Summer 2011

Features

  • Lost in the Beartooths

    A high-alpine misadventure. Like the fabled mountain man Jim Bridger once quipped, “I can’t ever remember being lost, but I do recall being considerably confused for a few days.” I can attest to not knowing exactly where I…
  • Long on the Water

    A float trip down the Yellowstone River had been tumbling through my mind for eight or ten years. Finally, in 2009 when I had just about given up on the possibility, the perfect group came together. Each of us was over 60…
  • Sweet Surrender

    Whitewater canoeing in southwest Montana.From our vantage point a quarter-mile upstream, Doug and I could see the whitecaps: a long lane of foaming whitewater separated from the main surge by a thin strip of land. Several…
  • Crazy Luck

    The Crazy Mountains run north to south through Montana in a seemingly perfect angular form, like the bottom of a carnivore’s jaw. And though highways run parallel to the range on two sides, no road traverses them. They are…

Departments

  • Solar Powered

    It might seem that our society’s concerns for fossil-fueled dependence have only transpired within the last few decades, but as it turns out, research and development of more sustainable fuel sources dates back to the 1800s…
  • Coming Home

    For almost a decade, news stations have inundated the American public with stories of wounded veterans returning from combat, only to face an uncertain future due to their newly-acquired injuries. We know that countless…
  • Yellowstone Vs. Glacier

    We’re taking a new twist on the ol’ Bozeman Vs. theme and pitting our backyard national park against Montana’s other famous backcountry get-away: Glacier National Park. But which is the champion? Read on to find out.Main…
  • Ol’ Smokey

    As the old joke goes, whitefish are great smoked, but they’re hard to keep lit. That’s right: smoked whitefish—something many fisher folk have heard of but have never actually tried. Any traditional charcoal barbeque will…
  • The Fine Art of Blending In

    Wanna give fly fishing a try without spending hundreds on gear (and potentially finding out it’s not the sport for you)? The folks over at Phasmid Rentals can arrange just about anything for you. Aptly named after organisms…
  • Hip Check

    Running injuries are very common—up to 60% of runners get one while training or racing. Most of the time, the injuries are damage that occurs due to repetitive stress. After all, a typical runner takes over 5,000 steps…
  • Folk on the Water

    In homage to the days of Lewis & Clark, the 48th annual Yellowstone Boat Float will launch the morning of July 8 from Livingston and continue downstream—covering 95 miles of historic river bottom—to Laurel by July 10.…
  • Earning It

    Because Montana doesn't come free."Enthusiasm releases the drive to carry you over obstacles and adds significance to all you do." –Norman Vincent PealeLightning flashed on the horizon as we launched into the Gallatin’s…
  • Fly Fishing 101

    With gear-bedecked fishermen floating and wading our rivers all summer long, it’s clear that fly fishing has become one of the most popular activities in southwest Montana. And for good reason: it’s exciting, rewarding, and…
  • Field Day

    The clock starts and dogs bolt into the field with their masters close behind. It’s a perfect bluebird day here at the National Shoot to Retrieve Association (NSTRA) field trial, and the energy level is already sky-high. As…
  • An Ounce of Prevention

    It’s a beautiful late July afternoon. You and your best friend are biking your favorite singletrack: the Wall of Death. Out in front, as you maneuver a challenging downhill stretch, you hear your friend let out a yell. You…
  • Spring Cleaning

    The Gallatin Valley Land Trust (GVLT), the City of Bozeman, and many other partners are working this summer to fix problem areas on trails around town. Here’s what they’ve been up to.Sourdough Gets a Facelift After…
  • Vicious Cycle

    “Dude, I had brutal chainsuck on that compound disappearing hill and had to dab twice. Then I did a little crotch testing over the stump—wang chung in a big way. Did you pass that brand whore roadie on the tar?”Say what? Is…
  • Tri Hard

    You’ve thought about it. Some of your friends do it. However, you’re not quite sure how to do it. Don’t be intimidated—participating in your first triathlon is a wonderful endeavor that you can accomplish. The most…
  • CSA & Farmers’ Market Roundup

    Where to get good food around Bozeman.Even better than organic food at the Co-op and Rosauer's is local food from your friends and neighbros around southwest Montana. Plenty of options exist these days, both for member…
  • So Long, Dinty Moore

    Camping doesn’t have to be hot dogs on a stick. There are hundreds of easy recipes that can turn a campfire meal into a mouthwatering feast, whether you’re out in the backcountry or just car camping.Begin your evening with…
  • Tan Cicada Foam

    The Tan Cicada Foam has proved very effective, especially as a second fly behind a salmon fly. In fact, last year I used this fly behind a large salmon fly pattern and caught more fish on it than on the larger fly. And it…
  • Veterans’ Fishing Park

    Legendary fly fisherman and conservationist Bud Lilly is at it again—this time, he’s spearheading a new fishing access site on the Gallatin River designed specifically for veterans. It’s called the Veterans’ Fishing Park,…
  • Dead Fish Rising

    While hiking along a high bank beside the Gallatin River one day and visualizing my stretch of water for the morning, I was startled by the insistent call of a fisherman down below. “Hey, you there!” he yelled. “You have a…
  • Summertime Barbeque

    A barbecue party is an awesome social event: laughing with your friends, grabbing beers out of the cooler, sharing big bowls of snacks. Everything is going great… until you get to the main course. Instead of flirting with…
  • Solar Electric Resources

    Independent Power SystemsFounded in 1996, Independent Power Systems (IPS) offers system design, engineering, and installation. The company mission is to provide the highest quality installations using state-of-the art…
  • Hide and Seek

    The Hidden Lakes are a series of eight high mountain lakes in the Gallatin Range between Bozeman and Big Sky. The chain of lakes, at the base of a ridge, rests at an altitude of 9,000 feet. The Hidden Lakes Trail begins…
  • Big Sky, Big Tunes

    Music in Bozeman and beyond. We’ve all exhausted ourselves enjoying Mother Nature’s struggle between snow and sunshine, skiing one day and biking the next. But as the days lengthen and the temperatures rise, the Pied Piper…
  • Guesswork-Free Camping

    Camping in Montana just got a little easier, if somewhat less spontaneous. This year, campers can reserve their spots in any of 20 Montana state parks via a new reservation system, which includes both online and telephone…
  • Gear Glut

    There's no better time to get your gear organized. You’ll know immediately what you have and be able to access it quickly and easily… not to mention the money you'll save on not repurchasing what you already have. So here…
  • What’s That Flower?

    Did you know there’s a wild garden around you? It’s available for your viewing pleasure during easy ambles on trails around town and on steeper stretches that reach up to 10,000 feet. Some of the flowers are like jewels…
  • Lake Break

    Southwest Montana is blessed with hundreds of alpine and subalpine lakes, also known as tarns. Gifts of the glaciers that also carved our iconic mountains, these sparkling little lakes make perfect destinations for…
  • Flaming Sugar and Fear

    “Careful with that stick,” I warned Tanner, my five-year-old nephew, as he waved it wildly about like a symphony conductor testing a new baton. “Don’t worry,” assured Missy, my sister. “Tan wouldn’t hurt a fly.”Three…
  • Sweet Stimulation

    How much caffeine is too much? We've all done it: lacking energy for that afternoon ride, or trying not to fall asleep at work, we reach for an energy drink. Sure, it beats that pesky sleepiness into submission and keeps…
  • Guest Season

    More guests, guests in summer pouring into the homes of all southwest Montanans like water through a breach in the earthen wall of the other nine months, friends and family compressing the long supple year to a single point…
  • Dog Days of Summer

    Bozeman is certainly a dog town, and summer is when we have more outdoor adventures with our favorite sidekicks. But there’s a fine line between letting our dogs have a life and not letting them injure themselves too badly…
  • Lesson of Balance

    There's no denying the humble enchantment of the mock-Bavarian village in Leavenworth, Washington. It's a blatant tourist trap, but a lovely one—fake lederhosen and all. More important, the granite boulders nestled in the…
  • Sculpting Light and Time

    In this sophisticated age where motor-driven, auto-focused, auto-exposed digital cameras can be shot while blindfolded and produce a useable image through Photoshop trickery, there is still no electronic substitute for…
  • Back to the Future

    Against my grandmother’s advice, I’d like to pass on a rumor. It’s relatively harmless, though I cannot confirm it. It goes something like this. Around the mid-‘60s, a group of women in Japan grew increasingly concerned…
  • Free Photo Workshops

    Canon and the American Park Network are once again offering free digital photography workshops in Yellowstone National Park; they're scheduled this year for August 1-7. The free workshops—led by nationally recognized…
  • A Tribute to Ed Anacker

    What are the odds that a 64-year-old chemistry professor would dream up the legendary Bridger Ridge Run? The pieces started to come together when I visited his home to get advice on putting on the run which already bore his…
  • Bear Jam

    I saw the two bears from the road while driving. Like a proper tourist, I stopped right in the middle of the road. Since I was on a curve, I did the responsible thing—I turned on my hazards. A minivan drove by and nearly…
  • Art of the State

    Nothing makes for a more pleasant summer evening than strolling the streets, glass of vino in-hand, scoping out inspired works of art. Yep, art walks have become as much of a Montana mainstay as fly fishing and floating the…
  • Bear Spray Recycling

    Everyone knows that carrying bear spray is essential when a big grizzly sees red—but not everyone knows how to dispose of their half-used or empty cans while staying green. Now, thanks to Counter Assault and The Yellowstone…
  • Crippled on Beaver Creek

    Every summer, as the streams clear from the muddy spring runoff, I get a powerful urge to hike and fish the alpine lakes and streams of southwest Montana. Last July, my first foray into the high country was thwarted by a…
  • Staycation Destination

    There's a reason tourists arrive in droves come summer: to bug you. Their unscuffed hiking boots mock your hard-won, raggedy Chacos; their souvenir-shop tees proclaim showy affection for the state you love best. Inhaling…
  • Leverich Gets a Lift

    Construction on the Leverich Canyon Trail. This spring, the Gallatin County Resource Advisory Committee committed $8,500 to help reduce trail erosion and increase public safety on the Leverich Canyon Trail. After being…
  • Tenkara Fishing

    "I believe the way toward mastery of any endeavor is to work toward simplicity; replace complex technology with knowledge, hard work, and skill." –Yvon ChouinardA resurrected form of fly fishing called tenkara has been…
  • Ankle Aid

    An increase in outdoor activity sometimes means an increase in injuries, including those to the foot and ankle. Walking or running on uneven surfaces such as trails or river bottoms increases the risk of ankle injuries…
  • Gettin’ High

    If you’re looking for a new perspective on life, some folks might suggest getting high. But when it comes to photography, this takes on a whole new meaning for Bozeman photographers Jim Harris and Chris Boyer. Using towers…

Gear Reviews

Additional Articles

  • Montana Feet

    The dude’s feet are disgustin’Dirty and scarred and scabbedNo more’n stubs with ten digitsLike pink, fleshy batterin’ ramsBut each scab has a storyAnd each scrape a tall taleHe wears his scars proudlyAnd why shouldn’t he,…
  • Sunsets

    A languid horizon beckons the obliging sun to their ephemeral interludethe golden funnel softens as the dancers find their placesmagenta, azure, and crimson swirl in a tryst with cirrus nymphs,slowly the couples spiral…

Book Reviews

  • Book: Curious Folks Ask 2

    For more interesting facts about the natural world, check out Curious Folks Ask 2 (FT Press, $20), the sequel to Dr. Sherry Seethaler’s 2009 bestseller. A renowned scholar and science writer, Seethaler explains 188 common…
  • Book: Blue Lines

    No Montana summer would be complete without a few days (or a few dozen) spent fishing, and nothing will inspire you to gear up and head for the water quite like Blue Lines: A Fishing Life (Riverbend Publishing, $13) by Tom…

Columns

  • Letters - Summer 2011

    Don’t Chide the Cheese StateEditors, I want to thank you for continually putting out such a quality free publication for us here in southwest Montana. I look forward to it each season. There is one thing bothering me,…

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