Spring 2017

Features

  • Peaked Interest

    Spring skiing in the Madison Range.  Arguably the most iconic mountain on the Bozeman skyline, Gallatin Peak is an ideal target for a spring skiing adventure. With a variety of skiable runs, its pinnacle tops out at 11,020…
  • Lost & Found

    It's easier to see clearly when you know where to look.  I lost my lanyard while fishing yesterday. Or so I thought. It started out as a relatively warm early-spring day nymphing on the Yellowstone River, sun occasionally…
  • River of Many Uses

    The lower Madison in spring. Spring is a tricky season for the angler: weather is unpredictable, fish are elusive, and stream flows are in constant flux. Finding a waterway worthy of your time and effort can be challenging…
  • Road Warriors

    Under-the-radar spring trips. Afoot and light-hearted I take to the open road,Healthy, free, the world before me,The long brown path before me leading wherever I choose.—Walt Whitman, “Song of the Open Road” Few excursions…

Departments

  • Power Through

    Improving your paddling technique.  Spring run-off: Just the thought of all that snow melting out of the mountains and filling the rivers and creeks to their capacity is enough to get any kayaker’s heart pumping. Small…
  • Cross Over

    Adjusting your workout routine.  For some, getting outside can make the difference in a successful exercise program, versus fading into the monotony of a gym routine. This is, in part, why programs like CrossFit have been…
  • Full Suspension

    Wall-mounted bike storage.  Storing a bicycle in your home can be an inconvenience. After doing some research on bike racks, I came across a great-looking wall-mounted model selling for much more than I wanted to pay. I…
  • Get Up to Get Down

    Spring ski mountaineering. Want to lay down some turns on a few local summits and couloirs this spring? Ski mountaineering is the name, and combining technical mountaineering with steep skiing is the game. But the stakes…
  • Marathon des Fables

    Popular running myths debunked. It’s that time of year again, when we hang up our skis and dust off the running shoes for a mud-laden lap or two. When starting your spring training, avoid making some classic mistakes—and…
  • Puny Pollutant

    Adventure, science & microplastics in the Gallatin.  The Gallatin River is Bozeman’s lifeblood: Bozemanites depend on this river system for drinking water, love it for its recreational opportunities, and recognize its…
  • Mountain Strong

    Training for summer trail races. Southwest Montana is undoubtedly a Mecca for mountain trail running. Not only do we have alpine opportunities just minutes from our doorstep, but we have some burly mountain races as well.…
  • Young and the Restless

    Getting Bozeman's youth in motion. Kids these days, we all say, shaking our heads as if we were any different. And of course, we were different, but only because our circumstances made us so. There were no iPhones, no…
  • The Golden Rules

    Spring paddling safety. As spring settles into the northern Rockies, whitewater enthusiasts eagerly watch the weather, waiting for winter snowmelt to come roaring down the rivers. In southwest Montana, river-runners appear…
  • Warm Whiskey

    Quenching the spring-climbing thirst.  If you’re a rock climber in Bozeman, you’ve probably found yourself seasonally confused. One day, a rogue storm will drop smoky cold powder and pull you to your skis and into the…
  • Trails & Ales

    Two (great) reasons to visit Dillon this spring.  Snowy mountain ranges frame Montana’s big sky in almost every direction as you take a deep breath of crisp, sage-scented air. You shift your gaze down to the Beaverhead…
  • Grinding Gravel

    Dirt-road rides for spring. If you’re itching to ride but can’t wait for the trails to dry, dirt roads are where it’s at. A gravel-grinder is the best option, but hardtails and short-travel mountain bikes work, too. Here…
  • Bivy Down

    Lowland camping this spring.  By the time spring rolls around, we’ve all got cabin fever. And even if you spent the winter outside, skiing, snowshoeing, and ice climbing, when’s the last time you slept under the stars? As…
  • Fishin' Fouls

    Dos and don'ts on the river. In fishing, as in life, etiquette is important. But we seem to have backslid a bit, into a more chaotic pattern of self-obsessed slights, ongoing offenses, and odious infractions that degrade…
  • Cast from the Past

    William Ginn shows off his catch in this back-in-the-day version of the grip-and-grin. His trout were big, he kept them all, and he looked damn good doing it in a wool cap and suit. Yes, times have changed. These days he’d…
  • Protest Poetry

    This folk rhyme was written in 17th-century England by an unknown agitator; in light of recent efforts to privatize wildlife and our priceless public landscapes, its message rings just as true today. —THE EDITORSThe law…
  • Not for Sale

    A national issue comes home. Last October, the state of Utah sold off almost 400 acres of state-owned land in an area known as Comb Ridge. Normally, this wouldn’t make the news in Montana, but it’s part of a larger story.…
  • Dirt & Dinner

    Connecting the two in Gallatin Valley. A few years ago, I attended a presentation by Randy Brown who at the time was the executive director of the Foothills Land Conservancy. The group is dedicated to preserving open space…
  • Ask a Vet: Spring Edition

    Pet questions for spring. We all have questions about our pets, but few of us have expert answers. That’s why we asked a pro—here’s what longtime Bozeman-area vet Dr. Sid Gustafson had to say.1. Should I be concerned about…
  • Of Mice and Men

    Seems we're not so different after all. When a couple first gets together, they can be pretty obsessed with one another. True love means a long-term commitment, but sometimes there’s cheating on the side. If the couple has…
  • Spring in Motion

    Photographing moving objects. Moving subjects can be the single-hardest thing for a photographer to tackle. In fact, they can be so unpredictable that even professional sports and wildlife photographers are never sure what…
  • Maternal Instincts

    Fishing the Mother's Day Caddis Hatch. Still suffering from cabin fever? Well, it’s time to dust off those winter cobwebs and get ready for the first big hatch of the year, the Mother’s Day Caddis Hatch.This hatch is best…
  • Range Boss of the Sky

    Tracking Jupiter this spring. Every range needs its boss to keep the cowboys on point and the cattle moving, and the range of the sky is no different. Look southward this spring on a pleasant, clear night and you’ll find…
  • Acronym-phomaniacs

    BZN gets short. Acronyms and abbreviations are useful (if often misconstrued) linguistic tools. Here’s a primer to a few that are common to southwest Montana, along with some misconstruction, just for fun.BBC—Bridger Bowl…
  • By the Seat of Her Pants

    Jelt Belt keeps Bozemanites from cracking. Meet Jennifer Fait Perry, self-declared tomboy (“it’s amazing that I haven’t grown balls yet”) and proud founder/owner/inventor of Jelt, Bozeman’s adventure-belt company.O/B: Tell…
  • When Am I?

    Choosing day by day.   “People are like dice. We throw ourselves in the direction of our own choosing.” ―Jean-Paul SartreIt could be the season—spring is a time of abundant change—or maybe it’s the political and social…
  • True Tales: Unstable Mabel

    A canine slide-for-life.   Skiing with canine comrades is one of the most rewarding experiences dog-owners can have, but it can also be one of the riskiest. The objective hazards of alpine recreation require a different…
  • Engage the Rage

    Staying active in the public-lands fight is essential to ensuring victory for outdoor recreation, public access, and wildlife protection. Below you'll find all the information you need to make a difference.       Address…
  • Unhealthy Element

    Last year’s massive whitefish kill on the Yellowstone River was bad, but for Montana anglers, it may be a signal of what's to come. Last February, Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks announced that the Big Hole, Jefferson,…
  • Tacoma vs. Outback

    Adventure vehicles abound around Bozeman, and like streamflows, these envy-inducing gear-haulers reach their peak in spring. Loaded down with every imaginable item of outdoor equipment—bikes, skis, paddleboards, driftboats…

Gear Reviews

  • Review: Leatherman Signal

    If you could get 20 tools for $100, you’d do it, right? That pretty much describes the Signal from Leatherman, an new multi-tool with all the everyday essentials like a blade, screwdriver, and bottle-opener, plus new…
  • Review: Toad & Co. Chaka Skirt

    Despite being a tomboy, I find myself drawn to wearing skirts, mostly because they’re versatile, comfortable, easy to dress up or down, and look better than just wearing tights. The Chaka by Toad & Co. fits the bill…
  • Review: SealLine Bulkhead

         I spend a great deal of time fishing from my kayak, so protecting dry gear from becoming wet is incredibly important to me. I also need to maximize the limited storage space in my kayak’s bow hatch, which is why I use…
  • Review: Purps Hydro & Fuel

    If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it—this maxim is why I’ve never drunk vitamin water. Pop a pill, down it with a glass of agua—is that so hard? It’s certainly cheaper, healthier, and less wasteful. Then along came a sample box…
  • Review: AMS Amphibian Hunter

    While on the water, there’s no better way to safeguard your scattergun than with an AMS Amphibian Hunter gun case. This baby’s fully waterproof, with a super-tight, roll-top closure; it’s padded to protect against…
  • Review: Brinno TLC120

    The new Brinno TLC120 time-lapse camera makes a great travel accessory. It’s small enough to throw in a pack, it sets up anywhere, and it doesn’t require housing. Not a professional photographer? That’s okay—the Brinno app…
Outside Bozeman Spring 2017

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