Mountain High 

Hey folfers! Head up to Snowbowl on Aug. 29 for the Sixth Annual Black Disk Golf Challenge, an 18-hole tourney atop Missoula’s backyard ski hill. Long drives, technically challenging holes, a custom disc and killer views make it well worth your $15 entry fee ($25 for pros).

Meet at Snowbowl and register at 9 a.m., then jump on the chair, play the alpine course twice and bring home primo prizes like your very own disc golf basket. Bring a lunch, your mountain bike (and helmet!) for the downhill, but leave the dogs at home. Call Allison Fromm at 549-9777 (ext. 36) for more details.

If you have friends who say they’ve scaled Granite Peak, here’s a chance to say the same thing—but with a lot less cardiovascular investment. While most Montanans only dream of bagging Montana’s highest summit (12,799’), you can join the Rocky Mountaineers on Aug. 28 as they head up a peak of the same name in the Great Burn Proposed Wilderness Area just west of Missoula. This decidedly easier 7,551’ Granite Peak on the Montana/Idaho border has commanding views of rarely visited alpine high country. Sierra Club volunteer and Rocky Mountaineer Vice President Steve Schombel will lead the nine-mile roundtrip, so call him at 721-4686 to get on board.

Stargazers jazzed by last weekend’s Perseid meteor shower can enjoy a Bitterroot N.F.-sponsored “Perseid Moon” walk on Aug. 28 at Lake Como. Guest lecturers include astronomer Diane Friend with UM’s Department of Physics and Astronomy, meteorologist John Coefield with the Montana Department of Environmental Quality, and acclaimed lunar storyteller Bruce Weide. Meet at the Lake Como boat launch (south of Hamilton) at 8 p.m., and bring binoculars, a flashlight and warm clothes for this set-your-own-pace program. Call the BNF at 363-7100 for more info.

University students are streaming back into town and UM’s Campus Rec is gearing up for another pack-it-in semester—starting with a 22-mile loop through some exquisite Bitterroot high country. You’ll be camping at massive alpine lakes, and it only costs $20 for transportation and a guide (add $25 to rent gear). Call 243-2802 for more info.

Men’s and Co-Rec leagues of Ultimate begin at the University’s Dornblaser Fields on Sept. 13. You’ll need a team of at least 12 (15 recommended) and you’ll have one helluva time, so gather the posse and get a representative to the manager’s meeting at 7:30 p.m. on Sept. 9 to get the disc rolling. League games run one or two nights per week, Monday–Thursday. Call Campus Rec at 243-2802 with your questions.

Missoulians on Bicycles are pedaling an upcoming ride—known as the 29th Annual Glacier Getaway—through Glacier National Park Sept. 4–6. This 135-mile ride includes the possibility of an additional 40 miles with an extra trip to Many Glacier, too, but reservations are required, so call Lech Szumera (543-4889) to join the posse.

It’s a bit of a drive, but S&M-loving athletes will want to head to Clancey (just south of Helena) for the 15th Annual Elkhorn Mountain Endurance Run, a 100K punisher through the little-used Elkhorn Mountains. Rated as “one of the toughest 100K trail races in the U.S.” by Ultrarunner Magazine, this benefit race attracts some of our continent’s toughest runners. Test your mettle against the best on Aug. 28, but contact for more info on the race or registration.

With 30 years of fly-fishing under his belt, George Kesel knows fish. Learn from this guru with an intro to fly-fishing class on the evenings of Sept. 8, 15, 22, 29 and Oct. 6. Call Campus Rec at 243-2802 to learn more about this $52 class.

Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks and the off-highway-vehicle advisory committee are seeking comments on grant applications requesting $311,523 to deal with weeds, erosion and user conflicts that arise from the revving of two-, three- and four-wheelers through public lands. Since grant funds are applied to trails where motorized recreation is not yet illegal, both exhaust-lovers and -haters should make their voices heard by participating in the comment process. Get up to speed by logging on to, then e-mail your comments to

Join the Five Valleys Audubon Society’s Larry Weeks for a half-day field trip to the fruitful birding areas near Smurfit-Stone Container on Aug. 28. An ardent birder, Weeks is currently restoring riparian areas near the mill and regularly leads free trips to the site. Count on spotting waterfowl, shorebirds and songbirds. Meet at UM’s Adams Center parking lot at 8 a.m. or the mill’s main gate at 8:30. Call Weeks at 549-5632 for more info.

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