Mountain Outlaw magazine is published biannually in Big Sky, Montana, and examines the lifestyle, culture and issues relevant to the Mountain West from the heart of the Yellowstone region. Through award-winning editorial content, design, video and photography, Mountain Outlaw gives you more than a story – it’s an experience.
SUMMER 2023 MAGAZINE
Pick up your copy of the Summer 2023 edition of Mountain Outlaw magazine at more than 400 locations around the Greater Yellowstone region.
FEATURED OUTLAW: THE LANGUAGE OF BELAY
By Bella Butler
One of the greatest climbers in history, Conrad Anker has spent decades completing first ascents and notable mountaineering feats around the globe. Now, at age 60, the Bozeman local is translating The Language of Belay to the concept of community.
OUTBOUND GALLERY: COMMUNITY IN CONTEXT
Two Montana photographers put Community in Context with these visual profiles of Lame Deer, Anaconda and Big Sky invite us to contemplate the meaning of community.
ENVIRONMENT: THE ARENA OF CHALLENGE FOR GRIZZLIES
By Benjamin Alva Polley
Amidst what experts describe as one of the biggest conservation wins in history, grizzly bear recovery in certain ecosystems has officials reevaluating the iconic bruins’ decades-old protection under the Endangered Species Act.
ADVENTURE: A TALE OF TWO TREKS
By Jeremy Lurgio
A lesson in Montana adventures, from one summer to the next in this photo essay comparison of two trips to Montana’s Medicine Point Lookout.
ADVENTURE: 100 DAYS FROM YELLOWSTONE TO THE YUKON
By Heather Waterous
Two women (and one dog) embark on an ever-changing, human-powered traverse traverse of North America’s most iconic wildlife corridors.
ADVENTURE: DOWN IS OPTIONAL / UP IS MANDATORY
By Mira Brody
Running the Grand Canyon, rim to rim to rim.
ROOTS: LENDING A HAND
By Maria Lovely
Branding season in rural Montana epitomized communal Western spirit.
ROOTS: THE DNA OF WHO WE ARE
By Jack Reaney
With their legacy of service, Montana’s Williams family makes community their business.
ROOTS: THE BIG TWO HEARTED RETREAT
By Toby Thompson
At the 2022 Hemingway Society Conference, scholars, writers and other prolific figures gathered in Montana’s rustic Cooke City to examine the writer’s relationship to the wild landscape of Montana and Wyoming.
ENVIRONMENT: RIVER PEOPLE
By Eric Ladd
A reflection of a lifetime spent on rivers, and how these bodies of water build community.
ENVIRONMENT: ONE TRAIL AT A TIME
By Jason Bacaj
Building connection—and bike trails—in Big Sky.
ENVIRONMENT: CONNECT & PROTECT
By Christine Nichol
A passionate group pushes conservation at scale for one of North America’s most critical wildlife corridors. Thirty years protecting the Yellowstone to Yukon corridor.
SPONSORED CONTENT: THE FUTURE OF CLOTHING
By Mira Brody
Voormi’s season-spanning, all-conditions gear is built to outperform and outlast.
SOCIETY: STATE OF THE NEWS
By Dennis Swibold
Community journalism is threatened but not extinct. One seasoned Montana journalist offers a prognosis.
SOCIETY: MY FIRST COWBOY HAT
By Matt Crossman
A city boy’s introduction to the West.
SOCIETY: BIG SKY’S BLACK GOLD
By Bay Stephens
Making compost with what you flush, turning waste in gold.