Winter 2002-03

Features

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Ripley, Leigh
Cooke City is nestled near the northeast corner of Yellowstone National Park and isolated from eastern access much of the year by the rugged Beartooth Mountains. A virtual dead end in winter months, Cooke City’s residents say the year-round population is just under 100 these days, but that... Details
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Orms, R. Kent
He's got the big hammer out now, raising it high with a thick-gloved hand. It comes down hard, smacking the glowing metal bar with a dull slapping sound. Bright orange flakes fly outward from the anvil and land on the floor, where they cool to dark gray. The steel is dented only slightly. After... Details
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Ault, Megan
I enjoy flying a kite on a breezy day, and I look forward to skiing every winter. But I must confess, I have never wanted to do both at the same time. I'm one of those skiers you're just as likely to see maneuvering downhill with furrowed brow as with a blissed-out powder face, so operating a kite... Details

Departments

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Henning, Becky
This fall, as visitors from around the world stopped to gawk at bison and ooh & ahh at Old Faithful, scientists scrambled to record some "unusual" geothermal events. Steamboat Geyser in the Norris area erupted for the second time this year. The world’s tallest geyser, Steamboat pumped out three... Details
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Ault, Megan
Freida Johnson is proof that it’s never too late to learn something new and even excel at it. She began Nordic skiing in her late thirties alongside her teenage son Greg (who went on to race for MSU, then coached the MSU girls’ Nordic ski racing team), taking him to his high school races and... Details
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Henning, Becky
Drive almost anywhere around the valley and what do you see? From North 19th to Belgrade, new subdivisions and big-box stores dominate the once-pristine landscape. It’s obvious that Gallatin County is being developed, but a recent American Farmland Trust study revealed just how rapidly it’s... Details
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David Galliard
Bozeman's backyard beast, the lynx.Very few of us have ever seen a lynx in the wild. To do so you must be doubly lucky, because the lynx is both shy and rare. Like the mountain lion and bobcat, the lynx is silent and reclusive, but tends to live in higher-elevation forests farther from people.In... Details
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Hostetler, Jeff
An emergence took place here in Bozeman that shoved some classic fly patterns to the back slots of many local fishermen’s fly boxes. Their Brassies, Sawyer Nymphs, and Peacock Nymphs have had to move over for the Dave’s Emerger. The Dave’s Emerger was actually developed nearly 20 years ago by Dave... Details
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Corriel, Michele
When buying ski passes, or heading up Slushman’s with protein bars and avalanche beacons, we don’t normally think about the mountains themselves—our minds are on deep powder and first tracks. But just for a moment, forget the skiing and let the millions of years of mountain building, volcanism,... Details
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Smith, Chrysti
Many Montana creatures pass the winter in a state of near or total hibernation. In protected burrows, animals such as squirrels, snakes, turtles, and bears enter a sleep-like dormancy for months at a time. The mammals live off stored body fat until spring, when the warm weather renews their food... Details
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Center, Dean
I had the dream again. The one where my friends and I end up stranded on a remote mountain during an eight-foot snowstorm. Unintentional "Survivor" with wet socks and no voting. I, as the hero (it’s MY dream), am a cross between MacGyver and Stallone in Cliffhanger. You’ve probably had a similar... Details
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Manning, Jim
Winter's bracing air and muffling blanket of snow may send the grizzly into its seasonal coma, but for outdoors lovers, it simply means a change of gear. It's the same for the sky, which this season trots out a set of starry accents to rival the brightly-garbed ski bums and bunnies inhabiting every... Details
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England, Mike
This issue of Outside Bozeman is something of a milestone. It was just over three years ago that a certain MSU graduate, a bit loose-lipped after several pints of Black Dog Ale, told his friendly bartender (also an MSU grad) about an idea that had been bouncing around in his brain for years.Well it... Details

Gear Reviews

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Henning, Becky
I have to admit, I had my reservations about the Schnee’s Montana boot. Looking at the pull-on style, I had flashbacks to my elementary school moon boots. As a kid, I wore those slip-on snow boots everywhere: shoveling the driveway with my grandpa, walking to and from school, and playing with my... Details
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Garcia, Mike
I have been selling sleeping bags for over 20 years. That makes for a lot of stories about cold feet and sleepless nights trying to stay warm in under-built bags. Enter Western Mountaineering (WM) from San Jose, California, who for 30 years have been doing nothing but building down sleeping bags... Details
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Fast, Annie
After years of retail experience I’ve come to the conclusion that most consumers buy snow goggles based on one thing: their reflection in the mirror. How a goggle looks is important, but it’s not your awesome sense of style that people will notice when you’re creeping down a ski run thanks to your... Details
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England, Mike
When it comes to outdoor recreation, gear is like money: there’s no such thing as too much. Problem is, gear takes up space, and when you’re loading the car for a multisport weekend road trip, space tends to be your biggest commodity. Enter Piggy Pack, a California-based company that manufactures... Details
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Reddinger, Drew
If you’re like me, riding fresh powder is one of the greatest feelings of all—the type of addictive pleasure that influences life decisions. It’s that addiction that brings us away from the chairlifts and tracked lines of ski hills and into the pristine backcountry. The popularity of riding fresh,... Details

Additional Articles

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England, Mike
Who says Gallatin County can’t hang with the big boys? Big Sky’s own Lone Mountain Ranch, long known for its excellent cross-country ski trails, was recently named best Nordic ski area in North America. A consumer poll sponsored by Cross-Country Skier, a leading Nordic skiing magazine, showed Lone... Details
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Ken Sinay
There's a distinct sense of adventure in following animal tracks in the snow, and winter is probably the best time for developing your tracking skills. As soon as the ground is covered in a continuous blanket of snow, don your snowshoes or skis and look for the hallmark signs of several common and... Details
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Kelley, Shannon
It's the ever-looming question: When will Bridger Bowl allow access to the backcountry from its north and south boundaries? Bridger Bowl and the Forest Service have been in discussion over this for many years and there are several issues influencing the decision-making process.For one, there are... Details
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Henning, Becky
From the first snowfall in late September to the lingering remnants in early May, buck up buttercup, winter's here! I'm a summer person, and besides disliking the cold, I used to hate winter because there was nothing to do.Frankly, I'm intimidated by the ski hill. For one, I can't coordinate my... Details

Book Reviews

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England, Mike
In the staid, contemplative world of fine art, humor isn’t just out of place—it’s a social crime of the highest order. After all, we are told, the purpose of art is to transcend the ephemeral, to create a portal through which we can gaze, if only slightly, on the deeper meanings of life. Cheap... Details

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