Summer 2013

Montana summer: get it while it's hot. In this issue, we'll help you make the most out of the season. Learn the value of Wilderness areas in our feature on the Lee Metcalf Wilderness, where our managing editor forgoes a ride through Class IV rapids, but gets a dose of wilderness therapy while he's there. In Life, Death, Catch & Release, we offer you a new perspective on an afternoon casting on the water. When it’s time to put down the magazine or turn off the computer, we’ve got a list of programs offered by Bozeman Parks and Rec to keep you learning new skills all summer. What are you waiting for? Dive in, peruse the articles, then get out and make the most of summer while it’s here.

 

 

 

 

 

Features

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Jelinski, Jack B.
Wherein an experienced and erudite fisherman shares his wisdom from over 60 years on the water, which is essentially this: lose the attitude, pal, and eat a damn fish once in a while.Let me begin by assuring the wary and seasoned fisherman that I do not intend to insult anyone’s intelligence by... Details
Photo by Craig Hergert
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Reuss, Dave
Class IV means churning rapids, dangerous rocks, and high waves. Anything less than powerful and precise maneuvers means swimming—or worse. And “Wilderness” means no cell phone service, no roads, and no real easy way to fix a disaster. “If the raft flips or gets pinned sideways against a rock, you’... Details
Photo by Zack Clothier
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Pogge, Drew
It sounds corny, I suppose, but I believe that there’s a place for each of us. Call it destiny, fate, or providence—the innate magnetism in all of us that tells us where we fit in the world. Some people search a lifetime without ever feeling the quiet satisfaction of belonging. The variables are... Details
Photo by Austin Trayser
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Reed, Tom
The parking lot promises a crowd. You remember last year, the cars and SUVs at the head of the canyon. You saw the windshields shining before you turned down the dirt road and you gulped. Cars from everywhere, cars from the cities and from corn country. But way down in the canyon, no one. This year... Details
Illustration by Ted Rechlin
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Bill Bilverstone
A few summers ago, my girlfriend Jo and I were beat up from biking trails beyond our ability and conceived a yen to float the Gallatin from the mouth of the canyon to Gallatin Gateway. We probably got the idea from a couple of friends who had raved about kayaking the same stretch the year before.... Details

Departments

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House, David H.
“Dad, there’s a rock at the bottom of the ‘V,’” said Jesse, age seven. She knew that we would follow the deeper, glassier water into the steeper gradient. She made sure that we avoided the boulder as well as a likely corresponding hydraulic.It was our family’s first Gallatin River outing. In lower... Details
Gallatin Vs. Bitterroot
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England, Mike
From the roaring whitewater of spring to lazy, late-summer floats, rivers help narrate the story of Montana. They define our landscape, irrigate our crops, and protect our wildlife; they’re a primary source of recreation and identity; they help sustain our economy. But not all rivers are created... Details
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Cunningham, Terry
Bear was having a good day. He was finishing a late-afternoon jaunt along the Nordic ski trails in Hyalite Canyon on Friday, March 22 with Mandy Woodmansee and her boyfriend Grant Ellison. The eight-year-old black lab / pit-bull’s normal demeanor would be described as “super-mellow,” but a snow-... Details
Photo by Gwen Morgan
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England, Mike
Need a two-day getaway, but don’t want to blow wads of dough or spend hours on the road? Then pack a few things, shut off the cell phone, and head south to Ennis, where a laid-back and fun-filled weekend awaits—all within an hour’s drive of Bozeman.SwimmingGod created summertime for swimming, and... Details
Photo by Amy Shertzer
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Scott Bosse
We Montanans have a lot to be proud of when it comes to contributing to our nation’s conservation legacy: Montana is home to two of America’s most beloved national parks—Glacier and Yellowstone. Adjacent to these parks are two of our nation’s largest and most cherished wilderness areas: the Bob... Details
Photo by Kene Sperry
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Pogge, Drew
Live music is like nothing else. The sound is raw, the lights are blinding, the volume is cranked, and nothing tastes better than an $8 Bud Light after a couple of hours of jamming to your favorite band. To be in a crowd, listening to a ripping live performer is to be a part of something unique and... Details
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Reuss, Dave
The sun is shining, the birds are singing—and Bozemanites everywhere are warming up at starting lines around the state. To help you decide how to spend your speedy summer, here are three of our favorite races.BozeMonster ChallengeNow in its third year, the BozeMonster has only gotten bigger—get... Details
Photo by Ryan Turner
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O'Neal, Meghan
Is there anything better than sipping a cold one, kicking back with your favorite people, and enjoying an outdoor concert as the summer day draws to a close? Montanans love to celebrate life, and outdoor concerts provide yet another opportunity to do so. Every true Bozemanite knows about Music on... Details
Illustration by Maggie Slepian
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Slepian, Maggie
Most of our outdoor adventures are enhanced with a canine companion, and options for dog-friendly recreation seem limitless. A well-intentioned owner can take a dog for a run around Peets Hill, a hike up Triple Tree, or a swim at the Bozeman Pond. But as dog numbers increase and recreation areas... Details
Photo by Kyle Christenson
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Meghan O'Neal
On those blazing summer days in Bozeman, sometimes all you want is to grab a swimsuit and some beer and go in search of sweet relief. There are a number of places to swim around Bozeman if you’re willing to look. After all, the best swimming holes are earned, and there’s no greater feeling than... Details
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MMBA Staff
With such little time before it starts snowing again, it’s important to do the very best rides around Bozeman. This bucket list is meant to pique your interest to get out and explore new areas by bicycle. For further details, consult the local bike shops, grab a good map, and hit the road for an... Details
Montana Conservation Corps
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Miller, Anne L.
Dorms were a luxury that evening, muddy floors and all. My hankering for the last Hershey Bar in camp led to desperate things: 100 push-ups later, it was mine—a simple pleasure hard-won through sweat equity, perseverance, and a dose of crazy, cheering buddies.As a Crew Co-Leader for Montana... Details
Photo by Michael Francis
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Sinay, Ken
Perhaps you’ve come to Montana to stay at a local resort for a week, attend a family wedding event, or possibly you’re a “local” with out-of-town friends visiting. In each case, you’ll probably consider going to Yellowstone National Park. Like many visitors, you may try to fit as much as possible... Details
Photo by Ryan Krueger
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Stone, Robert
The entire length of the Gneiss Creek Trail traverses 14 miles through the Madison Valley. The trail, which lies mostly within Yellowstone National Park, connects the Gallatin with Madison Canyon and the Madison River. This hike follows the first section of the Gneiss Creek Trail from the northwest... Details
Yellowstone Llamas
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Wolf, Leeanna
The summer sun beats down on us on this early July morning in the parking lot. The trail sign reads “Daily Creek.” Four- and two-legged companions mill around the stock trailer, getting ready for the hike. Those with two legs shoulder their daypacks and pair up with their woolly hiking companions,... Details
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Elbert, Rich
History of the "M". One thing’s pretty certain this spring: If your story takes place in Bozeman, there’s a big, whitewashed letter decorating the mountains that serve as your backdrop. At least, if those mountains include the half-shaven southern face of Mount Baldy. Ever wonder about the story... Details
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Lewis, Jimmy
For most families, the word “exotic vacation” conjures up images of a luxury resort near an azure sea, sipping tropically themed cocktails on a white, sandy beach. Mom is lounging peacefully on a recliner, Dad is off fishing, and Junior is building a sandcastle. Exotic? Sounds more like clichéd—not... Details
Photo by Denver Bryan
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Holt, John
Greed, selfishness, and a plain-ol’ “I got mine, screw you” mentality is making itself more and more apparent in Montana when it comes to fishing. The situation often involves big-money yahoos locking up land access to prime waters by purchasing land, or land leases, from ranchers who own acreage... Details
Illustration by Catalin Corrigan
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Sveum, Paul
Author’s note: what follows may possibly be viewed as veering into the realm of the apocalyptic, conspiracy-theory-ranting lunatic. If it is taken that way, it is outside of the intent of the author—or maybe not.Let’s say you love those frozen potpies. The ones that when microwaved, bubble over... Details
Photo by Ryan Turner
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Dave Reuss
One touch of nature makes the whole world kin. ~William ShakespeareIt was like a bad first date. Someone should say something, but nothing comes out. We’d covered all the basic topics of conversation—what do you do for work, how do you know everyone here, mighty fine weather we’re having—and now an... Details
Painting by Laura Blue Palmer
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Jensen, Brady
From time to time the river would expel a pronounced “gurgle” as water rushed into a pocket created by the infinite droplets moving in their mysterious ways. She listened from the bank and watched the water pass by. Where it came from, she knew not; but she supposed that before long, it would reach... Details
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Reuss, Dave
Want to improve your primitive skills? Look no further. Here are a few local schools that can help you survive when the economy finally collapses for good.PAST Skills Wilderness School – Bozeman. These classes promote the art of indigenous philosophy, nature awareness, primitive survival, and... Details
Photo by Mark Weber
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Ryan Krueger
Enter the outdoors: a timeless arena. Where the unswayed earth reveals itself by sunlight on stone and wind sweeping through wooden fingers.Climb up through forested mountainsides. Dance in the summer heat and mingle under clouds and treetops. Immerse yourself.Getting out is an act of poise in... Details
Photo by Craig Hergert
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Hergert, Craig
With the landscape around us so vast, and a world of technology and information at your fingertips, why constrain your composition to a tiny rectangle in your camera viewfinder? At this point in your photography obsession, you’ve probably tried to stitch together a panorama or two with your camera... Details
Photo by Moe Witschard
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Barber, Annie
The season of barbeques, boating, tanning, and floating is finally upon us. Summers in Montana are priceless—we’re surrounded by endless beauty and are lucky enough to call this home. Since I’m a personal trainer and a gym rat, most of my time is spent in a gym doing cardio, hammering the weights,... Details
Illustration by Angie Mangels
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Wozer, Jeff
It is day three of backpacking in the Beartooths. I’m authoring from inside the butter-yellow walls of my Marmot tent alone. Not because I’m a misanthrope, for I do like mankind (those who promote American Idol singers as rare musical talents notwithstanding), but because all of my friends are... Details
Photo by Jim Klug
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Jones, Andrea
Catch this! Over a quarter of the state’s angling occurs here in Region 3 with seven premier wild trout streams, more than 90 fishing access sites (FAS), and some splendid high-mountain lakes. As the peak of fishing season draws near, here are some things to keep in mind.Treat the resource like it’... Details
Photo by Ryan Krueger
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Reuss, Dave
The last of the sky’s bruised-purple tint has faded to black, and now it’s anywhere from eleven at night to four in the morning. The miles and hours pile on top of each other until it’s impossible to tell what time it is. The straps of my backpack are soaked through with sweat, and the log on my... Details
Tour De Hyalite
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Dave Reuss
The annual Tour de Hyalite.There are 14 of us lined up at the Grotto Falls trailhead on a cold Saturday morning. The clouds are thick, and you can just about see your breath. There should be that nervous tension that hangs like a cloud around the starting line—but it’s gone. Unlike every other pre-... Details
Photo by Ryan Krueger
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Overton, Mitch
The beloved Bozeman summer… are you stand-up paddleboarding yet? Kayaking? Fly fishing? Going to beer and food tastings with other happy Bozemanites? If your answer is no, we can help. With so much happening in your Bozeman Parks and Recreation Department, we chose to focus this update on new... Details
Photo by Ryan Krueger
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England, Mike
What is it about white lines? Those winding strings of pearl, sinuous rills weaving down mountainsides, carving and cascading through rock like storm clouds harnessed to a rolling boulder. Long after spring burns into summer, the cool white smears remain, sheltered and stubborn below sheer rock... Details
Photo by Megan Paulson
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Knight, Phil
There are a lot of annoying critters out there, both wild and domestic—packrats, mice, magpies, roosters, raccoons, possums, porcupines, and poodles to name a few. But as far as sheer destructiveness goes, nothing in my experience beats a marmot. I’m a big fan of wildlife of all kinds, and often... Details
Illustration by Courtney Blazon
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Kira Stoops
For guys, scars are proof of adventure, daring, experience, and ruggedness—unintended tattoos announcing their manhood. But for ladies, it’s a little different. Our outdoor battle scars are stories—not the kind we brag about, but the kind we retell with plenty of self-depreciative eye rolling. They... Details
Photo by Craig Hergert
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Dr. Lou Walters
While the blooming green landscape around town is beautiful in the summertime, it invariably means that allergy-inducing pollen will assault us until fall. We breathe in pollen, and it triggers our immune system which tries to protect us like an overzealous bodyguard. Pollen-specific antibodies... Details
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Dehmer, Kurt
For many of us, summer means one thing: hunting season is near. But months of lazy fishing, floating, and summer barbeques do little to keep one’s skills sharp come opening day. Like anything, preparation and forethought are invaluable companions on the journey to success. Here are some tips to... Details
Photo by Ginny Holt
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Holt, John
A little thumbing your nose at convention is good for the soul. Especially at times like this, when a nine-foot Heddon #35 bamboo fly rod made 85 years ago is used to fling a large weighted Woolly Bugger soaked in chicken-liver blood into the Musselshell River around Moseby. The casting motion is... Details
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Rolfe, John
Wrapping a trout in tin foil might be nice when you’re out camping, but when you bring your catch home, try something a little more exciting. Here’s one of our favorite recipes for fresh-caught fish: hemp-seed-crusted trout served over orange-infused, fresh-garden-vegetable slaw and topped with... Details

Gear Reviews

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England, Mike
Summer in Montana means multiday backpacking trips—but not everyone wants to drop a few hundo on a fancy pack. One affordable alternative is Eureka’s Rocky Peak 50+10L. All the standard features—padded hip belt, sternum strap, hydration sleeve, top lid that doubles as a day pack, et al—combine with... Details
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England, Mike
Dogs love it when you pull off their collars and let them run light and free, as nature intended—especially when said collars are sopping from a dunk in the river. Alas, those pesky leash laws necessitate a quick return to collared control. But collar choices abound, and one way to reduce the... Details
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Mike England
It didn’t take long for Scarpa to earn the same solid reputation for hiking boots as they’ve enjoyed with climbing shoes and ski boots for decades—and the Kailash GTX could be why. I’ve tested more footwear than Imelda Marcos, and I’m here to tell you, this boot is among the best. Lightweight yet... Details
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England, Mike
Dry bags will always be standard on the river, but gone are the days of being stuck with the standard blue tube. Take the River Duffle by Bozeman’s own Hyalite Equipment, for example—not only is this durable dry bag large enough for everything you need on the river, but it’s got convenient exterior... Details
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O'Neal, Meghan
You’re on a hike with your canine buddy and you bust out an energy bar. Buster stares at your snack, eyes begging for a bite. But it’s people food, and you down it despite the desperate gaze of your hungry pup. Well now you can share—the tasty, all-natural YaffBar is made for humans and dogs alike... Details
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England, Mike
Summer means sunshine and vigorous physical activity—and if it’s a well-made but no-frills pair of shades you’re after, check out the Revo Harness. With a snap-in floatation leash and buoy, the Harness is ideal for outings on the water—if you drop them overboard, instead of cursing fate, just reach... Details
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Slepian, Maggie
Need boots meant to cross some serious terrain? Lace up the Transalpina LTR GTX from AKU and feel yourself grow in stature as the mid-outsole combination shoots you up an extra inch. While the outsoles might look like a lot of material, the technology from this company is so dialed-in that the... Details
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Howlett, David
Have you ever purchased a new piece of gear, and after using it, wondered how you ever got along without it? This is exactly how I feel about the Duthie AM 17.0 hydration pack from Platypus. It’s a mountain-bike-specific pack featuring a holder for your full-face helmet, body-armor compression... Details
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Corrigan, Catalin
On a hot summer day, there’s nothing like slipping off one’s shoes to air out those fetid feet—and having a good pair of flip-flops is key to remaining both active and refreshed after a long day outside. For some super sturdy flips, check out the new Fontas from Chaco. These smooth-as-silk sandals... Details
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Slepian, Maggie
Just because you like to climb mountains, your athletic capabilities don’t necessarily carry over to solid footfalls on a steep, scree-heavy descent. Thankfully, Lowa’s Mauria GTX mid-rise hiking boots have your back—and your ankles. This boot uses a mold made specifically for women, which provides... Details
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Canfield, Sarah
Let’s face it: a girl can never have too many socks. And if you’re an avid trail runner like me, the Hike/Trek 1/4socks from Darn Tough are sure to stand out as you rummage through your overflowing sock drawer. They provide underfoot cushioning for next-to-skin comfort and are highly breathable and... Details
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Pollastro, Joyce
Barefoot running had always seemed to me like a way for companies to sell us creepy hybrid glove-shoes, so I stayed loyal to my cushy sneakers… until I slipped into a pair of Merrell’s Bare Access Arc 2. These shoes are ideal for people getting into minimalist running—they have a barely-there mesh... Details
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England, Mike
“We are what we repeatedly do,” said Aristotle—and unless you like being a pre-pubescent pansy-ass, ditch that glorified purse of yours and start hauling around a GO Bag by Gerber. This stalwart satchel comes loaded with a testosterone-boosting toolbox of man-gear, from a tactical flashlight to a... Details
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Howlett, David
When you spend as much time around Montana’s rivers, streams, and lakes as I do, it’s pretty damn hard to beat the comfort and convenience of convertible pants. Maybe that’s why the Towpath Convertible Pants from Arborwear have quickly become my new favorite article of outdoor apparel. These comfy... Details
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McCarthy, Chris
The Yeti Tundra 65 now has a permanent spot on my raft. Built by outdoorsmen, it’s constructed to fit perfectly in the frame, and the 65-quart size is great for a one or two-day float. There’s plenty of room for cans of malted goodness, pop for the kids, as well as lunch and snacks in the dry... Details
Big Sky Rod Box
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Dehmer, Kurt
Over the years, many attempts have been made to keep rods fishin’-ready, while still safe from common catastrophes. PVC, rubber-snubbers, magnets, and all other manner of safe-keeping have been contrived to protect these pricey pieces of equipment. Recently, a group of Bozeman fishermen and... Details
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McCarthy, Chris
After 11 years in a 13.5-foot, standard-floor raft, I had a good idea of what I wanted in a new boat. It had to be a self-bailer, have removable thwarts, and since my family was bigger, it needed to be longer and wider. Problem was, I didn’t have a ton of money to spend on this new and improved... Details
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Reuss, Dave
When you’re as bad at climbing as me, every single variable can make a difference. That’s why I’m glad I found the Bravo Quickdraw from Metolius. The wide 20-millimeter gate opening will swallow hangers of any size, the color-coded biners help you rack the draws correctly at a glance, and the wire-... Details

Book Reviews

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O'Neal, Meghan
Yellowstone Yesterday and Today (Golden Valley Press, $45) provides a captivating photographic history of Yellowstone Park. Photographer Paul Horsted recreates historic photographs of Yellowstone, illustrating how the Park has developed over the years. This book offers a fascinating visual record... Details
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England, Mike
Google Earth is awesome, no doubt, and that fancy GPS of yours is not to be scoffed at—but there’s nothing quite like unfurling a map on the kitchen table and letting a world of adventure appear before you. And that’s exactly what you get with the new Forest Visitor Maps (USDA Forest Service, $10)... Details
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McCarthy, Chris
Have you ever enjoyed a Dutch-oven dinner and wanted to learn to cook one yourself? Well, Carsten Bothe’s Dutch Oven: Cast-Iron Cooking Over an Open Fire (Schiffer Publishing, $30) is the perfect cookbook to get you started. This cookbook covers the ins and outs of cast-iron cooking. How to clean... Details
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England, Mike
If you tend to walk around with your face buried in your cell phone, oblivious to the world around you, then The Tao of Survival (Gibbs Smith, $19) is not for you. According to author and former Special Forces soldier James Morgan Ayres, only one out of ten people are able to effectively think and... Details
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England, Mike
“Multimedia” is a bland and nebulous term, and therefore fails to capture the elegant and symbiotic blend of song and imagery that is Mike Haring’s new DVD, Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem (self-produced, $20). But it’s an apt description, with its dual format of both original songs and familiar... Details

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