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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Ruff and ready

How to outfit the outdoor rec enthusiast’s best friend

We’ve seen it before: Those sad eyes.

(Head Gear)   Jun 1, 2013

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Cast from the past

There’s not much in Twin Bridges save for three fly rod manufacturers who still believe in bamboo

After the Tonkin bamboo arrives from China, it’s eyeballed for the choicest culms, split into strips, roasted in an oven, eyeballed again, re-humidified, measured and milled to exact tapers, re-eyeballed, separated into groups of four or five or six or eight, eyeballed one more time, and then dipped in glue.

Apr 1, 2013

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Seeing with your feet

Montana Ski Company carves its niche in a changing industry

Zak Anderson thinks you can see the future of the ski industry from the backside of Whitefish Mountain Resort.

Dec 1, 2012

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Not so easy-bake

Running a ski factory in your garage rates double black

Atop a welded steel ski press in a northeast Bozeman garage sits an Easy-Bake Oven.

(Head Gear)   Dec 1, 2012

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Canvas cabins

Montana manufacturers make hunting camp comfortable

In the days before cell phone pics and online photo-sharing sites, nearly every household in America had its version of the picture album.

(Head Gear)   Sep 1, 2012

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Good lookers

Headlamps that lead the way

Few things with less heft than a Snickers bar will get you out of trouble like a headlamp. Here are this year’s best and brightest for the whole family.

(Head Gear)   May 28, 2012

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Top gear

Essentials for every adventure

(Head Gear)   May 28, 2012

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Montana’s MyTopo puts adventure on the map

Like most Montanans, Kevin Toohill’s friends included a robust percentage of pesky hunters. Once they discovered he could combine regions of several maps on his computer—and print one that showed the exact area they wanted to visit—he was bombarded with entreaties for his services.

(Head Gear)   Apr 1, 2012

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When in roam

Montana Mapping & GPS shows the way

Missoula's Montana Mapping & GPS offers a full line of custom GPS maps for Garmin GPS units.

(Head Gear)   Apr 1, 2012

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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

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    • Highly recommend visiting Blodgett Mountain. There's a famous paleontologist related to Joseph Blodgett.

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

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