By Tim Cahill

Cahill (Jaguars Ripped My Flesh) courts intercontinental experience in those accumulated go back and forth items. He fishes for pike in Wisconsin's icy Lake Nagawicka (and competes in a minnow-drinking contest at Chuck and Sue's bar). Over the protests of the past due Dian Fossey, he eyeballs Rwanda's now-famous mountain gorillas. And he joins the newshounds flocking to the scene of mass suicide in Jonestown, Guyana. His pen is full of adrenaline; he batters down stumbling blocks and dares to do the tricky, even if this implies braving the odor of degradation (Jonestown's "last our bodies to be got rid of were in this kind of nation of decomposition that bits and items stored falling off'') or surviving a significant wind-chill issue. even though Cahill's humor and machismo could be heavy-handed, and his occasional sexism is demanding ("menopausal waitresses'' cramp his type in Oregon), the writer's urge for food for enjoyable and bother off the overwhelmed course is exhilarating.

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Ask a resident of, say, Missoula or Helena, what aspect of the city he or she most enjoys. Eleven out of a dozen will cite the close proximity of hiking trails, lakes or fly fishing streams. Not that music and the performing arts go unappreciated. Some cities support active arts communities. At one time, gold was heavily mined in Montana’s mountain country. Today’s motherlode is visitors. Tourism being Montana’s number two industry, many mountain dwellers make their livings from some aspect of it.

This disease is every fishing outfitter’s worst nightmare. Rainbow trout are the most vulnerable, while bull trout seem to resist the disease. Whirling disease is present in numerous Montana rivers, prompting changes in fishing regulations limiting the number and size of trout that may be taken in certain streams. Throw away that outdated Montana Fishing Regulations booklet, obtain a current one and read it through. So far, the Whirling Disease Foundation and Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks biologists are keeping ahead of the disease.

Chances are it contains the microscopic critters that cause giardia, a nasty intestinal illness that lays you low and lingers long after you return home. Pack food and water for a couple of days longer than you expect to remain out. n Only experienced back country hikers with solid orienteering and survival skills should backpack into the Bob Marshall/Great Bear/Scapegoat Wilderness on their own. This also goes for the Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness. Don’t overestimate your back country skills. It may be preferable to hire an experienced back country guide or to join a hiking tour.

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