Summer 2018

Features

  • Up a Creek in Paradise

    Climbing Mount Wallace. “So, if you cannot understand that there is something in a man which responds to the challenge of the mountain and goes out to meet it, that the struggle is the struggle of life itself upward and…
  • River Days

    Summers on the Big Hole.   It seems like a lifetime ago.  In the ’70s and ’80s, my wife Pam and I and our two kids would meet my best friend Dick McGinnis and his wife Diane and their two kids on the upper Big Hole River…
  • Gallatin Gone Wild

    Bozeman reacts to Wilderness recommendations. If one were to choose the American city with the greatest wildlands opportunities, few could compete with Bozeman. Mountains rise in all directions, with vast forests and…
  • Beyond Bicycle Face

    The women growing Bozeman's bike community.  At age twelve I lived at the bottom of long, steep hill. I’d pedal my pink Schwinn to the top, spin around, and sail over the hill’s lip pedaling as fast as I could. As I gained…
  • The Wilderness Mess

    When ecological systems are free to play themselves out on a large scale, things get a little dirty—and that’s a good thing. Close friends of mine know that around mid-August, I generally have a hitch in my getalong—a…

Departments

  • Leap of Faith

    Freefalling with DZone Skydiving. “It’s not looking good,” the pilot, Jon lamented, as he surveyed thick clouds closing in around us. “We’re probably going to need you to reschedule.”I couldn’t help feeling the sting of…
  • Ground Gobbler

    Wild-turkey kebabs.  Traditionally, ground-meat kebabs are made with lamb, and while lamb kebabs are delicious, the meat is expensive. This summer, try some ground turkey on the grill. Not only does turkey blend well with…
  • Cowen Around

    Scrambling up the crown of the Absarokas.  Nestled among the high peaks of the Absarokas, Elbow Lake sits waveless and inviting on a hot July day. Above the eastern shore towers the granite walls of Eenie, Meenie, Miney,…
  • Good Medicine

    Discovering nature’s bounty. You probably know that dandelion leaves and flowers are edible, but did you realize how many essential nutrients they contain, or that their dried roots can be made into a tea that can help…
  • Northwest Direct

    Riding West Pine to North Dry. This summer, head over toward Livingston to satiate your singletrack addiction. In the past several years the Livingston Bike Club and many friends have been hard at work improving the West…
  • Dam Nation

    Beaver reintroduction in the Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness.  Beavers have long shaped the Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness, their stick-and-mud dams slowing high-meadow streams and creating sparkling pools that teem with life…
  • Northern Exposure

    Hiking Yellowstone's boundary trails. There’s nothing like running your hands over the bark of a scarred tree to get a sense of those who came before, whether it’s the mark of a grizzly, an elk working to shed the velvet…
  • Killer Cars

    For wildlife, they're weapons of mass destruction. If you drive east on I-90 past the Bear Canyon exit, you may notice a section of high fencing along the sides of the interstate. Look more closely and you’ll find four…
  • Hidden Treasures

    Exploring southwest Montana’s state parks. We all know and love the big national parks at the top and bottom of our state. They’re dramatic, inspiring, and in the summer, they’re crowded. Luckily for us, Montana is rich…
  • For Peets Sake

    Remembering Mary Vant Hull.  A bench dedicated to Mary Vant Hull sits atop Peets Hill overlooking Bozeman, the city she deeply loved. It’s an apt place to remember the community activist who died on January 1, 2017, at the…
  • Aerial Assault

    Drones in the outdoors. On a warm summer morning, a mile up Bear Trap Canyon in the Lee Metcalf Wilderness, there’s usually little to hear but the constant harmonics of the Madison River moving swiftly past, the whine of…
  • Log-Jammed

    A last gasp for a storied tradition.  Long a vast, untamed wilderness, Montana’s north country was civilized in large part due to the Great Northern Railroad, which delivered settlers and supplies from more populous regions…
  • Word to the Wild

    Public discourse on public lands. Montana’s wild backcountry is essential to our state. From the high alpine to forested foothills, sagebrush-steppe grasslands to abundant riparian areas—it’s a diverse landscape, and it…
  • Bulls on Parade

    Photographing Yellowstone's summer bison.   It’s uncommon to venture into Yellowstone without encountering bison. At over 4,000 strong, they’re a dominant presence on the roads, on the trails, and throughout the Park’s…
  • Freestone Fun

    A mini-vacation along the Gallatin. The first fish I ever caught was on the Gallatin, a 10-inch rainbow that I accidentally hooked while letting out some line; I think I was more surprised than the fish. I haven’t caught…
  • Spruce Up the Joint

    Tying an effective summer fly. Although the spruce moth has a bad rap for killing millions of acres of trees in the West (rightfully so), it holds a special place in many trout angler’s hearts. Spruce moths tend to flutter…
  • Hikes for Tykes

    Family-friendly Yellowstone. Bozeman parents, you sure are lucky. You get to live within an hour and a half of two Yellowstone National Park entrances. There’s a lot to see from the car or the boardwalks, but the Park…
  • Nixing the Nixon

    The uncertain fate of a Gallatin River icon.  “The old bridge will be removed.” That’s what Gallatin County Commissioner Don Seifert, along with Commission Chair Steve White, told Outside Bozeman. For groups like the…
  • Summer Swillin'

    Imbibe with the tribe. The pickup tailgate after a blissful singletrack descent; the captain’s seat of a driftboat as the sun dips below the Gallatin Range; the half-light of a campfire circle as your buddy tells that story…
  • Strings of Fortune

    Prepping for a successful season.  Just over four miles from the truck by foot and headlamp, we stashed our pack frames in a downed aspen. Another two miles and 2,000 vertical feet put my hunting partner and me in position…
  • Inflated Floating

    Packrafting local waters.  Bozeman summers are short and full of activity. So why add yet another option to the mix? Because variety is the spice of life, that’s why, and trying new things is fun. This summer, try…
  • Paying the Toll

    A guide to Yankee Jim’s whitewater.  The Yellowstone River, specifically the mighty Yankee Jim Canyon, has the biggest whitewater features in the state. Don’t believe me? Go to any bar in Gardiner this summer and ask the…
  • Leggo My Ego

    Keeping the fun in sport. It’s a pleasant summer afternoon and a group of us have driven out to Paradise Valley to climb at Allenspur. We’ve warmed up on a couple routes we know, and now it’s my turn to start up one we don’…
  • Mars Attacks

    Summer's alien invasion. No one would have believed in the last years of the nineteenth century that this world was being watched keenly and closely by intelligences greater than our own… (that) across the gulf of space….…
  • Measure Twice, Cut Once

    Wilderness gets no second chances. “Plans are of little importance, but planning is essential.”—Winston ChurchillMy dad is a fan of home projects, and as a result, I spent much of my youth digging holes, holding boards,…
  • The Montana Wave

    This summer, lighten up.  After the long slosh and skid of winter finally recedes, the sudden profusion of thawed tarmac, green valleys, and snow-capped vistas cannot but tickle already itchy feet. On any given summer day…

Gear Reviews

  • Review: Aku Alterra GTX

    The Alterra GTX hiking boots are durable yet comfortable, making them a great choice for long treks through the Montana high country. On a multi-day backpack through Glacier’s rugged peaks and canyons, the Alterras…
  • Review: Pearl Izumi X-Alp Elevate

    On big backcountry rides, performance is king. That’s why I’m stoked about the aggressive outsoles on Pearl Izumi’s X-Alp Elevate biking shoe. The Vibram tread provides awesome traction on technical hike-a-bikes without…
  • Review: Salomon Sense Pro Max

    I didn’t want to like Salomon’s Sense Pro Max—the Sensifit lacing system requires you to pull tight and cinch down, then fold under the top of the tongue. What ever happened to loop, swoop, and pull? Then I ran a race in…
  • Review: Salomon Advance Skin 12 Step

    Packing enough water for a long run is tough in summer heat. That’s why I’ve started using the Salomon Advance Skin 12 Step hydration vest. This form-fitting pack comes with two 17-oz. soft flasks that ride comfortably in…
  • Review: Oboz Campster

    In an overcrowded sandal market, it’s good to go with a trusted name—I chose the new Campster from Oboz. This shoe, like all Oboz models, has solid traction and good support. The heal strap rotates up, turning the sandal…
  • Review: OnX

    I was an early adopter of the land-ownership chips from OnX—I’ve had one in my GPS for seven years now. You’d think it’d be hard to sing praise for this handy device every other year, but each time I get the latest version…
  • Review: Tuff Tote 60L

    If you’re protecting your gear and clothing in the 60L Tote dry bag, and it falls out on a dirt road going 30 mph, it’ll be fine—we checked. Also great for rafting and as airline baggage, this versatile dry bag has welded…
  • Review: Pearl Izumi Launch

    The Launch is a trail-riding short that’s ready for the elements. Loaded with great details, plus an effective moisture-transfer-management fabric, these shorts are comfortable no matter how long or hard you’re riding. My…
  • Review: Pearl Izumi X-Alp Launch

    Pearl Izumi continues to develop its mountain-bike lineup by adding a flat-pedal shoe. The women’s X-ALP Launch is a stylish and lightweight sneaker that, despite its looks, is ready for the abuse of a full day on the trail…
  • Review: Vasque Breeze III GTX

    My field-test of Vasque’s Breeze III GTX started with the first few steps—at the Missouri Headwaters, I walked from the car straight into an ankle-deep mud puddle. My feet emerged dry as a bone. Clearly, the boot’s…
  • Review: NRS Quiver 9'8"

    When you’re ready to take your paddleboarding up a notch—and that means runnin’ the rivers, rapids and all—consider the Quiver by NRS. This extra-wide, highly maneuverable board combines rock-hard inflatability with extra…
  • Review: Altra King MT 1.5

    Whether the MT stands for Montana or mountain, I feel like the king of both when running in Altra’s King MT 1.5. These zero-drop trail shoes have a super-aggressive tread that chews up trail, and minimal cushioning so you…

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