Beartooth Mountains

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No end of sights on a fine day hike in the Beartooths


If your vehicle can handle the rough, rocky and now-being-reconstructed road to the Glacier Lake trailhead in the Beartooth Mountains, a wonderful day hike awaits. Armed with a camera, fishing pole, some rain gear, snacks and some billy-goat energy, you’ll have all you need to make the most of the steep 2.2-mile hike to the lake and back. (more…) Continue Reading →

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Beartooth rockslide may be the biggest in North America


It doesn’t have quite the immediate appeal of Old Faithful, but there is a notable geological feature in the Beartooth Mountains that Auzie Blevins and John Boehmke believe more people should know about. The feature is an immense heap of rock, the result of a gigantic rockslide that formed a natural dam and created Deep Lake, one of the largest bodies of water in the Beartooths. (more…) Continue Reading →

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One last look at a small patch of ‘The Wilds’ on West End


As I picked my way through what looked like a tree cemetery, my heart felt heavy as I recalled the countless times I had traveled this dirt path in search of solitude and renewal, and always being able to find it in the surrounding woods. I knew this day was coming because three weeks earlier I had bumped into a surveyor with a map spread out on the hood of his company truck. He asked me if this path was traveled much. (more…) Continue Reading →

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In Pryor, climbing wall takes students to new heights


PRYOR—Armed with about $8,000 in grant money and a box of donated climbing harnesses and shoes, Pryor teacher Loren Rausch set out last year to share one of his life’s passions with his students at Plenty Coups High School. Rausch, a second-year science teacher at the school, has long been a rock-climbing aficionado, climbing in Alaska and Nepal between finishing his undergraduate degree and starting his job in Pryor. So, during his first year at Plenty Coups, which is located on the Crow Reservation, Rausch started ordering parts to build a 22-foot climbing wall in the school’s gymnasium. (more…) Continue Reading →

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Secondhand solace



I pulled over along with the four or five cars in front of our van. We were outside of Billings and it was clear something was very wrong up ahead. There were newspaper pages blowing all over the westbound lanes of the highway. There was part of a horse trailer askew in the highway median. There was a pickup truck against a fence 50 feet off to the right of the roadway, smoke or steam billowing out of the front end. Continue Reading →

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