Summer 2008

Features

  • Suby Tales 2008

    Yup, this year’s Suby Tales contest is officially over. We announced the winners in the spring issue and held an awards ceremony in April where southwest Montana’s proudest Suby pilots ate, drank, told their tales, and…
  • It's A Long Way To The Top

    Three local traverses to hit this summer. Living in Montana, we are spoiled by the number of choices we have when it comes to climbing mountains. One way to "re-appreciate" the bounty in the surrounding peaks is to add…
  • Bigger and Boulder

    The Boulder River drainage, south of Big Timber, is a popular destination for the Montana paddling community, and for good reason. The river drains the southeastern section of the majestic Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness and…
  • Peace in the High Country

    The sun is high overhead as I step out of the trees. I drop my pack, flop down on the grass, and watch the wind send long ripples across the lake as Bear, my furry, four-legged companion, quenches his thirst in the cool…

Departments

  • Polarizing Candidates

    If you have a camera that allows you to change the lens—a single-lens reflex (SLR) camera—specialty filters will improve the quality of your photographs. So before you head out to take photographs in high mountain country…
  • Summer Pet Products

    Dogs, it is often said, are people too. And while that statement may be subject to interpretation, I think we can all agree that like us, dogs do have at least some material needs. Here’s a rundown of some useful pet…
  • Codger Tour #4

    Gravelly Range wildlife tour.Outside Bozeman’s readers are not limited to the young and fit, the climbers of frozen waterfalls, the runners of Bridger Ridge. My 88-year-old mother, for instance, also loves to get out and…
  • Ennis & Beyond

    Montana summers are beautiful, but what if you need to break that been-there-done-that bad mood you've been in lately? We've got the perfect fix: Ennis.Fourth of July Parade & RodeoRight out of a Norman Rockwell…
  • Salmonchanted Evening

    The Big Hole River is the first choice of any Butte-area angler, with its wide variety of hatches and hungry trout. Just 30 minutes south of Butte on I-15, there is a chance at rainbows, browns, cutthroat, brook trout,…
  • Goofing Off in Gardiner

    When it comes to Gardiner, the journey is the destination. Highway 89 is the kind of road that makes even those near-numbed to natural splendor wish for a lower speed limit and acoustic radio stations. The jagged peaks,…
  • The Bumbling Boater

    My first time whitewater kayaking was a lot like my first kiss: sloppy, wet, desperate, and over way too soon. Both terrified me, both thrilled me, and in both cases I ended up treading water in dangerous territory.I’ve…
  • The Fast Track

    Mud season is over, let the mountain biking begin. There are a ton of options, but if you aren't in the mood for a three-hour car ride or only want to mess around after work for a while, then this short list is right up…
  • Crawfishin'

    Scuba diving and Cajun cooking, Montana-styleAt 10:30 am, heat waves swim off the asphalt on Hwy. 287 north of Norris. It's gonna be a hot one. A quick stop at the Harrison store for munchies and Gatorade, and we're…
  • Summer in the City

    ACTIVE KIDS ARE FIT KIDSLooking for a fun way to keep your kids active this summer? The Bozeman Recreation Department's new structure of affordable recreation programs for youth ages 6 to 15 will offer blocks of active…
  • Smoke Gets in Your Eyes

    Fire season is here—that time of year when we look up and wonder if that cloud is actually evidence that Big Timber is burning to the ground. Though forest fires generally haven't sent rural Bozemanites packing in recent…
  • Sole Searching

    Thinking about new hiking boots or shoes? The correct sole should surely be part of the equation, and with a few considerations, you can be sure you're choosing the proper one for the terrain you'll be covering. This…
  • Lawn Party

    Outdoor art around Bozeman.You've seen it. A toilet rolled on its side with a splash of perennials pouring out of the bowl, lawns adorned with strange gargoyles and gnomes riding Harleys, not to mention the unusually…
  • Water Bottle Comparison

    How does your bottle measure up?NalgeneThe staple. Attractive, relatively inexpensive, and nearly impossible to destroy, this water bottle reflects your full indoctrination into established outdoor protocols. Recent BPA…
  • Horsing Around

    Winston Churchill once said, "I have always considered that the substitution of the internal combustion engine for the horse marked a very gloomy milestone for the progress of mankind." Though he may not have considered the…
  • Sonic Youth

    Bats in Montana.People don't usually think of bats when they think of Montana, but Lewis & Clark Caverns State Park is a great place to view these critters close up. During the right time of year (generally, summertime…
  • Flirting with Vertigo

    Lightning crackled. Gullies filled with runoff from the monsoon. What had I been thinking when I signed up for three days at the top of the world? Then the quiet voice of Dr. James Halfpenny reassured me and the rest of the…
  • Affordable Housing

    With all of the incredible outdoor activities Bozeman has to offer, most of your spare time might be spent just looking for a place to live, earning money to pay rent, and saving what little is left for a down payment. But…
  • When You Wish Upon a Wolf

    When I was 12, I was diagnosed with cancer and survived three years of intensive chemotherapy treatments at Johns Hopkins Hospital. I was given a second chance at life, and years later Yellowstone gave me an opportunity to…
  • Constellation For Hire

    No figure of the Old West is more iconic than the gunfighter—the lone wolf with the tortured soul, traversing a hostile landscape, selling his skills to the highest bidder for “a few dollars more.” The figures of the sky…
  • Walk This Way

    Summer in Montana means many folks are eager to kayak, mountain bike, hike the trails, fly fish, and play organized sports like soccer, baseball, and softball. But with the rush to sports also comes the unfortunate injuries…
  • I'll Take Yellowstone

    Not long ago, I read a blog post wherein an author gave a vivid account of his recent trip to Yellowstone. The post unleashed a plethora of memories. Some brought a smile. Others evoked emotions similar to being strapped…
  • The Shop Vac

    I take no responsibility for this fly whatsoever. It's been around for several years, and guides continue to rely on it because it's just one of those patterns you can't do without. The Shop Vac, as the name implies, seems…
  • Fishaholics

    Most people find it difficult to admit they have a problem, and when they do, they confess only to a good friend or relative.Not me. I'm fortunate enough to be in a position to admit it to everybody who uses the Internet.…
  • Pondering a Pond?

    The desire to build a pond on your property might seem like the perfect way to provide wildlife habitat, create a native fishery, develop a ready source of water for fire suppression, improve the aesthetics and value of…
  • Extreme Makeover: Wolf Edition

    On March 28, 2008 with the delisting of the Rocky Mountain Gray Wolf, the federal Endangered Species Act (ESA) did exactly what it was designed to do—recover a listed species to a point where the protections afforded under…
  • Wave of Change

    cross the street, and folks always said “Howdy” or waved? I mean, Montanans are a friendly bunch and we celebrate our Big Sky heritage together.But things are changing. Each day on my way to work, I wave to my neighbors—and…

Gear Reviews

  • Recycled All-Terrain Scarlet Backpack

    Being 5’2”, I have always been on the search for a backpack that can accommodate large amounts of gear while distributing weight evenly on my smaller frame. I found that in the Recycled All-Terrain Scarlet backpack from…
  • Mo Room 2P MSR Tent

    The first thing that appealed to me about the MSR Mo Room 2P tent was the “super-spacious hooped vestibule,” or as I like to call it—the porch. I must have a porch. Ideal for two people but definitely accommodating for a…
  • Manifesto Breathe

    If you're like me and hate wearing shoes when you know your feet are going to get wet or hot, then the new shoe by Helly Hanson is for you. The Manifesto Breathe bridges the gap between sandal and trail shoe by combining…
  • Gear: Simms Stockingfoot

    I’ve heard that no one looks good in waders. They aren’t exactly all the rage in Paris. Simms' new Women’s Gore-Tex Stockingfoots, however, have a lot of the same specifics the men’s waders have—plus a few perks for us gals…
  • Lady GTX by LOWA

    I’ve been in search of comfortable hiking boots half my life. With my extra-wide feet (often referred to as “flippers”), it’s hard to find a boot that fits well and provides decent support and stability. I found that the…
  • Computer Sleeve

    Less is always best when your office is mobile; that's why I chose the Seal Line computer sleeve, available at Cascade Designs. For the person on the go, this slim yet densely padded sleeve works great on its own or in…
  • S-Biner

    Carabiners have long been used to attach various items to backpacks, PFDs, fly vests, etc., and it was only a matter of time before somebody improved on the system. NiteIze’s two-sided S-Biner clip partitions the ‘biner and…
  • Ger: ENO DoubleNest Hammock

    Weighing in at only 22 ounces, the DoubleNest hammock, made by Eagles Nest Outfitters, packs down to the size of a grapefruit. Made from high-strength nylon and super-strong nautical line, the DoubleNest can hold up to 400…

Additional Articles

  • Tips for Alpine Fishing

    Wetting a line in Montana's high country.As the summer months reach their peak, those good ol' secret spots and honey holes turn out to be not so sweet, and not so secret. A sure cure for those overcrowded-river blues is…
  • Bridger Canyon

    You may have thought it was the wind, but that gust you felt in late March was actually a giant, city-wide sigh of relief after Bridger Canyon Partners withdrew its application with Gallatin County to build over 400…
  • Muscle-Heads Welcome

    On Saturday, July 12th, Outside Bozeman isn't sleeping in. We're joining the 7th Annual Drop & Trot 5k Walk/Run to support the Network Against Sexual and Domestic Abuse. This Network Crisis Hotline fundraiser is an…

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