Summer 2018

Features

Illustration by Angie Mangels
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Lisa Baril
The women growing Bozeman's bike community. At age twelve I lived at the bottom of long, steep hill. I’d pedal my pink Schwinn to the top, spin around, and sail over the hill’s lip pedaling as fast as I could. As I gained momentum, I’d fling my legs out to the side and fly down at breakneck speed,... Details

Departments

Photo by Lars Scinny
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Lance Craighead
For wildlife, they're weapons of mass destruction. If you drive east on I-90 past the Bear Canyon exit, you may notice a section of high fencing along the sides of the interstate. Look more closely and you’ll find four breaks in the fence: elevated platforms where animals that get trapped inside... Details
Wilderness Study Areas, Bozeman, Montana
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Drew Pogge
Wilderness gets no second chances. “Plans are of little importance, but planning is essential.”—Winston ChurchillMy dad is a fan of home projects, and as a result, I spent much of my youth digging holes, holding boards, mixing concrete, or running power tools when I’d much rather have been riding... Details
Dream vs. Reality, Camping Nightmares, Bears
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Drew Pogge
The best stories often come down to the difference between what is perceived and what actually happens. Anyone who spends time roaming the mountains of Montana knows that this difference can sometimes be a chasm. Particularly when it comes to things that go bump in the night. And bears. Especially... Details
Moose, Mountain Biking, Moser Creek
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Phil Knight
A near-miss with an angry moose. Like most people who get outside a lot, I’ve had plenty of close encounters with wild animals. I’ve been treed by a bear and by a semi-wild bovine bull; I had to run from a stampede of bison; I was forced to duck and cover from an angry goshawk; and I jumped away... Details
Standup Paddleboarding, Bozeman, CrossFit
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Joe King
A last gasp for a storied tradition.  Long a vast, untamed wilderness, Montana’s north country was civilized in large part due to the Great Northern Railroad, which delivered settlers and supplies from more populous regions in the east. Integral to this effort were Montana’s early loggers—rugged... Details
Drones, Wildlife Photography, Bozeman
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Drew Pogge
Drones in the outdoors. On a warm summer morning, a mile up Bear Trap Canyon in the Lee Metcalf Wilderness, there’s usually little to hear but the constant harmonics of the Madison River moving swiftly past, the whine of insects, and a cacophony of birds announcing the day. That’s the point of... Details
The Montana Wave, Backroads, Montana Highways
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Holden Sieler
This summer, lighten up. After the long slosh and skid of winter finally recedes, the sudden profusion of thawed tarmac, green valleys, and snow-capped vistas cannot but tickle already itchy feet. On any given summer day, the eager outdoorspeople rise with the lark before the rest of the... Details
Peets Hill, Burke Park, Mary Vant Hull, Bozeman
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Jodi Hausen
Remembering Mary Vant Hull.  A bench dedicated to Mary Vant Hull sits atop Peets Hill overlooking Bozeman, the city she deeply loved. It’s an apt place to remember the community activist who died on January 1, 2017, at the age of 89.Known for her quirky yet unforgivingly tenacious personality, Mary... Details

Gear Reviews

Stio Pinion Pullover
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Joyce Pollastro
You wake up in your tent on a damp and chilly summer morning, hesitating to unzip your sleeping bag. Unless you’re donning the Pinion down pullover, that is. This water-repellent, ultralight, hooded jacket is a Stio original. It’s thin enough to roll up and add to your backpack in case of... Details
Altra King MT 1.5
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Chris McCarthy
Whether the MT stands for Montana or mountain, I feel like the king of both when running in Altra’s King MT 1.5. These zero-drop trail shoes have a super-aggressive tread that chews up trail, and minimal cushioning so you feel what’s underfoot. The upper dries quickly, and the Velcro strap keeps... Details
NRS Quiver 9'8"
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Mike England
When you’re ready to take your paddleboarding up a notch—and that means runnin’ the rivers, rapids and all—consider the Quiver by NRS. This extra-wide, highly maneuverable board combines rock-hard inflatability with extra rocker on the tip and tail, meaning it’s sturdy, stable, and more than able... Details
GCI Outdoor Wilderness Backpacker
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Mike England
Relax in style anywhere with the Wilderness Backpacker from GCI Outdoor. From upright to fully reclined, this well-built, four-position chair has a cup-holder (of course), headrest, and shoulder straps for hands-free carry to your favorite campsite, beach, alpine lake, or outdoor concert. And it’ll... Details

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