Summer 2012

 

This issue pays tribute to nature’s healing influence. Paul Sveum’s piece illustrates the point beautifully, recommending that we unplug from our high-tech nonsense and actually sit and listen to nature instead of treating it like a glorified treadmill. To really demonstrate the curative power of the mountains, we’ve got a feature on summiting Granite Peak in the wake of a breakup. Believe me: the higher you get, the smaller your problems will seem. So sit back, enjoy our summer issue, and then head into the woods to enjoy nature. Reconnect. You’ll find what you’re looking for. 


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Turiano, Thomas
After a successful ascent of Mount Blackmore in 1872, members of the Hayden Survey were very intrigued by the craggy gorge at the head of Middle Canyon, which is today’s Hyalite Canyon. Geologist Albert C. Peale, best known for his exhaustive study of Yellowstone geothermal features, wrote:The... Details
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Reed, Tom
The rain put the mosquitoes down. It came slowly at first, pushing up in the pines, spattering against the tarp. It always sounds as if it is raining harder than it really is when you are lying under a tarp or a tent. I kept my head down in my sleeping bag, not because of the rain that blew in... Details
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Reuss, Dave
I am climbing Granite Peak, the highest mountain in Montana, and sweat keeps greasing down my brow and burning into my eyes. I’m choking back vomit and my spine feels like a roman candle, yet wallowing in this abject misery is glorious compared to what happened a few weeks ago. And soon you’ll... Details
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Beaudoin, Kate
A sprawling mass of letters, newspapers, photos, and scribbled, scrap-paper notes covers Kay Newman’s kitchen table. A thick three-ring binder plops down with a thud. The binder bulges with every news clipping, photograph, and race result in the history of the Big Sky Wind Drinkers, Bozeman’s first... Details

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Herzog, Tim
Downhill mountain bikers have “a higher threshold for adrenaline and fear,” says sports psychologist Julie Emmermann. Other PhDs say mountain bikers should “have their heads checked,” “pray,” and “not fall off.” And some say that fear simply isn’t a factor, only fun. Achieving optimal physiological... Details
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Reuss, Dave
Think Big Sky is only fun in the winter? Think again. Over the last few years, Big Sky Resort has been ramping up their snowless activities, building a tasty menu of summer options that’s nearly on par with their wintertime fare. Here’s a look at what Big Sky has to offer when your skis are... Details
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Dumas, Megan
Congratulations, you’re pregnant! As you begin this experience, a million questions will tumble through your mind. One of those might be, “Can I still run?” Most likely the answer is yes. Make sure you check with your doctor first, but as long as you have been a runner and had an active pre-... Details
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Deibert, Mark C.
As an orthopedic sports medicine physician, I see patients with knee injuries on a daily basis. Though it’s a relief to discover that somebody’s pain is from a minor condition like a tweak or low-grade sprain, all too often I diagnose serious knee injuries, such as torn anterior cruciate ligaments... Details
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Krueger, Ryan
Our plane floats off the runway in what seems a distance far too short. I’ve flown enough to know this is how flying was meant to be—light and fast—which is much more enjoyable than cramming into a tube with a few hundred strangers and jetting up into the death zone. We gain elevation quickly and... Details
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Bilverstone, Bill
According to Robert Stone, author of Day Hikes Around Bozeman, Montana, “The Hyalite Creek Trail is considered the most spectacular hike in the Bozeman area.” And justifiably so. Eleven waterfalls—some modest, some breathtaking—dot a trail that climbs over five miles from the Hyalite Creek parking... Details
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Lange, Ted
“I hate switchbacks!” It’s a vehement statement and a red flag that can make a dad scramble for coaching strategies to prevent escalation to “I hate this ride” or even “I hate mountain biking.” Creating a positive experience with a bit of challenge and a sense of accomplishment are key goals for... Details
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June 16-August 18Missouri Headwaters Summer Speaker Series – Every Saturday, visit our closest state park for “Exploring Nature,” which includes speeches on Lewis & Clark, bear awareness, bird-watching, insect protein, and lots more. 285-3610.June 20-September 26Manhattan Farmers’ Market –... Details
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Jones, Andrea
Summers are short in Montana, so it’s important to get out there and take advantage of what makes this the Treasure State. Montana FWP is happy to help.Where the Wild Things RoamWhen was the last time you visited a Wildlife Management Area (WMA)? They’re some of best places in Montana to observe... Details
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Haymans, Michael P.
Brooking no limit on the sex or size of their funThrowing themselves and money into the Big SkyThe seasonal hatch awakens a feeding frenzy.Only remembering bits and snatches of placesCommended itineraries blurred by market imaginationsFloating “Tourons” enrich and wreck Paradise.Locals rise... Details
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Tuller, Briggitte
In Montana, attacks on runners and hikers are rare, and most women are assaulted by men they know in places they consider safe—but statistics are no consolation. When alone on the trail, be on the defensive and increase your safety through basic risk management and knowledge of violence dynamics. ... Details
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Video ContestWith over 30 films submitted—including a dozen damn good ones—our Outdoor Video Contest exposed some impressive local talent. From whitewater kayaking to mountain biking, majestic Yellowstone wildlife to an amusing exposé on couch-sledding, Bozeman-area videographers captured nearly... Details
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Palmer, Josh
It can get very confusing when researching how to get in shape—society and the media are full of ideas, tips, and tricks to help you become a better you. As a fitness professional, I have two important pieces of advice if you really want to be successful in reaching your goals, First, make sure... Details
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Shark & Yankee Jim
If you’re looking for a go-to summer and fall attractor pattern, then look no further than the Purple Parachute. A long-time favorite among Missoula guides, this fly was fished west of the Divide for many years before making its way over the pass a few years ago. What was once only whispered about... Details
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Beaudoin, Kate
Hootin’ and hollerin’ aside, rodeos are some of the best events of the summer. Check out traditional bull riding and calf roping, or see what wild cow riding and mutton busting are all about. Crack open a cold one and kick back—just remember that at a rodeo, “PBR” can mean two different things.Mid... Details
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Paper has its advantages: it doesn’t need a battery, you can grow more of it, and it gives glue a reason to live. But if you just can’t get your hands on our print edition, there’s always the digital one. Here are a few things from the spring digital issue that you liked:1. Top Shoulder-Season... Details
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Savage, Nicholas
In the early morning of July 10, 2010, a sow grizzly and two cubs attacked three people, in three different campsites, as they slept in their tents. Two of the people were injured while the third was killed and partially eaten. The incident, which occurred a stone’s throw from Yellowstone National... Details
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Leach, Michael
My vision for a bold and fresh new way to explore the rivers of Yellowstone Country was born on a redeye flight back to the Treasure State from the Garden Island of Kauai. While I began my odyssey of paddling the whitewater on the upper Yellowstone River in the cold, muddied waters of spring, it... Details
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Krueger, Ryan
This little northern oasis has escaped battling us for far too long. Great Lakes, thriving outdoor culture, and a staggering trail system all make Duluth a force to be reckoned with—but how does this Minnesota town stack up to Bozeman’s endless outdoor opportunities? Close your eyes, kids—this one... Details
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England, Mike
Last year, Manhattan, MT–based Operation Never Forgotten (ONF) brought dozens of injured veterans from around the country to southwest Montana to ski, ice climb, snowmobile, and dogsled to their hearts’ content. Called Sports Afield & Stream (SAS), the program uses outdoor recreation and... Details
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Logan, Cynthia
If you’re not riding in the Tour de France this summer (don’t snicker—last year, Bozeman’s Tejay van Garderen did), there’s still time to sign up for the fourth annual Tour de Bozeman, taking place Saturday and Sunday, July 7-8, where riders ages 18-70 compete for a $5,000 cash purse. “Our little... Details
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Lavold, Susann
Just by turning in my saddle, I could see ten different mountain ranges. The isolated and fierce Crazies, the Big Belts, the Castle Mountains, and the majestic Gallatin and Bridger ranges were to my left, scraping against an azure sky. Straight in front of me, as the crow flies, about 100 miles to... Details
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Reuss, Dave
"I believe that there is a subtle magnetism in Nature, which, if we unconsciously yield to it, will direct us aright." –Henry David ThoreauIn the office, around town, something just didn’t seem right. I couldn’t place exactly what was wrong, but as soon as the first bright sunny day came around, it... Details
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Reuss, Dave
Think you know your way around Bozeman? Two dollars says you don’t. The Gallatin Valley Land Trust (GVLT) just released its Bozeman Trail Map, showcasing its Main Street to the Mountains program and over 20 years of hard work. This handy map has everything you need, outlining popular trails,... Details
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Beaudoin, Kate
Dr. Chuck Jonkel of the University of Montana had tried everything: flashing projectiles, boat horns, even synthetic skunk spray. Then, in the early 1980s, in a triumphant moment of inspiration that would change the dynamic of human/bear relationships for all time, a clumsy student accidentally... Details
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Western, Sally
Time to dig out the spandex and slop on sunscreen—southwest Montana has plenty of bike races lined up this summer. (Note: If you’re male and don’t plan on winning, or overweight in either gender, be nice and wear shorts over said spandex—the stuff was designed for firm lines, not bulging contours... Details
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Western, Sally
There is no mistaking the home of Livingston artist Parks Reece: a five-foot cartoon chicken perches on the mailbox amid animal bones and skulls scattered about the trees and fence posts. “Hi there!” Parks says in a mild-mannered Carolina drawl as he welcomes me in. (He later admits he considered... Details
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Coil, Jesse
Hot summer days in Bozeman usually mean fun and adventure, but if you’re not careful, they can mean something else: heat stroke. In reality, most people who suffer from heat-related illness don’t immediately progress to extreme symptoms like altered mental function and anhidrosis (the inability to... Details
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Beaudoin, Kate
The Museum of the Rockies is once again harnessing southwest Montana’s love of fishing to benefit their Yellowstone Children’s Discovery Center, at the second annual TwoFly fundraiser. It’s a two-day fly fishing event uniting anglers and guides—two participants sponsor a boat (starting at $1,250... Details
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Wozer, Jeff
June 21This is the summer I finally whip my body into optimal shape. My goal is to average 40 miles a week and then celebrate my summer of discipline by entering the Bozeman Marathon in September. I would start running today, but I don’t want to miss this afternoon’s Rachael Ray Show. Rach is... Details
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Knight, Phil
Montana is graced with jaw-dropping mountains aplenty. But you can’t have mountains without valleys—and Montana’s valleys are as stunning as they come. The Big Hole, the Ruby, the Flathead, the Centennial… but only one is called Paradise.I grew up in drive-thru country—Connecticut, that is, a state... Details
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Lavelle, Sarah
Summertime is play-in-the-water time, and our dogs like to splash around in lakes and ponds just as we do. But the aquatic world around us isn’t always as benign as it looks. As you enjoy the warm weather this summer, keep in mind that there are dangers lurking beneath the water. And as a... Details
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England, Mike
With more races than a Brad Pitt – Angelina Jolie family picnic, southwest Montana’s got your competitive back covered this season—the only trouble is choosing which ones to enter. Here are three we like.There’s no shortage of good causes around Bozeman, but how often can you pound the pavement for... Details
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Albrecht, Patti
With no educational level, dollar amount, or age requirement necessary to begin, rockhounding—the collecting of rocks and minerals—is an enjoyable way for the whole family to spend time together. Plus, the potential of finding something of monetary value in our mountains has a certain level of... Details
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Beaudoin, Kate
Wednesdays June 20-Sept 26Livingston Farmers’ Market, 4:30pm. 220-0730.Saturdays June 23-Sept 1Emigrant People’s Market, 10am. 333-9866.June 22Livingston Art Walk, downtown Livingston, 5:30-8:30pm.June 29-30Big Timber Rodeo & Parade, Fairgrounds, 2pm. 932-6228.June 30Rodeo Run. landonslookout.... Details
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Cunningham, Terry
In 2011, the City of Bozeman dedicated its fifth and sixth recreational climbing boulders, which makes six more than virtually every other city in America. The Bozeman Recreation & Parks Department has been visionary in recognizing that a recreational climbing boulder is a visually appealing... Details
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Let's face it: we live in a destination town and tourists are a part of life. Luckily, many of them fly quietly into Belgrade, rent an enormous SUV, and plow screaming into a herd of bighorn sheep before we ever know they’re here. Those who aren’t killed by the sheep, survivalist nutjobs, Montana... Details
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Reuss, Dave
From the Tobacco Roots to the Gallatin Range, the mountains around Bozeman hold stunning alpine lakes perfect for an overnight camping trip—but sometimes, you want to get outdoors without trying too hard. Maybe you got a late start, or you need a stationary base camp for your clan of young kids.... Details
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Rogel, Christine
Many mountain bikers don’t realize that for every minute they enjoy on their favorite trails, volunteers spent hours manicuring that piece of hillside into flowy singletrack. Trail maintenance is an important and long-term task that never goes away, and organizations around Bozeman are creating... Details
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England, Mike
Love snorkeling and scuba-diving but can’t afford a week in the Caribbean? Think there’s nowhere to dive around here? Sure, Bozeman’s no Cozumel, but consider this: between tourists and locals, some two million people swarm southwest Montana each summer. While hordes of wide-eyed weekenders amass... Details
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Dehmer, Kurt
Approximately 60 miles south by southwest of Bozeman, in the heart of the Madison Valley, lies the agreeable little town of Ennis. Originally a place of annual pilgrimage for the Shoshone, Flathead, and Bannack Indians, Ennis remains to this day a place frequented by seasonal visitors. During... Details
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Western, Sally
What’s better than tight, flowing singletrack? That same trail with a herd of other bikers trying to beat you to the finish line. So grease up those chains, because southwest Montana offers plenty of chances to prove your mountain-bike might.June 23Helenduro Part 2, Helena – Enduro-style race. Time... Details
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Reuss, Dave
On the first dive, nothing feels right. You can’t float, or you float too much, and the plastic regulator in your mouth tastes like car tires. But by the third dive, you’re a goldfish. You find neutral buoyancy in a second, floating weightless and even, light as a ghost. And by the fourth dive, you... Details
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Beaudoin, Kate
Take a beautiful scenic drive and spend a day or two in Ennis. There’s so much to do this summer, you might just have to stay longer than a weekend.June 22Madison County Relay for Life – Join the community as they make laps around the local track to honor caregivers, cancer survivors, and loved... Details
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Rogel, Christine
Walking through the Gallatin National Forest during a light snow in early spring, Mike Leahy scanned the ground for signs of elk. He hoped to find and follow a herd pushed into the mountains by an upscale housing development south of Bozeman. The houses stood on the hillside like hotels.“Elk used... Details
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Sveum, Paul
In the realm of ecopsychology, our relationship with true nature—not what you find in zoos, arboretums, or running off-leash around Bozeman—is necessary and integral to our psychological development and long-term mental health. That health is in part a result of our constant interaction and... Details
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Reuss, Dave
Summers in Bozeman just wouldn’t be the same without a cold one in your hand at the end of the day… but just any ol’ brew won’t do. A good summer beer should be light and refreshing—something you can enjoy several of while out in the sun, whether on your back porch, floating down the river, or on... Details
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Keyes, Fletcher
Since the Microdistillery Act of 2005—a state law removing Prohibition-era restrictions on distilling—Montana has become a hub for producing quality, handcrafted spirits. That fine piece of legislation (in our humble opinion) made whiskey fans rejoice, and now they have another reason to toast:... Details
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Beaudoin, Kate
There are a lot of good causes that need support, but there are also some well-intentioned groups that have lost their way. Bozeman’s got both, and with all the rhetoric and propaganda out there, it can be hard to distinguish one from the other. While this list is by no means exhaustive, here are... Details
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Lewis, Jimmy
Not too long ago, I was a fly fishing guide, and most of my trips during the summer involved daily travels of nearly 100 miles. They also entailed towing a drift boat over a mountain pass at 70 miles an hour, burning several gallons of gas, rowing for miles against gale-force winds, and—especially... Details
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Davies, Colton
There’s been plenty of talk about survival lately, what with certain pop-culture franchises sweeping the box office. But when it comes to cutting it in the wild, hunger is anything but a game. I set out with fellow O/B staffer Caitlin Sundborg for River Source Outfitters’ Wilderness Survival &... Details
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Reed, Tom
There’s a tradition I repeat twice a year, every year. It begins in late May three miles east of the tiny mountain town of Pony, Montana, at the Karl Ohs Ranch. In the song of a spring morning, we start a drive of momma cows, their calves, and a handful of bulls up the highway toward Pony and the... Details
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Beaudoin, Kate
Summer’s back—and as usual, there are more activities and events than hours in the day. With so much going on, you’ll need to plan ahead and choose carefully. Here’s an insider’s look at the best of the best.ShoppingStarting in June and running through September, celebrate summer at one of the many... Details
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Bibbins, Jennie
On warm summer nights, there’s nothing better than a big, juicy burger. But if you’re looking for something a little different than a standard beef patty, how about lamb? With a Mediterranean twist, this burger has been a lunchtime hit all season at Olive B’s. Try it on your grill this summer and... Details
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Keyes, Fletcher
The Bozeman area, renowned for hosting organized events for every sport and ability level, also provides for the true fitness masochist. Enter the Madison Trifecta: a marathon, duathlon, and triathlon, all rolled into one heart-pumping summer season. At 9,000 feet, the Madison Marathon is the... Details
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Harrison, Melynda
To bide my time while waiting for my 11-days-late baby to be born, I’d take long walks up a narrow valley in the Absaroka Mountains where I could get out of the wind and into the snow. Despite pleas from an about-to-be grandpa to avoid solo trips to the woods, I’d walk alone, introducing my baby to... Details
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Beaudoin, Kate
Women in Wonderland: Lives, Legends, and Legacies of Yellowstone National Park (Riverbend Publishing, $20) tells 12 stories of heroism and straight-up girl power. Author Elizabeth A. Watry, who also penned Yellowstone National Park for the Images of America series, tells about the forgotten women... Details

Gear Reviews

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England, Mike
Agility is king in a good trail shoe, and after testing several models, I hereby crown the S-Cruise Mesh by Lowa. This regal rock-hopper combines light weight, a snug and comfortable fit, and impressive lateral stability, making for a most noble frontcountry sneaker. Supportive underfoot, the S-... Details
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Garcia, Corinne
Short of letting them ride on my shoulders or directly on the handlebars, I’ve tried just about every method of toting a child by bicycle. For my wee ones and me, front riders are where it’s at. Perched on the bike between your seat and the handlebars, the Tyke Toter allows the kid to participate... Details
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McCarthy, Chris
My son was more than happy to test out the Floyd sleeping bag with the Insulated Air Core sleeping pad by Big Agnes. Built for teens not yet ready for grown-up mummies, this bag features 600-fill goose down and is good to 15 degrees. He liked all the features: the neck warmer, the built-in... Details
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McCarthy, Chris
It’s a common situation for hunters: you finally find the game you’re looking for, but you’re just not sure if you’re still on public land. Well, fret no more thanks to the Montana Landowners’ Names Topo overlay. This handy micro-SD card fits in most new Garmin GPS units, allowing you to see... Details
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England, Mike
Call me a grumpy old geezer, but sometimes the first is still the best… as it is with wool, Mother Nature’s original outerwear. Take the Ibex Woolies Zip T—this comfy, form-fitting base layer keeps you warm, regulates your body temperature, and allows moisture to escape, putting it on par with the... Details
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Keyes, Fletcher
The Mammut Superflash is the Sherman tank of climbing ropes. At 70m long, 10.5mm thick, and able to withstand up to 14 UIAA-rated falls, this thing is bombproof. It’s ideal for expeditions, gym climbing, big-wall climbing, rescue and guide work, and suitable for mixed, ice, and sports climbs. You... Details
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England, Mike
Ask my friends: I’m a Luddite through and through. But the Garmin Montana 600 GPS might just be the gadget that yanks me into the 21st century. Though sporting a fancy touchscreen and tons of high-tech features—elevation plots, wireless sharing, proximity alarms, et al.—at its core, this thing’s... Details
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Reuss, Dave
Specializing in dry boxes, custom panniers, and boxes for gear, Bozeman’s own Mad Cow Metal Works recently received certification as the only box manufacturer on the market that’s both bear-proof and waterproof. To get this certification, they sent a sample box down to the Discovery Center in West... Details
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Krueger, Ryan
You need a number of smaller objects readily available during a long day on the water, and the Ocoee Duffel by Watershed is the bag to hold them. This 15-liter carrier holds everything needed for a day trip and keeps essential items handy for a multiday, when access can become more difficult. It... Details
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Lach, Devon
At first glance, the Mountainsmith Scream 25 backpack looked a bit smaller than I first imagined—but after filling it with my books, an extra scarf, and coat, I realized that it was reminiscent of the carpetbag Mary Poppins carried around. Due to my love of Mary Poppins (as well as my constant... Details
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England, Mike
Gone are the days of choosing between full-rim style and lens-swapping ease—the Switch Tioga provides both, breaking new ground in the world of interchangeable lenses. Built-in magnets snap the lenses into place and hold them snug, yet still pop free for an easy change-out. I took these sleek,... Details
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Mangels, Angie
If you hike along ridgelines and scramble through scree to the top of mountains, you need a boot that can keep up with you. The Khumbu II strikes a good balance between weight and stability, protecting your feet and providing full support without feeling like lead weights strapped to your ankles.... Details
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McCarthy, Chris
Variations in trail terrain can be staggering—that’s why it’s important to find a shoe that adapts to the different elements, like the Helly Hansen Pace Trail shoe. This off-road sneaker is waterproof, so it’s great for trails full of mud, water, or snow, but comfortable enough for dry trails as... Details
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England, Mike
Murphy’s Law clearly states that your dog will run off at the most inopportune time—and when he’s far away, or it’s windy out, good ol’ Bridger can’t hear you calling. Throw in the cloak of darkness and you’ve got a seriously misplaced pup—and a worried, late-for-the-party master. NiteIze has... Details
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Beaudoin, Kate
I’ve always been a serial sunglasses shopper—the cheap kind. I must have spent thousands of dollars on glasses that look a little lopsided and last less than a week. (Not to mention that my abnormally large head causes most glasses to cut off circulation to my brain.) Then I got Smith’s Cypress... Details
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McCarthy, Chris
I’ll never roll off my sleeping pad again. The Big Agnes System, which features a Grouse Mountain mummy bag and an Insulated Air Core sleeping pad, is three-season with 600-fill goose down and rated for a chilly 15 degrees. Unlike traditional bags, the Grouse Mountain’s pad slides into a sleeve,... Details
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England, Mike
When packing up for a long day on the trail or river, throw in a Kate’s Bar, a scrumptious blend of all-natural, organic ingredients guaranteed to fill your gut and please your palate at the same time. Made in Victor, Idaho, Kate’s Bars come in four varieties, with differing configurations of... Details
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England, Mike
Nothing beats a collapsible dog bowl for hikes and camping trips, and Mountainsmith’s K-9 Backbowl is the latest portable innovation for your canine counterpart. The simple yet ingenious design is basically a pad that snaps at the corners to form a shallow yet roomy bowl capable of holding over a... Details
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Beaudoin, Kate
The Organic Bumper Bed by West Paw was a great treat for my kitty, and it’s nice to the environment too. The zip-off, machine-washable cover is made with organic cotton, and the inside is stuffed with recycled water bottles—which is actually really soft. It’s perfect for felines with allergies, and... Details
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England, Mike
In the summer, grilling meat outdoors is mandatory—but what about fish, potatoes, and mixed veggies? Do you really want to be running back and forth from kitchen to patio, frantically trying to monitor each station, and, in the process, forgetting where you put your tasty adult beverage? Enter the... Details
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Reuss, Dave
Admit it: you’ve seen slacklines around town, and you’ve always wanted to give it a try. Now, with Gibbon’s one-inch Flowline kit, you can without breaking the bank. It’s the company’s most popular line and setting the thing up couldn’t be easier. With the double ratchet system, your line can mount... Details
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Sundborg, Caitlin
Remember how cool ghetto blasters were in the ‘80s? House of Marley is bringing the boom back, but this time, it’s in a bag. Simply sling on the Bag of Rhythm and you’re good to go. Tote it to the next summer BBQ or trip to the lake, plug your iPod or iPhone in, and stir it up. Don’t worry, late... Details

Book Reviews

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England, Mike
If you believe, as Bozeman resident Amy Kelley Hoitsma does, that nature and levity make good bedfellows, then pick up a copy of Funny Trail Tales (Falcon Guides, $10) and stash it in your car or backpack. From an amusing essay on camping by Dave Barry to wilderness misadventures told by Mark Twain... Details
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England, Mike
In a world obsessed with safety and security, Bozeman author Alan Kesselheim is an anachronism—the man takes his pregnant wife and young children on month-long canoe trips hundreds of miles from civilization. Any number of things could go wrong, and disaster is never more than a paddlestroke away.... Details
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Reuss, Dave
Bear Country Behavior (Falcon Guides, $13) by Bill Schneider covers everything you need to know about grizzly bear interaction, distilled down to a handy, throw-it-in-your-bag size. Perfect for reading around the campfire, this sleek, 100-page guide covers popular bear myths, proper bear spray use... Details

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