Summer 2009

Features

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Cey, Brian
In a world where fly fishing has become a lifestyle rather than a way to catch a few fish, it has become increasingly difficult to cast without casting judgment. Long before A River Runs Through It ran through our rivers and created a fly-fishing stampede, I had a childhood friend with whom I would... Details
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Garcia, Corinne
With all the whitewater roaring through Bozeman's back yard, and the large number of intrepid paddlers who take full advantage of it, stories of boating adventure and glory are a dime a dozen in southwest Montana. But these stories are different. What follows are tales of boating gone bad: mishaps... Details
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Blank, Gerald
Everybody knows about Hyalite Reservoir and Fairy Lake, Bozeman area's "drive-up" lakes. But if you're willing to hike a little, you can escape the crowds and revel in the sunny solitude of these "secret" lakes nearby.Frazier and Ainger LakesA small, high lake in the Bridgers (8,100' elevation),... Details
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Rogers, Patrick
The first time I saw Ben Selznick, Brad Ludden, and Nick Turner hurling themselves down the astounding creeks and rivers of Montana on the big screen of a Teton Gravity Research movie, I said to myself, “I want to go there and do what those guys are doing.” It’s easy to follow the footsteps of... Details

Departments

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Schneider, Bill
In the past, I've written about options hikers and wilderness groups had to make peace with mountain bikers so the two key constituencies could work together to protect roadless land. One option was urging Congress to pass another organic act creating a true alternative land designation. But what... Details
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Wink, Callan
Sometimes, when the fishing is especially goodwe stop the moment, the boat in the current.Stop casting,and start smiling.We say to each other,damn, it's like we're in Montana or something.Like this is the Yellowstone Riverand those are the Absaroka Mountainsand we are in Paradise Valleyor some... Details
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Herzog, Tim
To reach the next level in your chosen sport, there is, of course, the old manner of simply "training harder." Clearly this approach works to an extent. But think of the times when you had your best performances. Were you trying hard? Probably not. The media often refers to these peak performances... Details
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Knight, Phil
So what do you do for fun? Me, I tend to strap 40 or 50 pounds of dead weight on my back and drag it and my ever-heavier carcass up some rock-strewn trail to a windswept, godforsaken mountainside, then pull all the junk out of my packsack, use it, eat, sleep, and put it all back to do it over again... Details
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Korn, Jeanne
Flip-flop disease, dog's heel, or plantar fasciitis-however you name it, it hurts. The hallmark symptom is pain on the inside of the heel first thing in the morning, usually relieved somewhat by walking around a bit, then worse again as you continue to load it. That's in the early stage; as it gets... Details
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Orem, Tina
Nothing says summertime like a bike ride, although your road rash, saddle butt, and helmet hair may say otherwise. Regardless, bust out the lycra and participate in some of these bike-centered events. Your butt will hate you by September.Get ready to kick it this season with Team Luna Chix Montana'... Details
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Hjelt, Aaron
Sixty feet off the ground, arms pulsing with lactic acid, you call to your belayer: "Watch me!" Your last bolt is a few feet below you, but rather than climbing back to its safety, you put your faith in the system and go for it. The bomber jug that was teasing you from above proves to be nothing... Details
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Williamson, Sid
The rise is a curious one. Devoid of all precision and subtlety, the violent splash is trailed by a vacuum, capturing the surface tension in a brief and distinct whirlpool. It reminds you of caddis, but the hydrodynamic aftermath tells you something wholly different is at work. In the half second... Details
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Orem, Tina
69,567: Miles of highways, roads, and streets in Montana (2006)1,952,737: Registered cars, trucks, and buses in Montana (2006)25: Number of "structurally deficient bridges" in Montana, per U.S. Dept. of Transportation4: Number near Livingston and West Yellowstone34,697,393: Number of vehicles that... Details
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Sheehan, Joe
If the recession has stolen all your gear cash, don't fret. Embrace your new hobo lifestyle by learning how to make a Super Cat stove. The Super Cat is bare bones, yet extremely effective, made from nothing more than a tin or aluminum can. To make it, you'll need a can, the pliers and scissors from... Details
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Pogge, Drew
Anglers know, of all bug hatches hatched,There is one, in particular, that cannot be matchedSometime in June, once the sun warms the eddies,The Madison fills with wild, colorful BettiesNo two alike, these nymphs flitter and flutter,All soon sun-glowing like freshly churned butterThey swarm and they... Details
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MacArthur, Don
Ten years ago I was a much younger man. I could hike further, climb faster, and ride longer. I could do it all on energy supplied by a PB&J and a Cliff Bar. Now that my pace has slowed, I've become more interested in making sure there's a nice meal in my backpack for the end of the day. That... Details
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Editors
Man's Best FrameBozeman is a dog town, no bones about it. Our canine companions are a major part of the outdoor scene and deservedly so. They guard sloppy camps against bear infiltration, wait patiently at the bottom of long climbs, bound en perpetua about the avid hiker... hell, some hounds even... Details
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Wozer, Jeff
"Almost ready?" Megan asked."Getting there," I replied while stuffing the tent into my backpack. "You excited?" "Of course," I lied. "It will be fun."My fraudulent response stemmed not from doubt, but from experience. For I knew firsthand that expectations and reality rarely wed during romantic... Details
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Vaienti, Lara
"Here," says West Paw Design president Spencer Williams, grabbing a chunk of fuzz from one of the many machines in the company's warehouse east of Bozeman, "this is where the material gets finalized, ready to stuff the beds." He holds the green, hair-like material in his palm. It's called... Details
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Pogge, Drew
Roadies are disgusting. No, I'm not talking about the too-cool stoner hippies who follow crappy jam-bands around and eat a balanced diet of Hong Kong acid and organic granola. I'm talking about a far more foul, offensive, and degenerative social misfit: Cyclists. It's scientific fact... Details
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Frost, Melissa
Although money is tight for many Montana families, there's an abundance of low-cost outdoor recreational activities right outside the front door. From state parks to rivers to fishing access sites, there's something for everyone, so why not hit the road?State Park Road TripJune is Family Month at... Details
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Ponca, Peter
Two days in the Yellowstone backcountry with Sunrise Pack Station.The ground passes by beneath my feet. The strange smell of leather, horse sweat, dust, and pine fills the air. The saddles rhythmically creak. I'm taking my first horse ride with a group of eight dudes, three guides, and 20 mules and... Details
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Kurowski, Becky Edwards
I lived in Montana for eight years without ever actually leaving "Bozeman." Sure, I skied at Big Sky, backpacked the Beartooths, cycled Yellowstone, and soaked at Norris. However, I never escaped my Bozeman bubble when I was home. I never threw open the shutters and took a good long look at what... Details
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Pogge, Drew
The first time someone asked if I had a woolly bugger, I immediately blew my nose to check. So read up on the fly fishing jargon below, and put the Kleenex down—for now.Break-Off: When a hooked fish breaks your tippet or leader. Also, what your girlfriend says she’s doing when she leaves you for... Details
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Editors
Worrying about what could go wrong shouldn't keep you from getting outside this summer. Risk is a part of life, after all. But beware: some outdoor critters have their sights set on taking you down should you get on their nerves. Here are five of them.Western Rattlesnake (Crotalus viridis)Where to... Details
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Margaret Burns Vap
Bozeman summers are perfect for taking your yoga practice outside. Not only do we have comfy temps, low humidity, and relatively few mosquitoes, you can't beat the inspiring scenery. So mosey your mat over to a spot with a good mountain view and get your yoga on under the Big Sky.The link between... Details
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Dehmer, Kurt
Ennis is an ideal place to stage a low-rent getaway from this summer's revolving parade of guests, weddings, and company barbecues. Known around the world for fantastic fly fishing on the Madison, the town also sports an impressive summer calendar of events for anglers and nonanglers alike.... Details
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England, Mike
What Bozemanite doesn't look forward to a Targhee road trip? Whether it's skiing in the winter or a summer music festival, that Saturday-morning drive south just feels right. Throw in some brand-new mountain-biking terrain this summer and you’ve got a weekender's paradise. Here's what’s happening... Details
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Caitlin Copple & Jenny Harris
Ready to acquire yet another victory in the realm of recreational havens much like our own, Bozeman battles Bend, Oregon this summer. Bordered by the nearby Cascade Lakes and the Great Basin's high desert plateau, Bend offers higher wages, summer skiing, and the Deschutes Brewery Company; but can... Details
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Harrison, Melynda
When summer rolls around, Livingston's legendary wind dies down to wisps and breezes. The hills turn green and the snow melts off the Absarokas. Time to plan a day trip over the pass to the original "Gateway to Yellowstone." FLOAT AND SHOPLaunch your inner tube from Carter's Bridge fishing access... Details
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Mike England
Men, like rivers, become crooked by following the line of least resistance. --Edvard RaastedWell, it took us a few months – the benefits have revealed themselves slowly, like an intense workout regimen after weeks of sloth – but a new attitude is emerging in southwest Montana. There's a collective... Details
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Boise, Natalia
I waited in anticipation for our excursion to begin, my backpack hefty but lifted by my group's fun spirit. We had taken classes for weeks to prepare for our weekend of camping, and it was finally time to set off. I took a minute to snack on a PowerBar before we left. I felt giddy and excited. I... Details
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Stoops, Kira
Back when mentioning your "stimulus package" was considered inappropriate, summer days were made for gleefully gas-guzzling down Highway 89, kayaks strapped non-aerodynamically to the top of the Land Cruiser, Kona steeds lashed to the back, adventure ahead. Now you've sold the boats for beans (... 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 summer season.CHAMPS:Belgrade resident Erik Slye, for his "ballsy" letter to the Gallatin County District Court, which enumerated... Details
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Mcknight, Doug
During much of the year, warm, windy, and bright conditions can make for a slow day of fishing for big river trout on the Yellowstone and Madison, but in the dog days of summer, big trout will eat right in the middle of a bright and hot afternoon. Oftentimes the warmer and windier the day the... Details
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Orem, Tina
A short drive down the road will take you to West Yellowstone, where a host of events and activities await you this summer.The Wild West Yellowstone rodeo kicks off June 18-20 and keeps going on several subsequent weekends. Bareback, team roping, saddle bronc, and bull riding are all part of the... Details
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Saitta, Jamie
The Bozeman Recreation Department helps facilitate a strong, vital and involved Bozeman community through parks, programs, and people and the opportunities available encompass all age groups, ability levels, and interests.Children as young as age two can reap the benefits of socialization, self-... Details
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Huber-McGee, Salal
The Bogert Farmers' Market has quickly become one of Bozeman's premier summer events and it happens every Tuesday evening from 5 to 8 pm, starting June 2. This is the seventh year for the Tuesday-evening event, though Bogert Park has hosted farmers' markets for over 30 years.The market offers a... Details

Gear Reviews

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Pape, Jay
One day I'm building a deck in a snowstorm in Montana, the next I'm fighting fire on a stinking-hot day in Quincy, California. So it is, in wildland firefighting. Made here in Bozeman, the Mystery Ranch Hot 3 Firefighting Pack provided copious storage (1,500 cu. in.) and protected all my gear. Most... Details
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Perkins, Rich
When putting long days in on the rock, the last thing you want to deal with is a poorly organized rack. Finally, someone has designed a harness with organization, comfort, and stability in mind-the Big Gun Harness by Black Diamond. It has seven gear loops (three on each side and a monster in the... Details
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England, Mike
Ever notice how the item you want always seems to be at the bottom of the dry bag, so you have to pull everything out, then stuff everything back in again? If you're sick of this inordinate susceptibility to Murphy's Law, pick up a WideMouth Duffel from Seal Line. It's got the same waterproofness... Details
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England, Mike
Designed for cyclo-cross racing-that grueling combination of pavement, dirt trails, grass, steep hills, and obstacles requiring the rider to dismount and carry the bike-the Kona Jake is a perfect multipurpose Montana bike. I took mine on road rides, trail rides, and around-town jaunts, and it held... Details
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Tomkinson, Katie
To be honest, the Saddlehorn 26" Rolling Duffel was my first rolling duffel bag, and it's made travel so easy that I want to go somewhere every weekend. It has more than 5,730 cubic inches of durable space to store clothes, gear, and even wet waders in the waterproof interior compartment. It has a... Details
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Sheehan, Joe
If this pack could talk, I'm sure it'd say some nasty things about me. Deuter designed the ACT Trail 32 as a technical dayhiking pack with ice axe and trekking pole attachments, a built-in rain cover, and hydration bladder pocket. So far this "spring," the poor pack has barely seen a dirt road, let... Details
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England, Mike
At some point in our adult lives, we outdoor folk start paying attention to our socks. It's hard to justify that first $15-plus purchase, but after one day in the mountains with quality socks, there's no going back to those cheap cotton eight-packs from K-Mart. We recently tested Bridgedale's... Details
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England, Mike
There's nothing quite like sipping a hearty cabernet on the shore of a remote alpine lake, or washing down freshly-caught trout with a nice pinot grigio. Problem is, boxed wine just isn't that great, and nobody wants to pack a three-pound bottle of vino 10 miles into the mountains. Enter the... Details
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Niegard, Ian
Like most anglers, I'm always looking for the perfect do-it-all boat – one that's compact, stable, performs well on both rivers and lakes, and can get into those hard-to-reach honey holes, yet doesn't weigh more than my dad's Winnebago. Hobie's new Pro Angler may be just the ticket, with its... Details
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England, Mike
To keep warm on early-morning hikes or bike rides, you can't beat Helly Hansen's TrailWizard L/S. I wore mine under a tee shirt and it took the bite off my chilly 6-am trail runs, while wicking away sweat and keeping me dry. The lightweight, athletic cut provided a snug, comfy fit and the chest zip... Details
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England, Mike
Climbing cams are kinda like trucks: there are several manufacturers, and they're all about the same quality; what separates them is mainly personal preference. And my new preference is the Black Diamond Camalot C4-if for no other reason than its color-coding system. Sure, the C4's operation is... Details
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Sheehan, Joe
I've historically shunned the backpack-style water bladder; however, since losing-or should I say, "donating" my second SIGG water bottle in as many months-I have given up on the Swedish supercanteen in favor of strapping on one of Platypus's new hydration systems. During my test-run up Hyalite,... Details
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England, Mike
I've reviewed dozens of hiking boots over the years, but few have performed so well on the trail-or fit so well right out of the box-as the Lowa Zephyr GTX Mid. I got them early enough to test a variety of conditions, from snowy streets to dusty trails and everything in between; the Zephyr passed... Details
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Tomkinson, Katie
When heading out on a camping trip you always remember to take your pad along with your sleeping bag. Then you fall asleep at night and wake up three feet from the pad on a knife-shaped rock sticking into your back. The Big Agnes Peggy SL 15 Sleeping Bag eliminates this possibility, because it... Details

Additional Articles

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Harrison, Melynda
A survey to assess public needs and opinions on parks and trails in Bozeman and Gallatin County closed in late April, with 1,189 people responding. The survey was the first step in the process to create a countywide comprehensive park and trail master plan. "When planning for future growth, we need... Details
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Frost, Melissa
In early April, vandals wreaked havoc at Dailey Lake Fishing Access site in the Paradise Valley. Using a vehicle, the vandals drove over 12 signs, including several large signs and a visitor kiosk. They also drove over several sections of jackleg fencing and five windscreens surrounding the... Details
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Ponca, Peter
Be a team player. With more and more people traveling the backcountry, trails are getting crowded. Whether on bike, foot, or in your vehicle, be aware of your environment and give other trail users the space they need-especially the horse riders. They need extra room because the animals can be... Details
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Rogers, Patrick
Here's what you need to know about Hellroaring Creek:LocationPut-in: From Big Timber drive south about 52 miles up the main Boulder road (Hwy 298) to Sheep Creek trailhead. A high-clearance 4WD vehicle and white-knuckle driving skills are required for the last five miles of dirt road (if you wanna... Details
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Lewis, Jimmy
As a child, I fished almost every day-however, I never kept a fish to eat. It wasn't because I embraced the ethos of Lee Wulff, but rather because no one in my family was much interested in cleaning and cooking a fish. For years, it was easy for me to catch and release and look down my nose at... Details
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Orem, Tina
If you're a fly fisher, be sure to check out the sixth annual Pesca Fiesta in Big Sky on Saturday, June 27 from 10 am to 2 pm. Sponsored by Gallatin Riverguides, which celebrates its 25th anniversary this year, the festival offers raffles and gear giveaways, casting demos, and barbecue. Hard-core... Details
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England, Mike
There's no shortage of foot races in southwest Montana—you can pretty much run one every weekend from June to September—but here are two of our favorites.Saturday, August 8The aptly named Bozeman Classic (aka, the Sweet Pea Run), now in its 31st year, is a great way to kick off the annual Sweet... Details
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England, Mike
With not one, but two high-end pet stores in town, it's obvious that Bozemanites include their dogs in the same organic, sustainable ethos that now pervades American culture. When it comes to diet, NuHemp's Fetch'erz Ballz are a welcome break from the mass-produced, flavorless, made-from-God-knows-... Details
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England, Mike
Nothing screams Montana like a fun-filled day on the river, be it fishing, floating, or whitewater. An important logistical concern, of course, is the shuttle. While some hardcores prefer to hitchhike, bike, or even (gasp) run back to the put-in, we like the idea of a nice cozy car ride. If you... Details

Book Reviews

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England, Mike
Another vital aspect of safety in the mountains is dealing with the weather. Dennis Diclaudio's new book Man vs. Weather (Penguin Books, $14) is a humorous and practical romp through the history and science of climatic conditions, so that you can read, understand, and defend yourself against the... Details
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England, Mike
For more technical information about spending time in the mountains, pick up The Altitude Experience (Globe Pequot Press, $23) by high-altitude climber Mike Farris. A survivor of the 2008 K2 tragedy, Farris combines the science of the body's response to high altitude with the accumulated wisdom of... Details
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Messmer, Kindra
Let me start with this: the photographs in this book are truly amazing. If I had to evaluate only that part of Horse: A Portrait (Willow Creek Press; $35), I'd give it a perfect score. Christiane Slawik is a talented photographer.She's also a decent writer. I appreciated her history of horse breeds... Details
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England, Mike
For a timely, engaging read, check out Bozeman resident Mark T. Sullivan's new novel, Triple Cross (St. Martin's Press, $25), a thriller based on the notorious Yellowstone Club and its absurdly wealthy-and often, absurdly devoid of moral restraint-residents. This book is fast-paced and suspenseful... Details
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England, Mike
Equally gripping is Larry Kaniut's Bear Tales for the Ages: From Alaska and Beyond (Alaska Northwest Books, $15), a collection of real-life stories of bear attacks. Twenty-two individual tales include a Montana grizzly ambushing a sheep herder, an Eskimo hunting griz with a single-shot .22 rifle,... Details
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England, Mike
Another source of fascination for Montanans is the Rocky Mountains. Climber and mountaineer Ed Cooper celebrates this awe-inspiring range in his photographic collection Soul of the Rockies (Globe Pequot Press, $40). Stunning images of towering peaks and sprawling alpine lakes take the reader from... Details
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England, Mike
Perhaps even more important than reading weather is knowing how to properly use that ubiquitous sapphire sheet covering wood piles and old cars across the country. The Blue Tarp Bible (Mountaineers Books, $13) by Ron C. Judd is a humorous look at alternative uses of the famous blue tarp, from Blue-... Details

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