Spring 2014

Outside Bozeman Spring 2014

Spring has sprung in southwest Montana, which means it's time to dust off the kayak, tune up the bike, and get outside. But before you trade the ski rack for your rod carrier and head for the rivers and lakes, check out the spring issue of Outside Bozeman—it’s chock full of articles, gear reviews, safety tips, and more to help plan your next Montana adventure. As promised, we hand picked some of our favorite spring stories from our archives for your enjoyment. 

 

   

Features

  • Wildlife Wingman

    Pilot Roger Stradley tracks from the air.It’s 6:15 on a cool, clear morning in May and I’m waiting for my ride at the Gardiner airport—a term I use loosely, as it’s no bigger than a strip of flypaper, with a few timeworn…
  • Bearly Got Away

    There's no bear like your first bear.No North American critter excites the imagination quite like a bear. Elk are cool, as are eagles, cougars, and moose. But bears establish a psychological foothold practically from birth…
  • High Water

    Time to seize the seasonThe mountain river shoulders up out of its banks, pushing into the willows and alder, washing flotsam upon new grass. The water, though, is clear. But it is big and fast and the run-out is not good:…
  • Liquid Canvas

    Water churning over rocks, tumbling over falls, and eddying quietly behind boulders—there’s nothing more powerful or beautiful than spring runoff in the mountains. The same thundering rivers and creeks that inspire…

Departments

  • Cold and Quiet

    Spring camping in the Park. Yellowstone has yawned herself awake and begun to shake free her winter blankets of snow and ice. Freshly thawed riverbanks swell with the promise of willow buds, hillsides whisper green, and…
  • Truing Your Frame

    Fit your bike to avoid injury.While cycling is relatively easy on your joints, because of the constrained position and repetitive nature of the sport, it can be easy to develop overuse injuries. These injuries are often…
  • Bison, Birds, and Blooms

    Photographing Yellowstone’s shoulder season. Yellowstone in spring is a photographer’s dreamscape. Newborn elk, moose, and bison wobble in green meadows. Birds flock north in search of nesting areas. Bears emerge from dens…
  • Dried & True

    Biking Lewis & Clark Caverns.  It’s mid-April, the Gallatins, Bridgers, and Bangtails are still glazed with snow, and you’re having a tough go at finding a free weekend for the 11-hour drive to the desert. Fret not—…
  • Bear Prepared

    How to stay safe. In southwest Montana, bear encounters are becoming increasingly frequent—and sometimes violent. In 2012, there were two highly publicized fatalities in Yellowstone Park, and increased reports of bear-…
  • Fatherhood Is In-Tents

    Camping adventures with kids. Look! Out in the woods! It’s a trapper… it’s a mountain man… no… it’s KamperDaddy! Gentle and unassuming, yet driven by the desire to provide “quality time,” he leads a never-ending battle for…
  • Spring Run-Off

    Top early-season trailsWhen the sun starts shining and the temperatures rise, Montanans itch to ditch the ski gear and make the change to warm-weather sports (until that late-May blizzard inevitably hits). Spring is a great…
  • In the Flow

    Studying CFS.As temperatures rise and a season’s worth of snowfall melts and pours down the mountains, area rivers and streams turn from frozen trickles into raging rivers.Sometime between the high water of spring and the…
  • Warm Walls

    Where to climb in (relative) comfort.The soft skin and atrophied muscles of spring climbing are painful enough without enduring cold wind and icy approaches. Luckily, there are myriad crags to polish up those winter-worn…
  • Eyes to the Ground

    'Shroom and shed hunting.Spring hunting in the Northern Rockies is most often dedicated to two critters—wild turkey and black bear. But there are other goodies to hunt this time of year, and you don’t even need a tag for…
  • Never Too Early

    Among Bozeman’s eclectic array of outdoor passions and pursuits, it pays to prioritize deer and elk hunting—nothing else can result in the kind of ongoing material gain like meat in the freezer. Sure, a day of skiing deep…
  • Outdoor Ennis

    Springtime recreation in Madison CountyEvery outdoor excursion, even an early-spring overnighter, needs a good base camp. Ennis fills that niche quite nicely, providing adventure, entertainment, and accommodation all…
  • Space Punctuation

    landmarks are prominent in Bozemandistant constraints with low punctuationaspiring destinations capped in distant turbulencelife is a breeze across the expanseall to see and share the blue-rainbow-skythere is room for a…
  • Lessons of The Land

    Do you visit the high plateausMerely to hide awayOr have you come to the mountainsTo hear what they have to say?For the mountains sing of a timeWhen the Earth was young and green;Many’s the sunset and moonriseThese aged…
  • The Acoustic Atlas

    Montana's natural soundtrackMeandering his way across America with his dog Charlie, John Steinbeck found himself swept away by the beauty of Montana, lingering far longer than he anticipated in the small towns and natural…
  • Mount Up

    Making the most of your first horseback rideThe West wasn’t won from the back seat of an RV, and as the weather gets warmer and outfitters open for business, what better way to see our chunk of the country than by horseback…
  • Wolf & Raven

    Partners in time.Driving through the milky dawn twilight, the hills and forest of the Lamar Valley in Yellowstone National Park begin to materialize. The air flowing over the vehicle seems to almost crackle with the intense…
  • For the Love of the Fly

    Not just for the boys“It’s so weird that you’re into fly fishing,” my friend said, looking at me from across the table. The responses that I get from other girls when they learn I’m a fly fisherwoman are varied. I’ve been…
  • Fresh Farmers

    Looking to eat local and support your community farmers this season? Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) is a cooperative agreement between farmers and members of the program. Members pay a fee for a seasonal subscription…
  • Oh Deer

    How to keep Bambi out of your gardenFew things are more picturesque than a deer trotting through a field—unless it’s on its way to your garden. That’s when Bambi turns into a destructive pest that you don’t want around. It’…
  • Meat & Greet

    All about the Western Sustainability Exchange.For years, Barb Dennis ran a pet-grooming business to help pay for her husband Per’s ranching habit. The ranch, called Wolf Ridge Lamb and Wool Company, was a solid business,…
  • Nothing Comes Free

    Earning Montana at the Baldy Blitz.Words of reflection around these parts frequently come accompanied by the adage: Montana doesn’t come free. You have to earn it. It’s never been truer than when applied to the Baldy Blitz—…
  • Raring to Go

    Easing your dog into spring activitiesSpring means new opportunities for you and your faithful canine sidekick. To maximize adventures and minimize visits to the vet, be sure to slowly transition your dog from couch mode to…
  • Burn It Off

    Shedding winter weightThe sun slowly returns from the south, much like the migrating birds. Plants prepare to emerge from the earth and animals become more active. Spring is a time of transition as nature re-emerges from…
  • Head or Gut?

    The fine art of the foul-hook“There’s one!” I say with the strained sort of exhale one uses to indicate a fish on the end of the line is bigger than it actually is.“Another? Seriously?” asks my friend Dave, a novice-enough…
  • SAM I Am

    A first-aid necessityWhether you’re biking the Bangtail Divide or backpacking through the Lee Metcalf Wilderness, you should always carry a first-aid kit, and that kit should include at least one SAM splint. These versatile…
  • O/B Blunders

    In the last issue, we gave a shout-out to Hit List entrant Dane Christensen—which was darn nice of us, except that we misspelled his name! (We called him “Dan.”) Apologies to Dane for the inadvertent truncation. In another…
  • Counting Sheep

    Montana's horniest beast.Southwest Montana is home to one of the country’s finest wildlife viewing opportunities: Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep traveling along the high crags, rock walls, and canyons. Naturalist John Muir…
  • Hang 'Em High

    Keeping the bears awayIn bear country, hanging your food, garbage, and scented items such as toothpaste, chapstick, sunscreen, deodorant, and toiletries is absolutely necessary. This easy and simple precaution will…
  • Here We Grow Again

    Bozeman Parks and Recreation UpdateBozeman is a great place to be and it’s no secret. It isn’t just our proximity to mountains, rivers, and national forests, but a community vision for growth that will help to ensure that…
  • Happy Trails

    Gallatin Valley Land Trust at workFor almost 25 years, the Gallatin Valley Land Trust (GVLT) has worked toward the creation of a trail system that connects downtown Bozeman with the public lands surrounding town. More than…
  • Worth the Wait

    Closed WMAs give Montana’s wildlife a breakMontana Fish, Wildlife & Parks (FWP) Region 3 is home to 12 Wildlife Management Areas (WMAs) spread across southwest Montana. While three areas remain open year-round, the…
  • Night Prowlers

    Ah, spring! The time of year when robins return and gophers peep their heads out of winter burrows with their little brains turned to thoughts of romance. But while the meek conspire to inherit the earth through sheer…
  • Helping Hands

    Volunteering at local racesClouds thickened and rain fell hard on the Rut 50k running course, pelting 11,000-foot Lone Peak and the mid-mountain aid station. Volunteers huddled under tents as they laid out food and water,…
  • Closer to Wilderness

    In December, the U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources approved and advanced Montana Senator Jon Tester’s Forest Jobs and Recreation Act to the full Senate floor. The four-year old bill would designate 670,…
  • Outlook - Spring 2014

    The big thaw starts slow. Warm weather and sunshine soften the high mountains and a season of accumulation begins to morph beneath the changing elements.Growing heat torments the frozen landscape. Awakening a sterile world…
  • Screw Your Selfie

    The meaning of experience.“We had the experience but missed the meaning. And approach to the meaning restores the experience in a different form.” —T.S. EliotIt seems obvious, at first blush, to think that we recreate for…

Gear Reviews

  • Keen Gypsum

    Comfort and functionality are at the top of my list when shopping for new footwear, and Keen’s Gypsum hiking shoe meets and exceeds both criteria. These lightweight shoes marry the best traits of a sneaker and a hiking boot…
  • Trask Dillon

    Stylish in an Annie-Oakley-meets-Jackie-Kennedy kinda way, Trask’s Dillon boots are handcrafted from high-quality calf-skin and designed specifically for a woman’s foot. These boots are a great fit for anyone seeking a…

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