Creature comforts

Nonessential items our writers can’t do without

Pillow stuff sack In an era when shedding every possible ounce from one’s pack is en vogue, there’s one item I refused to give up: my pillow stuff sack.

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Let’s get reel

When selecting the perfect fly reel to help land that lunker, four things should be considered: material, drag system, price and size.

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Streamer madness

The allure of Kelly Galloup’s flashy flies

A solar-powered hula girl dances on Kelly Galloup’s fly-tying station.

Apr 1, 2014

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Rolling a fatty

Big-rimmed bikes approach the mainstream

Mouths dropped open, eyes bulged and heads tracked a full 180 degrees to follow my path.

Dec 1, 2013

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Meat market

Montana company introduces a different kind of energy bar

A grizzly bear and two cubs graze the meadows of Two Creek Monture Ranch near Ovando.

(Head Gear)   Sep 1, 2013

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Crunch factor

Can a cricket snack put a spring in your step?

In the arid American Southwest, a band of bold hydrologists have created an unlikely product aimed at slowing the rush of water to industrial agriculture.

(Head Gear)   Sep 1, 2013

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In case of emergency

Gear you always pack, but hope to never use

Kendal Mint Cake A British kayaker turned me on to Kendal Mint Cake, which is sort of like the confectioner’s version of lard.

Jun 1, 2013

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Voile Vector BCs

Mar 14, 2014

Doing long canyon tours in the Bitterroots is one of my backcountry ski passions, but the long slog into...

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Location Updates

  • Re: Goldbug Hot Springs

    • Currently there is a NO CAMPING policy within 500 ft. of the hot springs. Sadly,…

    • on May 7, 2015
  • Re: Hieronymus Park

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    • great park, some good fishing and lots of trails to explore! Only bummer is dogs…

    • on April 14, 2015
  • Re: The Jack Saloon

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    • Winter hours: Grill: Noon until 8 weeknights: Noon until 9 Fri and Saturday. Call for…

    • on December 30, 2014
  • Re: Goldbug Hot Springs

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    • Gold bug IS the gem of the northwest! I've hiked goldbug in September2013, February2014 &…

    • on October 30, 2014
  • Re: Lolo Pass

    • Great spring skiing on March 16. Even though a lot of snow has melted in…

    • on March 17, 2014
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