Summer 2009

Features

  • Hidden Assets

    Everybody knows about Hyalite Reservoir and Fairy Lake, Bozeman area's "drive-up" lakes. But if you're willing to hike a little, you can escape the crowds and revel in the sunny solitude of these "secret" lakes nearby.…
  • Hellroaring and High Water

    The first time I saw Ben Selznick, Brad Ludden, and Nick Turner hurling themselves down the astounding creeks and rivers of Montana on the big screen of a Teton Gravity Research movie, I said to myself, “I want to go there…
  • Boating Gone Bad

    With all the whitewater roaring through Bozeman's back yard, and the large number of intrepid paddlers who take full advantage of it, stories of boating adventure and glory are a dime a dozen in southwest Montana. But these…
  • Before Recreation Became Sport

    In a world where fly fishing has become a lifestyle rather than a way to catch a few fish, it has become increasingly difficult to cast without casting judgment. Long before A River Runs Through It ran through our rivers…

Departments

  • Champs & Chumps – Summer 2009

    Every day, one stalwart citizen does the right thing, while another acts like a blithering bonehead. Here's a recap of admirable acts and embarrassing blunders for the summer season.Champs:Belgrade resident Erik Slye, for…
  • Wilderness Lite

    In the past, I've written about options hikers and wilderness groups had to make peace with mountain bikers so the two key constituencies could work together to protect roadless land. One option was urging Congress to pass…
  • Season Opener: Less is More

    Men, like rivers, become crooked by following the line of least resistance. —Edvard RaastedWell, it took us a few months – the benefits have revealed themselves slowly, like an intense workout regimen after weeks of sloth…
  • Keeping It Local

    "Here," says West Paw Design president Spencer Williams, grabbing a chunk of fuzz from one of the many machines in the company's warehouse east of Bozeman, "this is where the material gets finalized, ready to stuff the beds…
  • Contests

    Man's Best FrameBozeman is a dog town, no bones about it. Our canine companions are a major part of the outdoor scene and deservedly so. They guard sloppy camps against bear infiltration, wait patiently at the bottom of…
  • Anchor Management

    Sixty feet off the ground, arms pulsing with lactic acid, you call to your belayer: "Watch me!" Your last bolt is a few feet below you, but rather than climbing back to its safety, you put your faith in the system and go…
  • Amorous Expectations

    "Almost ready?" Megan asked."Getting there," I replied while stuffing the tent into my backpack. "You excited?" "Of course," I lied. "It will be fun."My fraudulent response stemmed not from doubt, but from experience. For I…
  • A Hike to Remember

    I waited in anticipation for our excursion to begin, my backpack hefty but lifted by my group's fun spirit. We had taken classes for weeks to prepare for our weekend of camping, and it was finally time to set off. I took a…
  • Torture Device

    So what do you do for fun? Me, I tend to strap 40 or 50 pounds of dead weight on my back and drag it and my ever-heavier carcass up some rock-strewn trail to a windswept, godforsaken mountainside, then pull all the junk out…
  • Targhee Trippin'

    What Bozemanite doesn't look forward to a Targhee road trip? Whether it's skiing in the winter or a summer music festival, that Saturday-morning drive south just feels right. With stellar mountain-biking terrain, you’ve got…
  • Nymphs Gone Wild

    Anglers know, of all bug hatches hatched, There is one, in particular, that cannot be matched Sometime in June, once the sun warms the eddies, The Madison fills with wild, colorful Betties No two alike, these nymphs flitter…
  • Outdoors on the Cheap

    Although money is tight for many Montana families, there's an abundance of low-cost outdoor recreational activities right outside the front door. From state parks to rivers to fishing access sites, there's something for…
  • MacGruber Cooking

    A DIY stove on a budget.If the recession has stolen all your gear cash, don't fret. Embrace your new hobo lifestyle by learning how to make a Super Cat stove. The Super Cat is bare bones, yet extremely effective, made from…
  • A Walk in the Park

    The Bozeman Recreation Department helps facilitate a strong, vital and involved Bozeman community through parks, programs, and people and the opportunities available encompass all age groups, ability levels, and interests.…
  • One-Pot Pesto

    Ten years ago I was a much younger man. I could hike further, climb faster, and ride longer. I could do it all on energy supplied by a PB&J and a Cliff Bar. Now that my pace has slowed, I've become more interested in…
  • Honey Ants

    The sweet swarm that changes everything.The rise is a curious one. Devoid of all precision and subtlety, the violent splash is trailed by a vacuum, capturing the surface tension in a brief and distinct whirlpool. It reminds…
  • Market Maker

    The Bogert Farmers' Market has quickly become one of Bozeman's premier summer events and it happens every Tuesday evening from 5 to 8 pm, starting June 2. This is the seventh year for the Tuesday-evening event, though…
  • The Livingston List

    When summer rolls around, Livingston's legendary wind dies down to wisps and breezes. The hills turn green and the snow melts off the Absarokas. Time to plan a day trip over the pass to the original "Gateway to Yellowstone…
  • Bechler on Horseback

    Two days in the Yellowstone backcountry with Sunrise Pack Station.The ground passes by beneath my feet. The strange smell of leather, horse sweat, dust, and pine fills the air. The saddles rhythmically creak. I'm taking my…
  • North of the Border

    Summer of CheapBack when mentioning your "stimulus package" was considered inappropriate, summer days were made for gleefully gas-guzzling down Highway 89, kayaks strapped non-aerodynamically to the top of the Land Cruiser…
  • Mountain Pose

    Bozeman summers are perfect for taking your yoga practice outside. Not only do we have comfy temps, low humidity, and relatively few mosquitoes, you can't beat the inspiring scenery. So mosey your mat over to a spot with a…
  • Summer Events in West Yellowstone

    A short drive down the road will take you to West Yellowstone, where a host of events and activities await you this summer.The Wild West Yellowstone rodeo kicks off June 18-20 and keeps going on several subsequent weekends…
  • Train Smarter

    To reach the next level in your chosen sport, there is, of course, the old manner of simply "training harder." Clearly this approach works to an extent. But think of the times when you had your best performances. Were you…
  • Five Creatures that Will Kill You

    Worrying about what could go wrong shouldn't keep you from getting outside this summer. Risk is a part of life, after all. But beware: some outdoor critters have their sights set on taking you down should you get on their…
  • Living with Lycra

    Roadies are disgusting. No, I'm not talking about the too-cool stoner hippies who follow crappy jam-bands around and eat a balanced diet of Hong Kong acid and organic granola. I'm talking about a far more foul, offensive,…
  • Trout Terminology

    The first time someone asked if I had a woolly bugger, I immediately blew my nose to check. To avoid embarrassing equivocations, read up on the fly-fishing jargon below, and put the Kleenex down—for now. Break-Off: When a…
  • Escape from Bozeman

    Ennis is an ideal place to stage a low-rent getaway from this summer's revolving parade of guests, weddings, and company barbecues. Known around the world for fantastic fly fishing on the Madison, the town also sports an…
  • By the Numbers: MT Driving

    69,567: Miles of highways, roads, and streets in Montana (2006)1,952,737: Registered cars, trucks, and buses in Montana (2006)25: Number of "structurally deficient bridges" in Montana, per U.S. Dept. of Transportation4:…

Gear Reviews

  • Camalot C4

    Climbing cams are kinda like trucks: there are several manufacturers, and they're all about the same quality; what separates them is mainly personal preference. And my new preference is the Black Diamond Camalot C4-if for…
  • Big Zip SL

    I've historically shunned the backpack-style water bladder; however, since losing-or should I say, "donating" my second SIGG water bottle in as many months-I have given up on the Swedish supercanteen in favor of strapping…
  • Zephyr GTX Mid

    I've reviewed dozens of hiking boots over the years, but few have performed so well on the trail-or fit so well right out of the box-as the Lowa Zephyr GTX Mid. I got them early enough to test a variety of conditions, from…
  • Review: Hot 3 Firefighting Pack

    One day I'm building a deck in a snowstorm in Montana, the next I'm fighting fire on a stinking-hot day in Quincy, California. So it is, in wildland firefighting. Made here in Bozeman, the Mystery Ranch Hot 3 Firefighting…
  • Pro Angler

    Like most anglers, I'm always looking for the perfect do-it-all boat – one that's compact, stable, performs well on both rivers and lakes, and can get into those hard-to-reach honey holes, yet doesn't weigh more than my dad…
  • Saddlehorn 26

    To be honest, the Saddlehorn 26" Rolling Duffel was my first rolling duffel bag, and it's made travel so easy that I want to go somewhere every weekend. It has more than 5,730 cubic inches of durable space to store clothes…
  • ACT Trail 32

    If this pack could talk, I'm sure it'd say some nasty things about me. Deuter designed the ACT Trail 32 as a technical dayhiking pack with ice axe and trekking pole attachments, a built-in rain cover, and hydration bladder…
  • PlatyPreserve

    There's nothing quite like sipping a hearty cabernet on the shore of a remote alpine lake, or washing down freshly-caught trout with a nice pinot grigio. Problem is, boxed wine just isn't that great, and nobody wants to…

Additional Articles

  • Hellroaring Beta

    Here's what you need to know about Hellroaring Creek:LocationPut-in: From Big Timber drive south about 52 miles up the main Boulder road (Hwy 298) to Sheep Creek trailhead. A high-clearance 4WD vehicle and white-knuckle…
  • Cooking Your Catch

    As a child, I fished almost every day-however, I never kept a fish to eat. It wasn't because I embraced the ethos of Lee Wulff, but rather because no one in my family was much interested in cleaning and cooking a fish. For…
  • Summer Runs

    There's no shortage of foot races in southwest Montana—you can pretty much run one every weekend from June to September—but here are two of our favorites.Saturday, August 8The aptly named Bozeman Classic (aka, the Sweet…
  • Fetch'erz Ballz-Nuhemp

    With not one, but two high-end pet stores in town, it's obvious that Bozemanites include their dogs in the same organic, sustainable ethos that now pervades American culture. When it comes to diet, NuHemp's Fetch'erz Ballz…
  • Summer River Shuttles

    Nothing screams Montana like a fun-filled day on the river, be it fishing, floating, or whitewater. An important logistical concern, of course, is the shuttle. While some hardcores prefer to hitchhike, bike, or even (gasp)…
Outside Bozeman Summer 2009

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