Summer 2007

Features

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Michael Pierre
Ted Border and I had been friends for 35 years and climbing partners for 28. Together we’d summited more than 50 mountains around southwest Montana. In all those years, mishaps had been utterly nonexistent. Until today.From our vantage point at lunch, we could see the terrain on the east side of... Details
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Frost, Mick
On a high bank above the East Gallatin River, my father and I sat on the hood of my beat-up ’64 Pontiac Catalina, sharing a beer. The early-afternoon sunlight filtered through the trees, warming our upturned faces. After the last swig we hopped down and got our fishing gear together. I noticed Dad... Details
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Roots, Alex
Granite Peak is the most vexing mountain in the state of Montana. There may be mountains in Montana that are more difficult to climb, but the thing about those mountains is that you don’t actually have to climb them. The summit of Granite Peak, on the other hand, is a mandatory stop for any... Details
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Pogge, Drew
The desert stretches for as far as you can see. Though it’s only June, the heat is brutal and exhausting. Silty dust hangs in the air, a reminder of the racers still in front of you. You shift down through a low, dust-choked wash and without warning you’re airborne at 50 miles per hour. You level... Details
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David Peterson
Once upon a time, not far from the Oxbow Bend of the Snake River and Massive Mount Moran, lived the oxymoronically monikered mountain man Richard “Beaver Dick” Leigh. Often visiting that same area today is a highly acclaimed nature photographer going by the name of Moose Peterson. Just how any of... Details
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Tuller, Brigitte
Ever since I first went rafting on the Gallatin River and submersed myself in its awe-inspiring rapids, I’ve been addicted. As the mountain snow melts in the spring and early summer, I both dread and crave our return to the raging whitewater. As we prepare for this annual rite of passage, memories... Details

Departments

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Japhe, Brad
There is something highly inconsiderate about creatures whose sole impulse is to suck your blood. We hear about them every day and we rarely hold them in high regard: vampires, lawyers, salespeople. To protect ourselves from their constant advances, we often retreat to the comfortable embrace of... Details
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Sikorski, Ray
During a trekking expedition to the Nepal’s Anapurna region in 1999, some local children took an interest in my guidebook, the introduction of which had been penned by legendary climber Sir Edmund Hillary.One of the children recognized the name. Pointing to it, he said, “Second man on Everest!” Did... Details
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The Editors
Another season, another face-off. This time we take on Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, home to Lake Coeur d'Alene, 40,000 people, and almost three times as many car thefts in 2004 as Bozeman. Seems like we can take 'em, but with beautiful Lake Coeur d'Alene, fabulous skiing, beautiful city parks, and good... Details
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Conant, Steve
As children develop they struggle with the competitive nature of athletics. Balance, agility, and coordination do not come easily to everyone. This can cause children to feel uncomfortable participating in healthy activities. Too often they say, “I don’t want to play," or "I'm not good at it,” and... Details
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Barker, Dave
The lunch-hour rush didn’t keep John Bozeman’s Bistro executive chef Perry Wenzel from putting down the skillet to talk about his passion for cooking with Montana products. From wheat to whitefish, the Bistro, like several area restaurants, increasingly buys from local producers. Thanks to the Farm... Details
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Orem, Tina
Sometimes people start companies because they want to live a dream, and sometimes they start companies just to make money. In a viable business, the two have to coexist, and making that happen is particularly difficult when you're trying to keep the enterprise environmentally friendly. So I... Details
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Manning, Jim
The Wild and Woolly West of (mostly) bygone days was so-called for a reason, for it could also be hazardous. There was danger of fever, rattlesnake bite, broken bones, and the occasional bout of lead poisoning, for which the frontier doctor came in mighty handy. Even the sky advertised the value of... Details
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Patterson, Amber
The first annual Mountain Music Youth Benefit on June 30 is a great way to spend a Saturday afternoon helping disadvantaged kids, listening to local music, eating, drinking, and spending some quality time with your family.Live music by local favorites including the Tall Boys, Jessica Kilroy, and 10... Details
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Nauman, Chris
Before getting geared up for rock-climbing season, give some thought to safety. Here are three simple things to think about: properly threading top anchors, doubling back your harness, and replacing old, worn-out gear. And, of course, don’t forget to wear a helmet!Thread Top AnchorsMost climbing... Details
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Barker, Dave
Fly fishers often draw comparisons to artists, thanks to a certain Robert Redford film from the early 1990s. But if you want to interact with more conventional artists, head to Wild Rose in Park in Ennis for the 12th Annual Madison Valley Arts Festival on August 11. Three weeks later at the Fifth... Details
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Stoops, Kira
Headed to West Yellowstone? Here's your packing list for a day, weekend, or fortnight of fun in our lodgepole-enveloped neighbor to the south:BIKE A wee embarrassed about your broken-down turquoise '90s Huffy? Bring it to Yellowstone Bicycles, where owner Les McBirney will fix it up with nary a... Details
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Japhe, Brad
In a more cosmopolitan setting it could be entirely expected that any sort of romantic outing might take place over an expensive meal at some trendy gourmet eatery. In and around Bozeman, however, romance can and maybe even should assume a decidedly rugged form. Why worry about pleasing your date... Details
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St. Thomas, Mike
My head was spinning when I arrived in the Gallatin Valley one scorching August afternoon, and it wasn’t just from the heat. For the first time in my life, I didn’t have a job, classes to attend, papers to write, or any semblance of structure. That morning I had driven from Helena, truck full of... Details
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Sagmyr, Ellen
What is the most dangerous and frequently encountered weather hazard experienced by people each year in many parts of the United States, including Montana? If you said lightning you would be right, if not you are in good company. Many people underrate the dangers of lightning, despite it being one... Details
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Tina Orem
And neither is NASCAR, or anything Laird Hamilton does.Given that it's played by millions, you'd think there'd be no question that golf is a sport. But Google the phrase "golf is not a sport" and you find a lot of people who think golf is down there, athletically speaking, with poker and beer pong... Details
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Pogge, Drew
Climbing has no shortage of challenges to overcome. Weather, fragile rock, sketchy protection, route logistics, and physical and mental limitations combine to make climbing what it is: an adventure. On one particular early summer day I had exceptional physical limitations indeed.Sunlight warmed the... Details
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Amber Patterson
Summertime is big for the galleries in Bozeman and Livingston. Many offer extended summer hours and some are only open during the summer. For those of you who frequent them and buy the art, kudos to you. You are patrons of the arts and the artists of Montana. For the rest of us, who may... Details
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Smith, Marjorie
Early in the summer of 2006, I had two small epiphanies.Epiphany One: Bozeman is a great place to live and my garden is very satisfying, but if I’d stuck it out as a federal bureaucrat, I could afford a nice garden in, say, Washington, D.C. Resolution: Get out and have an “only in Montana”... Details
Road Trip
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Jewel England
“Mom, when are we going to build a tennis court like the Burns’s?”These words were the impetus for the family’s move to Bozeman. Our eldest son, then 10 years old, seemed to want more and more material things. Granted, that was our fault—as parents of four growing children, ages ten, nine, seven,... Details
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Kuntz, Steve
This is a simple dish that is healthy, quick, and celebrates summer's bounty. To accentuate the summer flavors, serve with a 2005 Truchard Chardonnay.CREAMY POLENTAIngredients3 C. vegetable stock1 C. course ground cornmeal1/2 C. cream3 T. olive oil2 T. Dijon mustardBring the vegetable stock to a... Details
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Kumlien, Kris
As summer approaches, weekend warriors get excited about some of the best dry-fly fishing of the season. With salmonflies, goldenstones, yellow sallies, PMDs, caddis, drakes, tricos, and terrestrials on the plate during the months of June through August, it’s no wonder fish start looking up. I came... Details
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Blankenburg, Eric
Grizzly bears, with their magnetic pull toward media attention, are polarizing the nation yet again. In April, the grizzlies in and around Yellowstone National Park were delisted from the Endangered Species list, sparking controversy over the future of these misunderstood giants. In Glacier... Details
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Edwards, Becky
Unrest among national forest user groups isn’t reserved for cold-weather enthusiasts. Mountain bikers across southwest Montana are cranking mad, and for good reason. A proposed forest service policy could potentially close many fat-tired cyclists’ favorite trails, as early as this summer. The... Details
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Newman, Cherie
MooJee and I are hunkered down inside a cluster of granite boulders on the west side of the Bridgers, high above the Gallatin Valley. I doze with my head against a rock, chasing the sleep that eluded me last night. MooJee wakes me with a little whine. She points her black Labrador nose to the sky,... Details

Gear Reviews

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Duncan, Wes
For years I’ve stood by my two-man, three-season tent for a number of reasons; mainly, it was light and compact enough to backpack with. The only thing that really chaffed me however was the size. Waking up with the realization that I was spooning with my friend was troubling for the both of us. I... Details
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Duncan, Wes
I’ve heard many a kayaker say, “I’d rather adjust to paddling a different kayak than adjust to using a different paddle.” Those words couldn’t be truer. If you’re not comfortable with the paddle in your hands, your day on the river could end in “shooting the boot,” just like mine did the last time... Details
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Dave Barker
I am one of the clumsiest waders I know. I’ve always blamed my lack of grace on poor balance and overexcitement, but after trying the Simms G3 Guide Boots I now blame past stumbles on my old wading boots. The boots immediately instilled confidence when I plunged my Simms stocking foot waders inside... Details
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Peterson, Simon
THE HARDTAIL IS BACK! Thanks to our East Coast comrades Frank the Welder and the team at Sinister Bikes, we now have the perfect bike for ripping Montana’s world-class singletrack. For those like myself who can’t afford a quiver of bikes, the Sinister Ridge offers economical versatility and... Details

Additional Articles

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Patterson, Amber
Start training now for the 8th Annual Lewis and Clark Marathon here in Bozeman—the race is September 23 at 8 am. Entry fee for the marathon is $45, the half marathon is $30, and the marathon relay team is $100. The race begins on Jackson Creek Road and ends at the MSU track. In grand Olympian style... Details
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Barker, Dave
Break out the champagne and celebrate; Bozeman just became a lot more livable. Whether you’re a cross-country skier, Frisbee golfer, or just enjoy lounging in the grass, expect a host of new parks and trails to be completed or nearing completion by early fall.Ice House ParkThis 3/4-acre parcel... Details
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Wozer, Jeff
I’m currently sitting at my kitchen table on a damp Tuesday afternoon attempting to confront my addiction to outdoor gear and clothing.This admission spawned from a recent inventory that revealed I own three backpacks, four tents, seven fleece jackets, three rain parkas, two shells, three headlamps... Details
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Bjorklund, Anna
The fallow plot had become a haven of weeds and rogue sapling trees. I scrutinized the early spring dirt, kicking a frozen clod. Still renting, but longing to plant a garden, a friend had offered me the use of a once-cultivated 20-by-40-foot space in his backyard.The land in his neighborhood used... Details
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the editors
Gotcha. Again.Okay, people, let’s set the record straight. TERRY LEVINE WAS A JOKE! This should have been self-evident, as anybody’s who’s done more than look at the pictures knows that we at Outside Bozeman find the Levines of the world downright despicable and would never promote their cause. In... Details
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Barker, Dave
This summer, the future of one of Bozeman’s most convenient and visible rock climbing sites becomes more certain. For the past 20 years, rock climbers have flocked to the limestone crags of Bozeman Pass, just a quick drive east on I-90 from Bozeman. That land has been in the private hands of Hugo... Details
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Editors
Every day, one stalwart citizen does the right thing while another acts like a blithering bonehead. Here's a recap of admirable acts and embarrassing blunders for the the past season.Champs:Montana Senator Bob Hawks, for voting in favor of streamside setbacks, as outlined in the Montana Stream... Details
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Resolute readers once again hauled Outside Bozeman around the globe this past season, hoping to snag top honors in the coveted How Far Will You Go contest. This round saw entries from as far away as western Europe, the Middle East, and the Caribbean. Former Bozemanite Colin Reid snapped his How Far... Details
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Welcome to the Last Old West.1. Pull up your droopy pants. You look like an idiot.2. Let's get this straight; it's called a "gravel road." No matter how slowly you drive, you're going to get dust on your Lexus. Drive it or get out of the way.3. They are horses, cattle, saw mills, coal plants, and... Details
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Editors
Keep the stories and photos coming! The 2007 Suby Tales Contest is shaping up nicely, with several tales of grand adventure and high romance submitted already. We want this round to be a good one, so if you’ve got a story that involves a Subaru, send it our way. We don’t care if it’s a half-drunken... Details
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It’s high time we honored the ballsy Bozeman rippers who put the rest of us wannabes to shame—those plucky men and women who climb higher, run farther, and generally just go bigger and better than everyone else. And so we bring you the Outside Bozeman Guts & Glory Contest, where we bow and make... Details
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Hurlbut, Brian
Big Sky’s community park received a huge boost over the winter when it received an additional 23 acres, finalizing a much-anticipated deal that will one day create one of the most stunning multiuse parks in the state. Bozeman design firm Bechtle-Slade created the master plan for the now 44-acre... Details
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Gramps
Kooks,Just as the rash on my weathered ass was beginning to heal, I stumbled onto another of your magazine’s ridiculous outbursts. The misfortune I am referring to, of course, is the “Up Front” letter published in your spring edition of Upside Down Bozeman. This letter brilliantly illustrates the... Details
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Barker, Dave
Just across the street from the M trail parking lot, the Gallatin Valley Land Trust (GVLT) plans to build a new one-mile trail loop to the top of Drinking Horse Mountain, the prominent knob rising above the Fish Technology Center. Volunteers already completed a short section of the trail at GVLT’s... Details
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Edwards, Becky
With a name like “the Devil’s Backbone”, this race will deter all but the hardcore, sweat-smelling, Gu-loving, suffer-fest fans of the running persuasion from their quest for personal victory. This is the fifth year of the Devil’s Backbone ultramarathon, located along the tops of the picturesque... Details

Book Reviews

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Orem, Tina
This is the nail-biting true story of a group of hikers who were struck by lightning on top of Half Dome in 1985. Adrian Esteban and most of the other people there that day worked with Madgic on the book, which is one reason why this dramatic tale is full of detail (some of it gory) and insight.... Details
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Bjorklund, Anna
Before the big excursionWhile waiting for the weather to warm up, enjoy a copy of Tracking the Spirit of Yellowstone: Recollections of Thirty-One years as a Seasonal Ranger. The compilation of essays by Orville E. Bach, Jr. covers his adventures and misadventures during educational moments with... Details
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Japhe, Brad
In all its splendid forms the bear is one of the most revered creatures of the wild. And it’s not as if outdoor enthusiasts have much of a choice in that matter: not respecting these often vicious carnivores can land a hiker into a predicament from which no amount of bear-spray can offer salvation... Details
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England, Mike
Thank goodness for desktop publishing. Bozeman-based Beartooth Publishing, producer of some of the best trail maps around, recently went where no major publishing house has gone before and produced the first statewide guidebook to mountain biking in Montana. If you’re a biker, consider yourself... Details
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Dave Barker
Don’t buy Trapper Badovinac’s Fly Fishing the Solitude: Montana if you’re expecting the author to reveal his favorite fishing spots. Though the author names a few creeks and rivers in western Montana, the book focuses more on educating the reader about how to stray from the crowded tailwaters and... Details

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