Summer 2021

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Departments

  • To a Young Moose

    Before I met you,trotting nonchalantlyalong the barbed-wire fence,I was already in love with your name—Alces alces, words to speak in the mountainsif you become lost& want to know the way. Because I do not know the way…
  • Hiker Lady

    If you’re hiking ‘round the Bozonesay hello to Cathy G,a petite pal of mineit’s likely you will see. Triple Tree, Hyalite, Sourdough—on trails with names so sweet.It’s astonishing the miles she logsupon those tiny feet.…
  • Rolled & Ready

    Stuffed backstrap makes a stellar summertime supper. From a hunter’s standpoint, the summer drought may seem grueling. But from a culinary perspective, it provides a convenient and uninterrupted occasion to explore diverse…
  • Raw Exposure

    A candid account of climbing on Mount Cowen. Our first trial arrives at the trailhead. It’s not clear whether we’re still on the road or in a pullout; a few cars are stationed irregularly across the uneven dirt so we park…
  • Federation of Fish Dogs

    Streamside mischief on the fly. Like many anglers, I take my dogs fishing with me. The older one knows the drill pretty well: stay on the bank, don’t swim in the holes until I’m done, and don’t help with the release. The…
  • Through a Child's Eyes

    Backcountry travel with young'uns. Older people often talk about their regrets in life, how they wish they would’ve spent their youth more adventurously. I doubt that I will ever be one of those people. Before we got…
  • Mystery in the Madison

    Hiking Sphinx Mountain. Rising high above the Madison Valley, punctuated by deep, wide ravines on all sides, stands Sphinx Mountain. If you drive Hwy. 287 in the daylight, you’ll be hard-pressed to miss it. This near-11,…
  • Ghost of Cooke City

    Following Hemingway through Yellowstone. The steep, snow-covered mountains near Cooke City, at the northeast entrance to Yellowstone National Park, have long drawn visitors from around the world to ski, snowmobile, fish,…
  • Stayin' Alive

    Small-scale stewards of the Gallatin Valley. Farmers produce valuable goods, of course; but also conserve soil, the conserve water, they conserve wildlife, they conserve open space, they conserve scenery. —Wendell Berry…
  • Chain Gang

    Managing Bozeman's biking surge. With 800 miles of trails to manage and many different user groups to accommodate, the Bozeman Ranger District has a lot on its plate. But recreation is just one part of the picture. The…
  • Fare Well

    Making backcountry meals more flavorful. We’ve all experienced it: the end of a long day out on the trail met with dried potatoes or instant ramen, leaving you unsatisfied and undernourished for the next day’s efforts. But…
  • Enter the Dragon

    All about Montana's most prolific predator. The most efficient predator in southwest Montana isn’t the grizzly bear, wolf, or mountain lion. It doesn’t have huge claws or fearsome fangs. Its body isn’t covered by fur or…
  • High Alert

    Considering altitude for canine companions. Practicing veterinary medicine in Big Sky, at up to 10,000 feet of elevation, I see and treat many cases of pulmonary edema, altitude sickness, and heart disease in horses and…
  • Solid Stance

    The fine art of falling. Summertime: the birds are chirping, the flowers are blooming, and the mountains are calling. If you answer that call with vigorous running or biking, at some point you are probably going to fall or…
  • Keeping It Tight

    The importance of your pelvic floor. The infamous Madison float that will go down in the annals of pelvic-floor history occurred on a Saturday in 2020. First float of the season, returning to the car on a beautiful hot…
  • Fuel for Thought

    An update on the Bozeman Municipal Watershed Project. No matter the season, flocks of Bozeman-area residents and visitors converge at the Sourdough trailhead to bike, hike, ski, run, and stroll over lunch, after work, or…
  • Loved to Death

    Sharing Montana in a new era of outdoor recreation. My family, along with just about everyone else, looks forward to summer mornings on the Madison River. The water in many parts of the lower Madison is warm, shallow,…
  • Stars & Stripes

    What to look for in the night sky. Summertime is a great time to stargaze. Whether sitting around a crackling campfire or lounging in your own backyard, the nights aren’t going to get any balmier than now. Fortunately,…
  • RIP: Steve Lantz

    "Scuba Steve" built an outdoor subculture from the ground up. When one man, for whatever reason, has the opportunity to lead an extraordinary life, he has no right to keep it to himself. —Jacques Cousteau From a distance…
  • Black Friday

    A recap of the Bridger Foothills Fire. The backbone of the Bridger Mountains looks a little different than it did this time last year—8,224 acres different, to be exact. The shock to most folks came with an apocalyptic…
  • Alpine Enlightenment

    A flatlander adapts to mountain country. Nowadays, you don’t have to climb a mountain to learn about mountain climbing. There are plenty of other places to earn an education: clinics, videos, articles, books... you name it…
  • Twist & Shout

    A guide to outdoor battle cries. The battle cry is something we all have in us. From the gladiator arena to mountaintops, from the football field to whitewater, each one has its time and place. Varied in form from eloquent…
  • Under the Bridge

    Strange fish sightings in the Gallatin Valley. Southwest Montana is home to an abundance of apex predators, with grizzly bears, mountain lions, and wolves all sharing the same landscape. And if recent reports are true,…
  • Beyond Compare

    Yellowstone is NOT the Serengeti of North America. Yellowstone Park is our region’s pride and joy. Even though most of its land is in Wyoming, we Montanans like to claim it as our own. Recently, there were substantiated…
  • Choose Your Vessel

    Comparing the merits of water bottles. Gone are the days of canteens and bota bags—water-bottle options abound nowadays, with dozens of styles, shapes, and materials from which to choose. O/B reviewed the most popular…
  • Wheeling Dervish

    A guide to outdoor hipsters, part four. This guy... he’s back for a final lap through the Bozone. Look for him on his bike, adjusting his kneepads and admiring his viper sunglasses from the camera of his cellphone. How to…
  • Deer Me!

    An eerie after-dark encounter. “The night was clear, and the moon was yellow, and the leaves came tumbling down.” That, purloined from the 1958 Lloyd Price song “Stagger Lee,” sets the scene for the night of my encounter…

Gear Reviews

  • Review: Multiday Meal Plan

    The Multi-Day Meal Plan takes prepping and packing food off your hands, eliminating the guesswork when counting grams for lightweight backpacking trips. Choose from an assortment of pre-set kits, or customize your own…
  • Review: Parallel 2

    Lightweight frame. Wrap-around polarized lenses. Slip-resistant nose and ear pads. Those were the top criteria when I started my search for new, active sunglasses. And I found it all in the Parallel 2 from Smith, plus the…
  • Review: Clearwater Outfit

    The Orvis Clearwater is designed to be a versatile catch-all style rod at a value price—and that's exactly what I'm finding it to be. I went with the 9-foot 5-weight. Whether it's a big catch, small fish, wide river, or…
  • Review: Sling Pack Fully Loaded

    Start looking and feeling like a pro with the new Sling Pack from Orvis. This pack is thoughtfully designed with efficiency in mind to create a seamless fishing experience. I can easily store everything I need for a long…
  • Review: Karu 12 Pizza Oven

    With their line of innovative and convenient outdoor pizza ovens, Ooni has succeeded in bringing homemade, top-notch pizza right to your back yard or campsite. The Ooni Karu 12 Multi-Fuel Pizza Oven is compact and…
  • Review: River OPS

    I’ve fished small creeks with steep, slippery slopes for years. My old wading boots fit well, but the felt soles were not ideal for hiking through a variety of rocky, difficult terrain, and once wet they filled with water…
  • Review: Rocktane

    Don’t get caught on a long run or ride without an easy source of energy on hand. GU’s Roctane drink mix gives you a blend of carbohydrates from non-competing metabolic pathways, a healthy dose of electrolytes, and small…
  • Review: SunShade Rocker

    For those of us who like shade and comfort, GCI’s SunShade Rocker is a lifesaver. The adjustable sunshade enables you to easily control exposure. Have trouble sitting still? The glide feature lets you keep on rockin’.…
  • Review: Grünerlem 1/2

    I’m not typically one to invest money in sport-specific clothing, but when I tried on the Grünerlem 1/2 from Maloja, I instantly saw the appeal. This quick-drying, moisture-wicking shirt is a great choice for just about any…
  • Review: Fuornm

    The Fuornm shorts from Maloja are designed for biking, and they indeed proved to be great to ride in. But I’m not ashamed to say that I’ll wear them for just about any outdoor outing. For one, they’re as comfortable and…