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  • Summer 2018

    DZone Skydiving, Three Forks Skydiving
    David Howlett
    Freefalling with DZone Skydiving.  Read more >>
    Aku Alterra GTX, Hiking, Bozeman, Montana
    Austin Jenanyan
    The Alterra GTX hiking boots are durable Read more >>
    Ground Turkey Kebabs, Bozeman, Grilling
    Simon Peterson
    Wild-turkey kebabs.   Read more >>
    Pearl Izumi X-Alp Elevate, Mountain Biking, Bozeman, Montana
    David Tucker
    On big backcountry rides, performance is king. Read more >>
    Mount Cowen, Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness, Trail Running, Montana
    Anthony Pavkovich
    Scrambling up the crown of the Absarokas.  Read more >>
  • Spring 2018

    Mike Fiebig
    50 Years of the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act.  Read more >>
    Vanlife, Montana, Sprinter Van
    Joe King
    If millennials have shown the world anything, it’s that people in their 20s really do have it all figured out. One example of this unprecedented generational wisdom is the phenomenon of #vanlife. Read more >>
    Gallatin River, Bozeman, Whitewater, Kayaking
    Drew Hulse
    One newcomer’s account of Bozeman-area whitewater.  Read more >>
    Missouri River, Tailwaters, Spring Fishing, Montana
    Jimmy Lewis
    Where to fish this spring.  Read more >>
    Bozeman Pedal Project, Women Outdoors, Bozeman
    Becky Edwards
    Getting after it together.   Read more >>
  • Winter 2017-18

    Lezyne Port-a-Shop Pro Review
    Angie Mangels
    It felt like Christmas came early when I opened Lezyne’s well-designed Read more >>
    Quake Lake, close calls, fishing story
    John Fedorka
    Finding a winter break on Quake Lake.  Read more >>
    the editors
    To resist gateway lingo.  Read more >>
    Mt. Ellis, Bozeman, Backcountry Skiing
    Sam Haraldson
    Full-value vertical off Mount Ellis.  Read more >>
  • Fall 2017

    gear, ski goggles, Bozeman
    Chris McCarthy
    I’ve been extremely happy with my Native sunglasses, so I decided to try out their ski goggles. Read more >>
    Medical Marijuana, Montana, Greener Pastures
    Jeff Crost
    Stories of medical marijuana users.   Read more >>
    mountain bike, biking, bike light, gear
    Mike England
    As darkness comes sooner to southwest Montana, but temps remain (relatively) warm, a bike light becomes an essential item—for everything from in-town commuting to post-work Read more >>
    We Care Chiropractic, Bozeman
    Dr. Spence Jahner
    Tips for spinal comfort.  Read more >>
    Ted Kerasote, Three Long Seconds, Outside Bozeman
    Ted Kerasote
    The human mind can process an astounding amount of information in a few short moments, especially when life and death hang in the balance.  Read more >>
  • Summer 2017

    Cougar-collars, Bozeman, cougars
    Joe King
    Cougar collars save lives.  Read more >>
    Mount Blackmore, Hyalite
    Joyce Pollastro
    Naming Mount Blackmore. At 10,154 feet, Mount Blackmore looms high above Bozeman on the southern horizon. Anyone who has lived in town for more than a few weeks can point to the peak, but few know how the mountain got its name. Read more >>
    Sassa GTX Women's Mid Lowa, Sassa, Lowa, women's boot
    Brandy Burke
    For women with ankle instability, the Lowa Sassa GTX Mid trekking boot is what you need. Read more >>
    chest pack, fishing chest rig, Outside Bozeman
    Mike England
    Once an essential apparatus, the fly-fishing vest no longer holds hegemony, thanks in large part to innovations like the FHF Gear Fishing Chest Rig. Read more >>
    Champs, chumps, outside bozeman
    the editors
    We often wax poetic about the millions of acres of pristine public land surrounding Bozeman, but the reality is, our trails, Read more >>
  • Spring 2017

    Ski Mountaineering, Southwest Montana
    Drew Pogge
    Spring ski mountaineering.  Read more >>
    Excel Physical Therapy, Running Myths
    Megan Peach
    Popular running myths debunked.  Read more >>
    Kayak Technique, Spring Kayaking
    Brian Fletcher
    Improving your paddling technique.  Read more >>
    Wild-Mushroom Risotto
    Simon Peterson
    Or wild-mushroom risotto, 'round these parts.   Read more >>
    Spring Trail Running, The Ridge Run, Devil's Backbone
    Zach Altman
    Training for summer trail races.  Read more >>
  • Winter 2016-17

    Cooke City, Backcountry Skiing, Snowmobiling
    Phil Knight
    And the beginning of winter fun.  Read more >>
    Skin Track How-to, Backcountry Touring, Montana
    Drew Pogge
    Strategy in the skintrack.  Read more >>
    Lost Remedy CBD Cream
    Karen Sheady
    It does the body good.  Read more >>
    Cooke City Backcountry Skiing, Skiing Injury, Montana
    Natalie Van Dusen
    Dislocation in the Cooke City backcountry. Read more >>
    Dakine Beretta Jacket
    Mio Alt
    Charging burly lines demands burly apparel, and the Berreta line from Dakine offers just that. Read more >>
  • Fall 2016

    Bike Jousting, Haufbrau
    Drew Pogge
    Winning honor (if not companionship).  Read more >>
    Grizzly Bear Delisting, Montana Grizzly Bear, Endangered Species List
    Jones, Andrea
    Montana FWP explains the delisting.“We didn’t work on this for over 30 years to see the bear disappear.” Read more >>
    Montana Wackos, Bozeman Characters
    the editors
    A field guide. Read more >>
    Lorpen Precision-Fit Ultalight
    England, Mike
    Two things are paramount in a ski boot: comfort and performance. And the sock you choose to wear affects both significantly. Which is why I’ve switched to the Precision-Fit Ultralight from Lorpen. Read more >>
    The Sphinx, Montana Ice Climbing, Winter Dance
    Josephson, Joe
    All about the Sphinx. Read more >>
  • Summer 2016

    Motorcycle Fishing, Tobacco Roots Mountains, Montana
    Drew Pogge
    Backcountry fishing by motorbike.  Read more >>
    GSI Pinnacle Dualist
    Tucker, David
    Convenience is king these days, and it doesn’t get much more convenient than the Pinnacle Dualist cooking system from GSI, especially if you backpack in pairs. Read more >>
    Gallatin Canyon Geology, Storm Castle
    Patti Albrecht
    Exploring Gallatin Canyon's geology. Read more >>
    Montana Recreation
    the editors
    We’ve all heard the accolades from national publications about the outdoor paradise that is Bozeman and Montana in general. Read more >>
    Nemo Tent
    Mangels, Angie
    I was looking for a tent that could go from car camping to the occasional backpack, that would have a bit of interior room while keeping a low profile, and could handle a variety of weather. Read more >>
  • Spring 2016

    Montana Backpacking, Thermarest EvoLite
    Tucker, David
    Let’s get one thing straight: sleeping on the ground sucks. But it sucks by degrees. Read more >>
    the editors
    At its most basic level, fishing requires a line, a hook, and a lure, three items attainable for under five bucks. How, then, has the industry grown into a billion-dollar one, and how, then, did anglers spend over $900,000,000 in Montana alone in 2014? Let’s take a closer look at the numbers. Read more >>
    MSR Papa Hubba NX, Montana Camping
    Howlett, David
    When my family outgrew our beloved Mutha Hubbard three-person tent, upgrading to MSR’s larger Papa Hubba NX four-person backpacking tent was an easy choice. Read more >>
    Catch-and-Release, Keep 'Em Wet Campaign
    LaFortune, Emerald
    Fishing-photo protocols. Read more >>
    LOWA Innox GTX Mid, Montana Backpacking
    England, Mike
    Gone are the days of weighty, oversized hiking boots—those eight-pound clodhoppers that made the ankles invincible but limited one’s pace to a slow, steady walk. Read more >>
  • Winter 2015-16

    Gerber Freescape
    Tucker, David
    Nothing is more essential than a good knife. It’s the ultimate tool and when you buy one, you can never imagine when and where you’ll need it. The applications are endless, and this winter, I’m using a Freescape folding knife from Gerber. Read more >>
    Alpen Optics Teton 10x42
    Acosta, Jeff
    I recently had a chance to try out the Alpen Teton 10x42 ED HD (extra-low dispersion, high-definition) and I have to say, I’m extremely impressed with both the feel and function of these binoculars. Read more >>
    "The Ultimate Winter Survival Handbook," by Tim MacWelch
    the editors
    A winter reading list.  Read more >>
    Big Sky Snowmobiling
    Drews, Debbie
    Recreating beyond the resort. Read more >>
    Bridger Bowl, Gallatin Historical Museum
    Regnerus, Megan
    Bozeman's original extreme skiers. Read more >>
  • Fall 2015

    Pollastro, Joyce
    In the mountains of Montana, even the warmest days can yield chilly nights. For someone who’s always cold, extra warmth is a must in any sleeping bag, and the Lithia Spring SL 15 by Big Agnes delivered just that. Read more >>
    Successful Hunting, Montana
    Miller, Anne L.
    Hunting grounds are hallowed places, viewed with great anticipation and anxiety over the bragging, freezer-filling, story-gathering process each fall. But to be sure your time there doesn’t turn to pure anguish, here are some tips to help you prepare.  Read more >>
    Custer Gallatin National Forest Fat-Biking
    Daley, Marna
    New options for wide-tired riders. Read more >>
    Snowshoe Hare, Montana
    Lee, Barbara
    Montana's hue-changing hare. Read more >>
    Deer Hunting, Montana
    Thomas, Jr., E. Donnall
    The more things change, the more they stay the same. Read more >>
  • Summer 2015

    Ericksson GTX, Vasque Boots, Bozeman hiking
    Tucker, David
    Every once in a while, a product comes around that I won’t shut up about. The Ericksson GTX from Vasque is such a product. These boots were made for walking, and that’s just what I do in them. I walk up mountains; I walk through mud; I walk around town. Read more >>
    Business for Montana's Outdoors, Land and Water Conservation Fund, Montana
    Tucker, David
    The fight to save the Land and Water Conservation Fund. Read more >>
    Stone Glacier Sky 5100 Review
    England, Mike
    Quivers may be all the rage these days, but a more minimalist approach has its advantages: less money shelled out, less space occupied in the closet, less time spent fixing gear. Which is why I like my new Sky 5100, made by Bozeman’s own Stone Glacier. Read more >>
    Granite Creek Range, Tobacco Roots Mountains, Montana Hunting
    England, Mike
    Repentance and redemption at the Granite Creek Range. Read more >>
    Mystic Lake, Mountain biking, Hunting
    Beardslee, Greg and Villasenor, Estela
    How Bozeman Creek was liberated. Read more >>
  • Spring 2015

    Bozeman douche bags, Outside Bozeman, humor
    the editors
    Are you a Bozeman d-bag? Read more >>
    The Turtle Shell Speaker by Outdoor Tech
    Tucker, David
    The sounds of silence make wilderness a special place. But the sounds of music make car camping, working out, tuning skis, and adjusting bike chains all that much more enjoyable. Enter the Big Turtle Shell Wireless Speakers from Outdoor Tech. Read more >>
    dogs, pets in montana, bozeman dog parks, pet manners, outside bozeman
    England, Mike
    How to be a good dog-owner.  Read more >>
    Jewel Lake, Livingston Montana, Outside Bozeman, Paradise Valley
    Slepian, Maggie
    Your Livingston-area activity list. If you find yourself in Livingston this spring, don’t plan on much downtime—the historic Western town is full of fun activities for the whole family. Read more >>
    Cutthroat fishing in Montana, fly-fishing Montana, catch and release
    the editors
    Or you won't catch them again. "Game fish are too valuable to be caught only once.”—Lee Wulff, father of catch-and-release fishing Read more >>
  • Winter 2014-15

    Montana, Skiing, Outside Bozeman
    Drew Pogge
    Only the experience matters.  Read more >>
    camp food, Outside Bozeman, Montana
    England, Mike
    When it comes to camp food, convenience and healthiness tend to move in opposite directions—but not so with Good To-Go’s Dehydrated Meals. These slim packets contain loads of healthy ingredients, without all the chemical compounds you’ve come to expect from most packaged foods. Read more >>
    winter gear, Outside Bozeman, Montana
    Krueger, Ryan
    Did you know that it’s possible to get the warmth of a giant puffy jacket without wandering the streets of Bozeman looking like the Michelin Man? Read more >>
    bobcat, winter, Outside Bozeman, Montana
    Haring, Mike
    Following a photogenic bobcat. Read more >>
    patrol dog, winter, Outside Bozeman, Montana
    Bergeron, Alex
    A day in the life of a patrol hound. Read more >>
  • Fall 2014

    Yellowstone, Montana, National Parks
    Solomon, Morgan
    Delve deep into Yellowstone’s wild with David Peterson’s stunning photo book, Yellowstone: Near, Far & Wild (Farcountry Press, $20). Read more >>
    Photography, Landscape, Bozeman, Montana
    Ruger, Karen
    There's more to photography than point and shoot.The world is filling up with images. Online, in our newspapers and even some magazines, snapshots are the currency of the day. And as more creators enter the pool, the water continues to get deeper—but it lacks clarity. Read more >>
    Snow Geese, Poetry, Bozeman, Montana
    Knight, Phil
    Step outsideIt’s still and coldThe mountains shineLike burnished goldAll aroundThe silence ringsYou feel the powerThat wildness bringsThis is the worldAs it was madeThis crystal snowThat virgin gladeHigh overhead Read more >>
    West Yellowstone, Eagles Store, Yellowstone National Park
    Hamilton, Felicia
    How West Yellowstone was born. Read more >>
    Jones, Andrea
    Block management provides for all. Read more >>
  • Summer 2014

    Stone Creek
    Ben Donatelle
    Mountain biking Stone Creek. Read more >>
    Howlett, David
    I had a pretty good idea of what I was looking for in a new cookset for my raft—it had to be compact, light, and it needed components to dish up meals for four people. The Pinnacle Camper integrated cooking and eating system from GSI Outdoors fits the bill perfectly. Read more >>
    Grass-Fed Beef
    Barnett, Elizabeth
    The skinny on grass-fed beef Read more >>
    Bach Jr., Orville E.
    A close encounter in Yellowstone Park. Read more >>
    England, Mike
    When the peaks and alpine lakes call, pick up the Tibet GTX Hi from Lowa and head to the high country. Read more >>
  • Spring 2014

    Emily Harris
    Spring camping in the Park.  Read more >>
    Photo by Meg Sommers
    DeWeese, Chelsea
    Photographing Yellowstone’s shoulder season.  Read more >>
    Illustration by Kyle Rothweiler
    Mason, Michael
    Camping adventures with kids. Read more >>
    Photo by Jeremy Thurston
    Sheets, Jenny
    Top early-season trails Read more >>
    Photo by Ryan Krueger
    England, Mike
    Reasons to earn your turns this spring Read more >>
  • Winter 2013-14

    David Galliard
    Bozeman's backyard beast, the lynx. Read more >>
    When the World Fell Awayby Liz Williams  Read more >>
    Harrison, Melynda
    Go to your bosom: Knock there, and ask your heart what it doth know. —William Shakespeare Read more >>
    Marjorie Smith
    Remembering the early days at Bridger Bowl.  Read more >>
    Josephson, Joe
    A look at an ice-climbing Mecca. Read more >>
  • Fall 2013

    Reed, Tom
    Alive, the grizzly is a symbol of freedom and understanding—a sign that man can learn to conserve what is left of the earth. Extinct, it will be another fading testimony to things man should have learned more about but was too preoccupied with himself to notice. Read more >>
    Hester, Charley
    Over my morning coffee, I sat staring out the window at the Madison River and thinking about things that needed to be done: my job, packing, cleaning, storing things for the winter—and then it occurred to me that this would be a damn fine day to go fishing. Read more >>
    Pogge, Drew
    Mine is a worthy prey. His home range is expansive, and in his element, he is King of Beasts. His numbers are large and growing. He is smart, he is elusive, and he is dangerous. In short, he is the ultimate hunt, for the ultimate hunter. He is the Touron. Read more >>
    Dr. Legrand, Alex
    For many of us Bozemanites, the first snow of the year is a tease, an alluring look ahead to the oncoming season. We daydream about the incredible powder days, and gnarly runs that we weren't quite ready to tackle last year, but feel this year might be the one. Read more >>
    Krueger, Ryan
    It starts up in the trees: a frail rustling through the leaves brought on by a cold, bracing breeze. Sweeping down through the ground there is a change of hue—an array of a colorful display. Read more >>
  • Summer 2013

    Photo by Kyle Christenson
    Meghan O'Neal
    On those blazing summer days in Bozeman, sometimes all you want is to grab a swimsuit and some beer and go in search of sweet relief. There are a number of places to swim around Bozeman if you’re willing to look. Read more >>
    McCarthy, Chris
    Have you ever enjoyed a Dutch-oven dinner and wanted to learn to cook one yourself? Well, Carsten Bothe’s Dutch Oven: Cast-Iron Cooking Over an Open Fire (Schiffer Publishing, $30) is the perfect cookbook to get you started. Read more >>
    England, Mike
    Google Earth is awesome, no doubt, and that fancy GPS of yours is not to be scoffed at—but there’s nothing quite like unfurling a map on the kitchen table and letting a world of adventure appear before you. Read more >>
    O'Neal, Meghan
    Yellowstone Yesterday and Today (Golden Valley Press, $45) provides a captivating photographic history of Yellowstone Park. Photographer Paul Horsted recreates historic photographs of Yellowstone, illustrating how the Park has developed over the years. Read more >>
    England, Mike
    “Multimedia” is a bland and nebulous term, and therefore fails to capture the elegant and symbiotic blend of song and imagery that is Mike Haring’s new DVD, Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem (self-produced, $20). Read more >>
  • Spring 2013

    Spring Detox
    Dr. Walters, Lou
    Health tips for the season. Read more >>
    Cast Fishing Guide
    Frost, Mick
    There’s no shortage of recreational guides out there, but how often do they help anyone but novices? When was the last time you, self-respecting Bozemaniac and expert outdoorsman that you are, found anything original or useful in one? Read more >>
    Kira Stoops
    Not that we’re into stereotypes. But we double-dog-dare you not to wind up cracking a Montucky Cold Snack, sharing a chair lift, or splitting a Gobbler from Dave’s Sushi with one of these dudes. You know the type. And if you don’t… behold our guide. Read more >>
    Joe King
    A common complaint among the good women of BozeMan, Mantana—apart from the age-old "The odds are good, but the goods are odd" lament—is that the dating humor tends to be male-oriented and disrespectful of feminine sensibilities. Read more >>
    Photo by Bill Bilverstone
    Schroeder, Dave
    The boat slices through the last standing wave and carves smoothly into the placid eddy on my right. The thrill of the upstream rapids courses through my veins while I slowly spin in the calm water. Read more >>
  • Winter 2012-13

    Lone Mountain Ranch
    Melynda Harrison
    I’m kicking and gliding along the impeccably groomed Nordic trails at Lone Mountain Ranch in Big Sky. Snow-laden trees line the edge of the trail, threatening to drop gobs of snow; North Fork Creek gurgles near the trail, verdant green moss peaking out from under the snow. 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 >>
    Harrison, Melynda
    Trail Grooming Read more >>
    Sinay, Ken
    Once the snow falls, there’s no better time than winter for “reading sign.” Whether snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, or surveying the landscape from a chairlift, picking out animal tracks and trails can enhance any outdoor experience. Read more >>
    Rogel, Christine
    Every so often, a blue light flashes on top of the Baxter Hotel, alerting anyone within view of the tallest building in Bozeman that snow is falling at Bridger Bowl. Read more >>
  • Fall 2012

    Drew Pogge
    For most of us Montana men, it simply happens. It might be a Tuesday, around mid-October. We stand shirtless at the sink with a razor in one hand, and look at ourselves in the mirror. Read more >>
    Hester, Charley
    The shadows stretched long as my wife, daughter, and I drove to our friends’ ranch to catch a few fish on the Madison. Getting out of the car we noticed a commotion above us. Three ospreys flew around erratically; then we saw an eagle, and then another, talons outstretched and beaks open. Read more >>
    With winter just around the corner, it’s important to understand the different options for heating your home. Here’s a look at three different ways to stay comfortable when the mercury drops.The Sun’s Radianceby Todd Hoitsma  Read more >>
    Chuck Johnson
    In 1985, Montana formally created Block Management Areas (BMAs), which provide free access to private lands across the state for hunting big game, upland birds, and waterfowl. Read more >>
    Mike England
    Oh Dawn, bringer of light,With eternal vision deliver us from night.And color the world, not black nor white,But ambiguous grey, a beautiful sight! Read more >>
  • Summer 2012

    Cunningham, Terry
    In 2011, the City of Bozeman dedicated its fifth and sixth recreational climbing boulders, which makes six more than virtually every other city in America. Read more >>
    Lavelle, Sarah
    Summertime is play-in-the-water time, and our dogs like to splash around in lakes and ponds just as we do. But the aquatic world around us isn’t always as benign as it looks. As you enjoy the warm weather this summer, keep in mind that there are dangers lurking beneath the water. Read more >>
    Coil, Jesse
    Hot summer days in Bozeman usually mean fun and adventure, but if you’re not careful, they can mean something else: heat stroke. Read more >>
    Reuss, Dave
    "I believe that there is a subtle magnetism in Nature, which, if we unconsciously yield to it, will direct us aright." –Henry David Thoreau Read more >>
    Krueger, Ryan
    This little northern oasis has escaped battling us for far too long. Great Lakes, thriving outdoor culture, and a staggering trail system all make Duluth a force to be reckoned with—but how does this Minnesota town stack up to Bozeman’s endless outdoor opportunities? Read more >>
  • Spring 2012

    By mid-March, most Bozeman residents have had just about enough of cold weather. The days are getting longer, and it’s finally time to head outdoors for a little sunshine. Sadly, our outdoor-rec reach tends to exceed our grasp. All too often, bikers are sent back to the car by muddy, snow-clogged... Read more >>
    Reuss, Dave
    My friend threw an elbow into my ribs. “Shut up,” he said through clenched teeth. The usual chatter of the crag had ceased and half a dozen people froze to stare upward, jaws hanging limp and eyes unblinking. Read more >>
    Sveum, Paul
    We’ve all seen them. Like a herd of placid bovines at the feed pile, their Subys line up at the trailhead lot, so caked with dust and mud that you can barely read the Sierra Club, WWF, and “Live Simple So Others Can Simply Live” bumper stickers. Read more >>
    Kurt Dehmer
    Wild turkeys, not unlike the namesake whiskey, can bring an otherwise sane person to the heights of elation, the depths of depression, or the brink of madness. Read more >>
    Pogge, Drew
    Few communities are more dog-friendly than Bozeman. Everywhere you look, it seems there’s a dog waiting for the next hike, bike, ski, or float—and that’s a good thing. But with all this dog culture, it can be easy to lose track of the lingo. Here’s a refresher on Bozeman dog-speak. Read more >>
  • Winter 2011-12

    Dehmer, Kurt
    For the average outdoor enthusiast, winter can be a difficult time to squeeze in a fun-filled overnight or multiday adventure without freezing your buns off or breaking the family budget. Read more >>
    Beaudoin, Kate
    Shakespeare wrote “thy breath be rude,”but I think thy breath has little attitude.Dullness, neglect, but not vulgarity—of emotions you haven’t even slight sincerity.While your chill betrays some tempered winds,your stillness renders still their sin. Read more >>
    Foster, John Clay
    The last of the geese have frozen over in my backyard,covered in a foot of snow. I dig one out each weekand thaw it in the fridge—with a high success rate;even the runt is able to take flight after a few days at 50 degrees. Read more >>
    Lach, Devon
    When winter hits, trying to get vegetables locally becomes a seemingly grueling task, whereas eggs, dairy, grains, and meats may still be easy to find. So this winter, use these helpful tips for ways to keep your veggies local this winter. Read more >>
    Krueger, Ryan
    Arapahoe Basin, otherwise known as “The Legend,” is a small resort hidden among giants in the Colorado Rockies, just outside Denver. Unlike its money-grubbing neighbors, A-Basin has remained humble. Read more >>
  • Fall 2011

    When traveling abroad, have you ever met people ashamed of their native land? (Boulder, CO; Iowa; Alabama; and the entire East Coast spring to mind.) Thankfully, that never seems to happen with our residents. Read more >>
    the editors
    In the second century BC, Roman invaders of present-day France made great fun of their enemy’s attire—they considered the Gauls’ long trousers intolerably effeminate, compared to their cool and manly tunics. Read more >>
    England, Mike
    It may be hard for homegrown Montanans to imagine an urbane French nobleman in the field chasing game, but author Guy de la Valdène makes it clear, in his memoir The Fragrance of Grass (Lyons Press, $25), that a love of hunting and the natural world transcends c Read more >>
    Warren, Becky
    Although any season is a good season for a local brew, fall is perhaps the best. Oktoberfest-style beers typically have higher alcohol content, but these days the name refers to almost any beer of the fall season. Read more >>
    Reuss, Dave
    "Jack of all trades, master of none,Though oftentimes better than master of one."  Read more >>
  • Summer 2011

    Kessler, Jerry
    A high-alpine misadventure. Read more >>
    Williamson, Dean
    Against my grandmother’s advice, I’d like to pass on a rumor. It’s relatively harmless, though I cannot confirm it. It goes something like this. Around the mid-‘60s, a group of women in Japan grew increasingly concerned about their food. Read more >>
    Mike England
    Whitewater canoeing in southwest Montana. Read more >>
    Allen, Bob
    In this sophisticated age where motor-driven, auto-focused, auto-exposed digital cameras can be shot while blindfolded and produce a useable image through Photoshop trickery, there is still no electronic substitute for thoughtful composition and deliberate content. Read more >>
    Pape, Jay
    If you’re looking for a new perspective on life, some folks might suggest getting high. But when it comes to photography, this takes on a whole new meaning for Bozeman photographers Jim Harris and Chris Boyer. Read more >>
  • Spring 2011

    Reuss, Dave
    Tired of hiking the same old circuit of trails around Bozeman? Check out the new edition of Robert Stone’s Day Hikes Around Bozeman (Day Hike Books, $16) for plenty of beautiful hikes you’ve never done before, all within a 90-mile radius from Bozeman. Read more >>
    MacPhee, Tobias
    Whitewater kayaking has long been one of my favorite subjects to photograph. The high energy, emotion, and adventure elements of the sport inspire my photography and continually bring me back time and time again. Read more >>
    Keeler, Greg
    You should of been here yesterday. I mean spoons was workin’ like Jesushisself was puttin' 'em on the hook. Hell, Roy Dean, he seen Bobby Dontoss a Alka Seltzer where they was rootin' and a little one took it, then a Read more >>
    Sundborg, Caitlin
    Feelin’ hot, hot, hot! If you’re looking for a little somethin’ to tickle your taste buds, give Oso Loco a try. This versatile sauce goes great with tacos, eggs, chili, or anything else you feel like spicing up. Read more >>
    England, Mike
    Bungee cords come in many styles, from cheap Wal-Mart flimsies to burly S-hook straps used for lashing big-rig load covers. One flaw common to all, though, is eventual deterioration—nylon bungees eventually stretch out, and even professional-grade rubber degrades. Read more >>
  • Winter 2010-11

    Corinne Garcia
    There are some places that many women try to avoid, and let’s face it, a locker room full of sweaty guys—along with their stinky, unwashed capilene—is one of them. Read more >>
    Barba, Katie
    Most people don’t think a hood on a vest is necessary—sort of like screen doors on a battleship. To the contrary, however, I found the hood on the Whisper Hoodie Vest delightful. Read more >>
    Krueger, Ryan
    Do not underestimate the need for a bomber sleeping bag when spending time outdoors this winter. Long, frigid days and cold, stormy nights take their toll without a solid refuge from the elements. Read more >>
    the editors
    We've all seen him: the guy up on the ridge who looks like a total mess. He's holding the line up, he's swinging skis and poles everywhere, and he's stopping in the middle of everything to fix his gloves. Read more >>
    Bass, Rick
    The Talus and Salish are two sweet little packs from the Jansport Cloud Ripper series. Both are small and snug and tight on the body, resulting in high functionality no matter the activity. Read more >>
  • Fall 2010

    The Editors
    O/B’s Rundown of Bipedal Fauna Read more >>
    the editors
    Creative solutions to a growing problem. Read more >>
    Sid Gustafson
    Our lame cowboy carefully gimps up The Bozeman alley, that long Rouse alley. His cane of twisted box elder weighs The gnarled burdens of his range-riddled bones. Leaves as if petals cushion his way. Read more >>
    Drew Pogge
    We’re all falling down We leaves on the lam Spinning like sailors Walking on land And land where we may Any land at all There’s a place for each Bright leaf of the fall Yellow, orange And deep, bloody red Read more >>
    Greg Keller
    That brown, tailing in the tail of these riffles, strikes my attractor, my sick joke: black hackles then white rubber legs and a piece of red yarn for a butt. Now here he is, wallowing in the shallows, flashing his Read more >>
  • Summer 2010

    Creel, Scott
    Trying to pick the best places to run near Bozeman is a little like trying to decide between ice cream and candy—they're all so good! So when the editors asked me which five I thought were the best, I had some thinking to do. Long or short? Hilly or flat? Read more >>
    England, Mike
    In wildlife-rich Montana, it’s common to spot a cool raptor flying overhead—but how often can you identify it? Was it a hawk or falcon? Swainson’s or red-tailed? Prairie or peregrine? Read more >>
    Sundborg, Caitlin
    Come hill or high water, your tootsies will appreciate the Merrell Waterpro Tawas, a hybrid river/trail shoe designed for playing in and around the river. Drainage ports allow soggy feet to dry quickly, while the perforated footbed provides a stable fit. Read more >>
    Sinclair, Sarah Heuck
    The text message blinked as I sent it: “drinking 40s on the lawn.” A decade ago, it would have sounded logical; now it just seemed like we were trying too hard. Yet there I sat. Read more >>
    England, Mike
    If you’ve got a hankering to make your own outdoor clothing, here’s one place to start: Montana Outdoor Fabric on in downtown Bozeman. Hiding inside this little white house across from Willson School are stacks upon stacks of fabric, of every imaginable kind and color. Read more >>
  • Spring 2010

    Drew Pogge
    What to do till summer. Read more >>
    Pete Muennich
    With the addition of Slushman’s chairlift, more relaxed Ridge rules, and the opening of side-country access gates on both sides of the mountain, things may feel a little different to those who grew up skiing Bridger Bowl. Read more >>
    Tina Orem
    With all the attention on Canada over the last few months, it was natural for us to wonder about Banff, home to the Banff Center for Mountain Culture and originator of one of Bozeman’s all-time favorite events, the Banff Mountain Film Festival. Read more >>
    Amy McMahon
    Looks like the tax bills might be going up for the folks in the Gallatin National Forest's 198 privately owned cabins, many of which were built decades ago when the U.S. Forest Service began leasing federal lands to Americans in the early twentieth century. Read more >>
    Tina Orem
    If you've ever wanted an invitation onto Ted Turner's famous Green Ranch, along the Madison River west of Bozeman, dress as a buffalo and you just might get in. Read more >>
  • Winter 2009-10

    Edwards, Becky
    I feel a snort. A wet misting of doggie mucus slightly scented with Eukanuba and a deer carcass that McKinley happened upon on the trail the day before. As I was unresponsive to the canine hydrating-facial-mist, my aging Siberian husky stepped up his game a bit. Read more >>
    the editors
    Bozeman-area skiers and snowboarders have plenty of hazards to deal with on the hill: rocks, ice, tree wells, unmarked cliffs, poor visibility, half-stoned trust-funders poaching your line. The last thing you need is an inadvertent run-in with a gaper. Read more >>
    Ryan Krueger
    The forest, once too thick to ski through, had thinned and opened itself up, granting us the opportunity to explore its altered terrain. Read more >>
    Reuss, Dave
    As soon as snow covers the ground, you can count on Bozemanites rushing to their favorite spots for some sweet sledding action. Read more >>
    Reuss, Dave
    Montana is known for its big skies and even bigger skiing, but how did it all start? Downhill in Montana (Pictorial Histories, $25) features hundreds of detailed photos and documents detailing the birth and development of skiing in Montana. Read more >>
  • Fall 2009

    England, Mike
    I took the Mystery Ranch Snapdragon on a full-day trail hike; on a long, steep approach to an alpine climb; and on an all-day, off-trail scouting trip deep in the wilderness. The Snapdragon did what Mystery Ranch packs are known for: riding well and making the load more comfortable. Read more >>
    MacDonald, Sean
    I picked up a pair of Flojos (pronounced flo-hos, meaning kick back in Spanish) Primo sandals, not expecting much, but needing some after my veteran kicks had fallen apart. I was pleasantly surprised—they've got great arch support, great cushioning, and a soft feel on the feet. Read more >>
    MacDonald, Sean
    If you need a straightforward, light, and extremely durable messenger pack, check out the Outa Ware Messenger Bag. Read more >>
    Wilson, Rose
    Teenagers get a bad rap—double if they're teenage girls. Just ask around. Their music is bad. They thrive on gossip. They have no sense of the world outside of their iPods and Facebook profiles.But if that were really true, the Traveling School wouldn’t exist. Read more >>
  • Summer 2009

    Editors
    Every day, one stalwart citizen does the right thing, while another acts like a blithering bonehead. Here's a recap of admirable acts and embarrassing blunders for the summer season.CHAMPS: Read more >>
    England, Mike
    With not one, but two high-end pet stores in town, it's obvious that Bozemanites include their dogs in the same organic, sustainable ethos that now pervades American culture. Read more >>
    Saitta, Jamie
    The Bozeman Recreation Department helps facilitate a strong, vital and involved Bozeman community through parks, programs, and people and the opportunities available encompass all age groups, ability levels, and interests. Read more >>
    Wink, Callan
    Sometimes, when the fishing is especially goodwe stop the moment, the boat in the current.Stop casting,and start smiling.We say to each other,damn, it's like we're in Montana or something.Like this is the Yellowstone River Read more >>
    Pape, Jay
    One day I'm building a deck in a snowstorm in Montana, the next I'm fighting fire on a stinking-hot day in Quincy, California. So it is, in wildland firefighting. Made here in Bozeman, the Mystery Ranch Hot 3 Firefighting Pack provided copious storage (1,500 cu. Read more >>
  • Spring 2009

    DiSanti, Mary Jane
    We are excited to have two new children's books about Greg Mortenson's work building schools in Afghanistan and Pakistan. Listen to the Wind: The Story of Dr. Greg and Three Cups of Tea (hardcover $17) is written for kids in preschool up to about eight years old. Read more >>
    Perkins, Rich
    Robbins divides Montana into seven regions in this recreationist’s guide to Montana’s public lands. Each region has 50-odd pages of description, complete with color pictures, maps, travel tips, and history to describe its wealth of habitat, wildlife refuges, and state parks. Read more >>
    Tina Orem
    50 Recipes for camp and trail. Read more >>
    DiSanti, Mary Jane
    Glacier National Park: The First 100 Years (hardback $40) by C. W. Guthrie is a stunning coffee-table book full of history and wonderful old photographs. Did you know that more than 4,000 people attended the opening ceremony for the Going-to-the-Sun Road? Read more >>
    DiSanti, Mary Jane
    Books on avalanche safety have been flying out the doors. They include ABCs of Avalanche Safety by Sue A. Ferguson and Edward R. Read more >>
  • Winter 2008-09

    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. Read more >>
    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. Read more >>
    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. Read more >>
    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. Read more >>
    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. Read more >>
  • Fall 2008

    Orem, Tina
    Founded in 1607, Santa Fe is the oldest capital city in the United States. It's a high-desert town one hour north of Albuquerque, and it boasts sunshine, mountains, good food, and plenty of outdoor fun. But can it measure up to Bozeman? Vamanos.CELEBRITY MAGNETISM Read more >>
    Katie Tomkinson
    After spending a sufficient amount of time on the river this summer, I have a pretty good idea of what to bring. FishPond's Blizzard Soft Cooler was a nice addition to my weekend trips. Read more >>
    England, Mike
    One good thing about high gas prices (there are plenty, by the way) is that we’re riding our bikes more. Which means you may find yourself cruising the streets late at night amid Bozeman’s notoriously bike-blind drivers. A new weapon to add to your accident-avoidance arsenal is the SpokeLit. Read more >>
    England, Mike
    With more protein and energy bars on the market than you can shake a ski pole at, it’s easy to be skeptical of newcomers to the scene. I didn’t expect much from Whole Food Country Squares, and boy was I pleasantly surprised. Read more >>
    England, Mike
    Amid a sea of compact headlamps lacking significant differences, UK’s Vizion stands out. Not only is it waterproof—UK stands for Underwater Kinetics—but the bulb is mounted along a battery-pack cylinder that rotates like a socket rather than on a hinge. Read more >>
  • Summer 2008

    Caplette, Jenna
    If you have a camera that allows you to change the lens—a single-lens reflex (SLR) camera—specialty filters will improve the quality of your photographs. So before you head out to take photographs in high mountain country this spring, be sure you have a polarizing filter. Read more >>
    England, Mike
    Dogs, it is often said, are people too. And while that statement may be subject to interpretation, I think we can all agree that like us, dogs do have at least some material needs. Here’s a rundown of some useful pet products for the summer season. Read more >>
    Gravelly Mountains, Montana, Montana Wildflowers
    Marjorie Smith
    Gravelly Range wildlife tour. Read more >>
    Kira Stoops
    Montana summers are beautiful, but what if you need to break that been-there-done-that bad mood you've been in lately? During your road trip to Ennis, discover some new cool things to do this summer.Fourth of July Parade & Rodeo Read more >>
    Marcum, Mike
    The Big Hole River is the first choice of any Butte-area angler, with its wide variety of hatches and hungry trout. Just 30 minutes south of Butte on I-15, there is a chance at rainbows, browns, cutthroat, brook trout, whitefish, and grayling. Read more >>
  • Spring 2008

    Orem, Tina
    730 billion: dollars spent on active outdoor recreation in U.S., 200624 million: number of Americans who paddle every year6 million: number of Americans who play soccer15.9: percent of men over age 30 who have been married twice Read more >>
    Frost, Mick
    After wandering the mountains of the Pacific Northwest for most of her life, a happy bipedal hominoid named Hairy Ann has finally settled down in Missoula, Montana. “I’m ready for a more urbanized lifestyle,” the Bigfoot-human cross says. Read more >>
    Frost, Mick
    After wandering the mountains of the Pacific Northwest for most of her life, a happy bipedal hominoid named Hairy Ann has finally settled down in Missoula, Montana. “I’m ready for a more urbanized lifestyle,” the Bigfoot-human cross says. Read more >>
    Orem, Tina
    Thomas Elpel is the director of the Hollowtop Outdoor Primitive School in Pony. The guy has been around for years and is one of the area's foremost experts in survival skills. Read more >>
    England, Mike
    There’s no shortage of energy bars on the market today—my local grocery store, for example, devotes an area bigger than my closet to them—but most have only subtle differences in flavor, shape, etc. Read more >>
  • Winter 2007-08

    Mike England
    Alpine Ice & Rock Guideby Ron Brunckhorst Read more >>
    Brad Japhe
    The Wild Steelhead Coalition (WSC) is a not-for-profit group of concerned citizens who are committed to reversing the decline of the wild steelhead in the waters of the Pacific Northwest. Read more >>
    England, Mike
    In the early 1920s, the West was still relatively wild—many territories had just gained statehood, mine-worker violence had recently erupted across the region, and train robberies were common. Read more >>
    Japhe, Brad
    Fans of ice sports throughout southwest Montana were saddened when the Valley Ice Garden shut its doors to become a cold-storage warehouse. Thankfully, the Gallatin County Fairgrounds immediately provided partial remedy with its semi-enclosed Haynes Pavilion. Read more >>
    Orem, Tina
    You can't call yourself a dedicated skier without having read John Fry's The Story of Modern Skiing (University Press of New England, $28). It's simply one of the most thorough and diligently written books on the heritage of skiing. Read more >>
  • Fall 2007

    Brown Trout Fishing, Montana
    Mcknight, Doug
    Tying and fishing the Sasquatch. Read more >>
    Packing
    Stoll, Kelly
    It’s hunting season in Montana and everyone’s gearing up to fill their freezers. Read more >>
    Stoops, Kira
    Fall in West Yellowstone. Kiss Coppertone-scented summer park crowds goodbye and say hello to a sublime season of hogging the whole playground—all to the familiar screech of a lusty elk. Here are five ways to do autumn in West.Fishing Read more >>
    England, Mike
    High-tech, lightweight gear is all the rage these days, which is fine if you’ve got an unlimited gear budget (or write reviews for an outdoor magazine). But if you have to choose where to scrimp and where to splurge, it’s best to put your money into good footwear. Read more >>
    Edwards, Becky
    You may have heard of Jenny McCune—she’s the former president of the Gallatin Valley Bike Club, former president of Team WinS (Women in Sports), and is a member of Bozeman's Team Delphine road cycling racing team. She's also an avid Nordic skier and telemarker. Read more >>
  • Summer 2007

    Dave Barker
    Don’t buy Trapper Badovinac’s Fly Fishing the Solitude: Montana if you’re expecting the author to reveal his favorite fishing spots. Read more >>
    Dave Barker
    I am one of the clumsiest waders I know. I’ve always blamed my lack of grace on poor balance and overexcitement, but after trying the Simms G3 Guide Boots I now blame past stumbles on my old wading boots. Read more >>
    the editors
    Welcome to the Last Old West.1. Pull up your droopy pants. You look like an idiot. Read more >>
    Editors
    Keep the stories and photos coming! The 2007 Suby Tales Contest is shaping up nicely, with several tales of grand adventure and high romance submitted already. We want this round to be a good one, so if you’ve got a story that involves a Subaru, send it our way. Read more >>
  • Spring 2007

    Spring Fly Fishing Montana
    Anderson, George
    Early-season trout haunts. Read more >>
    spring skiing bozeman, emigrant peak montana, outside bozeman
    Edwards, Becky
    From Iowa to Emigrant Peak.  Read more >>
    King, Joe
    Bozeman's latest fashion craze. Read more >>
    Orem, Tina
    The Road Washes Out in Spring: A Poet’s Memoir of Living Off the GridBaron WormserUniversity Press of New England Read more >>
    Pogge, Drew
    A Road Runs Through It: Reviving Wild Placesedited by Thomas Reed PetersenJohnson Books Read more >>
  • Winter 2006-07

    Tina Orem
    Land Navigation Handbook: The Sierra Club Guide to Map, Compass, & GPSby W.S. KalsSierra Club Books Read more >>
    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?” Read more >>
    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. Read more >>
    An image of insanity-the author prepares for his run and confirms just how cold it is
    John Dudas
    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. Read more >>
    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: 7 Read more >>
  • Fall 2006

    Drew Pogge Outside Bozeman, Bozeman Outdoor Recreation
    Pogge, Drew
    Ten years at O/B. Read more >>
    Mike St. Thomas
    In honor of the November gridiron meeting between our beloved Bobcats and the hated Grizzlies, this season’s battle of college towns goes Montana-style. Read more >>
    Mike England
    Convenience is key at hunting camp—after a long day chasing elk through rugged Montana country, the last thing you need is to be stooped over a lightweight backpacking stove, struggling to prepare a hearty supper for you and your famished friends. Read more >>
    Manning, Jim
    In the West, triangles have a certain “Come and get it!” quality, as any hungry cowpoke at the end of a long day can tell you: the clang of the metal triangle—the dinner bell from the chuckwagon--was music to his stomach. Read more >>
    Sather, Kelsey
    The outdoors is big business in Bozeman. Here's the latest on what some of those businesses and business owners are up to.Testing the Waters Read more >>
  • Summer 2006

    Tanner Strickland
    Ranger cabins for every mood. Read more >>
    St. Thomas, Mike
    In late April, the Emerson Cultural Center hosted the looping, beat-boxing one-man-band known as Keller Williams. Keller wowed the sold-out crowd for almost three hours, creating multilayered grooves with his guitar, voice, and any soniferous device within arm’s reach. Read more >>
    Edwards, Becky
    Southwest Montana's most convenient gems. Read more >>
    England, Mike
    Not every mountainous region in the world is blessed with the quality of life we enjoy in Montana. The people of Nepal and Tibet, for example, are so bad off in places that they lack access to education, clean water, and other basic needs. But a few Bozeman locals aim to change all that. Read more >>
    Weber, Shannon
    Sending out the week with some gas. Read more >>
  • Spring 2006

    Montana Creekboating, Ousel Falls
    Schroeder, David
    Creekboating in southwest Montana. Read more >>
    star map, spring sky, Montana, corona borealis
    Manning, Jim
    The crown of the spring sky.  Read more >>
    Weber, Jonathan
    The old West was built on logging, mining, and ranching, and the New West is being built on tourism, technology, and the “amenity” economy—or so the conventional wisdom goes. Read more >>
    Schutz, Jason
    Any day you pull on a dry top is a good day. Even if it’s late winter and 30 degrees at the Beartrap put-in—which is where I found myself testing out the new Lotus Designs Royal Flush dry top. Lotus has a reputation for making quality gear, and I soon found out why. Read more >>
    Moseley, Bruce
    So why do you want to watch birds? Or, if you're already a casual observer, what is it that's motivating you to dig more deeply? Perhaps it's a muse—a guiding genius, a source of inspiration—impelling your involvement in a truly joyful pastime. Read more >>
  • Winter 2005-06

    Bozeman, Dogs, Winter
    Vaia Barkas
    It snowed last night, I can smell it. The dry air, the chill nudging the back of my throat. The tip of my nose feels numb. Engulfed in a lair of blankets I retreat into sleep. It’s way too early. Read more >>
    Marjorie Smith
    Remembering the early days at Bridger Bowl.  Read more >>
    Winter Astrology, Bozeman, Zodiac
    Manning, Jim
    Winter astronomy. Read more >>
    Lewis, Jimmy
    When the temperatures plunge to frighteningly low numbers and even the desire to tromp out onto the ice begins to wane, take heart—this is the time to partake in an annual reorganization of your beloved fly collection. Read more >>
    St. Thomas, Mike
    Twenty-five years ago, the US Cross-Country Ski Team encountered a problem with their early-season training in Cooke City, MT: too much snow. The solution? Move down the road to West Yellowstone and continue training there. Read more >>
  • Fall 2005

    Kayser, Mitchell
    Cabela’s — Sidney, NECabela's LST/LSR Fly Rod & Reel Combo - $260www.cabelas.com1-800-237-4444 Read more >>
    England, Mike
    Backpacking Light MagazineBozeman, MTBeartooth Mountain Press, 2005 Read more >>
    Orem, Tina
    Still Speaking Ill of the Dead: More Jerks in Montana HistoryEdited by Jon Axline and Jodie FoleyGuilford, CTTwoDot, 2005147 pages Read more >>
    Harris, Jim
    DARN TOUGH SOCKS - Nortfield, VTHike-Trek Boot Sock - $17-$20www.darntough.com877-327-6783 Read more >>
    Hostetler, Jeff
    Few books say so much with so few words as Unforgettable Days Afield: Montana Hunting. Read more >>
  • Summer 2005

    Coble, Melynda
    If you've ever had to pull porcupine quills out of a dog's face or wondered why your pal won't stop panting and laying in the shade during a trail run, then you need local veterinarian Sid Gustafson's new book First Aid for the Active Dog (Alpine Blue Ribbon Books, $18). Read more >>
    England, Mike
    Zuke’s—Durango, CO Jerky Naturals $20 (6 bags) zukes.com 866-985-3364 Read more >>
    Keeler, Greg
    Is irony something beyond us—in the mindof a fish (if fish have minds), in the way a dogcocks its head or a cat looks behinditself when it knows nothing's there? In the logof human misery, the fates always providethese illustrations: man bites dog, fish hook Read more >>
    Orem, Tina
    Sun Mountain - Missoula, MTSpeed Cart - $200www.sunmountain.com800-227-9224 Read more >>
    England, Mike
    Arborwear—Newbury, OHDouble Seat Climber - $45www.arborwear.com888-578-TREE Read more >>
  • Spring 2005

    Kayaking the Clark's Fork, The Yellowstone River rapids, Outside Bozeman.
    Schroeder, Dave
    The Clark's Fork of the Yellowstone. Read more >>
    Photo by Mike Cline
    Kesselheim, Alan
    A month of Mondays on the East Gallatin. Read more >>
    Orem, Tina
    In New Mexico, it's 100 degrees out in July and the last thing you want to do is walk around with 20 pounds of golf clubs on your back for four hours. But that's what I did summer after summer as a kid, because my parents kept signing me up for lessons and tournaments. Read more >>
    Deibert, Mark
    Thanks in part to the recent extreme sport craze, whitewater kayaking has evolved dramatically in the last ten years. What was once a relatively unknown sport now ranks high on the list of the most popular adventure activities. Read more >>
    Maffly, Brian
    Ultimate, the field sport played with a flying disc, was born of 1960s college-campus counterculture. It has since matured into a highly competitive sport where nice guys almost never win anymore. But you can see the game played at its spiritual roots in mixed-gender events like Bozofest. Read more >>
  • Winter 2004-05

    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. Read more >>
    Orem, Tina
    Finding the North PoleFrederick A. Cook, Robert E. Peary, Edited by Charles MorrisGuilford, ConnecticutLyons Press, 2003448 pages Read more >>
    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. Read more >>
    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— Read more >>
    Kelley, Shannon
    It happens all the time in this great valley we live in. Read more >>
  • Fall 2004

    England, Mike
    The law locks up the man or womanWho steals the goose from off the common,But lets the greater felon looseWho steals the common from the goose.—Anonymous Read more >>
    Tina Orem
    A Sportsman's Life: How I Built Orvis by Mixing Business and Sportby Leigh Perkins with Geoffrey Norman Read more >>
    Delin, Colter
    by Don Butcher - Wyoming, MILane Coyote, 2001 - 216 pages Read more >>
    Litwin, Ryan
    Kodiak FDT Knife - $91www.browning.com800.333.3288 Read more >>
    Lunney, Fran
    San Juan Hand Net - $94www.fisknat.com253.538.1084 Read more >>
  • Summer 2004

    Hostetler, Jeff
    Early summer in Southwest Montana is typically striped with muddy, raging rivers full of the melted snows of winter. Most anglers this time of year seek out tailwater fisheries and lakes. Read more >>
    Center, Dean
    Bill Johnson just wanted to get his life back on track. After the tremendous high of winning Olympic Gold in the Downhill at Sarajevo, his personal life became a mess. He decided to go back to the beginning, back to the place where he'd felt successful- going maniacally fast on snow. Read more >>
    Kayser, Mitch
    The long days of summer are here for us to enjoy... but what to do? Well, load up the car with your camping gear and get out there is what I say. Enjoy Montana for what it is, an outdoor person's paradise. Read more >>
    Ault, Megan
    July 10, 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m.Depot Rotary Park in Livingston, MontanaSustainability is…a vision and a journey that promotes environmental stewardship, economic prosperity, and community well being. Sustainability is achieved through the choices we make every day. Read more >>
    Kristof, Debbie
    The Bozeman area offers numerous summer recreation activities, including the opportunity to spend these long summer evenings tossing around a Frisbee with a bunch of Bozos. I’m speaking, of course, of Bozeman’s Ultimate team, the Bozos. Read more >>
  • Spring 2004

    Megan Ault
    Ask about twelve-hour workdays stacked up, sometimes in blistering hot or numbingly frigid weather, continuous fatigue, or aches in the body, and Terry Johnson will still insist he has the best job in the world. Read more >>
    Wessol, Amanda
    Gallatin Valley Golf announces its sponsorship of the Special Olympics Golf Fundraiser this spring. Fundraising activities will include the hole in one, long drive, and putting championship competitions. Read more >>
    Diskin, Larry
    In these parts, most of us have a room full of camping gear and at least one bicycle. So chances are, you already have nearly everything it takes to give bicycle touring a try. That includes an ideal location—southwest Montana attracts bicycle tourists from around the globe. Read more >>
    Thielman-Ibes, Kim
    Yippee-kayo! July 2-4, get yourself down to the Livingston Roundup Rodeo. Celebrating its 81st year, the Livingston Roundup has bragging rights as one of the oldest professional rodeos in Montana. This year top hands will compete for a total purse of over $160,000. Read more >>
    Schwedler, Jon
    Two hundred and one years ago this month, Merriweather Lewis sat down at a table in rainy Fort Clatsop and gave consideration to an animal the Indians called “pekan,” one he personally referred to as the “black fox.” He described it thus: Read more >>
  • Winter 2003-04

    Mike England
    Lone Mountain Ranch's sleighride dinner. Read more >>
    Chabot, Doug
    I get excited at the thought of fresh powder and start to salivate every time I hear, “a winter storm warning is in effect.” Obviously others share my obsession since each storm is followed by a shortage of workers in Bozeman, as folks call in sick and play hooky. Read more >>
    Harrison, Melynda
    Go to your bosom: Knock there, and ask your heart what it doth know. —William Shakespeare Read more >>
    Center, Dean
    For the last four years I’ve been teaching one day a week in Billings. Remarkably, there has been just one day when weather kept me from making the trip. Read more >>
    Winter Solstice
    Chrysti Smith
    Twice a year, on June 21st and December 22nd, we observe the summer and winter solstices. Read more >>
  • Fall 2003

    Hostetler, Jeff
    Early fall is a temperamental time in Southwest Montana. As night temperatures ease into the 40s, the daytime thermometer might reach 80, but it might also plummet to 30. Snow might collect in the rocky couloirs, or anglers might squeeze 30-proof sunscreen on exposed arms and legs. Read more >>
    Shannon Kelley
    Our days are much shorter now, the rays of sun have faded in intensity, and the blades of grass have lost their luster. Although the leaves of autumn have merely begun, winter calls to us from around the corner with a northern chill in the air. Read more >>
    Huelsmeyer, Susanne
    The wind has died and sunset is not far away now. Birds are trilling in the bushes while insects hum and buzz above the peaceful wetland. Here and there, a fish rises to snatch an unsuspecting fly for dinner. Ducks squawk sleepily from further upstream. Read more >>
    England, Mike
    If you spend any amount of time in, on, or near the waterways of Southwest Montana—and whom in this arid landscape doesn’t—chances are you’ve used a Fishing Access Site (FAS) owned by the state and maintained by Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks (FWP). Read more >>
    Orem, Tina
    There is a certain sickness involved in being a foodie. Read more >>
  • Summer 2003

    Orem, Tina
    Like the title indicates, Kalispell’s Ben Long presents a collection of bear stories from across Montana. Read more >>
    Tina Orem
    MARK OF THE GRIZZLY by Scott McMillion Guilford, CT: Globe Pequot Press, 1998 249 pages Read more >>
    Kelley, Shannon
    In the small town of Willow Creek (not far from Three Forks, Montana), as basketball season begins and ends, Stanley West takes us through the lives of those participating on and off the court in the Blind Your Ponies. Read more >>
    Kelley, Shannon
    Set in the prairies of eastern Montana from 1916 to 1946, In Open Spaces is about the lives of the Arbuckle brothers. First we meet George, a man on the brink of baseball stardom, whose life ends unexpectedly under mysterious circumstances. Read more >>
    England, Mike
    There are a few places on earth where fishermen’s dreams are forged within a framework of grandeur and natural beauty—an elegant overlay in which fish are a single element among many. Read more >>
  • Spring 2003

    Spring Corn, Backcountry Skiing, Bozeman, Monrtana
    Chabot, Doug
    For sweet spring corn. Read more >>
    England, Mike
    From my blocking position atop a rock outcropping, I scan the broad, sage-covered slope below. There's movement to my left. Sliding along like phantoms, a small group of horses has veered out of a narrow gully and wheeled back upslope. Read more >>
    England, Mike
    Like any other issue that affects us and our recreation around Bozeman, the important thing is to get involved. But unlike many governmental policies, your voice DOES make a difference with the Gallatin National Forest's travel plan. Read more >>
    England, Mike
    Sick of seeing grocery bags wrapped around tree limbs as you’re casting for trout? How about those empty Budweiser cans bobbing alongside your boat? If you prefer our local streams waste-free, then join the Gallatin Valley Wad’n Women for a river clean up on Sunday, April 27th. Read more >>
    Orms, R. Kent
    It was a curious moment on the steep hillside. After miles of rhythmic skinning in the early light of dawn, the trail turned upward. Read more >>
  • Winter 2002-03

    David Galliard
    Bozeman's backyard beast, the lynx. Read more >>
    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. Read more >>
    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. Read more >>
    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. Read more >>
    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. Read more >>
  • Summer 2002

    Missouri River, floating in MT, Outside Bozeman,
    England, Mike
    Floating the Missouri Headwaters. Read more >>
    Orms, R. Kent
    If you want to get in some good rock-climbing without the approach and commitment of an alpine climb, "the Canyon" is your spot. Gallatin Canyon’s gneiss formations are close by, just long and exposed enough to get your heart going, and many climbs see very little traffic. Read more >>
    Corriel, Michele
    Get ready for a sumptuous summer of Shakespearean proportions. Montana Shakespeare in the Parks theatre ensemble commemorates its 30th anniversary by performing two of Shakespeare's most entertaining plays, Henry IV, Part I and The Comedy of Errors. Read more >>
    Mistretta, Jeremy
    The seasons have changed. The death of winter has brought flourished life to the mountains, canyons, and valleys. Alpine moisture has changed from a solid to a liquid form. Sporting enthusiasts have also changed their form, from snow sliders, to river riders. Read more >>
    Wheeler, Soren
    Our own local marathon, joining the path taken by Lewis and Clark in their expedition west, will return for its third year on September 29th. The 26.2-mile course has had some slight changes this year. Read more >>
  • Winter 2001-02

    Bridger Bowl, Gallatin Historical Museum
    Regnerus, Megan
    Bozeman's original extreme skiers. Read more >>
    Brad Carpenter
    A cold trickle of ice water runs down my cheek, freezing me back into reality. I look upward into blue overhanging gobs of frozen water. Stupid. The ice water runs smack between my eyes and fills my right ear. I take a few steps to the side and drier ground. Read more >>
    Becker, Mike
    "One must have a mind of winter," the poet Wallace Stevens says, to “see the nothing that is not there and the nothing that is.” If you hike along the frosty water outside Bozeman this winter, you won't need much imagination to discover lots of bird activity beneath the glitter of the January sun Read more >>
    Manning, Jim
    Whether you prowl the winter landscape in snowshoes, skis, or your favorite pack boots, look skyward whenever your adventures keep you outside at nightfall. You’ll find a fellow sportsman in the heavens in the glittering figure of the constellation Orion, the hunter. Read more >>
    Ault, Megan
    Scroll through your mind on a frigid January afternoon for something fun to do and chances are it won’t involve stripping down to a bathing suit and completely submerging yourself in the neighborhood pond—a body of water sealed with thick ice, save a tiny inlet. Read more >>
  • Summer 2001

    Trout, Parks Reese
    Greg Keeler
    Finding one's place in the grand stream of things.  Read more >>
    Keeler, Greg
    Behind the stockyards trout are taking nymphs, so you ditch the evening news and hit the stream. On the first cast you get a rainbow, a piggish wallowing blimp of a fish. It’s headed for the biker bar downstream and into your backing when it finds a rusted turquoise Plymouth fin and breaks off. Read more >>
    Orms, R. Kent
    Ok, you’ve made the big investment and bought a boat. Then you had to buy paddles, maybe a sprayskirt or a frame, then a helmet and a PFD. Your wallet’s thin enough to shave with, but you still need outerwear. Something durable and comfortable, something inexpensive but bomber. Read more >>
    England, Mike
    When it comes to backpacking and camping gear, two basic categories exist: the essentials, such as pack, tent, sleeping bag, stove, etc.; and the comfort & convenience items like pillow, headlamp, water purifier. Read more >>
    England, Mike
    We all know people who are stubbornly spartan in the woods, deriding high-end internal frame packs with their flashy colors and space-age construction. But the majority of us are Epicureans at heart, gladly sacrificing looks for comfort and performance. Read more >>
  • Winter 2000-01

    Climbing Genesis
    Saari, Hans
    Travails of a first-time ice climber.  Read more >>
    Montana Wolfers, Wolf Eradication
    Smith, Phyllis
    A history of wolf-eradication in the Gallatin Valley. Read more >>
    Chabot, Doug
    Chances are you're someone who enjoys winter – as a snowmobiler, backcountry skier, or snowboarder, you probably dream of steep slopes and deep, untracked powder. Or perhaps you snowshoe or cross-country ski, and you cherish the winter woods and the solitude that a blanket of snow provides. Read more >>
    field forecasting, Montana weather
    England, Mike
    Reading the weather. Read more >>
    McKee, Dave
    Montana. To fishermen around the globe this word conjures images of rising trout, endless riffles, drag-free drifts, and spectacular mountain scenery. And while the trout probably rise as we speak and the riffles continue to run endlessly, there is, in fact, a bit more to the story. Read more >>
  • Summer 2000

    Mike England
    By the skin of his teeth. Read more >>
    Mann, David
    Hiking Montana's mountain trails is enjoyment in and of itself, but when you add the thrill of birding, it takes on a whole new level of wonder and excitement – like turning a lazy, late-afternoon river float into a safari expedition. Read more >>
    England, Mike
    Through the fog they come, through the early morning mist: two hundred loping crusaders, steely-eyed and sweat-soaked, rushing forward like a herd of wild horses – side-stepping boulders, hurdling fallen logs, and propelling themselves, chests heaving, through the steep and rocky terrain. Read more >>
    England, Mike
    I intended to mow the lawn. I really did. Not that I felt any real need to, but I’d seen someone else doing it, so I thought what the heck, I might as well do it too. Read more >>
    Altermatt, Joy
    I am not a fly fisherman. Lacking a true affinity for political correctness, I am not a fly fisherwoman either. But I do like to fly-fish. It is therapy and yet it is madness, like an addiction. Read more >>
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