Nature, as William Blake wrote, is "red in tooth and claw." Meaning, she'll kick your ass if you're not careful. Learn how to stay safe and your outdoor adventures will be that much more enjoyable, for both you and your crew.

Nauman, Chris
Before getting geared up for rock-climbing season, give some thought to safety. Here are three simple things to think about: properly threading top anchors, doubling back your harness, and replacing old, worn-out gear. And, of course, don’t forget to wear a helmet! Read more >>
Barkas, Vaia
My dog is all nose. Black and quivering, it leads him headlong after any whiff of nonsense. Like the day I came down from Mystic Lake. My dog trotted by the creek, snuffling after squirrels but coming when I called. Around a bend we met two riders on horseback. Read more >>
Sanford, Ashley
Few things in Montana have the power to get an adventure lover’s blood pumping and adrenaline racing as much as a field of fresh powder or an undiscovered frozen waterfall that begs to be climbed. But few things also have the power to be so potentially dangerous. Read more >>
Leigh Ripley
We all know the danger is out there, but the reality of it actually happening is usually far from our thoughts. Fact is, grizzly bears do attack. They attack anyone or anything they feel threatened by. Spend enough time in the backcountry, and one day that threat might be you. Read more >>
  • Avalanche Safety

    Avalanche Safety, Avalanche Rescue, Bozeman
    David Tucker
    Preparing for the slide.  
    Mount Blackmore, Bozeman backcountry
    Berreth, Mark
    Surviving a Blackmore slide.
    winter, backcountry, Outside Bozeman, Montana
    Pogge, Drew
    Avalanche airbags 101.
    Knoff, Eric
    Ice climbing and avalanche safety in Bozeman's backyard playground. Read more >>
    Rogel, Christine
    Snowmobilers have unique avalanche risk factors built into their sport. Today’s high-powered sleds are capable of reaching new heights at greater speeds, and each year riders venture farther into remote terrain. Read more >>
  • Hunting Safety

    Shooting, target practice, Bozeman, Montana
    Urie, Wendi
    Tips for responsible target practice.
    Slepian, Maggie
    It was a clear December afternoon when Linda took Daisy for a walk on a familiar trail. Daisy was sniffing around—off trail but within sight—when she leapt into the air, yelping, thrashing, and biting her front leg. Read more >>
    Sinay, Ken
    Like a lot of Montanans, I’ve done my share of hunting—it’s a seasonal tradition, and I enjoy the healthy, high-quality protein I harvest for my family and friends.  Read more >>
    Mittelsteadt, Jane
    There are some dangers lurking in the woods and fields for our hunting companions, and some basic precautions can go a long way to ease the symptoms from any problems your pet experiences. Read more >>
    Muennich, Pete
    For the most part, Montanans are smart and responsible hunters; but some of our gun-wielding visitors aren’t so trustworthy. Here’s how to keep your dog from getting shot at this fall.1.Stay close to your canine. The further the dog wanders, the higher the risk. Read more >>
  • Boating Safety

    Current streamflows for all of Montana's rivers:
    Wave Train Kayak School, Spring Kayaking
    Dave Zinn
    Spring paddling safety. 
    Muennich, Pete
    Spring recreation in and around Bozeman almost always includes some form of water sport. For those of us with a canine counterpart, this can be intimidating, especially when watercraft is involved. Making sure your dog is comfortable aboard your boat is vital to the success of your day. Read more >>
    Grenz, Jonas
    Any adventure sport is truly about minimizing the risk, focusing on the task at hand, and proceeding to have the time of your life. Proper gear and knowledge are the best ways to minimize the risk, giving you the peace of mind to concentrate on the task at hand. Read more >>
    Carpenter, Brad
    Paddling out into a frigid spring torrent strewn with rocks and sucking holes presents a classic test of judgment. How do your ability and experience stack up against the challenge and the hazard? Decide badly, and you may wind up broken or even dead. Read more >>
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