Winter 2008-09

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Lara Vaienti
Greg Keeler is a sensible and serious poet who also happens to be laugh-out-loud funny,” says Tim Cahill, an author and friend of Keeler’s. According to Dave Quammen, another friend, “Greg has written lunatic masterpieces. He sings pretty good for such a big guy. He’s absolutely my favorite... Details
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Melynda Coble
In 1982, Alan Kesselheim moved to Bozeman and began his writing career. He was done with his job as an outdoor education director in Wisconsin and wanted to come West to the state his dad was born and raised in, and the town—Bozeman—where the woman he had fallen in love with lived. “So, it was love... Details

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Linda Ballou
Author of eight travel books and over 300 articles, Tim Cahill has earned his reputation as America’s best-loved adventure journalist. He has held us captive with dangerous exploits and made us laugh with his sly, self-deprecating humor for 25 years. He insists it is not a penchant for danger that... Details
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DeLeo, Victor
At our home mountain in southern Montana, even on the cloudiest day, we always knew our way. But on that morning at Fernie Alpine Resort, I felt a little shaky. The clouds hooded the lift towers. From the chair, we could barely see the skiers below. And it was the first time in years that any of us... Details
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Pogge, Drew
One last clunking pull on the starter cord makes it clear that the sled won’t be ferrying us home. It’s nearly dark, we’re eight miles (and one Continental Divide crossing) from the car, and our packs are already feeling leaden. But at Hellroaring, a backcountry ski hut in the remote Centennial... Details

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Burns Vap, Margaret
What do yoga and skiing have in common? The need for balance, flexibility, and focus. Yoga helps cultivate these qualities, so it follows that practicing yoga can improve ski technique. Think of yoga as injury insurance and one of the best ways to improve skiing skills. By being able to concentrate... Details
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Roots, Alex
In1929, the New York Court of Appeals issued an opinion rejecting a personal injury claim brought by a plaintiff injured in a fall on “the Flopper,” a Coney Island amusement park attraction in which participants tried to keep their balance while standing on a moving belt. In the opinion, eventual U... Details
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Orem, Tina
With gas prices jumping up and down, we figured we'd better check in with our old pal Scott Brown, owner of Desert Rose Biodiesel in Bozeman, and see if he's rich enough yet to buy us whatever we want at the gear shop.Scott won't be taking us shopping, as it turns out, but that's mostly because we'... Details
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Layne, Liz
You finish a hike and notice your dog’s face is swelling like a basketball. You’re backcountry skiing and your friend’s ski slices your dog’s leg open. You see your cat holding up one leg when he comes in.Chances are good you’ve been in similar situations with your pets. Maybe you rushed to the... Details
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Thompson, Brian
When the temp hits zero or below, as it frequently does at Bridger Bowl, sweat tends to freeze before it hits the ground, sometimes accumulating on the hair of the head or face creating an icy cocoon-like helmet about the wearer. The sweat flows freely no matter the temperature. It is as much a... Details
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Bilverstone, Bill
After traveling in different directions for 15 years, Jo and I reconnect in the spring of 2007. We burn up the summer and fall hiking and biking and skiing together throughout December. When she suggests a trip to Trail Creek, I balk. Back in the day Jo owned a home up there and invited me over to... Details
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Britta Caldwell
Every year, around October, maybe late September, the same things happen. I wake up in the dark, wondering if perhaps I accidentally awoke at 3 A.M. instead of 7 A.M. I have to wear a jacket, sometimes all day. I rustle through my ever-growing bin of hats. And I dread the coming months.It’s true: I... Details
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Wink, Callan
When I moved to Bozeman five or so years ago, the thought of donning running tights had never crossed my young impressionable mind. During my sophomore year I transferred from a small, Midwestern college to MSU for the English program. The opportunities for snowboarding and fly fishing were... Details
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Kotowicz, Madeline
A hawk makes loops above the cottonwoods at the back of the pasture, surveying the unusual scene below: three figures on horseback, one with a pair of skis on his shoulder. Another horse with equipment strapped to its back follows behind. The riders are being photographed wearing US Ski Team gear,... Details
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Orem, Tina
Hypothermia, Frostbite and Other Cold Injuries: Prevention, Survival, Rescue, and Treatment (Second Edition)by Gordon G. Giesbrecht, Ph.D., and James A. Wilkerson, M.D.excerpt pages 125-126The backcountry in winter is a fantastic place, but it can also be one of the most dangerous. If you spend a... Details
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Zollars, Andre
Spending her childhood summers in the cabin her grandparents built on Hebgen Lake in 1932, Lynda "Lyndy" Caine developed a deep, abiding love for Montana. The summers were a chance to experience an entirely different way of life than she knew in the city. Her only luxuries were separate boys’ and... Details
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Harrison, Melynda
In this economy, finding the money to take a vacation can be difficult. So we've found a couple of ways for you to have your cake and eat it too.Cheap Trip #1: Beaver Creek CabinSpending the night at a Forest Service cabin gives you the feeling of being out in the backcountry while providing some... Details
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Stites, Jon
Keeping your pooch safe come winter.Do you ever wonder, “What temperature is too cold for my dog to be outside?” The answer varies depending on several factors. A lot has been written about gear, workouts, and calories, and how they can vary for people of all shapes and sizes… dogs are no different... Details
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Zolynksi, Hallie
Imagine being whisked down your favorite trail by your faithful companion, exploring new terrain in the backcountry, and getting exercise all at once. Dog-joring, like ski-joring, is one of the fastest-growing winter sports and can be a fun way for you and your dog(s) to enjoy each other's company... Details
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Melynda Harrison
The Greater Yellowstone region is chock-full of cross-country ski trails. Whether you want to ski with your pup, watch wildlife, or spend a night in a yurt, we’ve picked out some of the best trails in the area.Trail 1: Canine Cacophony—Bozeman Creek, BozemanSpecs: 10 miles round trip, 500 feet... Details
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Bell, Ashby
INGREDIENTSOlive zonker strips (bunny)Olive leech yarnOlive polar chenilleTMC 9395 size-4 streamer hookGamakatsu Octopus, size 2 (#02409)1/30 oz. dumbbell eyesFlyline backing (25 lb.)Sili Legs, clear/pearl-silver flake Zap-A-GapFlatwaxed nylon threadThe Galligreen Undulator is a great wintertime... Details
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Caplette, Jenna
Bozeman's Stan Osolinski (aka “The Lens of Oz”) has learned a few things about nature photography after 40 years of capturing images in the field. Take, for instance, a possible shot of a bird in a tree. When he frames that shot, he notices a line leading to the bird from a tree branch. That... Details
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Knight, Phil
Life would be a bummer without trees. They provide shade, water storage, wildlife habitat, food, wood, soil protection, and innumerable other benefits. But do you even know what type of tree you are sitting under? Is that evergreen just a “pine,” or is it something else?In the Greater Yellowstone... Details
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Drew Pogge
Sigmund Freud should have studied the ski area lift line. If he had, rather than screwing around with silly Oedipus theories and catering to his clear obsession with breasts, he would’ve found personalities and behavior of another order: the order of The Line. And I’m not talking about jockeying... Details
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Conant, Steve
The economic crisis, shorter days, and the stress of the holidays can be enough to trigger depression for many people. Regular exercise in the beautiful surroundings of southwest Montana offers a great way to battle the winter blues. You can use the following health benefits to justify engaging in... Details

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Patterson, Amber
This past September, the Gallatin Valley Land Trust ramped up its Main Street to the Mountains trail system by opening a new trail off of McIlhattan Road. It’s called the Snowfill Recreation Area and is located on 37 acres of land just north of the Bozeman City Landfill.The area is fully fenced and... Details
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Dewitt, Dawn
Think meth and the outdoors are unrelated? According to the Department of Fish, Wildlife & Parks; various game wardens; and several forest-service professionals, significantly less meth lab debris has been found in state parks and forests since the Montana Meth Project started in 2005. These... Details
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Pape, Jay
Alpine Skiing Gets the BootDuring the past several years, there has been a big push to deliver alpine ski-boot performance in backcountry boots. To accomplish this, bootmakers started to use an overlapping cuff rather than the traditional plastic tongue. The overlap design eliminates this tongue... Details
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Hann, Jessica
Over 8,000 vehicles travel Interstate 90 between Bozeman and Livingston each day, posing a significant threat to wildlife. According to the Bozeman-based Craighead Environmental Research Institute, vehicles kill over 180 animals every year on Bozeman Pass and the number is steadily climbing.Last... Details

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