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Editor’s Note – Living Here Will Make You Crazy

Editor’s Note Living Here Will Make You Crazy  KATIE CANTRELL I“don’t think this is an unfamiliar pattern for many of us who have moved to the valley somewhere along our way: the outdoor adventures we used to think were for extreme crazy people are now just a...

An Illustrated Travel Guide to Flathead Valley Recreation

SATIRE Illustrated travel guide to Flathead Valley recreation We present six options guaranteed to raise adrenaline (and maybe even your hairline), fit for the whole family. Written by David Steele. Illustrated by Collin Hamman DAVID STEELE COLLIN HAMMAN Sperry Chalet...

Contemporary Nomad

Headwaters Contemporary Nomad Reflections of a seasonal worker. Illustration by Isaac Passwater   BENJAMIN ALVA POLLEY M ist fell on the river and wet our faces as Mike and I forded the North Fork of the Flathead, with January chunks of ice and slush bouncing off...

You Don’t Know Granola

Headwaters You don’t know granola Camping isn’t what it used to be. And that’s okay. Backwoods Montana in the ’70s and ’80s.   ANNETTE STREAN-CORNELIUS M any of the friends that I made in my two decades living away from Montana thought I was extremely...

More Than Moving Dirt

Headwaters More than moving dirt “The wilderness doesn’t discriminate, and neither do we.” The Bob Marshall Wilderness Foundation works to make the backcountry welcoming to all. Volunteers from a partner project with The Woods Project, a Texasbased organization that...

Is It Worth It?

Field Notes IS IT WORTH IT? An outdoor addict weighs risk versus reward during an adventure gone wrong. Colton Born The sound of Charlie’s trekking poles rang in my ears, the electricity making them fizzle like a frying egg. The hair on the back of my neck, arms, and...