Spring 2004

Features

  • Tale of a Trailblazer

    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. If you’ve…
  • Big Sky Ski Patrol

    A woman's first season with the volunteer ski patrol. “Dispatch.”I’m always listening for the crackle of the radio, but can never quite get the volume control just right. It appears to me that the professional patrollers…
  • Down the Wide Missouri

    West of the rising moon and east of the Great Divide flows a still-wild stretch of the great Missouri River. Recently enshrined as the Missouri Breaks National Monument, this remote heart of Montana offers modern travelers…
  • The Optimist Club

    A week in the life of an MCC volunteer.I love my job, but like everyone else, I have my days. I live in a tent community with four other members and their idiosyncrasies.It’s not that I find making my tent a permanent…
  • Mount Blackmore

    Gazing into the Madison Range from Bozeman, Montana, one is gratified by an excellent view of the jagged Spanish Peaks. However, there is only frustration when attempting to see beyond the high, forested foothills into the…

Departments

  • Miranda and Starlight

    The first in a series of six books, Miranda and Starlight begins the story about a precarious ten-year-old girl and the special friendship she shares with the horse of her dreams. Inspired by her love of children and horses…
  • Birding for Owls

    Having just closed the Jeep door, my eyes haven't yet adjusted to the inky indigo darkness of the March night. There is just enough moon to illuminate the snow with an odd bluish glow. Quickly, the cold weaves its way…
  • Run For Your Life

    “But I don’t run fast and my butt jiggles. I can’t run with them!” My next-door neighbor shrinks back from the door, hands on her cheeks, eyes big, when I suggest joining the Wind Drinkers club fun run. I explain, “You don’…
  • Crossing Divides

    This is the touching true story of Bozeman resident Kate Gibson's fight against cancer as told by her husband, Scott Bischke, and their 900-mile hike of Montana's Continental Divide Trail. Crossing Divides: A Couple's Story…
  • Short in the Saddle

    A couple of diehard outdoorsmen—in the traditional-Montana sense of the word—Don Laubach and Mark Henckel have written a lighthearted series of stories about their adventures in Montana. Their experiences, and the telling…
  • Bicycle Touring 101

    Explore your world by bike.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…
  • Fisher King

    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…
  • Where the Grizzly Walks

    Once king of the American West, the grizzly bear has been reduced to a small fraction of its former population, roaming only the wildest, most remote corners of Montana, Wyoming, and northern Washington. While unregulated…
  • Booklet: Gallatin County's Code of the West

    I obtained a copy of Code of the West after it appeared on ABC World News Tonight in a story about growth here and in the West in general. Gallatin County created the free booklet (also available online here) to give…
  • Carpe Diem

    "Let us love nobly, and live, and add again years and years unto years, till we attain to write threescore: this is the second of our reign." —John Donne "Fortunate too is the man who has come to know the countryside." —…
  • Book Release: Birds in Place

    The writing of Radd Icenoggle, in Birds In Place, is the highlight of this informative book. Consider "… a grebe trying to become an elegant swan describes the Western Grebe…" or “… the altitude-intensified sun pushes down…

Gear Reviews

  • Review: Simms Guide Waders

    After years of frustration with low-cost, second-rate waders, I finally decided to bite the green bullet and splurge for a pair of locally-made Simms waders. I’d been reluctant because I’m pretty rough on fishing gear, and…

Additional Articles

  • Wilderness And…Lecture Series

    If you’re looking for a way to expand your knowledge about wilderness issues, look no further. Not to be confused with anything other than what the name implies, the “Wilderness and…” lecture series encompasses a broad…
  • Feldarb's Report

    This is Feldarb from Parallel 12 reportingback to Carbolyte in the Fifth GalacticQuadrant. We've dismissed our plans for abortingour mission and are considering a new tactic.The creature specified in your orders appearsto…
  • Livingston Roundup Rodeo

    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…

Columns

  • What's the Best Exercise?

    I have often been asked, “What’s the best exercise?”Sometimes the person asking has a specific goal in mind. He may have an injury and want to speed his return to normal function. She may want to prepare for an upcoming…
  • The Eye in the Sky

    Spring is a sometimes season in Montana—sometimes we get it, sometimes we don’t. Such are the vagaries of a mountain climate, where the weather pays scant attention to the astronomical milestones of solstice or equinox.…
  • The X-Factor

    Spring in Bozeman is an amazing time for numerous reasons—the fields turn green, the bears awaken, and the temperatures warm—but for the fly fisher, it means the long-awaited thaw of snow and ice. A critical period between…
  • Carnation

    The fringe-petaled carnation, generous of blossom, has for decades been a standard flower in corsages, boutonnieres, and table arrangements. The pink carnation was selected in 1907 as the official floral symbol for Mother’s…

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