Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness

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A-B Wilderness film screens Thursday in Red Lodge


A documentary film about how the Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness was created will be screened at the Roman Theater in Red Lodge at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 31. The film, “Wild Resurrection: The Untold Story of the Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness,” was written, produced and directed by Kris Prinzing, director of MusEco Media and Education Project, a Billings nonprofit. The screening is also a celebration of the A-B Wilderness itself, which was created 40 years ago, when the act introduced by Montana Sen. Lee Metcalf was signed into law on March 27, 1978. Much of the film consists of interviews with some of the key people involved in the creation of the wilderness area, and some of those people will be on hand to answer questions at the screening in Red Lodge, as will filmmaker Prinzing. There will be a cash bar and a birthday cake, and attendees are encouraged to bring old photos or slides of the A-B Wilderness. Continue Reading →

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‘Magnificent’ AB Wilderness turns 40 this week


This is Part 1 of a two-day package of stories marking the 40th anniversary of the Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness. Tomorrow we look at the larger legacy of the late Sen. Lee Metcalf, who introduced the bill creating the wilderness. In describing the Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness, a vast, high plateau in southwestern Montana encompassing nearly 1 million acres, people tend to employ lofty terms. (more…) Continue Reading →

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For wounded vets, wilderness ride is a path to healing


As justifiable fear gripped their guts, wounded Iraq veteran Charlie and his wife, Vionette, whispered about the wisdom of climbing on a horse for the first time in their lives and riding off into Montana’s Absaroka-Beartooth wilderness. Standing by the horse trailers, Vionette seemed quietly paralyzed. Then she found the grit to mount Dennis, who loomed above her. (more…) Continue Reading →

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Prairie Lights: Over Labor Day, taking the time to look

Ol' Ed

Until I got away, I didn’t realize how badly I needed to get away. It was no great shakes, as vacations go, just a Labor Day weekend in the Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness, spent mostly on the shores of Rock Island Lake, with an easy hike to Widewater Lake on Sunday. (more…) Continue Reading →

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Injured, alone in the wilds, amazing Grace is on the mend


Just call her amazing Grace. The 5-year-old sorrel survived at least two months in the depths of the Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness, hobbled by a bad leg wound and unable to leave an area thick with deadfall. Kay and Bill Whittle, the Cooke City couple who rescued Grace, surmised that she had been injured crossing the upper reaches of the Stillwater River, then cut loose by the man who owned her, 49-year-old Christopher Shaul. (more…) Continue Reading →

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