Published in Mountain Outlaw Magazine

Some good news on the publishing front. I recently had two articles published in the summer issue of Mountain Outlaw Magazine. They’re based out of Bozeman and in partnership with Big Sky Weekly, who previously published one of my stories.

These two assignments were a blast to work on. The first, One Track Mind, is about cyclist Tejay van Garderen. Tejay grew up in Bozeman, now lives in Boulder, but travels around the globe racing for one of the top cycling teams in the world. The list of people I got to interview for this story was great.

I spoke to Tejay over the phone while he was in Italy training between races. He’s very kind and surprisingly humble for how big a star he’s becoming in the cycling world. His dad was also great to talk to and shared fun stories of Tejay growing up. I interviewed Carl Strong of Strong Frames in Bozeman. When I was a wannabe mountain biker in middle school my friend Nate and I dreamed of owning one his bikes. And finally, through Team BMC’s press officer, I was able ask legendary American cyclist George Hincapie some questions. Hincapie has been a part of NINE Tour de France winning teams. I look forward to watching him and Tejay attempt go after another Tour for their leader Cadel Evans starting June 30.

The second story, Distilling Butte, is on John and Courtney McKee of Headframe Spirits in Butte. What I thought was going to be a simple interview turned into a 5 hour interview complete with tastings, moving million dollar artwork at a museum (more on that next week), climbing to the top of a mining headframe (also more on that next week), and bottling gin. They make some very good spirits with reasonable Montana prices, which is refreshing when coming from Seattle. I particularly like their Anselmo Gin and and Neversweat Bourbon Whiskey. Their Bourbon Girl Cream Liqueur is also good and when blended with vanilla ice cream produces one of the best milkshakes I’ve ever had.

Below is a picture of the magazine cover as well as the first pages of both articles. They can be read in the writing section of this site. I thought the magazine did a great job with the layout of both articles. Enjoy.

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