A Life Exposed: Gordon Wiltsie
From the pages of our favorite adventure magazines, photographs dazzle and tantalize our spirits of adventure. We have become accustomed to bird's-eye views of the world's best climbers tackling huge routes on the tallest mountains or of arduous expeditions that last for months through distant lands. Yet, as familiar as the faces become as we read their stories and see their likeness on the pages, we know little about the person who's out in front dangling precipitously with the camera. The unsung shooter who's not just keeping up, but working ahead - documenting the entire journey. Gordon Wiltsie's face may not grace magazine covers - but the Bozeman photographer's work shows up in magazines like National Geographic, Outside and Life.
A view from above: Virginia Vincent has spent a career atop Montana’s Stark Lookout
“Ninemile, Ninemile this is Stark, over.”
The radio crackled to life on our kitchen table on a hot August night. The voice of Virginia Vincent came over the airwaves in her slow, east-coast drawl. “Ninemile, Ninemile this is Stark, over.”
Since my father worked as a fire control officer for the Forest Service during the summer, there were many summer nights when Vincent’s voice called him away. The next sound usually was his truck turning out of the gravel driveway as he was off to find the smoke.
As the lookout on Stark Mountain, about 50 air miles west of Missoula, Vincent has spent all but one summer at Stark Lookout for the last 30 years, longer than any other lookout in Montana.
Steep Challenges: Lizzie English is one of top female kayakers
Whitefish born and raised, Lizzie English, 24, is ranked as one of the best female kayakers in the world. Although an accomplished freestyle kayaker, English thrives on expedition kayaking, a style of kayaking that focuses on endurance, mental focus, and backcountry expertise.
Missoula's Green Taxi proved that some things are worth fighting for.After a long, protracted battle with the Montana Public Service commission, which regulates the transportation industry in Montana, Green Taxi has become Missoula...
It's a Guy Thing
In the 1970s men learned they could be real men - and still eat quiche. In the 1980s, men discovered how to be manly and still be hip - in pink. Nowadays, "real" men are finding that spa treatments like facials, massages and pedicures are not just for women or "metrosexuals." The treatments not only feel great but benefit sun-damaged skin and overexerted muscles. According...
Seven-year-old Konnor Kaufman sits quietly at the end of a grocery aisle at the Polebridge Mercantile, his face buried in a book under the muted light from a pop cooler. From the back room come the sounds of folk music playing softly and the thud-smack of a baker kneading mounds of dough. Baker Dan Kaufman throws another tray of c...
MISSOULA - The leading cause of death for children in Montana under the age of 18 is motor vehicle accidents. University of Montana researchers Daphne Herling and Thale Dillon of Montana Kids Count studied the causes and possible remedies in a recent project funded by a grant from the Annie E. Casey Foundation. This report is available at http://www.montanakidscount.org. ...
Miracle on Highway 93
There's a little bit of collector in all of us. Gil Mangels has just taken it a little bit farther. But to say Mangels, the proprietor of the Miracle of America Museum in Polson, is a collector, is an understatement. He is a collector's collector. His collections spread out through 26 buildings on five acres south of Polson, housing everything from World War II nostalgia, cameras ...
Chef for Hire
Recipe for success: Take a growing, affluent market like, say, Bozeman or Big Sky. Add an outgoing, enthusiastic chef by the name of Zac Kellerman. Mix in the need for a private, high-end caterer. Blend lightly.That's the recipe that Kellerman, a Livingston-based chef, used to create "Zac's Montana Kitchen," a high-end caterer that caters to, well, high-end clientele.He ha...
It takes a Colony
As a mother and as an artist, Cheryl Bannes was always amazed at how her children would interpret their surroundings through photography.The children often took different viewpoints from adults when photographing everyday life. So when Bannes, an art teacher who travels throughout Montana, saw the success of a "day in the life" photography project at the Yellowstone Art Mu...
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