Summer 2019

Features

The Lionhead, Mountain Biking, CDT, West Yellowstone, Forest Planning
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David Tucker
Access to the Lionhead area is the result of a rock-solid partnership between cyclists, horsemen, and the Forest Service, a rare case of collaboration where the results speak for themselves. With the Custer-Gallatin undergoing its Forest Plan Revision, that could soon change. Two hours south of... Details
Montana Land Reliance, Conservation Easement, Gallatin Valley, Montana
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Jimmy Lewis
Why conserving private land is good for all. When I moved to Bozeman in the mid-’90s, I felt as though I was ahead of the curve, like I’d “discovered” one of the best places on the planet for the lifestyle I wished to live. The sine qua non for this life I had in mind was not entirely explicit at... Details
Mike Fiebig, American Rivers, Wild and Scenic, Bozeman
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Anthony Pavkovich
As part one of a new four-part series, Outside Bozeman caught up with American Rivers’ Michael Fiebig for a conversation exploring the intersection of conservation and recreation. When not working as the Northern Rockies conservation director, advocating for the region’s free-flowing rivers, he can... Details
Fly Fishing, Bozeman, Montana
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Dan Ventura
Confessions of a fly fisherman.  Forgive me Father Maclean, for I have sinned.Man, fishing is hard. Well, I mean, most fishing is hard. Sticking a worm on a hook and waiting for a bluegill to bite is not particularly challenging under most circumstances, but fishing as a whole is tough, and fly... Details
Jefferson River, Trout Unlimited, Fly Fishing, Montana
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Tom Reed
A restoration success story.  Forgotten. Ignored. Overlooked. Spurned. Maybe even scorned. The Jefferson River has never had much of a reputation among fishermen. The “Jeff” is the river you drive along as you are headed to its famous headwater streams: the Ruby, the Beaverhead, and the Big Hole.... Details

Departments

Bozeman, Montana, Story Mill, GVLT
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the editors
Every day around southwest Montana, one stalwart citizen does the right thing while another acts like a blithering bonehead.Our trails are no exception, and be it individuals or organizations, human behavior runs the gamut—from committed community-building to self-absorbed witlessness.Here’s a... Details
Trail Etiquette, Dogs, Bozeman, Trails, Montana
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Flogging dog owners in the pillory.  For the past 20 years, Outside Bozeman has made a habit of calling people out. Sometimes—most times—we’re kidding. But other times, we’re so hoppin’ mad that if we don’t lash out verbally, we’ll lash out violently, and no one wants that—our publisher owns a set... Details
Fly Shop, Madison River, Bozeman, Montana
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Elizabeth Sinclair
Tales of a fly-shop girl. I graduated from college on a Friday and on Saturday my Dad and I drove across the country to my grandparents’ place in McAllister. I’d broken up with my boyfriend, so getting far away from home seemed like the escape I needed. I had visions of long, relaxing days on the... Details
Mile Creek, Lionhead, Henry's Lake Mountains, Mountain Biking, Montana
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David Tucker
We’re all in this together.  “Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.” —Helen Keller A climber, smiling ear-to-ear as she ambles back to her car. A mountain biker and his dog cautiously negotiating a tight switchback. A turkey hunter bounding downhill, carrying nothing but a loose... Details
Yellowstone Volcano, Yellowstone National Park, Bozeman, Montana
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Drew Pogge
Yellowstone’s coming to kill us all.  It’s been said (by people who choose to think about really depressing things) that the Yellowstone Supervolcano—a portal of doom the size of Rhode Island that is capable of blasting hundreds of cubic miles of earth and ash into the atmosphere with 100,000 times... Details
Bozeman, Local Food, Lamb, Montana
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Emely Lambert
Local food improves health and performance.  As spring leads to summer, local farmers and ranchers are hard at work producing food for our community. Across Gallatin and Park counties, access to local food continues to grow with consumer demand. Sustainability isn’t the only benefit of locally... Details
Yankee Jim Canyon, Yellowstone River, Paddleboard
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Mike England
A different angle on a classic summer activity. If variety is the spice of life, then novelty is the hot sauce—and if you’re game for a new outdoor activity, you won’t find a more suitable salsa picante than whitewater paddleboarding. From the tumultuous holes of the upper Gallatin to long, rolling... Details
Traeger Scout, Kenyon Noble, Bozeman, Montanan
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Troy Heusel
Kicking your camp meals up a notch. Summer is best spent with your family and friends exploring the mountains, rivers, and lakes across southwest Montana. No matter where you are, you’ll be eating, and while burgers and dogs are hard to beat, multi-day adventures call for something special. With... Details
Custer Gallatin National Forest, Forest Plan Revision, Public Comment
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Mariah Leuschen-Lonergan
The public moves Forest Planning forward. The Custer Gallatin National Forest recently concluded the final official comment period on the Custer Gallatin Revised Forest Plan documents. The documents were lengthy and complex, we know. But thank you for taking the time and showing your support and... Details
Pine Creek Lake, Pine Creek, Absaroka, Paradise Valley
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Jacob Thacker
Geology along the Pine Creek trail. Numerous hikes are just outside the door, but a combination of alpine views steeped in multiple layers of geologic time is hard to beat. Perfect for a daylong activity with a friend, Pine Creek is also great for priming your summer trail legs. Gaining 3,400 feet... Details
Fly Fishing, Madison River, Chubby Chernobyl
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Jake Walbridge
A new spin on a classic fly. The rain is pounding, the wind is howling, and the Yellowstone River has yet to produce a fish. I flop a cast up underneath a streamside bush. My purple Chubby Chernobyl bobs gently on the foam line looking distressed. A submarine-like brown trout emerges from the... Details
Packrafting, Montana, Madison River
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Corey Hockett
The skinny on packrafting.  One of the great joys of outdoor adventure is trying new things—and regardless of how daunting the prospect of a new sport may be, we have to start somewhere. For me that latest somewhere was plunging head-first into packrafting. The sense of freedom was captivating. No... Details
Gallatin Valley Land Trust, Conservation Easement, Trails, Bozeman
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Cordelia Pryor
When a fifth-generation Gallatin Valley rancher wants to keep the family land intact—regardless of all the work it will take—and a fatcat developer comes knocking with dollar signs in his eyes, the Gallatin Valley Land Trust offers the rancher an alternative. While the Montana Land Reliance works... Details
Dogs, Dehydration, Overheating, Bozeman, Montana
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Liz Layne
Summer safety tips for dogs.  Caring, active owners, great outdoor recreation, and relatively few parasites and infectious diseases make a dog's life in Montana a little more comfortable than in other parts of the country. Our cool and dry climate helps our dogs stay cooler too.Dogs don't sweat,... Details
Corbly Gulch, Mountain Biking, Custer Gallatin National Forest
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Adam Oliver
Classic bike rides on the chopping block. In Montana, whenever the nearby national forest undergoes a Forest Plan Revision or Travel Plan update, mountain bikers hold their breath.Time and again, updates mean closures, and trails once open to and enjoyed by cyclists become off-limits.No matter how... Details
Quake Lake, Kayaking, Birding
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Carol Polich
Photographing Quake Lake’s winged citizens.  Early, before the wind came up and disturbed the glass-like surface, I slid my kayak into the lake. I pushed off with snacks, water, and my camera, fitted with a 100-400mm lens; I also carried a 500mm support lens, knowing I would get plenty of bird... Details
Canoeing, Capsizing, Self-Rescue
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Patrick Hutchison
How to right a capsized canoe. Canoes aren’t likely to tip over, at least when used by calm people in calm water. If you’re not overloading your boat with too much gear, or paddling toward whitewater to satisfy your hunger for adrenaline, then you can generally trust in your canoe to deliver you... Details
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One who borrows brews his own trouble. —AMERICAN PROVERB Committing to new outdoor pursuits can be daunting. Learning new skills, making new friends, finding new hotspots, and yes, buying new stuff—it all adds up. And what if you don’t like the activity? That’s a whole bunch of cash you’ll never... Details
Bomber Products, Overlanding, Bozeman, Montana
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Jimmy Lewis
Overlanding in southwest Montana. If you’ve been out and about around Bozeman recently, you may have noticed Toyota Tacomas and vintage Land Cruisers with snorkels running up the driver’s windshield, heavy-duty bumpers and winches, oversized tires, and rooftop tents. The machines I’m talking about... Details
Rock Climbing, Bozeman, Montana
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Drew Pogge
Rock climbing has definitely hit the mainstream—a recent documentary about a skinny, socially-awkward climber with a death wish won an Oscar. A frickin’ Oscar. Which means either it was a ridiculously good documentary (it’s… fine), or documentarians are dropping the ball in a huge way. Seems like... Details
invasive species, NPS, boat
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Marya Spoja
Combatting aquatic invasive species.Southwest Montana’s waterways have long been the backdrop of adventure—some long forgotten, and some so famous that they’re re-enacted for today’s audiences. Known to the Blackfeet as “many-coming-together country,” Bozeman continues to live up to that moniker.... Details
Bozeman, Hiking, Local
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Getting outfitted locally, hiking edition. In the spring, we gave you a rundown about local fly-fishing-gear manufacturers. Then we realized that one of our favorite summer pastimes—hiking—was also well represented by Gallatin Valley companies. From packs to boots, you can get fully outfitted by... Details
running, races, 5k
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Maggie Slepian
Five not-so-long races. Hardcore mountain runs have a time and a place, but not every race has to be a sufferfest.Sometimes a 5k, charity run, or other low-key race is the perfect way to spend a morning (or evening).Here are four shorter-distance races across southwest Montana to keep on your radar... Details
Main Street to the Mountains, M Trail, Bozeman, GVLT
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EJ Porth
 An update from GVLT.  Exciting things are happening in the Gallatin Valley. At the Gallatin Valley Land Trust (GVLT), we’re doing everything we can to keep up with the pace of our region’s rapid development and growing population by building more trails and conserving more of our open landscape.... Details
art, painting
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HG Moser
     The gift of a mountain meadowdeep into summerat rest by a winding brook almost silenta mayfly skitters over the surfaceleaving her eggsa mule deer observes from adistant hummockmy presence a temporary curiosityAwakened from drowsinessby a foraging red squirrel anxiouson leaving the pine... Details
Livingston, Paradise Valley, Montana
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Liz Allen
A fresh start over the pass. It’s June and a late-spring rain falls on winter’s lingering snowpack. In this narrow window all the plants in Montana are beer-bottle green. The peaks of the Absaroka Range loom like arms ready to give me a bear hug. For 18 years, I have lived primarily in downtown... Details

Gear Reviews

Review: Altra Timp 1.5
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Simon Peterson
Altra’s Timp 1.5 are the comfiest shoes I’ve ever put my feet in. The cushioning provides excellent protection over sharp rocks and roots, combining with a responsive midsole and directional mesh upper to flex smoothly and maintain control on technical, steep terrain. The vamped-up DuraTread rubber... Details
Review: Redington Siren
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Pico Alt
Redington’s Siren women’s wading boots are confidence-inspiring, an important characteristic on southwest Montana’s bigger rivers.Wider soles add stability when wading through rocky streams like the Gallatin, and padded ankle cuffs provide additional support when standing in the strong flows of the... Details

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