Mountain High 

You've heard the tales from Bozeman. The party that was off the chain. The tricks that were off the hook. The booming jams that made your shirt evaporate into a sea of like-minded sweaty revelers. Wait, you haven't? You don't know what the dealy-o is with the Chamberlin Rail Jam? I'll tell you, it's a big old party celebrating winter and all its glory (even if the glory seems fleeting on these recent sunny days). It's been going on down at Big Sky and Bozeman for five years, with the goal of eventually touring all around the country. The CRJ has decided to make Missoula its first "urban" stop. For those of you guffawing over the conceit that Missoula is urban, the event is taking place at Big Sky Brewing Co. within earshot of the interstate. There are musical performances by "I Like College" rapper Asher Roth and locals Black Mask, along with a bonfire and shenanigans. But the whole event is built around the rail jam itself. The event is made up of 25 skiers and 25 boarders. The overall length of the jam is 90 feet with the rails brought up from Lost Trail Powder Mountain and the ramp itself being made from scaffolding. The riders are judged by the fine fellas of Lost Trail Terrain Park. And if you're worried about snow, don't be. All of it comes from Glacier Ice Rink.

The Chamberlin Rail Jam takes place on Sat., Mar. 10 at the Big Sky Brewing, 5417 Trumpeter Way. Ski prelims start at 4:30 PM, while the snowboard prelims begin at 6:15 PM. Music starts at 7:30 PM with local Black Mask followed by Asher Roth. The after-party takes place at the Top Hat with David Dalla G and Mac Lethal. Tickets are cost $40 to $15 and are available at chamberlinrailjam.com.

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THURSDAY MARCH 8

Dudes, come get your climb on during Freestone Climbing's Dude's Night. 935 Toole Ave. 5–10 PM. $6.50/$5 students.

FRIDAY MARCH 9

Active outdoor lovers are invited to the Mountain Sports Club's (formerly the Flathead Valley Over the Hill Gang) weekly meeting to talk about being awesome, past glories and upcoming activities. Swan River Inn. 6–8 PM. Free.

SATURDAY MARCH 10

Forget the funk of it, it's time to Run for the Luck of It, which has 7-mile, 5K and 1-mile options. The race starts at Sean Kelly's, and that means no funny business. 8:45 AM. Go to runwildmissoula.org for fees and course descriptions.

Hunt for the treasures of Old Barnaby Hornswoggle during Missoula Parks and Rec.'s Lubrecht Experimental Forest Adventure. Snowshoes provided by REI. Call 721-PARK to register.

Join historian Richard Ellis at the Travelers' Rest Storytelling Series event about Charles M. Russell. Travelers' Rest State Park is 1/2 mile west of Lolo on Hwy. 12. 11 AM. $4/under 18 free,

Let the Montana Natural History Center teach your kids to guess at the weather as well as Mark Heyka during the Saturday Kids' Activity: Up in the Clouds. Kids build a weather station and decipher the skies. 120 Hickory. 2–3 PM. $3/$1 members. montananaturalist.org.

Learn to keep an eye on our water and be an awesome citizen during the Watershed Education Network's Stream Monitoring Training. Greenough Park Pavillion. 3–5 PM. Call 541-9287 to sign-up.

SUNDAY MARCH 11

Thighs o' fire are hitting the slopes of Snowbowl for the Vertical Challenge. Two-person teams rally the mountain to see who can claim the most vert in one day. Lots of categories, and the entry fee gets you a chair-side lunch and post-ride brew. All funds go to the Montana Food Bank. $25. montanasnowbowl.com.

Learn what all squawking is about at the Beginning Birder Walk at Maclay Flat led by MT Natural History Center Asst. Ed. Director Brian Williams. 9:30 AM. Free.

MONDAY MARCH 12

Road trip! Silver Mountain offers up 2-for-1 lift tickets on Mondays and Powder Thursdays, oh, and Fridays though Fri., Mar. 16. silvermt.com.

At Slacker Mondays, from 6 PM until close, slackline fans can come to Freestone Climbing Center at 935 Toole Ave. to test their balance. $13/$10 for students. Visit freestoneclimbing.com.

See the pretty birds of Ecuador in Birds of a Cloud Forest, which features the photos of Jan Wassink during the Flathead Valley Audubon meeting at the Summit. 205 Sunnyview, Kalispell. 7 PM. Free.

Hear Terry McEneaney explain what the word "numenon" means and hear about the late, great passenger pigeons at this Five Valleys Audubon program. Gallagher Business Building, Rm. L14. 7:30 PM. Free.

TUESDAY MARCH 13

Learn to keep an eye on our water and be an awesome citizen during the Watershed Education Network's Stream Monitoring Training. Greenough Park Pavillion. 4:30–6:30 PM. Call 541-9287 to sign-up.

WEDNESDAY MARCH 14

The Clark Fork Coalition's March Walks and Talk Event Fly-Fishing Made Easy is also sponsored by Grizzly Hackle and gives new anglers and old pros an update on the rivers' fish populations (true) and the hottest new knots (not true). 140 S. 4th W. Noon–1 PM. Free.

Learn to keep an eye on our water and be an awesome citizen during the Watershed Education Network's Stream Monitoring Training. Greenough Park Pavillion. 4:30–6:30 PM. Call 541-9287 to sign-up.

Don't get lost, orienteer your mind and take your kid to Missoula Parks and Rec.'s Beginner Map and Compass Skills course. Currents Aquatic Center. 12 and up. 6–8 PM. $8. Call 721-PARK to register.

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