Spring 2020

Features

  • Basecamp Buggies

    Soon after we’d discovered that the rooftop “emergency exit” on our truck camper was actually a hatch to the party roof, the landscape stopped me in my tracks. Drinking a cold beer and watching the clouds shift as the brook…
  • Clear Water Act

    Where to fish during spring runoff.  At long last, spring is here. Those bright, clear days, the warm sun on your vitamin D-deprived skin, finally exposed to light and air after a lengthy sequestration under layers of wool…
  • Getting Out of a Rut

    From veteran environmental advocate to greenhorn bison rancher.  Brow furrowed and jaw set, Matt Skoglund, 41, slams his black F-150 into reverse and digs the tires deeper into the snow. His truck sits high-centered in a…
  • Call of the Wild

    As the final segment of our four-part series, Outside Bozeman caught up with Greater Yellowstone Coalition’s former executive director, Caroline Byrd, for a conversation exploring the intersection of recreation and…
  • Shedding & Shredding

    Making the most of spring.  Spring means many things: migrating birds, swelling rivers, the emergence of wild fungus, green valleys lined with white-capped peaks, dry(ish) trails, and the appearance of antlers dropped by…
  • Runners High

    Lessons from a mountain marathon.  Twelve years ago, when Sam Korsmoe was brainstorming ways to bring people to Ennis, a “crazy idea” entered his head: to hold an annual road marathon above 9,000 feet. He immediately…

Departments

  • In-Town Adrenaline

    Streamboarding Bozeman.  I hate to advocate drugs, alcohol, violence, or insanity to anyone, but they’ve always worked for me. —Hunter S. Thompson Slowly, the waters rise. Inconspicuous at first, then gradually more…
  • Tungsten Toms

    Avoiding toxic shot in the field. When wildflowers bloom beside dwindling snow patches, many hunters’ thoughts turn toward calling in lovesick gobblers. Although using lead ammunition to hunt waterfowl was banned in 1991,…
  • Mind Craft

    Improving mental health through exercise.  We are lucky to live in and around Bozeman. We have seemingly infinite access to opportunities for outdoor adventure and physical fitness. However, our state consistently has one…
  • Bite Marks

    What to do when the rattler strikes.  Spring is when the snakes come out—or rather, slither out, from their cold, stygian dens, creeping downslope in search of insects, small rodents, and other unsuspecting ophidian treats…
  • Hip to the Hop

    All about hip impingement.  The fastest-growing orthopedic surgery in the U.S. over the last ten years has been arthroscopic surgery of the hip. One reason for the spike is that improved imaging and research have given us…
  • Better Biking

    Exercises to improve your cycling season. I’ve recently gotten back into mountain biking. I’m pretty fit, but very few things have worked me as much as a long climb in the saddle. As a strength-and-conditioning coach, my…
  • Hot & Healthy

    The medical benefits of hot springs.  Montana has 61 known hot springs with more just across the Idaho border. Soaking in hot springs is fun but there are also health benefits. The hot mineral-rich water alters our…
  • Flash Mob

    Bright shiny things in spring's night sky.  Spring in Montana can be a sometimes thing. But whether we’re looking up from snow or flood or mud or some other sketchy transition from skis to mosquito repellant, we always…
  • Natural Selection

    Simulated trail running takes stride. Montana trail runners get a pretty raw deal: after months of slipping around on icy, snow-packed roads and town trails, or suffering through endless miles on a treadmill listening to…
  • The Open Road

    Exploring Bozeman by bike.  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 We all strive to recapture our lost…
  • Valley-Ho

    A world away, close to home.  Fifty-four miles: that’s the distance between Gardiner and Livingston—and that short distance holds limitless adventure. But how do you distill all those options into a single weekend? I’m…
  • Better Safe Than Soggy

    Tips & tricks for whitewater safety. "Rivers flow not past, but through us; tingling, vibrating, exciting every cell and fiber in our bodies, making them sing and glide." —John Muir   As spring temperatures rise,…
  • Voodoo in the Hoodoos

    Out in the wild woods, reality and myth come together.  Anyone who spends time hiking, hunting, or camping in Montana has experienced the howl or screech that stops you in your tracks, the animal track that doesn’t make…
  • Trail Tails

    Tips and guidelines for hiking with a dog.  With spring comes more opportunity to comfortably and safely get outdoors for some fun with your dog. It’s a perfect time to start planning trips and organizing equipment, and to…
  • Mud Vessels

    How to avoid murdering your dog. It’s that time of year: the birds have returned, the animals are twitterpated, and the first green tendrils have emerged from the fresh bare soil. In Montana, this is where the resemblance…
  • Motor Ahead

    Where can you ride your electric bike?  Late last summer, Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt released a controversial Secretarial Order regarding electric mountain bikes (e-MTBs). Bernhardt’s order advised land…
  • Back to the Woods

    There's no better motivation than spring turkey season.  When T. S. Eliot declared April the cruelest month, he couldn’t have been living in Montana. As dawn broke that April morning, the sounds of courting snipe and…
  • Snowbirds

    The Freezeout Lake waterfowl migration.  Whooooshhh… the sound was deep, like a muffled explosion. I looked up into the sky’s soft palette for the source of the sound, but saw no plane above me. My eyes dropped to ground…
  • Trust Fund

    Building a better outdoor companion.  The wall is narrow, and high: six, maybe seven feet tall. A cat might leap onto it without hesitation, but for a dog, it’s a daunting proposition: a scant four inches upon which to…
  • Not All Who Wonder Are Lost

    Dealing with the changing face of Bozeman. “Wisdom begins in wonder.” —Socrates I recently saw a bumper sticker that read “Make Bozeman Montana Again,” and I laughed. Bozeman will never be Montana again, I thought. And my…
  • Raise the Woof

    Search the world over and you’ll find few places more dog-friendly (read: saturated) than Bozeman. From climbing companions to paddling pals, fishing friends to backcountry buddies, dogs provide incomparable companionship…
  • Trap Zone

    Hiking in Bear Trap Canyon.  Bear Trap Canyon is a spectacular drainage encompassing 6,000 acres in the Lee Metcalf Wilderness within the Madison Range. The Madison River, its headwaters in Yellowstone Park, rages through…
  • Goose-Leg Feijoada

    After a good waterfowl season, my and many other Montana hunters’ freezers brim with one of nature’s most versatile foods: the Canada goose. A goose breast is trophy piece of meat, weighing up to a kilogram, with a rich…
  • Walking Your Dog

    Hey you!With the stick in your hand!That your dog?Wanna hear something?In the hour betweenthe wolf and the dogwhen the earth opensthe brothers howland people diehe follows me up the mountain trailYou must be sleepingor…
  • Twin Territory

    The sky pledged its justice to vastness and distant mountains remained unable to reveal their rugged nature against such a force. The scene was magnified tenfold by the unbroken surrounding water reflecting everything…
  • Sintering Imagination

    Bryan Schaeffer uses illustration to get people outdoors.Sintering is the process of bonding different particles into a solid mass by heat or pressure without melting to the point of liquefaction. Most of us in southwest…
  • Dry Heaves

    Spring climbing day-trips. You couldn't make your annual pilgrimage to Moab for the spring-break climbing extravaganza. Dreams of sunny desert sendage are floating through your mind, and you need to scratch that itch one…
  • Plant Me a River

    Landscaping as an act of conservation. As individuals concerned with the continuous depletion of our natural resources, we’re often asked to conserve in ways that seem ineffective. What difference does a recycled sheet of…
  • School's Outside

    Getting educated in nature. Here in Bozeman, we are incredibly fortunate to have abundant outdoor recreation in every direction. With this good fortune comes a responsibility: to educate ourselves, so that we can stay safe…
  • Fitbitten

    Gymnification of the outdoors. If a tree falls in the forest, and no one is there to hear it, does it make a sound?It’s an old and wonderful thought experiment: can something exist without being perceived by consciousness?…
  • Pillory: Boat-Ramp Bozos

    Don't be that guy. When the ice melts and the rivers open up after a long winter, everyone’s itching to get on the water. First, it’s anglers and recreational floaters; then, once runoff ramps up, it’s whitewater rafters…

Gear Reviews

  • Review: Voormi Access NXT Pullover

    Warm, form-fitting, and extremely well-made, Voormi’s Access NXT Pullover is a wool-based overshirt that comes in three different concealment patterns—not your conventional camouflage, but definitely designed to blend in. I…
  • Review: Smith Caravan MAG

    The next step in Smith’s interchangeable-lenses progression is the Caravan MAG, a medium-coverage shade that comes stock with two sets of lenses for bright and low light. A simple hinge-and-pop system blends seamlessly into…
  • Review: TrailKeg Half-Gallon

    Beer: after a long day in the outdoors, nothing’s better—and TrailKeg’s Half-Gallon pressurized growler is here to keep your brew cold and carbonated wherever you take it. Lightweight and easy to use, the TrailKeg is the…
  • Review: LOWA Renegade GTX

    No break-in required: the Renegade GTX from LOWA is comfortable and blister-free from the first wearing. These pups have great ankle and arch support, and I love the color and ease of lacing. My feet and toes stay toasty on…
  • Review: Farm to Feet Bozeman

    Socks are a passion of mine. When I get a pair I like, I obsess. If the model is discontinued or updated, I panic. One such pair is the aptly named Bozeman from Farm to Feet. This 3/4-crew is as simple as a sock should be,…
  • Review: Pearl Izumi Pulaski

    Recently, I’ve gone without mountain-biking gloves. The palms wear out and I’m still left with blisters and calluses. When I started volunteering for trail-work days, gloves became a necessity once again, so I was glad to…
  • Review: Oveja Negra Chuckbucket

    I’ve long searched for a good place to keep my bear spray while biking. Hip belts retard deployment, sternum straps flop around, and water-bottle cages are too big. Recently I found the Chuckbucket from Oveja Negra, an all-…
  • Review: MSR PocketRocket 2

    Backpack weight matters in the spring, when you’re not quite in shape and slippery rocks threaten to send you sprawling—and the MSR PocketRocket 2 helps keep your pack light and your spirits high. This tiny burner weighs a…
  • Review: Ruffwear Float Coat

    When running rapids or initiating a young pup, Ruffwear’s Float Coat puts the mind at ease—even as it disquiets the dog, at least the first time you slip it on. But with timid youngsters, the confidence boost is invaluable…
  • Review: Bevanda Tumbler

    Bevanda’s triple-insulated stainless-steel Tumbler caters to those who need a longer-lasting cup of hot coffee. A shatterproof lid keeps liquids secure, and a trendy push tab keeps them accessible. The Tumbler feels great…
Outside Bozeman Spring 2020

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