Spring 2005

Features

  • Paddler's Dreamland

    The Clark's Fork of the Yellowstone.Down in the cool waters,through swirling poolsabove thunderous fallsbetween giant polished bouldersand soaring canyon wallswe are at once immersed in angelic beautyand at peace with the…
  • Stitching Together Home

    A month of Mondays on the East Gallatin.The East Gallatin River is, by most measures, a stream of little account. Hardly anyone floats it. Only a few people fish it. From start to finish, it spans barely 25 miles, as the…
  • Cycles

    O how can it be that the ground does not sicken?How can you be alive, you growths of spring?How can you furnish health, you blood of herbs, roots, orchards, grain?Are they not continually putting distemper’d corpses within…
  • Clark's Fork of the Yellowstone

    The Clark’s Fork of the Yellowstone begins its tumultuous descent from the Absarokee-Beartooth Wilderness just outside the northeast entrance to Yellowstone National Park. On the way to its confluence with the Yellowstone…
  • Wolverine in the Spanish Peaks

    For a long time I wanted to ski the 9,000-foot plateaus of the Spanish Peaks. In March of 1996, I made the decision to try it. To do this at Burnt Creek required wading the Gallatin River. The cold night temperatures slowed…
  • Wading Through Tradition

    It’s a brisk spring day and the sun has just risen over Paradise Valley when a green Volvo station wagon rolls into the empty parking lot at Armstrong’s Spring Creek. A herd of cows watch as Jennifer and Lars Olsson unload…

Departments

  • Armchair Activist

    In December 2001, American Wildlands submitted a petition to the Montana Board of Environmental Review to designate the Gallatin River, from Yellowstone Park to the Spanish Creek confluence, as Montana’s first Outstanding…
  • Relaxing Challenge

    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…
  • Preventing Shoulder Injuries

    Commonly thought of as a single mechanism, the shoulder is actually a complex of four different joints that allows you to move your arm in a number of directions. The shoulder has the greatest range of motion of any joint…
  • Our Lady of the Rockies

    Since 1985, Our Lady of the Rockies, a 90-foot statue in the likeness of the Virgin Mary, has overlooked the city of Butte from the Continental Divide. Currently she is only available to us through bus tours from June…
  • Grizzly Bear Avoidance

    Ursus arctos horribilis, the grizzly bear, is the largest predator in North America. To see a wild grizzly is to view raw freedom and power. Also known as the “brown bear,” the grizzly is highly intelligent, graceful, and…
  • Bozeman's Music Scene

    Note: this article was published in the summer of 2005; much of the information may be outdated.Take your pick: bluegrass, acoustic, “jam” band, reggae, hip-hop, country, punk, classic rock, symphony, or bluesy jazz. This…
  • Return of the Wolf

    “It is strongly recommended that the Biological Survey continue their campaign in this region without abatement until these pests are greatly reduced in numbers.” —Chief Naturalist Vernon Bailey, Yellowstone National Park,…
  • The Art of Livingston

    From the realistic to the ridiculous, Park County and the surrounding area has offered artistic inspiration for over a century.The natural grandeur of the upper Yellowstone River country has beckoned artists since at least…
  • Livingston Eats

    Whether it’s seafood, steaks, or just plain old burgers you crave, the Livingston area offers plenty of opportunities to pig out. Tourists are the answer to the overabundance of eateries (more than 25) in or nearby the…
  • Outdoors in Paradise

    Springtime in Livingston and the Paradise Valley offers much more than just the coveted re-opening of the beefburger stand. In addition to those delectable milkshakes, cheeseburgers, and 1950s-style nostalgia, the…
  • Predator-Friendly Wool

    For Becky Weed and Dave Tyler, co-owners of Belgrade's Thirteen Mile Lamb and Wool Company, sheep farming was a grand experiment. "From the beginning," says Weed, "part of our whole motivation behind Thirteen Mile was to…
  • The Most Fun Wins

    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…
  • A Springtime Thrill

    If you live outside of town near grassy fields, chances are you’ve seen a winter covey of gray partridge diving into snowbanks or seeking shelter along shrubbery lines or under the boughs of evergreen trees. How do you…
  • Shoulder Exercises

    After a long break from shoulder-intensive sports, many southwest Montana outdoor sports enthusiasts will soon transition into kayaking, golfing, climbing, Frisbee golf, and other sports involving overhead or raised-arm…
  • Bozeman Area Hosts New Cycling Team

    A new cycling team begins its inaugural season this year, and orange and blue jerseys will start replacing those ever-so-popular U.S. Postal Service tops—on the roads around Bozeman and at races throughout the Northwest.…
  • GNF Travel Plan

    The battle for the Ardennes Forest was one of the fiercest campaigns of World War II. A similar battle in intensity, if not in lives, is being waged over the Gallatin National Forest, which contains 1.8 million acres and is…
  • MMA Junior Alpine Team

    For many teenagers, adolescence is a blur of food extraction from exorbitantly large braces and cringingly uncomfortable dinner-table discussions about the pubescent body. A lucky few, however, are blessed with friends or…
  • Gallatin Whitewater Festival

    Attention all paddlers: the aquatic circus is back in town—so grab your boat and come on down! That’s right, the Gallatin Whitewater Festival is back and better than ever. The 2005 “Rally for the Gally” will be the 26th…
  • Hunting for Morels

    In May, melting snow saturates the ground and higher temperatures keep the moist soil warm. This is the ideal time to look for one of Montana’s treasures: the morel mushroom, or Morchella esculenta.Morels haven’t been a…
  • Sustaining Montana

    When it comes to natural beauty, the Gallatin Valley and surrounding area are pretty hard to beat. Spectacular mountain views; crystal-clear streams and rivers; vast, untrammeled forests; a magnificent assortment of fish…
  • Fangs & Bangs

    Ed Bangs, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s (USFWS) Wolf Recovery Coordinator in Helena, thinks he just might be able to put himself out of a job in the next few years. And nothing could sound sweeter to the oft-maligned…

Book Reviews

  • Out of Gas

    David GoodsteinNew York, New YorkW. W. Norton & Company, Inc., 2004140 pagesOut of Gas author and Cal-Tech professor David Goodstein says global oil supplies will peak this decade. After the peak, Goodstein declares,…

Columns

  • The "Lady Y" in the Sky

    In the West, designating ownership has always been a straightforward affair: you own it, you brand it. Letters and shapes emblazoned on countless bovine rumps told a rancher what was his—and earned many a careless rustler…
  • Whitewater Safety

    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…
  • Duck & Potato Hash with Balsamic Glaze

    Spring is in the air and it’s time to dust off your tent and sleeping bags for a trip to the forest. When getting your gear together, take a second and look in the freezer. I bet you’ll find a duck that you shot last fall…
Outside Bozeman Spring 2005

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