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The Fine Line Lesley Martin was buried in an avalanche for an hour and 45 minutes. She survived.  Moving the Needle Acupuncture is fast emerging as a safer way to treat pain, depression and other ills.  Mountain Outlaw, Winter 2018 

The Fine Line
Lesley Martin was buried in an avalanche for an hour and 45 minutes. She survived. 

Moving the Needle
Acupuncture is fast emerging as a safer way to treat pain, depression and other ills. 

Mountain Outlaw, Winter 2018 

Lone Peak Tram The Lone Peak Tram has serious skiing and spectacular scenery. Big Sky Resort's Basecamp Ziplining and other family fun Live Big, 2017/2018

Lone Peak Tram
The Lone Peak Tram has serious skiing and spectacular scenery.

Big Sky Resort's Basecamp
Ziplining and other family fun

Live Big, 2017/2018

Old School The leader of a nonprofit ski area in Montana, Randy Elliott's life is intertwined with the mountain—and the mountain is tied to him.  Powder, October 2017

Old School

The leader of a nonprofit ski area in Montana, Randy Elliott's life is intertwined with the mountain—and the mountain is tied to him. 

Powder, October 2017

Backwater Bouldering The endless blocs of Montana's Boulder Batholith. Rock and Ice, August 2017

Backwater Bouldering

The endless blocs of Montana's Boulder Batholith.

Rock and Ice, August 2017

Insatiable Curiosity Blake Wiedenheft is at the forefront of CRISPR research, a type of genetic editing that may change the future. Mountains & Minds, Spring 2017

Insatiable Curiosity

Blake Wiedenheft is at the forefront of CRISPR research, a type of genetic editing that may change the future.

Mountains & Minds, Spring 2017

MSU research may help Montana families better afford child care A federal grant funded the new survey—the first of its kind in the state. Montana State University News Service, June 2017

MSU research may help Montana families better afford child care

A federal grant funded the new survey—the first of its kind in the state.

Montana State University News Service, June 2017

MSU management professor Bill Brown to discuss transformational leadership at April 18 provost’s lecture "Most of us want lives with meaning and purpose that give us a feeling of satisfaction and competence... Transformational leaders tap into that." Montana State University News Service, March 2017

MSU management professor Bill Brown to discuss transformational leadership at April 18 provost’s lecture

"Most of us want lives with meaning and purpose that give us a feeling of satisfaction and competence... Transformational leaders tap into that."

Montana State University News Service, March 2017

Big Sky: The biggest skiing in America 10 must-dos when you visit the world-famous Montana resort in 2017. Freeskier Magazine, January 2017

Big Sky: The biggest skiing in America

10 must-dos when you visit the world-famous Montana resort in 2017.

Freeskier Magazine, January 2017

The Bear and the Devil A fight to rename America's first national monument. Mountain Outlaw, Winter 2017

The Bear and the Devil

A fight to rename America's first national monument.

Mountain Outlaw, Winter 2017

A Delicate Frame and a Whole Lot of Lady Frankie is a 1987 Polaris Indy Trail snowmobile. If you treat her well, she will take you anywhere. The Ski Journal, October 2016

A Delicate Frame and a Whole Lot of Lady

Frankie is a 1987 Polaris Indy Trail snowmobile. If you treat her well, she will take you anywhere.

The Ski Journal, October 2016

MSU’s Robert Rydell awarded Turpie Prize for excellence in American studies "Only in film do you encounter mentor-scholars like Dr. Robert Rydell." Montana State University News Service, October 2016

MSU’s Robert Rydell awarded Turpie Prize for excellence in American studies

"Only in film do you encounter mentor-scholars like Dr. Robert Rydell."

Montana State University News Service, October 2016

Electric Slide Skiing Yellowstone National Park's Electric Peak. Monumental—Skiing the National Parks, Powder, October 2016

Electric Slide

Skiing Yellowstone National Park's Electric Peak.

Monumental—Skiing the National Parks, Powder, October 2016

Business Profile: 7 Spruce Farm Fresh juicy tomatoes from March to November—in Montana. Explore Big Sky, August 2016

Business Profile: 7 Spruce Farm

Fresh juicy tomatoes from March to November—in Montana.

Explore Big Sky, August 2016

MSU alum wins grant for new hops farm Jake TeSelle and Colten Sales are part of a new generation of Montana farmers. Montana State University News Service, August 2016

MSU alum wins grant for new hops farm

Jake TeSelle and Colten Sales are part of a new generation of Montana farmers.

Montana State University News Service, August 2016

Business Profile: Blue Bean Coffee Roasters A Livingston finish carpenter traded his tools for a coffee roaster.  Explore Big Sky, July 2016 

Business Profile: Blue Bean Coffee Roasters

A Livingston finish carpenter traded his tools for a coffee roaster. 

Explore Big Sky, July 2016 

MSU students build new product to help dementia patients By crossing academic disciplines, MSU students break boundaries.  Bozeman Daily Chronicle, June 2016

MSU students build new product to help dementia patients

By crossing academic disciplines, MSU students break boundaries. 

Bozeman Daily Chronicle, June 2016

Stronghold Fabrication builds climbing boulder on MSU campus And it's going to be the hardest one yet.  Bozeman Magazine, June 2016

Stronghold Fabrication builds climbing boulder on MSU campus

And it's going to be the hardest one yet. 

Bozeman Magazine, June 2016

Microbeads Are in Our Water Plastic proliferates in our most important natural resource: fresh water. This Is Bozeman, August 2015

Microbeads Are in Our Water

Plastic proliferates in our most important natural resource: fresh water.

This Is Bozeman, August 2015

Landmark Adventure Science on the Great Plains Global volunteers help build a wildlife refuge larger than Yellowstone. Sage Magazine, Spring 2015

Landmark Adventure Science on the Great Plains

Global volunteers help build a wildlife refuge larger than Yellowstone.

Sage Magazine, Spring 2015

Maverick Makeover Ranchers rip. We outfitted a sixth generation Montana ranching family head-to-toe with new ski gear, and they gave us the dirt. Mountain Outlaw, Winter 2015

Maverick Makeover

Ranchers rip. We outfitted a sixth generation Montana ranching family head-to-toe with new ski gear, and they gave us the dirt.

Mountain Outlaw, Winter 2015

Bike-and-Hike: The 3,500-Mile Microplastics Transect LA to Glacier by bike, then on foot to the Pacific... why not gather conservation data along the way?  National Geographic Adventure, August 2015

Bike-and-Hike: The 3,500-Mile Microplastics Transect

LA to Glacier by bike, then on foot to the Pacific... why not gather conservation data along the way? 

National Geographic Adventure, August 2015

DiGiulian, Traversi Climb Eiger's Magic Mushroom Sasha DiGiulian snags the first female ascent of Magic Mushroom, a hard route on the notorious Eiger Norwand.  Alpinist, August 2015

DiGiulian, Traversi Climb Eiger's Magic Mushroom

Sasha DiGiulian snags the first female ascent of Magic Mushroom, a hard route on the notorious Eiger Norwand. 

Alpinist, August 2015

  Finding Microplastics in the Earth’s Farthest Reaches How many skier girls does it take to get an ocean water sample from a moving sailboat in Greenland?  See the Wild, April 2015

 

Finding Microplastics in the Earth’s Farthest Reaches

How many skier girls does it take to get an ocean water sample from a moving sailboat in Greenland? 

See the Wild, April 2015

Annual Report and Highlights Bison, pika, melting glaciers, microplastics and the Okavango Delta.  Adventurers and Scientists for Conservation, 2014

Annual Report and Highlights

Bison, pika, melting glaciers, microplastics and the Okavango Delta. 

Adventurers and Scientists for Conservation, 2014

Sharks, Dumpster Diving and the Survival of Mankind 63 days at sea with the crew from Ocean Research Project. National Geographic Voices, July 2014  

Sharks, Dumpster Diving and the Survival of Mankind

63 days at sea with the crew from Ocean Research Project.

National Geographic Voices, July 2014
 

Surfing Explorers Stoked to Collect Data The surfEXPLORE team sees oceanic change firsthand—and now they're doing something about it. National Geographic Voices, November 2014

Surfing Explorers Stoked to Collect Data

The surfEXPLORE team sees oceanic change firsthand—and now they're doing something about it.

National Geographic Voices, November 2014

"Entreprenuers" special section stories and cover photo Thai food, burritos, yoga and cheap beer.  Explore Big Sky, May 2014

"Entreprenuers" special section stories and cover photo

Thai food, burritos, yoga and cheap beer. 

Explore Big Sky, May 2014

Spring on the Northern Great Plains Lightning, bison and snakes. It's all in a day's work for the ASC Landmark program on American Prairie Reserve. National Geographic Voices, June 2014

Spring on the Northern Great Plains

Lightning, bison and snakes. It's all in a day's work for the ASC Landmark program on American Prairie Reserve.

National Geographic Voices, June 2014

Reliving the Siege of Leningrad The people of Leningrad endured starvation, disease, extreme cold, bombings and death en masse for 872 days. A Big Sky artist helps the survivors, now in their 80s, tell the story.  Explore Big Sky, February 2014

Reliving the Siege of Leningrad

The people of Leningrad endured starvation, disease, extreme cold, bombings and death en masse for 872 days. A Big Sky artist helps the survivors, now in their 80s, tell the story. 

Explore Big Sky, February 2014

Powder Fantasy Draft Gear review: four skis, two boots, a pair of bindings... and four killer days of skiing in Jackson, Wyoming. Powder, 2013 Buyer's Guide

Powder Fantasy Draft

Gear review: four skis, two boots, a pair of bindings... and four killer days of skiing in Jackson, Wyoming.

Powder, 2013 Buyer's Guide

National Values Caught in a lightning storm with first lady Laura Bush. Asymbol Gallery Skate, surf and snowboard art in Jackson, Wyoming.  Preserving the Western Landscape A look at the booming high-end ranch real estate industry and its effects on the western landscape. Mountain Outlaw, Winter 2014 

National Values
Caught in a lightning storm with first lady Laura Bush.

Asymbol Gallery
Skate, surf and snowboard art in Jackson, Wyoming. 

Preserving the Western Landscape
A look at the booming high-end ranch real estate industry and its effects on the western landscape.

Mountain Outlaw, Winter 2014 

Torrent from Above: The Onion Basin Avalanche Walker saw the avalanche out of the corner of his eye just before it hit. The story of tragedy in Onion Basin.  Explore Big Sky, January 2014

Torrent from Above: The Onion Basin Avalanche

Walker saw the avalanche out of the corner of his eye just before it hit. The story of tragedy in Onion Basin. 

Explore Big Sky, January 2014

Cover photo Anticipating the hunt Giving should be contagious Big bull elk and an orange Lamborghini. Explore Big Sky, October 2014

Cover photo
Anticipating the hunt
Giving should be contagious

Big bull elk and an orange Lamborghini.

Explore Big Sky, October 2014

The big merger As Big Sky, Moonlight and Spanish Peaks consolidate under CrossHarbor and Boyne, the next chapter is still being written. Explore Big Sky, August 2013

The big merger

As Big Sky, Moonlight and Spanish Peaks consolidate under CrossHarbor and Boyne, the next chapter is still being written.

Explore Big Sky, August 2013

  The Meditation of Putting up a Climbing Route Manual labor is meditation. Its side effects are lichen in my eyes, ears and bra, and ticks climbing up my legs. Also, happiness and new routes. Verticulture, June 2013

 

The Meditation of Putting up a Climbing Route

Manual labor is meditation. Its side effects are lichen in my eyes, ears and bra, and ticks climbing up my legs. Also, happiness and new routes.

Verticulture, June 2013

Aftershocks: Earthquake Lake Visitor Center Gets A Facelift The Gartlands woke at midnight, their camper shaking violently. Earthquake. Yellowstone Quarterly, Winter 2013

Aftershocks: Earthquake Lake Visitor Center Gets A Facelift

The Gartlands woke at midnight, their camper shaking violently. Earthquake.

Yellowstone Quarterly, Winter 2013

Native Son Westslope cutthroat trout restoration proposed for Beehive, Bostwick creeks.  Big Sky Weekly, May 2013

Native Son

Westslope cutthroat trout restoration proposed for Beehive, Bostwick creeks. 

Big Sky Weekly, May 2013

Man and Beast How a grizzly bear attack reflects the health of a species. Mountain Outlaw, Winter 2013

Man and Beast

How a grizzly bear attack reflects the health of a species.

Mountain Outlaw, Winter 2013

The Chicken and the Egg Whence I commence gardening to train for rock climbing first ascents. Colorado College Alpine Journal, 2013

The Chicken and the Egg

Whence I commence gardening to train for rock climbing first ascents.

Colorado College Alpine Journal, 2013

A compass for life Angler-conservationist Craig Mathews co-founded 1% for the Planet with Patagonia's Yvon Chouinard.  Sailing with gravity Mountain biker Mike Kinrade has a radical relationship with gravity. Bermont custom jewelry Your grandmother's diamonds and pearls—set in leather.  Mountain Outlaw, Summer 2013

A compass for life
Angler-conservationist Craig Mathews co-founded 1% for the Planet with Patagonia's Yvon Chouinard. 

Sailing with gravity
Mountain biker Mike Kinrade has a radical relationship with gravity.

Bermont custom jewelry
Your grandmother's diamonds and pearls—set in leather. 

Mountain Outlaw, Summer 2013

Cover photo There's gold in them hills If snow is money, Cooke City is one of the richest places on Earth.  Big Sky Weekly, April 2012

Cover photo
There's gold in them hills

If snow is money, Cooke City is one of the richest places on Earth. 

Big Sky Weekly, April 2012

Photo Osprey Packs hangtag Porter, Transporter, Waypoint & Farpoint Series 2012

Photo

Osprey Packs hangtag Porter, Transporter, Waypoint & Farpoint Series

2012

You Don't Know Schmidt Scot Schmidt is the original icon of American extreme skiing. But did he really invent the color yellow? And, I journey bravely behind the scenes with "Blizzard of Aahhhh's" filmmaker Greg Stump.  Mountain Outlaw, Winter 2012

You Don't Know Schmidt

Scot Schmidt is the original icon of American extreme skiing. But did he really invent the color yellow? And, I journey bravely behind the scenes with "Blizzard of Aahhhh's" filmmaker Greg Stump. 

Mountain Outlaw, Winter 2012

A Century on the G—M Ranch The Leffingwells have been ranching cattle in Brackett Creek for five generations. Mountain Outlaw, Winter 2011

A Century on the G—M Ranch

The Leffingwells have been ranching cattle in Brackett Creek for five generations.

Mountain Outlaw, Winter 2011

Big Sky The seasons and faces of Montana climbing. Rock and Ice, October 2011

Big Sky

The seasons and faces of Montana climbing.

Rock and Ice, October 2011

Turf War Eminent domain law pits Montana landowners against growth and big business.  Big Sky Weekly, November 2011

Turf War

Eminent domain law pits Montana landowners against growth and big business. 

Big Sky Weekly, November 2011

Promiscuous Trip report: A first ascent near Yellowstone National Park. Colorado College Alpine Journal, 2011  

Promiscuous

Trip report: A first ascent near Yellowstone National Park.

Colorado College Alpine Journal, 2011
 

Women at Work Trip report, photos: A first free ascent of the crux pitches of the Original 1963 Route on Mount Proboscis. Colorado College Alpine Journal, 2010

Women at Work

Trip report, photos: A first free ascent of the crux pitches of the Original 1963 Route on Mount Proboscis.

Colorado College Alpine Journal, 2010

Film: "Women at Work, Part 1" Our goal was to make the first free ascent of the 1963 Original Route on Mount Proboscis in the Northwest Territories, Canada. Here is our story.  Premiered at the Bozeman Ice Climbing Festival, 2010

Film: "Women at Work, Part 1"

Our goal was to make the first free ascent of the 1963 Original Route on Mount Proboscis in the Northwest Territories, Canada. Here is our story. 

Premiered at the Bozeman Ice Climbing Festival, 2010

Film: "Women at Work, Part 2" The big send, a dance party and a snowstorm. 

Film: "Women at Work, Part 2"

The big send, a dance party and a snowstorm. 

The Crow's Nest Splitting the Y Couloir in Montana's Rugged Absarokas. Powder, November 2009

The Crow's Nest

Splitting the Y Couloir in Montana's Rugged Absarokas.

Powder, November 2009

Respect Your Alders First ascents in the Tickchik Domes, Alaska. Climbing, August 2009

Respect Your Alders

First ascents in the Tickchik Domes, Alaska.

Climbing, August 2009

Anatomy: Bridger Bowl's Schlasman's Lift The dirty details on Schlasman’s 300 acres and 1,700 feet of vert. Skinet.com, Winter 2009 

Anatomy: Bridger Bowl's Schlasman's Lift

The dirty details on Schlasman’s 300 acres and 1,700 feet of vert.

Skinet.com, Winter 2009 

The Other Kind of Riches When the stock market tanked in 2008, I found gold at Devil's Tower.  Cloudveil, Spring 2009

The Other Kind of Riches

When the stock market tanked in 2008, I found gold at Devil's Tower. 

Cloudveil, Spring 2009

Powder Made Simple: Bridger Bowl, Montana Men's Journal, December 2008

Powder Made Simple: Bridger Bowl, Montana

Men's Journal, December 2008

Early Season on the Dark Side Girls and bombs. Just another routine morning of avalanche control work at Moonlight Basin. Powder, October 2008

Early Season on the Dark Side

Girls and bombs. Just another routine morning of avalanche control work at Moonlight Basin.

Powder, October 2008

More to a Dog's Life Lizzy the labrador walks out of the mountains a week after being buried in an avalanche. Powder, November 2008

More to a Dog's Life

Lizzy the labrador walks out of the mountains a week after being buried in an avalanche.

Powder, November 2008

Anatomy: Big Sky's Cirque From Tits Up to The Big Couloir. Skiing, September 2008

Anatomy: Big Sky's Cirque

From Tits Up to The Big Couloir.

Skiing, September 2008

Offwidth Hombre Andres Marin learned to climb using old army gear on a volcano in his native Columbia. Now he's into scary wide cracks.  Rock and Ice, July 2008

Offwidth Hombre

Andres Marin learned to climb using old army gear on a volcano in his native Columbia. Now he's into scary wide cracks. 

Rock and Ice, July 2008

Vision for the Millennium Geoff Tabin is working to eradicate blindness in the Third World. Wasatch Journal, Winter 2008

Vision for the Millennium

Geoff Tabin is working to eradicate blindness in the Third World.

Wasatch Journal, Winter 2008

Small El Cap, Half Dome and a Greyhound Bus.  Alpinist, Winter 2007-2008

Small

El Cap, Half Dome and a Greyhound Bus. 

Alpinist, Winter 2007-2008

A New Plan for Hyalite Canyon Montana climbers are working to preserve and improve access to their frozen waterfalls. Black Diamond, Winter 2007-2008

A New Plan for Hyalite Canyon

Montana climbers are working to preserve and improve access to their frozen waterfalls.

Black Diamond, Winter 2007-2008

All In the Family The ski industry's biggest and most successful risk taker has a new wife and daughter. Will Shane McConkey still BASE jump? Ski Journal, Fall 2007

All In the Family

The ski industry's biggest and most successful risk taker has a new wife and daughter. Will Shane McConkey still BASE jump?

Ski Journal, Fall 2007

The Montana Girls Voyeurism on El Capitan.  Brassiere Bazaar A sports bra review.  Rock and Ice, December 2007

The Montana Girls
Voyeurism on El Capitan. 

Brassiere Bazaar
A sports bra review. 

Rock and Ice, December 2007

A Passport to the World Photographer Kristoffer Erickson is on a mission to give back. Montana Quarterly, Summer 2007  

A Passport to the World

Photographer Kristoffer Erickson is on a mission to give back.

Montana Quarterly, Summer 2007
 

To: Couches, Their Dwellers and Their Owners An ode to couch surfing. Alpinist, Spring 2007

To: Couches, Their Dwellers and Their Owners

An ode to couch surfing.

Alpinist, Spring 2007

Paradox in Paradise Will helicopter-assisted ski touring change the sport? Backcountry, November 2006

Paradox in Paradise

Will helicopter-assisted ski touring change the sport?

Backcountry, November 2006

Forget Me Not Jenni Lowe talks about life after Alex.  Women's Adventure, November 2006

Forget Me Not

Jenni Lowe talks about life after Alex. 

Women's Adventure, November 2006

A Midsummer Night's Ski Dream Couloir skiing on the shortest night of the year. Powder, October 2006

A Midsummer Night's Ski Dream

Couloir skiing on the shortest night of the year.

Powder, October 2006

Foreign Coins I carry small, disembodied stones with me as ballast in my search for home.  Alpinist, Autumn 2005

Foreign Coins

I carry small, disembodied stones with me as ballast in my search for home. 

Alpinist, Autumn 2005

Secrets of the Ultrafit Breaking down yoga poses Eagle and Triangle with climber Heidi Wirtz. Backpacker, September 2005

Secrets of the Ultrafit

Breaking down yoga poses Eagle and Triangle with climber Heidi Wirtz.

Backpacker, September 2005

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