Winter 2004-05

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England, Mike
Taking the Level 1 Avalanche Safety course at the Yellowstone Institute.A thick fog shrouds the Lamar Valley as we stumble out of bed, wolf down a quick breakfast, and drag our ski gear to the parking lot. Sleepy-eyed and shivering in the brisk January air, we silently clamber into the vans and... Details
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Stewart, Lucia
As the warm July breeze chilled the sweat on their backs, Jonas and Kim shifted their skis and boots in their backpacks. It was Independence Day 2004 and their 57th consecutive month skiing. They packed in fireworks and hot dogs for the occasion to enjoy from the ridgeline of the Great One in the... Details
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Stifter, John
In these days of rapid land development, caused primarily by increased population, Montana has witnessed innumerable instances of clear-cutting, commercial construction, and other damaging impacts to our cherished communities and ecosystems. In our own back yard, a proposal for expanding the north... Details
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Peck, Dave
Winter has arrived too soon. It’s early November, and my family is slowly adjusting to our first change of seasons in Montana. The snow doesn’t fly until December in Illinois and even when it does, snow tires are not required. Clear in my mind are recent mountain bike rides in the Bangtails and... Details

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Pilney, Kathleen
Wild Animus is a novel that takes place in Alaska’s wildlands. It’s written from the point of view of Sam (later known as Ransom), a 22-year-old risk-taker who’s consumed with experiencing the life of a Dall ram by wearing a horned headdress and hoofed feet while climbing the cliffs of Mount... Details
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Orem, Tina
Between a Rock and a Hard PlaceAron RalstonNew York, New YorkAtria Books, 2004Not far into Aron Ralston's April 26, 2003, expedition into Utah's Blue John Canyon, a falling boulder pinned Ralston's right hand to a canyon wall. What followed was almost a week's worth of physical devastation, mental... Details
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England, Mike
Wintertime in West Yellowstone is about as pure a representation of the historic Rocky Mountain West as you can get. Roadside snowdrifts higher than your car; sprawling pine forests and picturesque alpine meadows; rustic mountain lodges surrounded by snow-covered glades and gurgling streams; quaint... Details
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Dehmer, Kurt
No single piece of clothing is more endemic of the rugged spirit of the American West than the cowboy hat. The first cowboy hats were most likely modified versions of the vaqueros’ sombreros or the broad-brimmed hats worn by union and confederate officers. However, John B. Stetson is credited as... Details
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Delhomme, PJ
One hunting season, I was creeping toward a mature mule deer buck. I inched in, wind in my face, the lone bachelor still in his bed. Then, high up in a lodgepole pine, an obviously irritated pine squirrel leaned out onto a branch, looked down at me, and let out a raucous chatter that echoed through... Details
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Hostetler, Jeff
Montana acquires a white cloak in winter. Depending on the season’s precipitation, the mountains hunker down in their quiet majesty under several feet of cold smoke, and the lower-elevation water bodies harden, crack, and groan within several feet of ice. During these long winter months the brave... Details
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Peterson, Erica
Anyone who has spent time recreating in the Gallatin Valley has likely suffered the symptoms of soft tissue injury in one form or another. It comes with the territory. By and large, the most common soft tissue injuries are contusions, strains, and muscle soreness.A contusion (bruise) is due to a... Details
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Weston, Paul
Everyone experiences a soft tissue injury at some time or another during the course of his or her life. The term “soft tissue” generally refers to muscle, tendons, ligaments, fascia, and skin. The majority of such injuries are likely to be short-term, uncomfortable inconveniences rather than major... Details
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Pilney, Kathleen
Fishing SongsLaughing Hyena11 tracks, 37.3 minutesThis is the perfect prelude to the spring fishing opener for anglers whose passion is fresh water and bass fishing. It’s comparable to the Monday-night “Are you ready for some football!” pre-game mantra, though this CD has less testosterone and more... Details
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Olson, Kristy
With the change of seasons comes changes in physical activities—from biking to skiing, raking to shoveling, walking to driving. These changes all too often affect health and wellness. Sore or tired, injured or recovering, Shiatsu can restore balance and energy, allowing you to take full advantage... Details
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Orem, Tina
Finding the North PoleFrederick A. Cook, Robert E. Peary, Edited by Charles MorrisGuilford, ConnecticutLyons Press, 2003448 pagesOriginally penned nearly a century ago, Finding the North Pole is a collection of accounts of North Pole expeditions, including Frederick A. Cook's own report of reaching... Details
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Kelley, Shannon
The energy is high after spending a long and weathered day on the mountain, so why call it quits at 4:30 pm? It’s either home to the hot tub—if you’ve got one—or an evening out for a bite to eat and cocktails to celebrate the carves of the day.Although there have been changes to the base of Bridger... Details
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England, Mike
Maybe it’s just me, but there seems to be way too much whining going on around Bozeman these days. The temperature dips below freezing, or we get two inches of snow before Thanksgiving, and everybody’s in the doldrums. Plaintive cries emanate from coffee shops and bookstores all over town: “Why can... Details
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Hurd, Patrick
Chardonnay is a great grape that can make a wonderful wine—just not as often as many people think. The word Chardonnay has become synonymous with white wine and is perhaps the all-time blockbuster of “trendy” wines. The question is, why would you want to drink or not drink a wine simply because it’... Details
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Minton, Ryan
“Should we take the transceivers?” Caleb asks.“I don’t think we’ll need them,” I reply. “The snowpack seems pretty stable. Besides, if there’s a possibility of a slide, we just won’t climb.” “Good call,” Caleb says. That decided, the beacons are returned to the shelf.An hour later, my crampons... Details
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Outside Bozeman
That’s right, Outside Bozeman is moving up in the world. Gone are the closet-sized confines of yore; we’ve expanded into three full rooms and somehow managed to fill them all. Come on by and say hello, we’ll toss a free O/B sticker and pen your way. Check out the gear store while you’re here—we’ve... Details
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Dehmer, Kurt
There are few recreational pursuits in this world quite as extreme, quite as foolhardy, or quite as all-out crazy as is ice fishing. It takes a mighty big pair of mittens to sit motionless on a frozen lake all day, waiting for the occasional nibble from below—not to mention the monstrous auger... Details
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Stewart, Lucia
Imagine being of limited means, then receiving a snowboard, all the gear, and a Big Sky lift ticket to go hang out with a new group of friends on Saturdays: an opportunity of financial and personal support that never before existed.A program in Bozeman is currently strengthening the ability and... Details
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Stewart, Lucia
This April, snowy images of chunder sessions, jib tricks, and powder shots will lure Bozeman’s steep and deep fanatics to the second annual Cold Smoke Awards. Founded in an attempt to create a quality, original forum for independent filmmakers in Bozeman, the Cold Smoke Awards continues to grow in... Details
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Outside Bozeman
The Bridger Bowl Ski Patrol and local artist Craig Hergert of the Montana Panoramic Co. have teamed up on a fundraiser for the ski patrol's avalanche dog program. The funds will be used for attending the Wasatch Backcountry Rescue avalanche rescue dog seminar, which will feature instructors from... Details
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Pilney, Kathleen
You know that familiar dream where you're falling off a cliff, but you wake up, startled, just before hitting the ground? Carry it out for a second. Instead of hitting rock-bottom, allow yourself to plummet into a pile of snow. Crystals detonate above your head. Peering around, you’re surrounded by... Details
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Mazour, Meghan
The temperatures have dropped and the nights have taken over the days. Suddenly we’re inspired to find someone with whom to snuggle and drink a hot cocoa, and maybe even, but only in the most romantic of situations, share a double-chair as we head up the mountain. Ahh, romance in Bozeman.But where... Details
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Stifter, John
In only its second year of existence, Moonlight Basin has already become a household name in the Bozeman area. Their marketing efforts can be best described by one word: relentless. With an extremely enthusiastic and passionate staff, the ad campaign has caused people to ask themselves, why not ski... Details
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Kelley, Shannon
There you are, standing in the wine section at the Co-Op, faced with an overwhelming array of choices: red or white; merlot, cabernet, or chardonnay; French or Australian… the list goes on and on. So many wine-selection guidelines, not enough time to spend in the store contemplating it all. Why not... Details
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Keeler, Greg
Nature calls in mysterious ways. It calls,for example, through the speakers ofa McDonald's drive-through or through the ballsof a bugling elk. The sheer dramatics of loveand death—of eating food or sneezing a sneeze—will bring us to our knees. But what's that snortbeyond the trees? A moose? A bear... Details
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Mazour, Meghan
The NHL lock-out may be cutting down on hockey viewing time this winter, but there’s no shortage of opportunities around Bozeman for you to slide and glide on the ice yourself. Bozeman’s three public skating rinks—Southside Park on the corner of 5th and College, Bogert Park on 325 S. Church, and... Details
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Ault, Megan
Walk through the halls of Longfellow Elementary School and you enter a world where art and the outdoors intersect. Four walls throughout the school are testimony to the overall art theme that Longfellow has adopted: A Sense of Place. The individual murals were completed on different years as part... Details
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Hill, Pat
When Nelson Story trailed the first Texas longhorn herd to the Gallatin Valley in 1866, Montana held great promise as a ranching Mecca, but 20 years later a cruel winter would put an end to the open range of cowboy lore. When miners began to flock to southwest Montana in search of gold, cattle were... Details
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Edwards, Becky
It doesn’t matter if you’re an experienced climber looking to hone your skills for a March trip to the desert, or have no idea what a figure-8 knot is but heard that climbing was better than playing your X-Box—either way, there’s a new climbing wall in Bozeman for you. Spire Climbing Center... Details
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Kelley, Shannon
It happens all the time in this great valley we live in. You’re racing back from Bridger Canyon to see what the sun is doing in its last half-hour of the day, and as you emerge from the canyon’s confines, there on the side of the road is a photographer, capturing the rich, multi-hued sunset for... Details
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Pilney, Kathleen
Here’s a riddle for you: What looks like a Jamba boat, has seats made out of bike tubes, is pulled by a snowmobile, and is known for hauling scores of powder-hungry skiers and riders to some of the best backcountry skiing in Montana? It’s Bill Blackford’s makeshift snow shuttle, a cold-weather... Details

Gear Reviews

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England, Mike
Deuter Virus 20 PackAfter years of merciless ribbings for owning way too many backpacks, I decided to reduce my inventory and look for a one-design-fits-all daypack. I found the Deuter Virus 20, a compact yet highly functional daypack that’s loaded with features. A large main compartment has room... Details
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England, Mike
Cloudveil—Jackson, WYCody Bowl Glove $75www.cloudveil.com877-255-8345Warmth and superior dexterity come together in the Cody Bowl Glove, Cloudveil’s mid-range winter handwear. With an integrated fleece lining and elastic wrist ring, the Cody Bowl is a simple, self-contained ski glove that goes on... Details
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England, Mike
Coleman—Wichita, KansasLakeside $142coleman.com800-835-3278Small, lightweight tents are all the rage these days, but for comfortable car-camping, why not break out the big boy? I bought a Coleman Lakeside 8-man tent for last year’s Sweet Corn Festival in Cooke City, and the increased comfort and... Details
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England, Mike
Seirus—Poway, CASoftshell Glove System $80www.seirus.com800-447-3787For extreme warmth and versatility, you just can’t beat the dual-layer ski glove. Having two gloves in one means you’re prepared for a variety of temperatures and moisture conditions. Seirus takes this approach to the next level... Details
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Kayser, Mitch
Redfeather Snowshoes – Denver, COGuide Snowshoe $229www.redfeather.com800-525-0081The last snowshoes I strapped to my feet were the kind you now see on mountain lodge walls. Imagine my surprise when I realized how far snowshoe technology had come in the last decade. Redfeather, for example, has... Details
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England, Mike
Traveler’s Tree—Wenatchee, WABalaclava $14, Glove Liners $10, Socks $12www.designsalt.com509.667.1600The lightweight revolution often goes a bit far. I mean, are you really gonna notice an extra couple ounces on a four-pound tent? Clothing, however, is another matter entirely. Less weight means... Details
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Schroeder, Dave
Liphe Outdoor Ware — Bozeman, MTSnow Skull Cap – $30www.liphe.com406.579.1256For years skullcaps have been on my mind. From experimental homebrews wadded painfully beneath an old-school Pro-Tec Helmet, to “top o’ the line” headpieces that somehow wound up in my gear bag, I’ve learned the hard way... Details

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Center, Dean
On belay! More than any other, this brief statement says succinctly and clearly, “I’m properly equipped, I’m in position, I’m prepared, you can trust me.” When you accept advice about your health and safety, you just as directly place your trust in someone else. If your telemark instructor says a... Details
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Hostetler, Jeff
Winter in Montana offers some tremendous opportunities for fly-fishing. What many anglers do not know, as they look out their front windows on a Sunday afternoon at steadily falling snowflakes, is that eight- to 18-inch trout are sipping clusters of midges in soft, slowly moving eddies on the local... Details

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