This weekend, you can become an endurance master among the elements during an epic outing that's likely to appeal to powder hounds, cycling freaks and water lubbers alike. It's Lost Trail Powder Mountain's Powderkeg Pole, Pedal and Paddle competition, which blasts off on Sat., April 30.
The fun begins with the ski leg of the race, which features 2.2 miles of action as you descend from the top of Chair 4 down to the bottom of Chair 3, where you'll then race—by running, snowshoeing or another method up the Gunsmoke run—to the parking lot to transition to a bike. Once you're geared up and ready to go, you'll pedal 12.7 miles north to the Sula Country store. Then, you'll paddle it up—using a kayak, solo canoe, or tandem canoe–a total of 2.7 miles down the east fork of the Bitteroot River until you reach the finish line.
Afterwards, you can replace all those calories you burned off with beers and a buffet during an after party at The Naughty Moose in Conner. Besides a nice body high, this event has a benevolent aim, too: Proceeds benefit Lost Trail Ski Patrol and Ravalli County Search & Rescue.
Lost Trail's Powderkeg Pole, Pedal and Paddle is Sat., April 30, at 10:30 AM atLost Trail Powder Mountain, near the Montana/Idaho border off Hwy. 93. Racers should be at the lodge by 9 AM. Visit ltpowderkeg.timedsports.com to register online.
THURSDAY APRIL 28
Have a hootin' good time when the Alberton Community Center, 701 Railroad Ave. in Alberton, hosts the talk Owls in Montana with expert Denver Holt, starting at 7 PM. Free. Visit ninemilewildlife.org.
FRIDAY APRIL 29
Kids in Missoula can hike, bike, raft, canoe and swim to their heart's content, and learn skills in leadership, self-confidence and teamwork, during Missoula Outdoor Learning Adventures' Outdoor Adventure Summer Camp, which is currently open for registration. Camps run each week from June 6–Aug. 26. $150 per one-week session, with a $50 deposit check per week. Get details at missoulaoutdoors.com.
SATURDAY APRIL 30
Sweat it up in your socks during YMCA's annual Riverbank Run, which is one of the largest foot races in Montana and offers participants the chance to tackle a 10k at 9 AM, a 5k at 10:30 AM, a trifecta race at 11:25 AM, or a fun run at 11:35 AM, all starting on the corner of Higgins and Broadway Streets. Race fees vary from $71 for families to $17 for youth. Visit ymcamissoula.org to register, or register on race day starting at 7 AM at the starting line.
Spread your avian appreciation wings when the Five Valleys Audubon Society presents a trip to Brown's Lake to view waterfowl, raptors, Sandhill Crane's and other migrants, starting with a meet up at 8 AM at the parking lot of UM's Adams Center. Free, but bring a lunch. Call Larry at 549-5632.
Something fun and fishy is bound to go down when the Montana Natural History Center (MNHC) presents its Saturday Discovery Day: Monitoring Milltown Fisheries, a morning trip that offers the chance to learn about how scientists are monitoring Milltown area fisheries since the removal of the Milltown Dam, starting with a meet up at 9 AM at the MNHC, 120 Hickory St. $20/$15 members. Call 327-0405 to RSVP.
Give up your gas guzzler for a week and enjoy activities centered on healthy transportation when Missoula's Bike Walk Bus Week kicks off—and runs until May 7—with activities today including the Festival of the Cycles from noon–4 PM at McCormick Park. A slew of events follow throughout the week, including a "Bike Tour of Routes Around Missoula" on May 2. Free to participate. Visit bikewalkbusmissoula.org for a complete schedule.
Get rid of some of your old but still good sleeping bags, backpacks and other outdoors gear in order to help out the Mountain Shepherds—a community run, eco-tourism organization located in the Nanda Devi Biosphere Reserve in India—during the Nature-Link Institute's Gear for the Garhwal drive, which runs through April 30 with drop off locations at The Trail Head, Aerie Wilderness Medicine, UM's Outdoor Program and REI Missoula. Call 370-2294 and visit nature-link.org for details.
They're incredible, but not always edible. The Montana Natural History Center (MNHC), 120 Hickory St., presents its Saturday Kids' Activity: Incredible Insects, a program for children ages 5 and up that begins at 2 PM. Children must be accompanied by an adult. $3/$1 MNHC members. Call 327-0405.
SUNDAY MAY 1
Lube your hubs, but not your legs, when Missoulians on Bicycles presents its Ride to Lubrecht, a 60-mile jaunt that takes you up Hwy. 200 to the Lubrecht Experimental Forest for a picnic, and begins with departure at 10 AM at Le Petit Outre & Breads, 129 S. Fourth St. W. Free. Visit missoulabike.org/ride-page for updates on other rides.
Do your part to support watershed health through science and outreach when the Watershed Education Network (WEN) presents its third annual Mayfly Fling, a fundraiser for the organization featuring beer/wine, a silent auction/raffle, fly casting and other activities, plus music by Tom Catmull and The Clerics, from 4–8 PM at the Ten Spoon Vineyard and Winery, 4175 Rattlesnake Drive. $30 family/$25 couple/$15 per person, with tickets at Rockin Rudy's and the Missoulian Angler Fly Shop. Call 541-9287.
TUESDAY MAY 3
Get a taste of all that the Rocky Mountain Front has to offer during the Rocky Mountain Front Discovery Tour, which features images of areas within the front, plus info on all the top places to hike, view wildlife and fish, starting at 6:30 PM in the University Center Theater. Free. Call 728-2184.