Mountain High 

Those who like to get their fingers dirty ascending mammoth mountains and/or like to shred powder in the backwoods have two opportunities this week to see fellow adventure hounds snowboarding, climbing, paragliding and mountain biking in the wildest terrains our planet has to offer. On Fri., Nov. 12, at 7 PM, the Wilma Theatre hosts the premiere of Deeper, a snowboard film by Teton Gravity Research. It follows snowboarder Jeremy Jones and other seasoned riders as they hike up through remote mountain ranges in Alaska and California so they can carve untouched powder on the way down. Then, on Sun., Nov. 14, at 6 PM, the University Theatre hosts the Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour, a collection of films on outdoor adventure that include First Ascent: The Impossible Climb—about climber Chris Sharma's freaky climb on Mount Clark in California—and Rowing the Atlantic, which details one woman's trip across the Atlantic in a rowboat. I've seen clips for both events, and all I can say is you'll be sorry if you miss 'em.

The screening of Deeper costs $8, and advance tickets can be purchased at Edge of the World. The Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour costs $15/$12 advance at any GrizTix outlet or Visit and for details.

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Visit our majestic neighbor to the north when Glacier National Park offers free admission today in honor of Veterans Day. Call 888-7800 or visit

Avoid a nasty case of foot hurt when REI Missoula presents the workshop "Feet and Footwear: Keeping Your Feet Happy on the Trail," where you can get pointers on the best kind of footwear to wear when roughin' it in the great outdoors, starting at 7 PM at REI, 3275 N. Reserve St. Ste. K-2. Free. Visit to register and call 541-1938.

Slip something botanical into your night when the Clark Fork Chapter of the Montana Native Plant Society presents a talk on plant conservation with Brenda Oviad titled "Conservation of Madagascar's Orchids," which begins at 7:30 PM in Room L09 of UM's Gallagher Business Building. Free. Visit Fork Chapter.


Be one with the Swans when you join the Swan Ranger Hiking Club for its weekly Saturday jaunts in the nearby Swan Range, starting with breakfast at 8:30 AM at the Echo Lake Cafe, 1195 Hwy. 83 (just northeast of Bigfork), followed by departure for the hike at 9:30 AM. Free. Those just wanting to hike can meet at the school parking lot across the street around 9:30 AM. Visit for a suggested gear list.

Sweat bullets to raise awareness about carcinoid cancer during the Run for Hope 2, a 5k run that features a sweet mix of pavement and trails and begins at Pineview Park near Rattlesnake Elementary School, 1220 Pinview Drive, at 9 AM. Proceeds from the run will be used to help Montana carincoid patients who need financial assistance for their medical expenses. $25. Visit Runner's Edge to register, or click to to download a registration form.

Dirty yourself and your two-wheeled friend during the Helena Cyclocross, a cyclocross bike race that consists of a fast course over grass, gravel roads and singletrack, and begins with registration at 9 AM, followed by races for various categories at 10:30 AM and noon, all at Helena's Lewis and Clark County Fairgrounds, 98 W. Custer Ave. $25. Visit for more info.


Head down from the hills: It's closing day of general season for antelope. Make plans for next year at

Mountain men and women hit the silver screen during the 2010 Banff Festival of Mountain Films World Tour, which features a number of award-winning outdoor films and begins at 6 PM at the University Theatre. $15/$12 advance at UM's Outdoor Program and The Trailhead. Visit


Any and all females who want to hike in the company of their fellow XX chromosome holders are hereby invited to a Ladies Hike Group that meets every Tue. and Thu. at 4 PM at a TBA location in Missoula. Contact Rissa at to finalize plans.

Just go with the ice ice baby during REI Missoula's Ice Climbing Basics class, which covers everything from ice tools to boots and crampons, to some of the sweet spots to hit up, starting at 7 PM at REI, 3275 N. Reserve St. Ste. K-2. Free. Visit to register and call 541-1938.


Have a chicken lickin' good time in your running shoes during the Run Wild Missoula Beer Run–Double Front Chicken Lounge, a group run of around five miles that begins at 6 PM at the Double Front Cafe, 122 W. Alder St., and ends with beer or a non-alcoholic drink (and fried chicken if you're hungry) at the restaurant. Free. Visit

Get intellectually smoked out during "The Natural History of Sagebrush in Montana," a talk with local author and biologist Peter Lesica on the plant that begins at 7 PM at the Montana Natural History Center (MNHC), 120 Hickory St. $4 suggested donation/free MNHC members. Call 327-0405 and visit

Get a taste of how Glacier was back in the day when the Flathead Chapter of the Montana Native Plant Society presents "Botanical Expeditions in Glacier National Park, 1909 and 1910," a presentation and slide show with former Glacier botanist Rachel Potter that begins at 7 PM at Columbia Falls' Glacier Discovery Square, 540 Nucleus Ave. Free. Call 892-2446.

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