Seriousness of Injury and IllnessIf you suspect your dog has been injured or is sick, but don’t know where or what is wrong—or how wrong it is—stop, collect your wits, leash and table the animal, and begin a systematic and thorough exam.ExaminationSoothe your... Details
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Kociolek, Angela
I felt a little out of place without a fly rod. From May through July last year, most people who sported hip-high waders in the Madison River were angling for a Zen-like trance and the feel of scales on skin. I too tromped and canoed along and across the Madison’s main and braided channels, but I... Details
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Conant, Steve
Ankle sprains are the bane of many a runner. The good news is that with proper conditioning, ankles can become incredibly resistant to injury. Unfortunately, most runners do little more than run, which does not necessarily lead to reduced risk of acute or chronic injury to this joint. Incorporating... Details
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Manning, Jim
There’s no time like summertime to celebrate American icons—Mom, apple pie, and the flag mixed with lemonade on the back porch, fireworks on the Fourth, Old Faithful spouting in Yellowstone, and of course, that national symbol: the bald eagle, gazing steely-eyed from some lofty perch.You can spot... Details
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Thielman-Ibes, Kim
“Whoa Black Betty, bam-a-lam, whoa Black Betty, bam-a-lam…” There I was, singing off-key in a funky blues-rock beat, a hole in the clouds above and the sun shining through full-bore—yes, even the gods themselves spotted a wee bit of fun coming their way. I had a smile on my face the size of a... Details
Ennis, Montana, Montana Sunset, Bozeman Road-Trip
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Clemens, Annie
At the base of the majestic Madison Range, along a prime fly fishing section of the Madison River, lies a close-knit western community that’s interconnected the old-fashioned way—before modems. Here, drivers’ nods of acknowledgment function as the traffic lights on Main Street. The downtown... Details
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Fried, Amy
Men and women? Vive la difference! At least when it comes to backpacks, that is. Women’s shapes, carrying capacities, and centers of gravity are different than men’s, so their packs need to be, too. Our torsos are shorter, our hips are wider, and our shoulders are narrower. In fact, a well-made... Details
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McCune, Jenny
In the case of Bozeman streets versus cyclists, the jury’s still out. The situation is like a typical bicycle ride: some uphill, some downhill; both potholes and smooth pavement; for every tailwind helping you along, you’re later punished by a grueling headwind.On the positive side: last year the... Details
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England, Mike
"The things we did last summer, I’ll remember all winter long." –Sammy CahnIt was almost a decade ago when I first snorkeled the Gallatin River. While borrowing some fishing gear, my friend Kent spotted the Hawaiian sling I’d bought for a diving trip; he came back later with mask, fins, and an old... Details
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Schroeder, Dave
The pristine rivers and creeks flowing from Yellowstone National Park and the massive Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness are renowned for their magnificent waterfalls and world-class fly-fishing opportunities. People flock from around the globe to admire the sparkling waters, thundering cascades, and... Details
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Hostetler, Jeff
Once again the showery skies of springtime Montana turn to blue, and the summer yellow sun shines high and long. While fisherman adapt to the heat with sunscreen and sandals, the bugs time their hatches and breeding seasons according to body color. The Pale Morning Dun is a mayfly that hatches... Details
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John Stifter
Tumbling down from the jagged peaks of the Crazy Mountains is one of the most intimidating and exclusive kayaking runs in Montana. Equally crazy whitewater paddling can be found on various creeks around Montana and Idaho, but Bozeman-area boaters’ rite of passage into extreme kayaking begins at the... Details
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Drozic, Bennett
When considering the benefits that this town offers, our downtown certainly stands out as a testament to civic awareness, historic preservation, and community collaboration. In no small way does Main Street contribute to our lifestyle and humanistic development. And much of that contribution is due... Details
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Harmon, Rance Scott
When asked why people build their own fly rods, Dave McKee replies, “You get a sense of satisfaction from using something you put together yourself. I get a big kick out of being out there using my own flies and my own rod.” McKee, a guide for of The River’s Edge in Bozeman, says that half his... Details
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Pilney, Kathleen
There’s a poignant scene in the movie Office Space that’s speaks to the millions of us stuck working as cubicle rats. The main character dismantles the thin walls of his office cube, causing them to fall to the floor. He leans back in his chair, arms behind his head, wearing a giant smile of... Details

Gear Reviews

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Orem, Tina
Sun Mountain - Missoula, MTSpeed Cart - $200www.sunmountain.com800-227-9224The Sun Mountain Speed Cart is a collapsible golf-bag cart with all the bells and whistles. It comes with a drink holder, scorecard clip, ball and tee holders, and a small compartment for sunglasses, keys, pencils, or your... Details
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England, Mike
Arborwear—Newbury, OHDouble Seat Climber - $45www.arborwear.com888-578-TREEA few years ago a friend and I spent a summer working at a guest ranch near Cody, Wyoming. Long days outside in hot, dry country. From rock-climbing and fly-fishing to chopping firewood and driving fenceposts, we put our... Details
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Harris, Jim
IST Designs – Bozeman, MTPak-Lite - $24SideWinder - $25www.istdesigns.com522-9300 / 888-478-6565Local innovators IST Designs (99 E. Oak Street, above the new Asian Mart) have come out with a couple handy new products that are definitely worth checking out. The Pak-Lite LED flashlight is a compact,... Details
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England, Mike
Asolo—Lebanon, NHTasman XCR - $135www.asolo-usa.com603-448-8827If you ask me, Imelda Marcos got a bad rap. Anyone who spends a lot of time outdoors knows the value of a good pair of shoes, and if money (and storage space) was no object, why not have a whole fleet of kick-ass footwear, a pair... Details
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England, Mike
Crazy Crib LEX—CRAZY CREEKIn the world of backpacking, the lightweight revolution is well underway—who wouldn’t want to go farther, faster, and with less back and shoulder pain? A great way to skim weight without sacrificing comfort is to replace your heavy, bulky tent with a Crazy Crib LEX from... Details

Additional Articles

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Hill, Pat
Skydiving has come a long way since Leonardo da Vinci sketched the earliest known rendition of a parachute in 1495. Da Vinci’s conception was a pyramid-shaped, cloth-covered contraption that really worked; it took more than a century to make the leap from the artist’s drawing to the real thing, but... Details

Book Reviews

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England, Mike
Butte's Climbing Guideby Dwight BishopFirst Ascent PressBozeman, MT192 pagesFrom the dramatic Dragon’s Back in Homestake Pass to the colossal Humbug Spires, rock climbing around Butte is both spectacular and manifold. Those looking to explore the geologic splendor of the “Boulder Batholith,” should... Details
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Coble, Melynda
Confluenceby Susan MorganMissoula, MTSelf published, 2003283 pagesFrom the flashflood on page one to a lightning storm at the end, the forces of nature in Susan Morgan’s Confluence parallel the forces of her narrator’s emotions. At the start of Confluence, Shari, the narrator, heads to Utah on a... Details
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Edwards, Becky
Travers Corners: The Final Chaptersby Scott WaldieGuilford, CTLyons Press, 1998270 pagesScott Waldie’s final installation in his Travers Corners series is a sweet, observant picture of small-town life in Montana. Travers Corners: The Final Chapters tells the story of two residents of a small,... Details
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Orem, Tina
Death in the Grizzly Maze: The Timothy Treadwell Storyby Mike LapinskiGuilford, CTFalcon, 2005175 pages This is Superior, Montana resident Mike Lapinksi's take on the life and tragic death of the late "bear whisperer" Timothy Treadwell, who along with friend Amie Huguenard was killed by two... Details
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Edwards, Becky
Alpine Climbing: Techniques to Take You Higher picks up where many other climbing instruction books culminate. Authors and experienced climbers/guides Mark Houston and Kathy Cosley harness all the basic rock climbing knowledge most beginning mountaineers start with (lead climbing, gear placement,... Details
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Coble, Melynda
If you've ever had to pull porcupine quills out of a dog's face or wondered why your pal won't stop panting and laying in the shade during a trail run, then you need local veterinarian Sid Gustafson's new book First Aid for the Active Dog (Alpine Blue Ribbon Books, $18). While this first aid guide... Details

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