Mountain High 

Time to spring forward back into daylight. That’s right, reset your clocks at 2 a.m. (to 3 a.m.) on Sunday, April 4. You know what this means: more hours to ramble through the hills after a day beneath the fluorescents at the office. Trout tremor at the thought, as will your calves after busting thousands of vertical feet abandoned for the past few months to only those deft with a headlamp. Mind you, not everyone participates in this concept. Arizona, aside from the Navajo Reservation, chooses not to participate in the time switch, as does part of Indiana.

Personally, I prefer to be more in touch with solar noon, which is never 12 noon in Missoula. No, here at the western edge of the Mountain Time Zone, noon hits our fair city at 12:47 p.m. When we change the clocks, solar noon will occur at 1:47 p.m. The switch does save energy, because fewer people spend their evenings at home during dark hours. (For that very reason, California has contemplated a year-round switch.) Daylight Saving Time was originally implemented in 1918, during World War I, then repealed. During World War II President Roosevelt placed the entire country on Daylight Saving Time, called War Time, which was repealed in 1945. Our current approach to time was finally enacted in 1966, and amended over the years to allow states to choose for themselves. So there’s your history lesson. Remember, in the backcountry there’s only daytime and nighttime, and maybe morning and afternoon. It’s only in the buzzing beat of the urban business day that we are forced to become so meticulous with our calculations.

Just because Western Montana has been hit with record-setting high temperatures lately doesn’t mean that it’s not time to show off all the skills you’ve learned on the snowboard slopes this year. Hosted for the first year at Red Lodge Mountain (affectionately known as Rock Dodge), the Montana Snowboard Championships will be a three-day event with an expected 120 competitors. Big Air, Slope Style, Boarder Cross and Banked Slalom are on the menu during the April 2–4 competition. There will also be a Rail Jam in front of the Bierstube, where drunken cheers from the crowd will decide the winner. Registration is daily in the Bierstube from 9 a.m. until 10 a.m. The fee for all events is $40. For more information call 446-2610, extension 101.

The Sierra Club Mission-Bitterroot Group and the Rocky Mountaineers will be joining together this weekend for a hike in the Bass Creek area. The walks are mostly on abandoned roads, but more adventurous types can scamper on a faint trail toward Crown Point. For more information contact Steve Schombel at 721-4686.

Runners, you’ve had time to warm up. Now it’s time for the races. Celebrate Arbor Month with Missoula Parks and Recreation’s 12th annual Run for the Trees this Saturday, April 3 at 10 a.m. All runners and walkers in this 5K event will receive a long-sleeved shirt featuring artwork by Monte Dolack and a free tree seedling to plant. Registration ends April 1. Cost is $25 for adults, $20 for youth, and there’s no race-day registration. Call 721-PARK.

“gASPing for AIR,” another 5K race, kicks off next Saturday, April 10, heading up the Kim Williams at 9 a.m. Early registration costs $12 and ends April 6, late registration runs through April 10 and costs $15. Call 542-7601 for more info.

After you get done running on the Kim Williams, try your hand at a free fly-casting clinic, taking place April 10 at 10 a.m. northwest of the Adams Center. Four Rivers Fly Shop hosts. For more info call 243-5172.

Hey, it’s Welcome Back Waterfowl Day this Saturday at the Lee Metcalf National Wildlife Refuge’s Maintenance Center Area. Observe and learn more about the ducks, swans, geese and other birds migrating through the Bitterroot Valley. The event is free and open to the public. It runs from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. For more info call Deborah Goslin at 777-5552, extension 203.

Jobless lowbagger in Missoula? Searching for a sponsored transient lifestyle while hyping forest protection? On April 13, the Ancient Forest Roadshow kicks off the first of three crews traveling to different parts of the country through October. You must be 25 years old and you don’t have to stay on until October. To apply for a crew position, contact Todd Carey at (206)-675-9747, extension 206.

Ski bum in Whitefish without a grand to throw down on a Big Mountain season pass? Better make that commitment (such a tough thing to do for the young upwardly mobile recreationist) and buy the preseason pass. From April 1 until May 15, you can get an adult season pass for $429. Word often circulates around the ‘Fish this time of year that corporate cutthroats at the Big Mountain want to do away with the deal. We’re glad to see that the axe has been held up at least another year. You can order yours on the phone by calling 862-2900.

Speaking of corporate ski areas, Silver Mountain made a bit of news as they expand with a new condominium project called Morning Star Lodge. On the first day of sales, Saturday, March 28, they sold 80 percent of their project. The event was the largest single-day sale of condos in the state of Idaho. The resort’s general manager said that after Ski Magazine dubbed Silver one of the West’s best-kept secrets, the inbound calls soared. Keep that magazine out of Missoula will ya!

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