Summer 2005

  • Zuke's Jerky Naturals

    Zuke’s—Durango, CO Jerky Naturals $20 (6 bags) zukes.com 866-985-3364 The average canine has a pretty uninviting diet: dry, processed food chunks supplemented by the occasional rock-hard biscuit. No taste-bud-tantalizers…

Features

  • To the Wild End by Canoe

    Paddling Yellowstone Lake.Looking for a big-time paddling adventure close to home? Want a flat-water canoe or kayak trip that will test your skills and your endurance? Try Yellowstone Lake, the largest lake above 7,000 feet…
  • The Beartooth Boogie

    Running from East Rosebud to Cooke City. “Just so simply, the currents carry time away, and we are left confused by the velocity of our lives.” —from Glen Barrett’s Off the Road Tap, tap, tap. I rap my pen impatiently as…
  • Shootin' the Breeze

    When Jeff Schlabs of Bozeman feels like unwinding, he flings himself from an airplane, or just jumps off a cliff.Skydiving is Schlabs’s passion; the 43-year-old has logged over 5,300 jumps in his 18-year free-fall career.…

Departments

  • Gallery Walks

    When considering the benefits that this town offers, our downtown certainly stands out as a testament to civic awareness, historic preservation, and community collaboration. In no small way does Main Street contribute to…
  • Summertime Italian Wine

    Way more than Pinot Grigio.The onset of summer brings festive Italian wines for every table, raft, or backpack. While Pinot Grigio is the most recognizable white wine, many other options exist for Italian summer sippers.…
  • "In the Log of Human Misery"

    Is irony something beyond us—in the mindof a fish (if fish have minds), in the way a dogcocks its head or a cat looks behinditself when it knows nothing's there? In the logof human misery, the fates always providethese…
  • Walter Cooper Walked Through the 1881 Fire

    It had been a hot, dry summer. On August 19, 1881, Walter Cooper and friends Peter Koch and George Wakefield began the trek on horseback into Gallatin Canyon with dog Brownie. They planned to travel on to Yellowstone…
  • Avian Inventory

    Birding on the Madison River.I felt a little out of place without a fly rod. From May through July last year, most people who sported hip-high waders in the Madison River were angling for a Zen-like trance and the feel of…
  • Lightening the Load in Bozeman

    Ultralight Backpacking—the latest trend in backcountry travel—has definitely found a home in Bozeman. In fact, though most locals might not know it, many people around the country see Bozeman as a kind of ground zero for…
  • Doggy Diagnosis

    Examining your dog: determining the seriousness of injury and illness.If you suspect your dog has been injured or is sick, but don’t know where or what is wrong—or how wrong it is—stop, collect your wits, leash and table…
  • The Schmidt Land Conservation Deal

    Tom Kalakay first began scoping Rocky Canyon for its climbing potential 20 years ago. He initially dismissed the broken limestone crags a few miles east of Bozeman as “a pile of crap,” but soon discovered it had potential…
  • All About Ennis

    At the base of the majestic Madison Range, along a prime fly fishing section of the Madison River, lies a close-knit western community that’s interconnected the old-fashioned way—before modems. Here, drivers’ nods of…
  • Crazy Mountain Whitewater

    Tumbling down from the jagged peaks of the Crazy Mountains is one of the most intimidating and exclusive kayaking runs in Montana. Equally crazy whitewater paddling can be found on various creeks around Montana and Idaho,…
  • The Eagle in the Sky

    There’s no time like summertime to celebrate American icons—Mom, apple pie, and the flag mixed with lemonade on the back porch, fireworks on the Fourth, Old Faithful spouting in Yellowstone, and of course, that national…
  • Ankle Injuries

    And how to care for them.One night when called in to see a patient and trying to quietly exit our bedroom, I painfully twisted my ankle. In the stream of invective that followed, I discovered that I resent professional…
  • Cruisin'

    “Whoa Black Betty, bam-a-lam, whoa Black Betty, bam-a-lam…” There I was, singing off-key in a funky blues-rock beat, a hole in the clouds above and the sun shining through full-bore—yes, even the gods themselves spotted a…
  • The Crazy Days of Summer

    "The things we did last summer, I’ll remember all winter long." –Sammy CahnIt was almost a decade ago when I first snorkeled the Gallatin River. While borrowing some fishing gear, my friend Kent spotted the Hawaiian sling I…
  • Free Hackle Parachute PMD

    Once again the showery skies of springtime Montana turn to blue, and the summer yellow sun shines high and long. While fisherman adapt to the heat with sunscreen and sandals, the bugs time their hatches and breeding seasons…
  • Ankle Exercises

    Ankle sprains are the bane of many a runner. The good news is that with proper conditioning, ankles can become incredibly resistant to injury. Unfortunately, most runners do little more than run, which does not necessarily…
  • How to Choose a Women's Pack

    Men and women? Vive la difference! At least when it comes to backpacks, that is. Women’s shapes, carrying capacities, and centers of gravity are different than men’s, so their packs need to be, too. Our torsos are shorter,…
  • Who Needs Space Anyway?

    There’s a poignant scene in the movie Office Space that’s speaks to the millions of us stuck working as cubicle rats. The main character dismantles the thin walls of his office cube, causing them to fall to the floor. He…
  • The Cowboys Are Out There

    Unless you’re lucky enough to catch a glimpse of a guy in spurs filling up his 4x4 before heading off into the sunset, the only cowboy hat you’ll see in most parts of our tourism-laden locale will probably be on the head of…
  • "Landscapes of the Mind" at MSU

    Need a break from cell phones ringing while you’re getting a latte? Ever wonder what it was like to be a woman in the Old-West mining days? Perhaps you’ve been curious about the role the railroad has played in Montana’s…
  • Running with the Dogs

    Last summer I was part of a near-fatal running trip from Bridger Bowl, across the spine of the ridge, and down to the "M." It should have been an average-Jane run with a group of friends and two dogs—a strapping Black…
  • Dreaming of Animals

    Living in Montana forces us to notice and observe animals, both wild and domesticated, in ways that are often overlooked by city-dwellers. On any given morning there are at least two Golden Retrievers parked outside the…
  • Put-In Etiquette

    Following the rules of the river.Montana’s many rivers offer some of the best opportunities for scenic, accessible recreation in the state. That being said, the general consensus among frequent river-users and guides is…
  • Bike-Unfriendly Bozeman

    In the case of Bozeman streets versus cyclists, the jury’s still out. The situation is like a typical bicycle ride: some uphill, some downhill; both potholes and smooth pavement; for every tailwind helping you along, you’re…
  • Yellowstone Whitewater

    The pristine rivers and creeks flowing from Yellowstone National Park and the massive Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness are renowned for their magnificent waterfalls and world-class fly-fishing opportunities. People flock from…

Gear Reviews

  • Arborwear Double Seat Climber Shorts

    Arborwear—Newbury, OHDouble Seat Climber - $45www.arborwear.com888-578-TREEA few years ago a friend and I spent a summer working at a guest ranch near Cody, Wyoming. Long days outside in hot, dry country. From rock-climbing…
  • Crazy Crib LEX w/ Tarp

    Crazy Crib LEX—CRAZY CREEKIn the world of backpacking, the lightweight revolution is well underway—who wouldn’t want to go farther, faster, and with less back and shoulder pain? A great way to skim weight without…
  • IST Designs - Pak-Lite and SideWinder

    IST Designs – Bozeman, MTPak-Lite - $24SideWinder - $25www.istdesigns.com522-9300 / 888-478-6565Local innovators IST Designs (99 E. Oak Street, above the new Asian Mart) have come out with a couple handy new products that…
  • Asolo Tasman XCR

    Asolo—Lebanon, NHTasman XCR - $135www.asolo-usa.com603-448-8827If you ask me, Imelda Marcos got a bad rap. Anyone who spends a lot of time outdoors knows the value of a good pair of shoes, and if money (and storage space)…

Additional Articles

  • History of Parachuting

    Skydiving has come a long way since Leonardo da Vinci sketched the earliest known rendition of a parachute in 1495. Da Vinci’s conception was a pyramid-shaped, cloth-covered contraption that really worked; it took more than…

Book Reviews

  • First Aid for the Active Dog

    If you've ever had to pull porcupine quills out of a dog's face or wondered why your pal won't stop panting and laying in the shade during a trail run, then you need local veterinarian Sid Gustafson's new book First Aid for…
  • Confluence

    Confluenceby Susan MorganMissoula, MTSelf published, 2003283 pagesFrom the flashflood on page one to a lightning storm at the end, the forces of nature in Susan Morgan’s Confluence parallel the forces of her narrator’s…
  • Travers Corners: The Final Chapters

    Travers Corners: The Final Chaptersby Scott WaldieGuilford, CTLyons Press, 1998270 pagesScott Waldie’s final installation in his Travers Corners series is a sweet, observant picture of small-town life in Montana. Travers…
  • Book: Death in the Grizzly Maze

    Death in the Grizzly Maze: The Timothy Treadwell Storyby Mike LapinskiGuilford, CTFalcon, 2005175 pages This is Superior, Montana resident Mike Lapinksi's take on the life and tragic death of the late "bear whisperer"…

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