Summer 2016

Outside Bozeman Summer 2016
Nothing beats summer in Montana, and there's no better way to usher in the season than with Outside Bozeman. This summer's issue is special for us, as it's our largest ever at 144 pages. That means more adventure, more humor, more gear, and more awesome images for you to enjoy. We've got features covering everything from mountain-bike advocacy to fishing road-trip daydreams, and we've got classic bike rides, lesser-known hikes, tips for tying the best summer flies, and all you need to know about pet safety in hot weather. So now, when you're out enjoying long warm days and clear cool nights, you'll have plenty to read. Grab a copy around town, or head over to our digital edition for more outdoor fun.  

Features

Motorcycle Fishing, Tobacco Roots Mountains, Montana
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Drew Pogge
Backcountry fishing by motorbike. There’s something satisfying about defying convention, juxtaposing dissimilar experiences, and coming away with something new. And there are few things more dissimilar than fishing and riding dirtbikes. Fishing is quiet, slow, and meditative. Grabbing a handful of... Details
Fishing, Road Dreams, Story
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Reed, Tom
Fishing for stories.The dreams of fishermen become reality on the road. In the awakening, you have thought of the road many times, or perhaps more accurately, you have thought about what lies at the end of the road. The waters. Bent current and brook trout swimming there in spangled glory. Rising,... Details
Wilderness Medicine
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Learning how to properly manage mishaps, address emergencies, and deal with disaster.Friends are visiting from out of town, so you want to show them all that Montana’s outdoors have to offer. You plan a trip that’s manageable but strenuous and at the limits of their abilities. It will test their... Details
Custer Gallatin Forest Plan Revision, Bozeman Mountain Biking, Montana Mountain Bike Alliance
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Tucker, David
Mountain-bike advocacy in southwest Montana.The debate over mountain biking in Wilderness Study Areas and Recommended Wilderness Areas has been a heated one for decades. With the Custer-Gallatin set to revise its Forest Plan for the first time in 30 years, the issue is once again in the front of... Details
Emigrant Peak
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Turiano, Thomas
Profiling Emigrant.The grandeur of the Western Beartooths has always astounded travelers in Paradise Valley bound for Yellowstone. Even while the deep gorges and jagged skyline above the lower valley inspire awe, oglers cannot help but notice the monstrous massif of Emigrant Peak on the southern... Details

Departments

Face-off, Summer, National Parks vs. National Forests
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Tucker, David
Not all public lands are created equal, and when it comes to Montana’s national parks and national forests, the latter are often overlooked. But why? Our national forests boast impressive scenery, endless recreation, and diverse landscapes, just like the parks. Then again, Yellowstone stands alone... Details
Camping, Tent, Stars, Night
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Tucker, David
Recreation's gateway drug.The Sunday before July 4, we stocked the cooler, packed up the gear box, loaded up the car, and headed out of town. We had a plan, and we thought it was a good one—camp our way to an Independence Day celebration with the family. Camping over the holidays seems like a good... Details
Champ
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This is a column we’d love to rename Champs & Champs, but unfortunately, chumps abound, and we’d be doing you the people a disservice if we didn’t continue calling them out. Here’s another round of admirable acts and embarrassing blunders from around the Bozone.ChampsOpen-land conservation is... Details
Hyalite Canyon, Custer-Gallatin Forest Plan Revision
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Bedwards, Chick
The importance of citizen involvement.Remember that favorite toy you had as a child? The one you took everywhere, slept with, snuck into your school backpack, and kept by your side through dog slobber and frisky marker incidents? Yeah, we do too. And we also remember those moments when the arms... Details
Montana Recreation
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We’ve all heard the accolades from national publications about the outdoor paradise that is Bozeman and Montana in general. But what does all the hype amount to? A lot of dough, that’s what—and a booming recreation and tourism economy. (Montana’s not alone; outdoor recreation is the third-largest... Details
Grizzly bear, Yellowstone National Park
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Cessna, Janice
And what happens next.Since being listed as an endangered species in 1974, the grizzly-bear population has grown to over 700 individuals and their geographic range has doubled. “Bears are spilling into areas without the same level of habitat suitability,” says Frank T. van Manen, a wildlife... Details
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Gustafson, Sid
I went insane, you know. Certain Glacierepiphanies under the eastern mountainfront affected a cure, continental divideroad goings of sorts. My point of origindoes not matter, not anymore, Yellowstonewas only a fleeting southerly destination. Glacier to Yellowstone, the beauty between,... Details
Backpackers, Fitness, Workout, Trail-Fit
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Cohen, Anna M.
Backpacking exercises.Summer’s here and it’s time to get in shape for that big backpacking trip you’ve got planned for later in the season. There’s no question that the best way to train for backpacking is to go backpacking, but aside from actually loading up your pack and hitting the trail, there... Details
Gallatin Canyon Geology, Storm Castle
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Patti Albrecht
Exploring Gallatin Canyon's geology.Summer has returned at last: leaves on trees, sunshine after dinner, and melting mountain snow. Hiking in the upper elevations is once again an option. A beautiful hike with a dramatic finish is Storm Castle Peak, south of Bozeman in the Gallatin Range. An added... Details
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Drews, Debbie
I killed it, I did not mean it, but it’s deadNot a comrade, nor from a cliff. I looked back with dreadSquashed down flat, bang in my tire track. Swerve, I tried!In my head, the taste of the dead. Blood flicks my undersideAll day long. “I did what was wrong!” Tail upright,dashes for the road. In my... Details
Trail run, Summer
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Tucker, David
Sticking to your routine.So this is the summer you decided to tackle the Ridge Run or some other high-altitude sufferfest, which means a strict training schedule is in order. But it’s also summer, and camping out is a non-negotiable part of your outdoor agenda, too. Have no fear: you needn’t... Details
J Stroke Diagram, canoe
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Drews, Debbie
Canoe-paddling basics.The first thing that any boater learns on the water is to always be prepared for a swim. Whether you’re a pro or getting in a canoe for the first time, the water in Montana will likely be cold, so it’s always good to refresh your basic skills. Anybody stepping in and out of a... Details
Bozeman Paragliding
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Mike England
A lesson with Bozeman Paragliding.All is quiet, save the low, undulating drone of cars passing below on I-90. Andy gazes to the west, silent and motionless; he’s reading the wind, waiting for the right moment. Minutes pass. Your eyes orbit the valley: past downtown and over campus, along the... Details
Gallatin Valley Land Trust Map App, Bozeman
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Tucker, David
Ever wondered the best bike route to an in-town climbing boulder? Or been out with your dog and needed to drop a waste bag, pronto? Have you sought in vain for a comfy creekside bench to sit on and watch the water flow by? Well, now thanks to a new interactive digital map developed by Gallatin... Details
Star Trail, Celestial Coffee Pot
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Manning, Jim
Summer's starry sky. Whether you’re a saddle-weary cowpoke or a wilderness adventurer, there seems to be one gastronomical truth about the Western mythos of outdoor living: at the end of a long, hard day on the range, the ridge, or the river, no campfire is complete without its coffee pot, ready to... Details
Gopher Fishing, Outside Bozeman
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Joe King
Fly-fishing's latest craze.Mist hangs low as dawn breaks over the water. Ducks preen silently in the shallows and red-winged blackbirds cry at your arrival. Your fly rod leans against the tailgate while you tie on tippet and craft a perfect knot, taking your time, savoring the buildup to what you... Details
Cougar, Dog, Rescue, Attack, True Tales
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Graham, Kory
Saved by man's best friend.After a particularly long week at work, I left early on Friday and ran home to grab my hiking partner Wibaux, my two-year-old husky-lab mix. He greeted me at the door with an excited howl and a lick on the face. I changed out of my work attire like a triathlete switching... Details
Beartooth Publishing Yellowstone North
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Tucker, David
Just when you thought your summer was all planned out, you opened the new Yellowstone National Park maps from Beartooth Publishing and everything changed. The detailed maps—both north and south versions—lay out trails, campsites, boat launches, and much more. Gone are the days of scouring multiple... Details
Tire, Fitness, Workout, Summer
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Corti, Jay
Maximizing summer fitness.Summer’s here and it’s time to get outside. While you might intend to hike, climb, bike, and fish your way through the season, grand plans can quickly transform into lawn games, beers, and BBQs. Working at a fitness center, I often see people coming back mid-fall in far... Details
Outlook, Outside Bozeman, Cast, Photography
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Seng, Brett
Firehole Canyon, Yellowstone National Park.For photographers, mid-day light typically means downtime, but it can also be an opportunity to learn about stop-down filters for a heavy-lit, long-exposure photo, when light seems too harsh to manage well. Our plan was to spend the morning on the Firehole... Details
Chico
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Tucker, David
There are many beautiful landscapes in Montana, but perhaps none are more cherished than Paradise Valley, the gateway to Yellowstone National Park. The river valley has not retained its scenic quality by accident, and in fact, the landscape is under constant attack. The most recent threat comes in... Details
East Rosebud Creek, Water, Wild
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Scott Bosse
Wild & Scenic designations in southwest Montana. There is a place up in the Absarokas, where a frigid, gin-clear river flows through a sprawling meadow fringed by a burnt-lodgepole forest. The river is filled with big brown trout and some native cutthroat, and its sandbars almost always are... Details
Jefferson River, Thomas Elpel
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Qualtieri, Nicole
Q&A with educator Thomas Elpel.Thomas Elpel is an author, educator, and builder out of Pony, specializing in survival skills and primitive living; he’s also an outspoken proponent of public access. I recently sat down with him to talk about his work, his project the Jefferson River Canoe Trail... Details
Short Nosed Fruit Bat
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Jones, Andrea
All about Montana's flying mammal.In addition to deer, elk, and other big game which make the Treasure State so special, Montana is home to hundreds of nongame species of wildlife. And Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks (FWP) is mandated to manage them all, including one of our most misunderstood... Details
Montana Mountain Bike Alliance, Custer Gallatin Forest Plan Revision
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The dirt on mountain-bike acess.Mountain biking in federally designated Wilderness Area is illegal, and most people think it should stay that way. But what about Wilderness Study Areas and Recommended Wilderness Areas? Should historically accessible trails in these areas be closed? Should closed... Details
Jefferson River Canoe Map
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England, Mike
Instrumental to a successful outing on the Jefferson—be it a lazy, half-day float or an overnight adventure—are Thomas Elpel’s new Jefferson River Canoe Trail maps. These pocket-sized, water-resistant fold-outs offer a bird’s-eye view of the entire river, broken into three sections: upper, middle,... Details
Climber, Allen Spur, Safety
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Naumann, Chris
Safety guidelines for climbers.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.... Details
Steak, Beef,
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Tucker, David
Sampling southwest Montana's beef.A place is defined by its food. Someone said that somewhere, right? Sounds good, and I think it’s true—at least partly. In an effort to prove the saying right, I went looking for Montana’s quintessential food item, beef. In order to find an unadulterated Montana... Details
Harley Biker, Motorcycle, Outdoors
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Mike England
Traveling light, fast, and free.Get your motor runnin’Head out on the highwayLookin’ for adventureAnd whatever comes our wayIn a blurred chiaroscuro of flashing chrome and muted leather, my riding partner roars past, his engine’s rumbling crescendo fading to a fly-buzz as he speeds toward a distant... Details
Cycle, Saddle, Bike
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David Coletta
Comfort tips for your bike seat.Many a cyclist has experienced uncomfortable or troubling groin, buttock, or back symptoms when pedaling for hours on his favorite road or mountain bike. The complaints often limit time on a bike or make cycling impossible, and can include pain, numbness, and even... Details
Coyote, Sunset
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Drews, Debbie
All about the coyote.“A wolf!” someone shouted, pointing. Binoculars and monster camera lenses jockeyed at the Hayden Valley lookout. “No, it’s only a coyote.” The group sighed. Coyotes are not quite wolves, are they? But for more than half a century, this worked in their favor. Renowned for their... Details
Rainbow, Ennis
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Dehmer, Kurty
Summer along the Madison.Sixty miles southwest of Bozeman, in the heart of Madison Valley, lies 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. This summer, plan your own pilgrimage.... Details
Royal Purple Chubby
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Armijo-Grover, Jimmy
Tying the Purple Royal Chubby.The Chubby Chernobyl is one of the most popular flies amongst anglers in southwest Montana. It floats like a champ, it’s highly visible, and it catches fish. And the fact that it can be tied in sizes ranging from a salmonfly to a yellow sally, and in unlimited color... Details
Yellowstone National Park
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Bach, Orville E., Jr.
100 years of the Parks Service.This year marks the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service, which was created by an act of Congress and signed into law on August 25, 1916, by President Woodrow Wilson. At the time there were 35 national parks and monuments administered by various agencies,... Details
Smith River, Conservation, Save the Smith
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Holt, John
A Montana treasure under threat.The disingenuous nonsense spewed forth by the mining industry over the years would be laughably pathetic if its message was not so dire for Montana’s wild places. The latest venal insult comes from a Canadian firm of brief lineage calling itself Tintina Resources.... Details
Headwaters, Fishing
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John Holt
Fishing headwater creeks.As the years pass, I find myself spending more and more time on the little creeks tumbling out of mountain ranges like the Absarokas, Beartooths and Gallatins. Unlike many big-name rivers, justly famous for their large trout but suffering from the near-gridlock of rafts and... Details
Beaver chew floaters, public land, canoe
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Elpel, Thomas
Access conflict on the Jefferson.Public lands are few and far between on the Jefferson River, and now, the only public-floater camp on the upper Jefferson, known as “Beaver Chew,” is being threatened by a land-swap proposal. The 80-acre campsite on state land got its name because Meriwether Lewis... Details
Hiker, Dog, Sacajewea, Trail
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Cohen, Anna M.
Summer tips for dog-owners.Pretty much nothing beats going on an adventure with your four-legged friend, but it’s important to be responsible when taking your pup along. When the weather gets hot, it becomes even more important to properly care for your furry friend. He relies on you for his safety... Details
Big Creek trail
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Stone, Robert
Hiking the Big Creek trail.The headwaters of Big Creek begin near the crest of the Gallatin Divide on the east slope of Eaglehead Mountain. The creek travels more than 14 miles eastward en route to the Yellowstone River in Paradise Valley. The Big Creek trail parallels the creek up to Windy Pass,... Details
Beer, drinking, summer
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Harrison, Melynda
Pairing Bozeman’s breweries with recreation.We all love a tall frosty beverage with our outdoor recreation. Whether it’s a refreshing lager after paddling around Bozeman Pond, a citrusy Hefeweizen after mountain biking the local trails, or a good old-fashioned ale to power you through a dog walk,... Details
Montana steak, beef
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Ax, Teresa
Douglas fir cold-smoked tenderloin.You can’t always hop in the car and hit the road for your steaks, and sometimes making beef in-house is the only option. But don’t fret—this recipe will make you the hit of your next BBQ.Ingredients4 - 8oz. Montana Wagu tenderloin steaks1 stick softened, unsalted... Details
Bikers, Trail, Portal Creek, Porcupine Ridge
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Robertson, Will
A classic Big Sky ride. With purpose-built flow trails (i.e., made specifically for bikers) being all the rage these days, we thought we’d throw it back to an old classic. The Gallatin Range just east of Big Sky is beautiful country, and the seat of a bike is a great way to soak it all in. —the... Details
Climber, outside, Fear Knot
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Pogge, Drew
Learning to accept uncertainty. “When nothing is sure, everything is possible.”—Margaret DrabbleThe stone was cool and slightly clammy with morning dew as the canyon warmed beneath a molten midsummer sunrise. Gear—cams and draws and carabiners—clinked happily on my harness while my partner silently... Details
clove hitch knot, climbing, tie
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England, Mike
Essential knots, part 2. Long days afield offer plenty of time to work on the lost art of rope-craft, and one of the best knots to have in your repertoire is the clove hitch. An essential sailing and climbing knot, the clove hitch also comes in handy when suspending a cooking pot from a branch,... Details

Gear Reviews

Nemo Tent
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Mangels, Angie
I was looking for a tent that could go from car camping to the occasional backpack, that would have a bit of interior room while keeping a low profile, and could handle a variety of weather. After a week-long camping trip using Nemo’s Losi LS 3P, I was thoroughly impressed with the simple yet well-... Details
Garmont Sticky Rock
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England, Mike
Whether I’m clambering over coarse granite in Pipestone or speed-stepping rock on the steep way up the M, I need a shoe that grabs. Alas, my heavy-lugged hikers, designed for dirt and other soft surfaces, invariably slip on smooth rock, especially on the downhill. Which is why I now wear the Sticky... Details
LOWA Phoenix
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Sipes, Terri
Having spent most of the past decade hiking in sandals, I was a bit skeptical of a trekking shoe. I thought they’d be heavy, stiff, and cause damage to my feet. Wow, was I pleasantly surprised, as the Phoenix GTX Lo from LOWA definitely are not my mother’s hiking shoes. They’re comfortable and... Details
StreamTrekkers Boot
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England, Mike
If you’re sick of slipping and sliding on slime-covered rocks all summer long, but don’t feel like dropping a bunch of dough on new boots, then pick up a pair of StreamTrekkers. Wading boots, beat-up hikers, old tennis, whatever—just slip on the diamond-beaded harness and enjoy crampon-like... Details
SMITH Guide's Choice
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Tucker, David
Few things are more essential to an enjoyable outdoor experience than a good pair of sunglasses. This is even more true during summer in the mountains, so I sprung for a new pair this year and ended up with the Guide’s Choice from Smith. These glasses use Smith’s patented ChromaPop technology,... Details
GSI Pinnacle Dualist
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Tucker, David
Convenience is king these days, and it doesn’t get much more convenient than the Pinnacle Dualist cooking system from GSI, especially if you backpack in pairs. The Dualist includes two bowls, two insulated mugs, two folding sporks (which are quite flimsy—I recommend packing something sturdier), and... Details
Yeti Hopper
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McCarthy, Chris
Most every outdoor adventure has the need for a cooler, but a hard-sided cooler can be overkill for some outings. You want a soft-sided icebox that’s easy to carry, will keep your beverages cold, and won’t leak on a 90-degree day. There are several options out there, but only the Yeti Hopper meets... Details
SCAT Belt
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McCarthy, Chris
The Griz bear-spray belt by Scat is a unique way to have your spray on the quick draw. A full-size canister fits snuggly in the horizontal pouch, there’s a Velcro strap to lock it in (I’d recommend not having the strap attached when out in the woods), and you can wear the belt with the canister on... Details
Paddleboarding Bozeman
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Putting standups to the test.Paddleboarding has changed the way many folks enjoy lakes and rivers in the summertime. This is of course nothing new for anyone who’s spent time around the Great Lakes, where every house within a mile of the water has had a paddleboard for decades. (Mind you, they’re... Details
Igloo Sportsman Cooler
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England, Mike
We all grew up with Igloos, those ubiquitous red- or blue-and-white coolers of varying shapes and sizes—and now we can grow old with them, too. Though overshadowed in recent years by new, high-end brands, Igloo has rolled out its own “extended-life” models, and their Sportsman 40 shows that the... Details
Dakine slayer elbow pad
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Tucker, David
Rocks are hard and bikes go fast, so in order to protect my boney knees and elbows, I got a set of Slayer Pads from Dakine. Now when I’m bombing down from Mystic Lake, I don’t have to worry as much about careering off the Wall of Death. The Slayer line features both knee and elbow options, and the... Details
SITKA Frantic Hoody
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Sanderson, Maria
From hunting and scouting to sitting around the campfire, Sitka’s Fanatic Hoody has no shortage of great features. The built-in face-mask not only adds concealment, but allows one to stay warm and breathe comfortably in frigid winds. The extended hand-muffs almost eliminate the need for mittens,... Details
RuffWear Approach Pack
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Tucker, David
Most dogs that love trails love accomplishing tasks. That’s why it’s nice having my lab Hank carry his own load in his Approach Pack from Ruffwear. He gets a sense of pride out of the responsibility. While it took some tinkering to get the sizing right, Hank has become accustomed to the weight and... Details
MAVEN B.3 Bino
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McCarthy, Chris
It happens all the time: you’re cruising down some backroad and off in the distance… is that a rock or a bear? I wish I had my binoculars in the truck…Well wish no more. The Maven B.3 10x30 binoculars are the compact answer to seeing a long distance. Most other compact binos feel less worthy than... Details
MST WhisperLite Universal
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Tucker, David
The WhisperLite stove from MSR has been the gold standard of backpacking stoves for years, and now the product is better than ever. The updated WhisperLite Universal delivers the same reliable cooking capabilities as the standard model, but also comes with interchangeable fuel adapters for... Details
KESTREL Sportsman
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England, Mike
As optics improve and long-range shooting gains popularity, the need for reliable technological assistance rises, too. Which is where the Kestrel Sportsman comes in. This pocket-sized weather meter and ballistics calculator gives you elevation and windage adjustments with the push of a button, out... Details
ZUKE'S Power Bones
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Tucker, David
We all need to pound calories if we’re going to be pounding trail, and our dogs are no different. During the hot Montana summer, they’ll be burning energy at a high rate, which is why I’m glad I have Zuke’s Power Bones to keep Hank going strong all day. The list of nutritional benefits sounds like... Details
Adventure Medical Dog First Aid
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Tucker, David
Dogs need first-aid same as people, in fact moreso in many cases. Now that Adventure Medical Kits makes the Me & My Dog Series, you get what you need for people and pooches, all in one package. While I wouldn’t recommend this as a replacement for a backpacking first-aid kit, it’s great for... Details
Intense Uzzi
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Simon Peterson
Taking freeride mountain biking back to the future, Intense has re-introduced the Uzzi with vamped-up components and a 27.5-inch wheelbase that adds to its outstanding versatility. The Uzzi is designed as a long-travel bike for super-enduro and park riding; however, it’s much more than that. The... Details
Avex 3Sixty Pour
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Tucker, David
Nothing beats hot coffee, especially on a crisp mountain morning. But all too often, after, I go to drown my work-day sorrows in a hot cup o’ joe and it’s stone cold. Not anymore, as the 3Sixty Pour Thermos from Avex has changed all that. Unlike most thermoses, the 3Sixty actually keeps the coffee—... Details
Pearl Izumi Journey Short
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Tucker, David
The days of Lycra are numbered… at least when it comes to riding bikes on dirt. Nowadays the options for technical apparel that isn’t skin-tight are plentiful and varied—but being a less-is-more kind of guy, I’ve opted for the Journey Short from Pearl Izumi. While the lightweight design and subtle... Details
OBOZ Scapegoat
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McCarthy, Chris
The trails are calling and my answer is the Oboz Scapegoat Low. This versatile light-hiker is perfect for heading up Sacajawea Peak or a simple stroll along Peets Hill. The aggressive traction and durable rubber outsole is great for climbing through scree or mud, or just sticking to the trail. The... Details

Additional Articles

Trail Maintenance Tool
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Montana Mountain Bike Alliance
Modern trails systems are designed to shed water to help manage use. When you find puddles, or water running down the tread, take the time to investigate. Our trails only remain as good as the maintenance they receive. Most often the water-mitigation feature is filled with sediment from spring... Details
Big hole river, access, river acess
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Zundel, Brent
Montana's most egalitarian law.Whether it’s fly fishing one of the state’s blue-ribbon trout streams, kayaking or canoeing its clear waters, or just floating a lazy stretch of river with friends, Montana’s stream-access laws are the envy of the nation.But it hasn’t always been this way. The... Details
Counter Assault Bear Spray, A Bear Doesn't Care campaign
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Tucker, David
In the last five years, three people have been killed by grizzly bears in Yellowstone National Park. None of them were carrying bear spray, and according to the Park Service, only 28% of backcountry travelers utilize this most-effective defense against attacks. Now, with a new campaign called “A... Details
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Mike England
On any long hike, run, or ride, when space is tight and the squished-food factor is high, the standard solution is to pack a protein bar—which often translates into a tasteless, rock-hard lump of who-knows-what sitting in your gullet the rest of the day, until finally dissolved by a few après-... Details
Public Land and Water Access Association
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Brayton, Lea
As Montana anglers, we sometimes take river access for granted. Not so for the Public Land/Water Access Association, whose goal is to inform the public of access and ownership rights so that our state’s amazing rivers can be enjoyed by all. The PLWA monitors land sales, assessing conservation and... Details
Day Hikes of Yellowstone National Park, Hike734
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England, Mike
Given the mountains all around Bozeman, how often do you make the drive to Yellowstone for a day-hike? Not as often as you should, that’s for sure—but with Jake Bramante’s new map, Day Hikes of Yellowstone National Park, you’ll find the information and inspiration to ramp things up. This water-... Details

Book Reviews

Swift Dam
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Drews, Debbie
Local author (and veterinarian) Sid Gustafson’s latest book, Swift Dam (Open Books, $7), is set against the real-life tragedy of the Swift Dam collapse in 1964, when 30 people died in dam collapses and flooding in northwest Montana. Gustafson tells the story of a veterinarian and his life, work,... Details
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Drews, Debbie
Author Keith McCafferty has an impressive Montana pedigree, and Buffalo Jump Blues: a Sean Stranahan Mystery (Viking, $26) is the fifth installment in his murder-mystery series. While I’m not a big fan of murder mysteries, McCafferty’s well-researched handling of wildlife politics make for a... Details
Tools for Grassroots Activists
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Tucker, David
While it might seem that a major corporation has no business writing a manual for grassroots environmental activists, Patagonia has done just that. The brand has been at the forefront of environmental stewardship within the outdoor industry for decades, and for 20 years, they’ve hosted the semi-... Details
Where Roads Will Never Reach
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Tucker, David
In Bozeman, we’re lucky enough to have millions of acres of public land to recreate on, but that isn’t by accident. In Where the Roads Will Never Reach (Utah University Press, $25), Frederick H. Swanson chronicles the decades-long fight to protect some of the wildest places in southwest Montana,... Details

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