Summer 2020

Features

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Anthony Pavkovich
Thirty years in the making, Bozeman’s Main Street to the Mountains trail system is a recreation success story—and it’s just one part of GVLT’s mission to make the Gallatin Valley a better place, right now and for generations to come.Speeding along the freshly paved path between Story Mill Park and... Details
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Joshua Bergan
Stumbling out of my tent in the soft light of dawn, I wondered if the fish would be in a similar less-than-lucid state. At 8,400 feet, deep in the Gallatin Range, our campsite was cool. I slipped on a sweater, crept down the bank, and gazed at the lake’s color continuum: peppermint near the shore,... Details

Departments

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Joe King
A breakthrough for bear defense.For decades, there have been just two choices for active bear repellants: firearms and bear spray. Now, there’s a third—a compact pistol that shoots canisters of fragrant, exploding meat product. Originally developed by a postal carrier tired of being chased by... Details
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Simon Peterson
’Tis the season for the Great Northern Couloir of Naya Nuki; aka, the Great One; aka, TGO. Where, on the 4th of July, Bozeman skiers assemble en masse, like fishermen at the Mother’s Day caddis hatch.  Not only is it a rite of passage, it’s a longstanding tradition that some folks partake in... Details

Gear Reviews

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Mike England
There’s something extremely satisfying about cooking over a natural fire. But when backpacking, there’s generally something extremely inconvenient, too. Not so with Patagonia’s Wood-Burning Stove, a clever, cone-shaped contraption that turns a pile of twigs into a roaring blaze in mere seconds.... Details

Book Reviews

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Corey Hockett
Every wilderness expedition is a spiritual journey,” writes Thomas J. Elpel, after spending nearly half a year in a canoe. But Elpel’s expedition started well before his first paddlestroke. With chainsaws, axes, and the help of William Clark’s great-great-great-great grandson, he whittled a 10,000-... Details
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Ian Roderer
Most coloring books are merely filled with cartoons, but Discover Montana Treasures: Bozeman & Beyond (Sintr, $15). is not most coloring books. The older the kids are, the more they will get out of it. That being said, even my four-year-old was inspired by the outdoor-recreation-themed imagery... Details
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Joshua Bergan
Much has been said about the sport of fishing, which is why Jackie Corley arranged this 104-page compendium entitled The Angler’s Book of Favorite Fishing Quotations (Hatherleigh Press, $12.50). Both beloved and less-well-known lines from past presidents and fishing legends, along with comedians,... Details
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Dan Spur
You don’t have to be one of the 30 million people who lost their jobs last spring to contemplate vegetable gardening as an alternate—even primary—food source. Whether you want to ease up on the food bank or simply experience the incredible taste difference between home-grown tomatoes and store-... Details

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