Summer 2019

Features

  • The Piscine Sins

    Confessions of a fly fisherman.  Forgive me Father Maclean, for I have sinned. Man, fishing is hard. Well, I mean, most fishing is hard. Sticking a worm on a hook and waiting for a bluegill to bite is not particularly…
  • Home Range

    From downtown Bozeman, the heart of the Gallatin Range is just a bike ride away. We’ve been following the bear’s footsteps for about a mile now, whistling and chattering nervously. The prints aren’t large and based on where…
  • Jefferson Rising

    A restoration success story.  Forgotten. Ignored. Overlooked. Spurned. Maybe even scorned. The Jefferson River has never had much of a reputation among fishermen. The “Jeff” is the river you drive along as you are headed to…
  • Beyond Public Access

    Why conserving private land is good for all. When I moved to Bozeman in the mid-’90s, I felt as though I was ahead of the curve, like I’d “discovered” one of the best places on the planet for the lifestyle I wished to live…
  • Keep It Relevant

    As part one of a new four-part series, Outside Bozeman caught up with American Rivers’ Michael Fiebig for a conversation exploring the intersection of conservation and recreation. When not working as the Northern Rockies…
  • All for One

    Access to the Lionhead area is the result of a rock-solid partnership between cyclists, horsemen, and the Forest Service, a rare case of collaboration where the results speak for themselves. With the Custer-Gallatin…

Departments

  • Divided We Hike

    Backpacking the CDT in Montana.  The Continental Divide Trail (CDT) is the longest and most remote of the three Triple Crown Trails, the other two being the Pacific Crest Trail and the Appalachian Trail. Stretching 3,100…
  • Laps of Luxury

    Adding style to a summer road-trip. The last sliver of sun drops below the distant horizon as I slide a cheese-and-bacon quesadilla off the grill and onto my plate. Melted cheddar drips down the sides and bacon grease pools…
  • Meadow

         The gift of a mountain meadowdeep into summerat rest by a winding brook almost silenta mayfly skitters over the surfaceleaving her eggsa mule deer observes from adistant hummockmy presence a temporary curiosityAwakened…
  • Less is More

    Slowing down at Woody Creek Cabin. Solitude is rare; peace of mind more so. Even deep in the Montana woods, our minds race and we’re removed from the moment, stressing about deadlines, bills, social commitments. It’s hard…
  • Let's Blow This Joint

    Yellowstone’s coming to kill us all.  It’s been said (by people who choose to think about really depressing things) that the Yellowstone Supervolcano—a portal of doom the size of Rhode Island that is capable of blasting…
  • Keep It Cool

    Summer safety tips for dogs.  Caring, active owners, great outdoor recreation, and relatively few parasites and infectious diseases make a dog's life in Montana a little more comfortable than in other parts of the country.…
  • Flippin' Out

    How to right a capsized canoe. Canoes aren’t likely to tip over, at least when used by calm people in calm water.If you’re not overloading your boat with too much gear, or paddling toward whitewater to satisfy your hunger…
  • Maiden Montana

    Tales of a fly-shop girl. I graduated from college on a Friday and on Saturday my Dad and I drove across the country to my grandparents’ place in McAllister. I’d broken up with my boyfriend, so getting far away from home…
  • Bird Bath

    Photographing Quake Lake’s winged citizens.  Early, before the wind came up and disturbed the glass-like surface, I slid my kayak into the lake. I pushed off with snacks, water, and my camera, fitted with a 100-400mm lens;…
  • Trailing Away

    Classic bike rides on the chopping block. In Montana, whenever the nearby national forest undergoes a Forest Plan Revision or Travel Plan update, mountain bikers hold their breath.Time and again, updates mean closures, and…
  • Raft Right

    The skinny on packrafting.  One of the great joys of outdoor adventure is trying new things—and regardless of how daunting the prospect of a new sport may be, we have to start somewhere. For me that latest somewhere was…
  • Liquid Highway

    Hiking to Sioux Charley Lake. The Stillwater River is a major drainage in the Beartooth Mountains. The river’s headwaters begin in an expansive basin high atop the Beartooth Plateau west of Crown Butte and Daisy Pass, just…
  • The Anzick Child

         Hunting marmots in Augustnear the Shields Riverwe found parts of youburied in a sandstone outcropwith tools washed in red ochreTwelve thousand yearsbefore you could tell usof your ancestors leaving Siberiawalking the…
  • Right of Hay

    Proper trail behavior around horses.Interactions between backpackers and horse riders often demonstrate humans’ innate hunter instinct. Most of the time, people kindly follow the trail rules and yield to the horse. To do so…
  • 7-11th Heaven

    Cragging at Allenspur. A crag that is not too loud and not too crowded: these are the first qualifiers that come to mind when seeking a quick climbing fix. I can’t focus on climbing Gallatin Tower when I can hear an 18-…
  • Barbie Dorado

    When it comes to summer meals, tacos are on the short-list of favorites. From classic cafeteria-style ground beef to more exotic options, they rarely disappoint, especially when combined with your favorite cerveza. This…
  • Ice & Spice

    Turn up the heat with summer Palomas. After a long, snowy winter, summer in the Gallatin Valley is truly special. A great cocktail—while on the river, camping, or just on the back patio—only adds to the experience. Cocktail…
  • The Short List

    Five not-so-long races. Hardcore mountain runs have a time and a place, but not every race has to be a sufferfest.Sometimes a 5k, charity run, or other low-key race is the perfect way to spend a morning (or evening).Here…
  • Unwelcome Element

    Combatting aquatic invasive species. Southwest Montana’s waterways have long been the backdrop of adventure—some long forgotten, and some so famous that they’re re-enacted for today’s audiences. Known to the Blackfeet as “…
  • Variations on a Stream

    A new spin on a classic fly. The rain is pounding, the wind is howling, and the Yellowstone River has yet to produce a fish. I flop a cast up underneath a streamside bush. My purple Chubby Chernobyl bobs gently on the foam…
  • New Territory

    Overlanding in southwest Montana. If you’ve been out and about around Bozeman recently, you may have noticed Toyota Tacomas and vintage Land Cruisers with snorkels running up the driver’s windshield, heavy-duty bumpers and…
  • Quiet Colossus

    When a fifth-generation Gallatin Valley rancher wants to keep the family land intact—regardless of all the work it will take—and a fatcat developer comes knocking with dollar signs in his eyes, the Gallatin Valley Land…
  • Pining for Rock

    Geology along the Pine Creek trail. Numerous hikes are just outside the door, but a combination of alpine views steeped in multiple layers of geologic time is hard to beat. Perfect for a daylong activity with a friend, Pine…
  • Grill 'Em If You Got 'Em

    Kicking your camp meals up a notch. Summer is best spent with your family and friends exploring the mountains, rivers, and lakes across southwest Montana. No matter where you are, you’ll be eating, and while burgers and…
  • Do Your Body Good

    Local food improves health and performance.  As spring leads to summer, local farmers and ranchers are hard at work producing food for our community. Across Gallatin and Park counties, access to local food continues to grow…
  • Waste Land

    Flogging dog owners in the pillory.  For the past 20 years, Outside Bozeman has made a habit of calling people out. Sometimes—most times—we’re kidding. But other times, we’re so hoppin’ mad that if we don’t lash out…
  • Paradise Found

    A fresh start over the pass. It’s June and a late-spring rain falls on winter’s lingering snowpack. In this narrow window all the plants in Montana are beer-bottle green. The peaks of the Absaroka Range loom like arms ready…
  • New-Wave Recreation

    A different angle on a classic summer activity. If variety is the spice of life, then novelty is the hot sauce—and if you’re game for a new outdoor activity, you won’t find a more suitable salsa picante than whitewater…
  • In Trails We Trust

     An update from GVLT.  Exciting things are happening in the Gallatin Valley. At the Gallatin Valley Land Trust (GVLT), we’re doing everything we can to keep up with the pace of our region’s rapid development and growing…
  • Head to Toe

    Getting outfitted locally, hiking edition. In the spring, we gave you a rundown about local fly-fishing-gear manufacturers. Then we realized that one of our favorite summer pastimes—hiking—was also well represented by…
  • Collective Bargain

    We’re all in this together.  “Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.” —Helen Keller A climber, smiling ear-to-ear as she ambles back to her car. A mountain biker and his dog cautiously negotiating a tight…

Gear Reviews

  • Review: MSR Hubba Tour

    MSR’s Hubba Hubba is a backpacker favorite. But what if you want to go light, fast, and long without sacrificing features? Enter the Hubba Tour, designed for speedy trekking and bikepacking. It’s loaded with features, like…
  • Review: Balega Blister Resist

    Early in the running season, blisters are the norm.While I can’t claim that Balega’s new Blister Resist socks eliminate blisters forever (running with wet feet is gonna happen sometimes), I can say that the socks’ mohair…
  • Review: Clevermade Tahoe

    For picnics, daytrips, and après-activity refreshments, the CleverMade Tahoe is a good buy—this five-gallon soft cooler not only keeps 30 cans (plus ice) cold for 24 hours, it stores flat and pops open with a quick pull of…
  • Review: Scarpa Spin Ultra

    I’ve taken to running with cushy-soled trail shoes because the thick foam supposedly helps my achy knees.While I’ve had good results with a variety of models, the large sole profiles can trip me up on technical trails with…
  • Review: Costa Hinano

    Simple, stylish, durable, polarized: these are the four pillars of good sunglasses—the all-purpose, outdoor-recreation kind, anyway.Costa’s Hinano meets these criteria and more, with soft nose pads, a grippy frame, and a…

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