Spring 2015

Features

  • Liquid Highway

    Floating the Missouri Headwaters.“Rivers are highways that move on," observed Blaise Pascal, "and bear us whither we wish to go.” If you wish to float back in time this spring, to a place little changed from the days of…
  • Bird Man

    Renowned wildlife biologist Al Harmata.Born and raised in New Jersey, Al Harmata was “just a lower-middle-class kid.” He had no idea wildlife biology was a profession, so, although he always appreciated wildlife, he went to…

Departments

  • Doubtful Dating

    Questioning outdoor connections.  “I went out with a new guy last week,” I mentioned to my friends Al and Ian as we enjoyed a Cold Smoke at Ale Works. They didn’t pay much attention. “Twice,” I added. Al’s ears perked up…
  • Whoa, Bro

    Are you a Bozeman d-bag?Lingo can be a good thing. It can be a fun part of any culture, and a time-saving linguistic device. But it can also be super, super douchey. Here’s a smattering of Bozeman slang to avoid at all…
  • Home School

    How to be a good dog-owner. Nobody wants to be that guy—the one with the unruly dog that jumps on people, snatches food from their hands, and barks incessantly. Problem is, correcting this and other annoying canine behavior…
  • Release 'Em Right

    Or you won't catch them again. "Game fish are too valuable to be caught only once.”—Lee Wulff, father of catch-and-release fishingIt’s a noble ethic: showing respect for a fish instead of needlessly ending its life.…
  • Good Food

    Eat better this spring.  “Shall I not have intelligence with the earth? Am I not partly leaves and vegetable mould myself?” —Henry David ThoreauUnless you’re living at poverty line, there’s no reason to fill your gullet…
  • Sonic Singletrack

    Tuning into the trails at Pipestone. “This is one of my favorite downhills at Pipestone,” John says, a huge smile betraying his guarded excitement. “Just watch out for the stream crossing at the bottom.” And like that, he’s…
  • Unplain Jane

    The life and times of a frontier icon.Late 1800s Montana was no place for a lady, unless of course that lady was Calamity Jane. One of the most famous women in the country at the time, and a living symbol of the frontier,…
  • Endless Winter

    To stretch the ski season even further—and enjoy an inimitable skiing experience “at the top of the world”—fill up the tank and head east to the Beartooth Pass. Usually cleared by Memorial Day weekend (depending on snowpack…
  • Nemoura Stonefly

    Sling it this spring. Every spring, fishermen anxiously await the skwala stonefly hatch, largely ignoring the skwala’s smaller cousin, the nemoura. While mostly flightless and overshadowed by their famous kin, nemoura make…
  • School's Out(side)

    Plugging kids back into nature. The slow dawn of spring brings the sun’s warm rays, the smell of fresh grass emerging from the snow, the sound of birds returning home—and then the scream of a bored child brings you back to…
  • Workin' for the Weekend

    Caring for our trails. Ever wonder who keeps your favorite Forest Service trails clear and open for use? It’s no easy task. The Custer-Gallatin National Forest has approximately 3,118 miles of trail, 903 miles in Bozeman’s…
  • Love Is in the Air

    Just look to the birds.If seasons inspire emotion, then spring is the season of love. Just look to the birds.Two sandhill cranes arrive in a wet meadow, which they’ve nested in for years. They face each other and with wings…
  • Ahead of the Curve

    Casting before it was cool. I think it happened in late July, 1980.Carl drove. We were high-school buddies, pals who grew up together breathing the scent of rain on sagebrush and living for things like elk and trout and…
  • Path Through Paradise

    The Hwy. 89 South Bike Path in Livingston will get a much-needed facelift this spring, part of a multi-phase project to eventually extend the trail all the way to Gardiner. Park County received funding from the Montana…
  • Prophetic Pronouncements

    Signs for the spring season.The future is annoyingly uncertain. Why can't we just know what's going to happen to us, wouldn't that make life easier? In the absence of a modern-day Nostradamus to foretell events, we give you…
  • River Ready

    A raft is an incredible piece of equipment, allowing you to comfortably travel down a river through the middle of nowhere and bring along all the amenities of home. From Class V whitewater to flatwater teeming with trout,…
  • Cutthroat Comeback

    Restoring a Yellowstone native. In 1994, Yellowstone National Park officials discovered that non-native lake trout had been illegally introduced to Yellowstone Lake and were decimating the cutthroat population. A poster-…
  • Showing Up

    The outdoor honor code."Unfaithfulness in the keeping of an appointment is an act of clear dishonesty. You may as well borrow a person’s money as his time.” —Horace MannLike most Montanans, I’m not too finicky about social…
  • On the Prowl

    Spring comes to Old Faithful. Each year in the middle of March, the Old Faithful visitor center and all services shut down for a month as crews begin plowing the roads to prepare for the spring re-opening. For a full month…
  • Shoulder Season

    Recreation within city limits. Spring is a time of change, transition, and new beginnings for some, but certainly a shoulder season for most of us. As we say goodbye to Nordic skiing at Lindley and operational chairlifts at…
  • Ready. Set. Survive.

    Are you ready for the worst?“It is always more sensible to keep yourself warm rather than trying to thaw yourself out later.”—Mors Kochanski, Basic Safe Travel and Boreal Survival HandbookAn underlying sense of doom…
  • Strengthening Season

    Six ways to restore optimal fitness. Every season, success comes down to how well you prepare your body and mind to withstand (and maybe exceed) the demands of your favorite outdoor activity. Each and every sport has its…
  • The Flight of Spring

    Bird migration in southwest Montana. In Montana, we’re blessed with abundant wildlife and unspoiled landscapes, allowing us to witness one of nature’s most extraordinary wonders: bird migration. When the weather warms and…
  • Spring Training

    Outdoor-skill development for the season. If you spend time in the backcountry, on the river, or anywhere in the mountains, certain skills are essential, even if you’re only going out with friends and family. While you…
  • The Dump Jump

    From July 2013 to June 2014, the Logan landfill collected over 100,000 tons of waste. Closed since 1995, the old, unlined Story Mill landfill emits volatile organic compounds (VOCs) that contaiminate groundwater and leak…
  • Outdoor Apps, Part II

    Planning from your palm. Nothing is more satisfying than clearing off a table, cracking open a guidebook, and unrolling a map. Whether you’re searching for creeks to fish, peaks to climb, or trails to ride, planning is the…
  • Après Everything

    The best watering-holes by activity. The sun warms your skin and you shed a layer as you push harder and higher into the mountains. Just when you think you can’t go on, adrenaline kicks in, and you take that last step,…
  • Sunny, Low & Sticky

    Spring rock climbs. As soon as snow-cover recedes, spring climbers in the Gallatin Valley flock to our few low-elevation, sunny, south-facing crags—and none are more well known than Neat Rock, Winter Wall, and Revenue Flats…
  • Runnin' Dirty

    Early-season, dirt-road running.Come spring, we’re all bored of circling subdivisions and itching to get on real trails again. But in Bozeman, snow lingers on the best trails till summer, and melt-out can make conditions…
  • Get Hooked

    An introduction to kayak-fishing.From the first time I paddled out onto a glassy Montana lake in a sit-on-top fishing kayak, I was hooked. I’m willing to bet other outdoor enthusiasts will feel the same, so I’ve compiled a…
  • The Lost Fish

    Poised carefully on the rocky bank,My stance is firm and wide.The line stretches, as if to break—Oh, can I win this fight?He increases the distance between usAs I stand helpless on the shore.I know too well the consequences…
  • View from Above

    An empty bench, well-placed for the philosophic mind,Welcomes a wearied traveler, who’d forgotten the tedium of the hike.It has been years since you walked those slopes,Since you tried to look upon the roof of your home, or…
  • Surf, Turf & Sky

    Didn’t git yer elk last hunting season? Fear not; the bounty provided by Montana’s fields, forests, and rivers never ceases—you just have to know what to look for. FishMost waters in our area are open year-round, and daily…
  • Call of the Mild

    Canine considerations for spring. Spring means lots of new adventures for you and your furry family members.  Here are some things to take into consideration this season.ExerciseWarmer weather means we all feel friskier. It…
  • Fishing for Answers

    Trout behavior explained. Ever wonder how trout mange to stay put in the rivers and creeks of southwest Montana during spring runoff? So did I, so I recently sat down with FWP’s regional fisheries manager Travis Horton to…
  • O/B Wins Unprecedented Award

    Amid ordered applause and squeals of spurious excitement, Outside Bozeman magazine recently accepted the 2015 Best Outdoor Journal in Southwest Montana (BOJSM) award. This coveted accolade was both presented and received by…
  • Southside Celebration

    When the spring sun blazes overhead, the glorious trails of the Bridgers and Gallatin Range beckon. But what about our own back yard? As any kid knows, there’s plenty of fun to be had right here at home—which is why…
  • One-Day Hit List

    Multi-sport adventures are a rite of spring in Montana, and as such, we’ve created a contest to honor them. You have from sun-up to sundown to complete the ultimate outdoor experience of your choice, completing a minimum of…
  • Outlook - Spring 2015

    Spring speaks promises of warmth, whispering words in the currents of rivers that rise like smoke to the big sky. The sun, ablaze with the energy of transformation, glazes sultry light on the landscape. Feral rays slip…
  • Rock Hard

    Spring exercises for climbing. While some of us are still hoping to get in as much spring skiing as possible, the season is changing and the thought of warm days and dry rock is enticing. This is the time of year when…
  • Native Decongestant

    If you’ve driven to Yellowstone through the North Entrance, you’ve no doubt experienced the traffic congestion that afflicts the gateway community of Gardiner every summer. Over the next three years, however, major…
  • Higher Education

    The Raptor Center reaches out. It’s halfway through a warm day in the valley and a visually impaired red-tailed hawk named Rosa is stretching her wings in the sunlight, perched on the arm of her handler, Becky Kean,…
  • Climb Higher

    Spire Climbing Center’s long-awaited expansion is nearly complete, and the new facility is set to open in early April. The new-and-improved climbing center will boast over 10,000 square feet of new rope climbing and…

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