Winter 2007-08

Features

  • Caving In

    It was Matt’s idea to build the cave. He considered it good practice and although we’d reserved a warm, dry Forest Service cabin for the night, it seemed like a sensible way to pass a gray afternoon in the snow.Despite the…
  • From Pinhead to Sledhead

    Remember lunchtime in seventh grade when enjoying some scrumptious government rations involved more than just finding an empty seat? Time to pick your clique: The budding, pint-sized, testosterone jocks sat together, the “…
  • Shredded

    Interviewing biologist turned pro snowboarder turned filmmaker: Jennifer Grace. When Jennifer Grace gave up a lucrative career as a biologist to become a professional snowboarder, she defied all conventional wisdom. Not…

Departments

  • Ice Climbing 101

    Intro to ice climbing.“You’ll be fine, just drop your heels, stay calm, and DON'T CUT THE ROPE.” My teacher may not have been a sage, but he certainly knew his Klemheist from a clove hitch. That first day, he taught me to…
  • Curry in a Hurry

    When an unexpected dinner guest or a long day at the office makes dinner preparation seem impossible, turn to this shortcut curry and relax. If you have canned coconut milk, chicken in the freezer, and a little red curry…
  • Websites We Like

    I think it’s fair to say that we’re all sick and tired of hearing about MySpace.com already. So in hope that we can help everyone remember that the internet should help people enjoy their lives, not be their lives, here are…
  • Winter Calendar

    January2-6 Half-priced ticket days, Big Sky Resort. 995-5000.5 Franklin's Fat Ass 50K. winddrinkers.org.5-6 Yellowstone Institute class, "Wilderness First Aid." (307) 344-2293.5-20 Community Race Series—Alpine and Telemark…
  • Chilling on Ice

    Fans of ice sports throughout southwest Montana were saddened when the Valley Ice Garden shut its doors to become a cold-storage warehouse. Thankfully, the Gallatin County Fairgrounds immediately provided partial remedy…
  • Better Than Nothing

    “The true force behind ice fishing is that it is better than no fishing at all,” states renowned American author Jim Harrison in his essay “Ice Fishing, the Moronic Sport.” And while many may agree with the sentiments of…
  • Stretching the Season

    Fishing in winter.As the days become shorter and the snow covers the valley floors, thoughts of fly fishing dwindle in almost every angler’s mind. However, rivers that see a plethora of anglers throughout the warmer months…
  • Deferred Compensation

    When the snowy season comes, most sporting folk clean and lock up the firearms and spend most of their winter recreation time waiting in lift lines and watching the sky for fresh powder. Although this is certainly a quality…
  • By the Numbers

    37.1: Average number of people who die in U.S. skiing/snowboarding accidents (per year) 86.4: Percentage of 2006/2007 fatalities that were male 80: Percentage of women who will become widows at some point in life 10:…
  • The Disco Midge

    I can’t think of a more productive winter fly than this version of the Disco Midge. A good friend of mine from Victor, Idaho turned me on to it years ago, and countless good fish have fallen victim to its small, innocuous…
  • Paws 'n' Pals

    LicensesBe sure to start the New Year off right for both pet and pocketbook—renew your pet license. The City of Bozeman requires a license for any dog or cat over six months old that lives within the city limits for more…
  • Here For Nothing

    When we get to Canyon Ferry, the ice looks like it’s only an inch thick, so we drill a hole to check it and it’s four inches—maybe. There are already several groups sitting around out there, so we figure what the hell and…
  • Busy with Biodiesel

    The ins and outs of eco-friendly fuel. In the Spring 2006 issue of Outside Bozeman, we told you about Scott Brown. He's a local guy who runs Desert Rose Catering and started making biodiesel on the side.Scott's not the only…
  • Link to the Peak!

    Contending with unparalleled growth in the Gallatin Valley and Big Sky, the Skyline and Streamline bus systems have been instrumental in alleviating a significant amount of traffic. With only 16 months of service under its…
  • Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks Winter Update

    Just a Hop, Skip, and Jump from BozemanNot far from bustling Bozeman is a real blast from the past. A high limestone cliff situated at the edge of the Gallatin Valley marks the site of the Madison Buffalo Jump State Park, a…
  • Khumbu Climbing School

    During the spring of 2002, Jennifer Lowe Anker and her husband Conrad Anker were hiking to the Everest base camp. It was part honeymoon, part pilgrimage and just a few years after her late husband, Alex Lowe, had died on…
  • Blight

    Blight is like beauty: it lies in the eyes of the beholder.If you’re a developer, blight keeps you from selling your townhouses and condos for top dollar until someone puts in paved streets and curbs and streetlights.If you…
  • Out in the Cold

    When you gear up for a winter photo expedition, the first thing to consider is you. If you’re cold, you won’t be able to focus on capturing a good photo. Dress so that you can put on or take off layers as needed. Focus on…
  • Skilates

    Skiing demands strong core muscles. Pilates can help you reduce core muscle imbalances, reduce your chances of injury, and maximize your performance. It also helps increase your body awareness, your accuracy, and your…
  • Where’s the Beef?

    In the spring of 2007, the nonprofit Madison County Economic Development Council (MCEDC) developed a program to bring Montana beef back to Montana. The project, named Montana Black, provides financial incentives for local…
  • Paging Dick Clark

    We all know that Bozeman is a really fun town. But when it comes to New Year’s Eve, ol’ Boz Angeles just doesn’t live up to the fame. But if you decide to stick around for New Year’s (presumably to ski every day), here are…
  • Take Care of Your Eyes

    It's all fun and games until somebody loses one. Eyeballs have a lot to worry about in winter: skiers get faces full of snow or stare at the glare too long, icicles fall on people while they're shoveling their driveways,…
  • Start Strong

    This is the year you're deciding to get healthier, but where do you start? Here are some ideas to get you going.1) Control Your Impulses. Incorporate more fruits, vegetables, and whole grains into your daily eating routine…
  • Out to Lunch

    I can never quite get rid of the smell of sweaty polypropylene from my work cubicle. In spring, summer, and fall, my trail-running shoes and extra pair of running shorts have a place of honor stuffed in my backpack, neatly…
  • Blessed Are the Yogis

    Stretching for optimal ski fitness.What do yoga and skiing have in common? The need for balance, flexibility, and focus.Yoga helps cultivate these qualities, so it follows that practicing yoga can help improve ski technique…
  • Winter Treat

    Rustic bread pudding with vanilla bourbon sauce.After all your resolution-induced deprivations, here’s a justifiable indulgence to keep the chill away during our cold Montana winter. This recipe is an all-around crowd-…
  • Caught on Tape

    Chuting their shot.  Hunter Green and David Schmidt’s first film, Lucky Number 13, which recently took third place at Bridger Bowl's Point and Chute film contest. Set to a fast-paced soundtrack and showcasing a myriad of…
  • Winterize Your Ride

    When the toys are put away for the summer and the freezer is filled from a successful hunting season, what’s next? Skiing, snowboarding, and ice climbing are a few choices. To stay in svelte summer shape, though, requires…
  • On the Wind

    With a hiss of sun-struck snow blasting my windshield, I crest the pass. Crunching, bottoming out, I miss the wide view of the Absaroka Mountains, fishtail through drifts lined like ribs, battering truck ruts too wide for…
  • Get It on the Cheap

    I don't know why there are so many McMansions popping up in this town when many of us don't seem to have two damn cents to rub together. (Maybe it has something to do with the fact that we spend everything we make, I don't…
  • Energy Bars for Dogs

    It is now hour five of camping with Winston, my golden retriever, and it has become obvious to me that he was not the dog the pet food industry had in mind when they found a need to create energy bars for dogs. Even though…
  • Poems of the Season

    Nothing New  New snow piled on old snow turns to old snow under more new snow. Thus the winter goes. Leave the house and track some bold new tracks out into more of the same. Enter the commerce of the coffee shop, and mark…
  • Mouthin' Off

    Castigated by Coeur duh AleneI read the article comparing Bozeman to Coeur d'Alene [Summer 2007]. I felt it was 'slightly' slanted. I'm sure many who conduct comparisons between different cities would agree, since Coeur d'…
  • The Sky Boys

    There were the Youngers. And the Doolins. And who could forget Frank and Jesse James? In the Wild West, brothers had a way of becoming notorious. It’s no different in the sky, where another set of brothers—the Gemini boys—…
  • Petsicle Prevention

    Sometimes it's hard to know whether it's too cold for your pooch to be outdoors. Here are some tips.How cold is too cold? Depends on the dog. Shorthaired, miniature, very old, or very young dogs with chronic illness can…
  • Winter Words

    First WinterFirst flakes fall, waltzing, halting, haunting,Soft smells of autumn swirl with the twirling sky cream,Until autumn falls completely to the ease of winter.Nature slows; lows a greeting in brisk wind strokes,…
  • Safe Ground

    My partner and I ski across a slope covered with avalanche debris. It looks to be a couple of days old, but the crownline at the top of the slope is obscured by storm clouds and I try to convince myself that it will not…
  • The Art of the Fall

    So many ways to wipe out.In a way, all skiers are simply falling down a mountain. But there are amateurs and artists when it comes to crashing. Indeed, crashing is an art. The slope is the canvas, flying bodies the brush. A…
  • History Repeating

    "If pro is the opposite of con,” the comedian Gallagher once quipped, “is Congress the opposite of progress?"That question may soon be answered by the Associated Students of Montana State University (ASMSU) Senate, who, at…
  • Coming Full Circle

    Four down, one to go. It’s taken half a dozen laps of careful, precise driving—not to mention some incredibly good luck—but one by one I’ve managed to slip past Matt, John, Steve, and CJ. I’m alone now, with the rest of the…
  • Guts & Glory

    No guts, no glory! Nick Wakeman picks his way up the first free ascent of Pura Vida (WI6 5.11) on Hyalite’s Black Magic Wall, December 2006. Surrendering oneself to such a thin ribbon of ice takes huevos indeed, as Alex…

Gear Reviews

  • GST-100A Stove

    A reliable camp stove can make all the difference on a backcountry trip, and a cup of hot soup, tea, or coffee makes you feel warmer on those cold summit days. In winter, the stove is also essential for melting snow to keep…
  • Score a Free Lid

    No, you 60s hippie, we’re not talking about a free ounce of “grass”—a lid goes on your noggin, not in your skull bong. Here’s the deal: name the dude in the Hip Headz logo and win the helmet cover of your choice (worth…

Additional Articles

  • Home Improvement

    Like many of us, Bozemanites Chris Axelson and Mandy Bowden had a dream. A dream to open a family-style, sustainable Nordic Center. But unlike many, Axelson and Bowden are actually making their dream come true.Atop…
  • Keeping the Inmates Busy

    The Clark Fork Coalition, a nonprofit based in Missoula, introduced Montana’s newest and coolest specialty plate, featuring artwork by Monte Dolack. Not only is the plate classy and fun (see if you spot the elusive River…
  • Bear Canyon Trail Update

    The war between the Gallatin County Commission and the U.S. Forest Service rages on. In September, the County Commission resolved to order the U.S. Forest Service to reopen Bear Canyon Road. If the Forest Service refuses,…

Book Reviews

Outside Bozeman Winter 2007-08

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