Summer 2006

Features

  • Yellowstone Walkabout

    An early-summer walkabout—that’s what my wife Lucy and I had in mind that bright Montana morning. We left Gardiner, the little town of 850 people on the Park’s northern border, and drove two-and-a-half miles north on the…
  • Fat Fish and Good Grub

    Secrets of fishing the Yellowstone.It would become a perfect day. One of those rare days when the air feels neither warm nor cool; not clammy, but not noticeably arid either. An air temperature so ideal that until you think…
  • Building Green in Bozeman

    He had seen the end of an era, the sunset of the pioneer. He had come upon it when already its glory was nearly spent. So in the buffalo times a traveller [sic] used to come upon the embers of a hunter’s fire on the…
  • Steep Learning Curve

    When I mailed my first Jim Bridger Trail Run application in during the spring of 2003, I really did have the full intent of actually training for it. But I had no idea what I was getting into, as the “trail” part of the…
  • Bozeman's Big Backyard

    A.k.a., the Gallatin Range.Next time you look south of Bozeman, to the mountains that border our beautiful valley, consider what you are seeing. Rising in a riotous mass of sharp peaks, craggy ridges, and vast alpine…

Departments

  • Rustic Retreats

    Ranger cabins for every mood.Ranger cabins have a long and illustrious record in southwestern Montana. They once housed very lonely rangers who did lots of scientific work and occasionally single-handedly fought raging…
  • Buying a Bike in Bozeman

    Considerations for the ultimate match.The snow has melted and the warm weather has arrived. For many of us, that means one thing: biking season is here! Biking has become a way of life in southwest Montana. Some bike to…
  • Top-10 Car-Camping Spots

    Southwest Montana's most convenient gems.1. Canyon Ferry Lake, south of HelenaPull up your pop-up and break out the folding chairs. Canyon Ferry is a multifaceted recreational destination. Set your spinner rods up in your…
  • Speedway Friday

    Sending out the week with some gas.As we make our way to the grandstand, the red-blooded energy of the track comes alive. The smell of grilled burgers and hot dogs. The rumble of engines revving in the pits. We fidget in…
  • Keller Calling

    An interview with the king of energy. In late April, the Emerson Cultural Center hosted the looping, beat-boxing one-man-band known as Keller Williams. Keller wowed the sold-out crowd for almost three hours, creating…
  • Tibetan Lights

    Not every mountainous region in the world is blessed with the quality of life we enjoy in Montana. The people of Nepal and Tibet, for example, are so bad off in places that they lack access to education, clean water, and…
  • Patagonia Pilgrimage

    Make your next shopping trip an adventure.Patagonia stores usually creep me out. Around here, the line is often referred to as Patagucci, and the pricey goods are worthy of the slang. I’ve been to several of their retail…
  • Monkey God

    I’ve seen a small god among the birds. It’s their grip on things. I’ve watched them even after death holding the wire, an absurd little foot clenched above, leaving the rest to dangle the way of all flesh. Others worship…
  • Rodeo Roundup

    Make it a western summer.Summer in Montana means rodeo, and there are plenty of boot stompin’, knee slappin’, bronc bustin’ events to choose from. Nearly every weekend you will find some of the West’s finest cowboys and…
  • A League of Their Own

    Youth baseball in Bozeman.As the sun warms the Gallatin Valley and the only visible snow lingers high in the mountains, look closely as you wander around town—signs of area athletes are everywhere. Roof racks have traded…
  • Storyhill Fest 2006

    The first annual Storyhill Fest is two-day, two-night event featuring Montana Outdoor Science School workshops, guitar workshops, hiking, yoga, late-night campfire enjoyment—all along the shores of Bozeman’s own Hyalite…
  • Back in the Saddle

    A trip with Absaroka-Beartooth Outfitters.It’s a bright summer morning as my wife Mary Pat and I drive east on I-90 toward Big Timber. Just outside Livingston we watch a man on horseback move cattle across a sprawling…
  • The Road Not Taken

    Joe Gutkoski knows the Gallatin Range as well as anyone. After leaving the military, he worked for the Forest Service for 32 years, including 13 as a smoke jumper. He retired from the Forest Service in 1982. Joe is also…
  • Business Briefs: Outdoor Company Goings-on

    This past January the second complex of Western Outpost opened, offering a variety of shops from home furnishings to a lighting showroom. The Western Outpost began in April 2004 as four cowboy-oriented shops specializing in…
  • Rubbed the Wrong Way

    The raw truth about blisters.A blister is your skin going postal. When held in too close contact and rubbed the wrong way over a prolonged period without relief, a blister forms, and the metaphorical government employee has…
  • A Pain in the Elbow

    Summer playtime injuries.Why is it that in summer months we have more elbow pain? The answers include tennis, golf, fishing, and many other repetitive-strain disorders, from drinking beer to pulling weeds.The elbow is the…
  • The Road Less Traveled

    Put the pavement behind you.Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail. –Ralph Waldo EmersonI’m sitting a few hundred yards above the M, looking at the valley floor through my…
  • Team WinS

    Not your ordinary girls' club.Team WinS stands for Women in Sports. It’s not just a club for women who run the fastest mile, the longest race, or climb the highest peak, though they certainly appreciate having these gals in…
  • Letters to the Editor

    Thanks for the opportunity to contact you concerning your super magazine. I now look for it! I just wanted to drop you a short note concerning a letter from Misdemeanor Marvin of the Gallatin County jail (Summer 2005).…
  • Top Five Volunteer Jobs

    Giving a damn around the Gallatin Valley.I belong to a community. The baristas at my favorite coffee shop know I don’t actually like coffee. They have already begun pouring the milk before I can squeak out, “short skim…
  • Bozeman vs. Flagstaff

    After its shellacking of Burlington, Bozeman’s ready for another match. Next up: Flagstaff, Arizona, situated high in the San Francisco Peaks and home to the Big Sky Conference’s own Northern Arizona University. Close to…
  • Spa Day: Mountain Hot Tub

    Tom Walker is taking me into his “mood room.” It’s a dim area containing four or five hot tubs, plants, water that is changing colors, funky music, and a star-scape light fixture that gives the place a planetarium-like feel…
  • What's the Drop & Trot?

    Looking for a different kind of road race? Want both an upper-body and an aerobic workout? Curious to hear some gravelly grunting and groaning? Your opportunity comes around on July 8 at the Drop ‘n Trot, a fundraiser for…
  • Sustainability Fair

    Let your exasperation at the gas pump serve as a reminder to attend the Corporation for the Northern Rockies’ (CNR) Sustainability Fair in Livingston on July 8. The event focuses on the full spectrum of sustainability, from…
  • Getting There

    Four-wheelin' in Flathead Pass.Flex your frame, test your traction, and abuse your brakes on a road less traveled: Flathead Pass. This pass crosses the north end of the Bridger Mountains, and connects the Gallatin and…
  • Prep School

    Get ready for hunting season. Many folks believe that procrastination is the key to flexibility, and although that may be true for issues pertaining to duties at the office, chores around the house, and any number of items…

Gear Reviews

  • Nallo 2GT Tent

    Hilleberg tents don’t really fit in with my mental model of a four-season tent—with a long, tube-like shape that isn’t free-standing, I was skeptical of their ability to hold up to wind and snow. But I’d heard a lot of buzz…
  • Review: Nomad Adventure Journals

    If you’ve ever tried to sift through your foggy memory to recollect the details of a past outdoor excursion—which fly you used, where that bear den was, or the extra cam you wish you’d had on that gnarly crack climb—then it…

Additional Articles

  • Spic & Spin

    Basic bike maintenance for a longer-lasting ride. The combination of water, grit, and mud on your drive train will shorten the life of your parts. Keep your bike clean! Follow these steps for a longer-lasting bike:1. Bathe…

Book Reviews

  • Chasing Montana: A Love Story

    Chasing Montana: A Love Storyby Lori SoderlindThe University of Wisconsin PressMadison, Wisconsin272 pagesYes, we reviewed a book with “A Love Story” in the title. But it was worth it. Chasing Montana is an autobiographical…
  • Book: Don't Forget the Duct Tape

    Don’t Forget the Duct Tape: Tips and Tricks for Repairing Outdoor Gear by Kristin Hostetter Seattle, Washington The Mountaineers Books 85 pages Busted gear is a real problem—it’s not cheap to replace and sometimes they just…

Columns

  • The Sky Buzzard: Summer Stars

    No rip-snortin’, self-respectin’ Western movie would be without them. Our cowboy hero, his horse shot out from underneath him, one cartridge left in his six-gun and one swallow in his canteen, staggers across the burning…
  • Bright-Eyed and Bushy-Tailed

    Tying the drowned salmonfly.There are no hard and fast rules when it comes to timing the salmonfly hatch in southwestern Montana. However, the Fourth of July in Livingston generally arrives with clearing water on the…
  • Family-Style Backpacking

    Life can be lighter after children. A solo hike across Montana’s Beartooth Range is an exhilarating experience. However, the ability to share the wilderness with your spouse and children is a crown-jewel-of-life experience…
  • Summer Update

    A Super Opportunity for HuntersWin the hunt of a lifetime! For the first time ever, five lucky hunters will win a SuperTag license to hunt moose, bighorn sheep, mountain goat, elk, or deer in any hunting district in Montana…
Outside Bozeman Summer 2006

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