Spring 2018

Features

  • Wild & Free

    50 Years of the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act. Here on the northern edge of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem, we sit perched on the headwaters of the continent. The mighty Missouri, Green, Yellowstone, and Snake river systems…
  • A League of Their Own

    For these three stalwarts of southwest Montana's recreation scene, building an outdoor community is a labor of love.  Bozeman didn’t become an outdoor town by accident. Over the last several decades, many, many people have…
  • Some Town Trout

    Finding one's place in the grand stream of things. On evenings when the spring thaw is going full blast, I like to sleep with the bedroom window open. Though I live just two blocks off Bozeman’s Main Street, I can hear…
  • Monochrome Massif

    Ascending Black Mountain. Black Mountain is the highest and most spectacular mountain in the Western Beartooths north of Mount Cowen. It owes its stature to the tremendous erosive power of Pine Creek and the Pleistocene…

Departments

  • Gobble Wobble

    A standup turkey hunt.   All of us, from time to time, need a plunge into freedom and novelty, after which routine and discipline seem delightful by contrast. —Andre Maurois Variety, of course, is the spice of life—and…
  • West's Wide Variety

    A weekend at Montana’s outdoor multiplex.   “In the spring,” Tennyson famously penned, “a young man’s fancy lightly turns to thoughts of love.” That may be true in the city, or in the insipid suburbs; but around here,…
  • Creekin' Carnage

    An epic crash on Montana's steepest creek.  Shouldering heavy kayaks, we opened the gate and started up the rocky trail. One mile of steep hiking separated us from our put-in rapid. The crew consisted of Joe, Connor, Nick…
  • Keepin' It Reel

    DIY rooftop rod-holder.  Set-up and break-down of a fly rod takes time, and if you’re moving around, rigging up at every spot—or worse, waiting for a hung-over friend while the hatch is on—it gets old real quick. Which is…
  • Long Live Bozeman

    Inside all of us is the spirit of adventure—a longing passed down through the ages, from the first man and woman who set off into the unknown, leaving behind the comfort and safety of the cave to climb a distant mountain,…
  • Hashtag Vanlife

    Redefining “down by the river.”  If millennials have shown the world anything, it’s that people in their 20s really do have it all figured out. One example of this unprecedented generational wisdom is the phenomenon of #…
  • Runoff Blues, Begone

    Where to fish this spring.  In March and April, there exists the perfect scenario for the spring angler: it is pre-runoff and our favorite freestone rivers are low and clear. But what happens when the sun swings high…
  • Meat Market

    The Madison Valley’s oldest butcher. Today, when we get a hankering for a burger or steak, we swing by the store. However, for the Native Americans that traveled through our valley, harvesting meat was far from easy. Their…
  • Camping Fever

    A multifaceted kick-off to warmer weather. Like most folks around here, I love winter—but by spring, sun and warmer temps become a psychological necessity. I also need to sleep outside, and since I’m not an idiot, I don’t…
  • Super Sand Land

    Spring climbing on Billings’ Rimrocks. Spring in Bozeman can be tough for climbers—the ice is long gone, but most of the local rock isn’t quite dry or warm enough for climbing. Plus, after months of wading through kids at…
  • Falling Away

    Nice and easy along the Boulder. Natural Bridge State Monument is located in the main Boulder River valley 25 miles south of Big Timber. The area is named for a limestone arch that once spanned the river. The 25-foot…
  • Rapid-Ready

    Gearing up for spring snowmelt. Few activities combine the holy outdoor trinity of skill, thrill, and terror like whitewater canoeing. The elegance of a well-executed cross-draw; the gleeful triumph of a clean run; a wide-…
  • Wild Heart

    Across the Gallatin Range. Crossing the corniced ridge, my ski partner Zach Altman and I looked down on the transitioning land. In the valley, brown gave way to green while snow blanketed the crest; spring wouldn’t be long…
  • Devout About Trout

    A few of Bozeman’s piscine practitioners. As many famous writers have noted, fishing is religion to Montana anglers. And few churches are more well-attended than the Temple of Bozeman, where congregants receive the word of…
  • Duty Bound

    Dog-Owner Quiz.  As the old saying goes, there are no bad dogs, only bad owners. Same thing goes for good dogs. Point being, dogs are what we make of them. So the question is, are you and your dog well-behaved, or are you…
  • Down by the River

    Running the Black Canyon trail.  For the last four years, I’ve celebrated the arrival of spring by stashing my skis in the closet and lacing up my running shoes. I leave the mountains and head down to low country near the…
  • Gear Hacks

    DIY cost-savers for kids.Being an outdoor parent can be expensive. Kids are constantly growing and interests shift from day to day. But there’s no need to break the bank to keep your children outside and properly outfitted…
  • Verdant Volumes

    Book reviews for spring. For some Bozemanites, spring means multi-sport. For others, it means mud. If the ficklest of seasons has you indoors, here are some books to consider.Montana’s Hot SpringsAfter a long day afield, I…
  • Celestial Slacks

    The stars and pants align.  As our crags begin to thaw out, climbers will shed a few puffy layers in preparation for their spring rock projects—their native climbing pants accompanying them in both successes and failures.…
  • Hot Topic

    Anticipating warm-weather avalanche problems. There is no better time for backcountry skiing and riding than the spring. Long days, comfortable temps, sunshine, and deep snow—perfect.With the changing season, however, comes…
  • Ground School

    Reading the signs left behind.  Clumps of whitish-grey fur cover the ground, scattered across an oblong area a couple feet across. In some places the clusters are tinted red. The scene resembles a plane wreck on an empty…
  • Celestial Celebs

    The season’s astronomical bucket list.  Spring in Montana: when snow turns to mud and we bet on whether the tender new shoots and flower buds will survive the errant late frosts—and if the snowmelt will overflow the…
  • Smoker's Delight

    Hot-smoked trout.  Due to their manageable size, even texture, and awesome flavor, trout are a perfect fish to hot-smoke. Great for a meal or an appetizer, smoked trout can also be combined with a plethora of other dishes…
  • Bald Eagle

    —Haliaeetus leucocephalusArchitect of twigs and sorrow,she nests in the oldest forestsbelow the tops of dying trees;most of the eggs too soft to survive. Still, she builds up a brooding basketdecorated with a spray of pine.…
  • Diana Dearest

    Alexander Pope did say it best:True wit is nature to advantage dressed.And since mankind will endure and prevail.‘Tis only fitting we study his travail. But all springs first from fertile earth,And therein lies true nature’…
  • Rip Rap

    Fecundity, a veterinary term, livestock to configure; Wives, students, parents, Thymallus arcticus—Salmonids expected to deliver: Trout; Birth more, suckle, hustle, hybrid vigor, Spring yo mama that profligate trigger.…
  • River Right

    A plan to protect Big Sky’s water. As the days grow longer and warmer, our local rivers roar back to life after a long, quiet winter. Paddlers and anglers return to enjoy the abundance of water. Soon, the rivers’ roar will…
  • White Warning

    Water is always working, reorganizing the land. —Tim Palmer, Endangered Rivers and the Conservation MovementIn spring, water is released from the bonds of winter, let loose on the land. It’s impatient in its freedom,…
  • Put-In Prep

    Getting your raft river-ready.  A new season means new gear—or rather, old gear that needs to be dug out of the closet, shed, or garage and put back into the rotation. One such item that is frequently neglected is the raft…
  • Parroting Predators

    Montana raptors play copycat. In 1978, there were 12 known breeding pairs of bald eagles in Montana. Over the next 34 years, thanks to extensive national recovery efforts, the nesting population steadily increased. In 1995…
  • Wrong Angle

    Adjusting your bike seat. For valley cyclists, the first warm days of spring signal a shift from powder to pedals. Road biking is typically devoid of the aches and pains of more jarring pursuits, but as the rides get longer…
  • Hold the Line

    Protecting our public land. Public lands are getting a lot of attention these days, and not for good reasons. Our incredible conservation legacy is more threatened now than it has been in decades. These are the mountains,…
  • On the Sly

    Capturing the kits at play. It’s late spring, the animated season of rejuvenation, when new life abounds amid a profusion of color. Buds burst open and birdsong fills the air. Baby animals, such as this lively fox litter I’…
  • River Royalty

    Tying the Mega Prince.  Designed on the Madison River by fishing guide, fly designer, and shop owner Dan Delekta, the Mega Prince combines many great flies and materials. The end result is a mega-fish catcher! How could a…
  • Chipping In

    Helping hands for public lands. Amid the recent public-lands whirlwind sweeping the nation, you might be inspired to roll up your sleeves, tighten your bootstraps, and get involved. No matter your age, abilities, or…

Gear Reviews

  • Review: Yakima FullSwing

    Load up the whole family, or any friendly foursome, and hit the trail together with Yakima’s FullSwing bike rack. Padded arms, two-point straps, and a built-in cable lock keep up to four bikes safe and secure, and the…
  • Review: Salomon Bonatti WP

     Salomon’s Bonatti WP isn’t the perfect wet-season jacket, but it makes a strong case. It’s lightweight, packs down into its own chest pocket, and provides great protection against rain, sleet, and wind. The jacket is…
  • Review: Hoka One One Clayton 2

    Good running shoes offer three things: comfort, stability, and durability. Hoka One One is the king of the first two, but when it comes to the latter, they’ve come up short in the past. Not so with the Clayton 2. These road…
  • Review: Stio Sweetwater

    Slip on Stio’s Sweetwater fleece hoodie and it will become a quick favorite. What you’ll appreciate most is its versatility—wear it to work with a skirt, under your ski jacket as a midlayer, and around the house with pajama…
  • Review: Cotopaxi Tarak del Dia

    Refreshingly devoid of superfluity, the 20-liter Tarak del Dia is a multi-pitch climbing pack from Cotopaxi that works equally well as a hiking daypack. Gone are the overwrought elements so common in contemporary packs; the…
Outside Bozeman Spring 2018

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