Winter 2006-07

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Tina Orem
Land Navigation Handbook: The Sierra Club Guide to Map, Compass, & GPSby W.S. KalsSierra Club BooksThis is a fabulous technical book for any beginning or intermediate navigator who wants to learn not only the hows but also the whys of orienteering. The book offers more than just detailed... Details

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Vaienti, Lara
Dave Quammen is one of the Northwest’s literature treasures, although he is nowhere near as well-known as he should be. He first gathered notice with his book The Song Of The Dodo, a 702-page look at remote-islands biology. Quammen is an earnest, quiet-spoken, fascinating man who likes handling big... Details
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Japhe, Brad
Mike Finkel shunned the typical path taken by his fellow University of Pennsylvania graduates and became an outdoor writer. His first story won him a free ski trip out West, and he’s been here ever since. His work has since appeared in Outside, Men's Journal, Sports Illustrated, National Geographic... Details
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Center, Dean
Twenty-five year Bozeman resident Keith McCafferty is a complex man with a contradictory life. A renowned Western outdoor writer, he was raised in a gritty steel mill town in Ohio. Eleven million readers of Field and Stream see him as a Hearty Mountain Man, yet he is slight of build, soft-spoken,... Details
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Jenie Skoy
Doug Peacock’s home is not far from Bozeman, next door to his friend Jim Harrison’s. The two lay up fat for the winter (just like the bears before hibernation) over the neighborhood BBQ. But if you ask Doug where home really is, he’ll tell you it’s up and down the Rocky Mountains from Canada all... Details
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Fletcher, Kevin
Think for a moment about the last time you endured 60-mph wind gusts. Or the last time you post-holed up a 1,500-foot, 35-degree slope. Did you sweat like you were in a sauna even though the temperature was below freezing? How long has it been since you booted up perfect Styrofoam snow—you know,... Details
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Roots, Alex
Any list of the selling points of the Bozeman area will invariably sing the praises of Bozeman's fabulous skiing. For the plebeians there is Bridger Bowl, which features just about the cheapest decent skiing found anywhere. For the snootier, there is Big Sky or Moonlight Basin, both surrounded by... Details

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Sagmyr, Ellen
The outdoors is my work and play. It is a means of expression, a connection with friends, and a passion shared with my partner. My work as an outdoor educator and guide has taken me from New Zealand to Nepal, the Antarctic Peninsula, and all over the U.S. My travel choices go hand in hand with... Details
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St. Thomas, Mike
Wayne Freeman leans back at the outdoor table, wearing sunglasses in the bright August afternoon. He looks relaxed for a man whose brainchild is on the verge of breaking national ground just a few miles west of Bozeman. Freeman is the director of landscape architecture at CTA Architecture... Details
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Goodman, Cameron
Here’s what some production houses are saying about their latest ski movies, guaranteed to stoke you up this season.Long Story Short Level 1 ProductionsShot in high-definition across the frozen globe, from the remote powder stashes of Hokkaido, Japan to the bent metal and concrete of the East Coast... Details
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Sagmyr, Ellen
It was winter in Yellowstone National Park, and the elevated boardwalk gave us an unhindered view of the Upper Geyser Basin, home to Old Faithful, draped in its winter whites and sparkling in the sunshine. In every direction belching geysers, fumaroles, and colorful hot springs breathed life and... Details
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England, Mike
I would feel more optimistic about a bright future for man if he spent less time proving that he can outwit Nature and more time tasting her sweetness and respecting her seniority. —William WestmorelandGod how we need a hard winter. Year after temperate year, droves of urbanites move to southwest... Details
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Goodman, Cameron
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, more than 1.7 million Americans move from metropolitan areas to rural areas or small towns each year. And like it or not, Bozeman has been rated the number one “dreamtown” for such migrants. Bizjournals, the media division of the nation’s largest publisher of... Details
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St. Thomas, Mike
After a squeaker over Missoula, there’s no respite for Bozeman in a match-up with Boulder, home of the CU Buffaloes and some of America’s fittest athletes. Boulder’s got Pearl Street, trust-fund ski bums, organic-acoustic artists of all varieties, and just might have put the “trend” in “trendy.”... Details
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Orem, Tina
Many charities appreciate cash during this season of giving, but here is a list of some great organizations that could really use your gear if it's in good condition. (And you really need to get rid of that clutter, for pete's sake.) We realize the list isn't comprehensive and that there are many... Details
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Dodge, Brent and Schoeneman, Sam
Most skiers and boarders come to the slopes after months away. Although some may have stayed in shape for the slopes, most have not. And the folks who work all week may have an eye toward putting a week’s worth of ski action into a mere weekend. If you’re one of these slope warriors, here’s what... Details
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O'Donnell, John
A few months ago, I saw a cow aimlessly wandering among the cars in the Gap parking lot. The irony of the picture seemed to illustrate perfectly the crux of why so many high-tech entrepreneurs are moving to Montana.The life of a tech entrepreneur is grueling. At first, the entrepreneur is faced... Details
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Kurowski, Becky
Forget Hugh Heffner and the Playboy Mansion, Bozeman has its very own calendar of “the girls next door.” A local group of friends and Nordic skiers conceptualized a “pin-up” calendar of women athletes from the region over dinner one evening; their goal was to raise funds for the proposed Gallatin... Details
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Bjorklund, Anna
The morning air was crisp and the camp coffee strong. “I think I’d like to be a mountaineer,” my friend Naomi told me on the final morning of a backpacking trip in the Bridgers. “Could you teach me a few things?” This was two years ago, in the early summer. Naomi had quickly become taken with the... Details
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Edmunds, Meredith
Big Sky Resort’s terrain expands once again with the opening of Dakota Territories, 212 acres on the west side of Liberty Bowl. Accessible only from Lone Peak Tram, Dakota Territories provides open-bowl skiing, largely above treeline. The new acreage is considered ideal for intermediate skiers or... Details
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Edmunds, Meredith
It’s official: Bridger Bowl recently purchased a 1976 Dopplemayr double chairlift from Snowbird with the intention of installing it in the Slushman’s drainage the summer of 2008. The new lift will bring skiers approximately 1,700 vertical feet above Pierre’s Knob and drop them off just 100 feet... Details
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Dudas, John
Since the Las Vegas marathon was only three weeks away, this was the day, in early January 2005, that we needed to do the capstone 23-mile training run. Shortly after waking, I looked outside and recognized the familiar, glorious dawn sequence playing out over the Bridgers: the dimly lit sky slowly... Details
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Pogge, Drew
Winter in Montana is the season of snow and ice, skiing and snowboarding, ice climbing and snowmobiling. It is the season of shoveling and scraping, plowing and salting. And for many Montana drivers, winter is the season of the ditch.I’m no expert—I have no statistics and I’m making wild... Details
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Gallagher, Liam
Although it’s impossible to know what the months and storms will bring, winter promises one concession that’s certain to appease even the biggest snow junkies: new shred films. We caught up with a few filmmakers who are documenting the rad here in Montana to see how their projects turned out.Of... Details
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Coble, Melynda
Overnighting at Forest Service cabins provides the feeling of being out in the backcountry while retaining many of the comforts of home. Plus, with a lighter backpack—no need to carry a stove, sleeping pad, or other camping necessities—it’s easy to cover more miles or to bring in gourmet food and... Details
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Griggs, Jersey
With the fall of the first heavy snow, sledheads around Montana heave sighs of relief, load their trailers, and gear up for another exciting snowmobiling season. This March 16-19, snowmobile enthusiasts from across North America will migrate to West Yellowstone to attend the 16th Annual Snowmobile... Details
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Kurowski, Becky
If zipping through Yellowstone on a snowmobile or gliding around on cross-country skis doesn’t sound appealing, that doesn’t mean you can’t experience all of the mystical, snow-covered treasures the nation’s first national park holds in the winter months. Randy Roberson of Yellowstone Vacations has... Details
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Orem, Tina
Looking for a way to get more Spam in your house? Then check out our list of what's happening in West this winter. For more information on any of these events, visit the West Yellowstone Chamber of Commerce at westyellowstonechamber.com.December 16, 2006Spam Cup #1—Classic RaceThe first in a series... Details
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Zolynksi, Hallie
Although frostbite and numb feet might lead one to take up another sport, one where the possibility of losing body parts isn’t a factor, these things have actually drawn me to snow biking—the frigid temperatures, muttered obscenities, and the sheer willpower of my body working to survive.My snow... Details
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Jones, Skodt and Stewart, Lucia
Blame it on whatever you want—global climate change, temperamental snow gods, your estranged ex-girlfriend—but fact is, we’re seeing more and more snowless winter weeks in Montana these days. Here’s what to do when nothing’s flying but your boss’s dandruff.1.Attach wheels to the bottom of your skis... Details
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Outside Bozeman
Suby Tales 2007Don’t let the recent profusion of Audis and Escalades fool you—Bozeman’s still a Suby town at heart, and it’s time once again to celebrate this most trusted of vehicular companions. Whether it’s a near-mishap or just the perfect day, we want to hear about it. There’ll be prizes for... Details
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Lander, Paul
Deciding between a compass or a global positioning system (GPS) doesn’t have to pit the purists against the techies. Both devices complement each other and both require brain power and well-honed orientation skills. Relying solely on your navigational and observational skills—that’s where the... Details
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Orem, Tina
I think it’s fair to say that we’re all sick and tired of hearing about MySpace.com already. So in hope that we can help everyone remember that the internet should help people enjoy their lives, not be their lives, here are a few of our favorite outdoor-oriented websites. Maybe we can drum up a... Details

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Coble, Melynda
When you find something you love it’s hard to give it up. For the past 10 years I’ve been cross-country skiing in my Salomon Backcountry 7 boots. But, after countless kilometers kicking and gliding through the backcountry, they’ve gotten a little packed out and soft. Time to upgrade.The newest... Details
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Teasdale, Aaron
Deep powder, heavy oatmeal, spring corn, breakable crust—western Montana gets it all, sometimes in the same run. So, in putting together a new alpine touring system I chose a moderately beefy rig that can handle any snow condition yet is light enough to cover serious miles. For me, it’s the... Details

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Orem, Tina
Bridger BowlSeason: 12/9/06 - 4/8-07Base Elevation: 6,100 feetSummit Elevation: 8,700 feetVertical Drop: 2,600 feetLongest Run: 3 milesAvg. Snowfall: 350 in/yrSkiable Acres: 1,500Number of Trails: 71Lifts: 7Lift Capacity: 7,600 skiers/hrAdult Pass: $41Snowphone: 586-2389bridgerbowl.comBig Sky... Details
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Outside Bozeman
January 20072-13 MT Audubon Panama Birding Tour. 406-443-3949. 3 Full Moon Snowshoe, Moonlight Basin, 7-10 pm. 993-6000. 6 Spam Cup #2, Freestyle Race, West Yellowstone. rendezvousskitrails.com. 6 4th Fat Ass 50K, 5K, 8 am, Headwaters Park. winddrinkers.org.6 First of three-part citizen alpine race... Details
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Orem, Tina
Gallatin Gallop RaceSounds like the inaugural Gallatin Gallop Snowshoe Race went well last year because they're holding another one on January 28 at Bohart Ranch. It may look goofy, but running in snowshoes is an ass-kicker. Don't be intimidated, however. The race organizers tell us that about 90%... Details
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Patterson, Amber
Nat Kendall, the emcee for the local band Eightrack Mind, recently collaborated with Minneapolis songwriter Cy Ducharme to produce a really great all-around album. The CD is a ride through different musical genres. Influences range from Outkast to 90’s alternative. There are many layers to every... Details

Book Reviews

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Orem, Tina
Honky-Tonk Town: Havre Montana's Lawless Eraby Gary A. WilsonTwoDot PressWho knew that little Havre, Montana could hold such big history? Gary Wilson, the resident historian there, has written a name-packed book about Havre's founding in the late 1800s, its heyday, and its eventual "reformation" as... Details
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Orem, Tina
The Old Lonesomeby Carol BensonSweetgrass BooksThe Old Lonesome, by Plentywood native Carol Benson, is a pleasurable escape to another time and place. It's essentially a fictional collection of childhood experiences in Plentywood, Montana during the 1940s and 1950s as told by Jeanne, who is the... Details

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Matthews, Jason
Customer satisfaction is the name of the game in the guiding industry. Success should be judged by everyone having a safe, fun outing regardless of the activity. If the clients don't go home with big smiles and fond memories, the guide has failed—even if fish were caught, elk were killed, or big... Details
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Frost, Melissa
Here's the latest from Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks.Enough is EnoughFWP, with the help and support of the Montana Wildlife Federation, the Montana Bowhunters’ Association, and the Montana Outfitters and Guides Association, have launched a new statewide campaign to draw attention to the... Details
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Manning, Jim
Montana’s horse-and-buggy days are long over, the buckboards and freight wagons of frontier days have been replaced by today’s 4x4 pickup for hauling modern Westerners and their gear. Winter sleighs have morphed into snowmobiles, tractors instead of equine teams pull plows, and the transition from... Details

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