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You might still be in winter recreation mode, but whisperings of spring mean we're in an outdoor limbo as far as major events are concerned. (Just saying the word "spring" will inevitably bring a snowstorm, of course.) In that spirit, we entice you indoors for the time being to hear an exciting lecture about the outdoors. Jon Turk, writer and Arctic explorer, has lived to tell the kind of adventure stories you thought died with The Endurance. As part of UM's Wilderness Lecture Series titled Wild Waters in the West, he gives a talk called Ice and Water in the Clockworks about kayak circumnavigation of Ellesmere Island in the Canadian territory of Nunavut. The 1,485-mile trip around the world's 10th largest island—via ski and kayak and on foot—had not been attempted before this summer when Turk and his friend Erik Boomer made it happen, according to a National Geographic story. The big-time adventurers have done their fair share of expeditions by land and sea. Their Ellesmere Island quest includes a very hair-raising run-in with polar bears and a journey walking on thin ice, literally. If this is truly one of the last Arctic paths to be pioneered, it should be a historically profound talk, especially since Turk is as in-tune with the romantic dreaming tied up with nature as he is with survival.

Jon Turk gives the lecture Ice and Water in the Clockworks on Tuesday, March 20, at 7 PM in the Gallagher Business Building, Room 122. Free.

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THURSDAY MARCH 15

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

FRIDAY MARCH 16

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.

Get back in shape and learn something new at Freestone Climbing Gym's Intro. to Bouldering course, which introduces basic techniques, safety stuff, ethics and more. Class includes 1.5 hours of instruction and two weeks of unlimited climbing. 935 Toole. 7–8:30 PM. $40.

SATURDAY MARCH 17

Hey, free agents, today is the last day you can sign-up for the Missoula Ultimate Frisbee Spring League, which takes place at Ft. Missoula Park from Apr. 2 to May 21. $40. must.usetopscore.com.

The 7th Annual Corn Cup at Whitefish Mtn. Resort Skier and Border Cross is a ripping good time and has categories for those 8 and up and $1000 in cash prizes. Registration 8:30–9:30 AM. $25 pros/$20 amateurs. skiwhitefish.com

It's not a toss, it's a launch: The Leprechaun Launch Slopestyle at Lost Trail is open to skiers and boarders. Register at the lodge before noon. $10. ltpark.com.

SUNDAY MARCH 18

Hey, Meyer, you ready to dominate the K-12? If so check out the Montana Snowbowl's Best of the Bowl Race, which takes place on the Grizzly Chute and includes Alpine, Tele and Snowboard divisions. mtsnowbowl.com.

Get back in shape and learn something new at Freestone Climbing Gym's Intro. to Bouldering course, which introduces basic techniques, safety stuff, ethics and more. Class includes 1.5 hours of instruction and two weeks of unlimited climbing. 935 Toole. 12–1:30 PM. $40.

MONDAY MARCH 19

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.

I hate to say it, but it's about that time to break out the bike. May as well head to REI's Basic Bike Maintenance class, too. Seriously, you should know how to fix a flat tire. 3275 N. Reserve. 6:30 PM. Free.

WEDNESDAY MARCH 21

Via the pictures of a former park ranger and naturalist-guide, you can get to know Yellowstone in Photographs at REI. I hear it's pretty down there. 3275 N. Reserve. 6:30 PM. Free.

If you're thinking of evading the invaders next winter, check out UM biology professor Jeffrey Good's lecture Maintaining Camouflage in a Snowy Winter at the Montana Natural History Center. 120 Hickory St. 7 PM. $4/free for members.

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