This weekend, my friend and I stopped by the Ice Climbing festival in Bozeman to watch a couple of climbers compete. I have to say, it was pretty awesome. It was more awesome beyond just seeing people ice climb because, I was told, the festival was also the World Cup for the International Climbing and Mountaineering Federation.
Anyways, witnessing ice climbing for the first time was very eye opening. I had a mental image of people with pick axes dragging themselves up a sheet of ice monotonously, but that definitely wasn’t right. Instead, the climbers made their way up the ice wall by traversing and going upside down and planking sideways and I can’t even tell you what other odd contortions their bodies went into to get up that wall. More incredible was that they had seven minutes to get as far as possible up the wall for the competition, and in that seven minutes their expertise could clearly be seen as they raced their way up.
So, yeah, it was cool. Thought of picking up a new hobby? If you are able to buy all of the expensive gear, do not fear extreme cold and the potential for severe injury or death (risk-takers), and have a lot of time on your hands… this might be for you!
Hyalite in the winter is a bad idea. Very pretty, but a very bad idea.
Why did I decide to drive up to Hyalite lake? Well, it had been so cold that I figured the waterfall had frozen over and my friend and I thought it would be cool to see.
Why was it a bad idea? Well, I and many other cars ended up getting very, very stuck in the deep snow. I couldn’t get myself out no matter what I did and was dangerously close to the edge of the road, which happened to be a cliff. A big truck finally came and pulled me out but by then there were other cars stuck and it was a long line of maneuvering and problem solving as we all tried to get out of there.
On the bright side, I was lucky it was so busy at hyalite with all the people who had gone up there to cut down their christmas trees (free in the woods, the best way to get them) and were so kind to want to help strangers who did not plan as well for the snow as they did.
Looking for something fun to do this winter? Perhaps make sure you are prepared for the adventures you go on, with things like snow tires and four wheel drive and snow chains and whatever else people use…
Here we are, at the end of dead week, heading into final week.
If you haven’t read any previous posts or are out of the loop, dead week is the week before finals week, aptly named because everyone is studying so hard that they feel like zombies by the end of it. By everyone, I mean everyone but me, as I have been fortunate once again to have very little to do.
Here is what my dead week/finals week looks like:
- I was supposed to have an in class exam this Thursday for my finance class, but my teacher decided to make it online… I’d call that a win
- Final exam today (Friday) at 4pm in my developmental psychology class
- Final paper due in my research methods class Tuesday, final exam at 4pm Tuesday
- Final paper due in my public policy class Thursday, exam online
- The end.
I have to do a bit of studying, but overall I’m feeling good about finals. And ready for a break before my FINAL semester of undergraduate college!!
Well, winter is here (although it’s been a little iffy), making the skiers and the snowboarders and the snow fanatics very happy. I have to admit, I prefer it to be snowing over the negative degree temperatures we had a few weeks ago and that seem to be coming back…
If you’re a big skier or snowboarder, I would suggest visiting MSU in the next few months so that you can check out Big Sky or Bridger while you’re here. All of my friends got the students passes to Big Sky this year, which opened on Thanksgiving day. They’re on the mountain as we speak, if you’re wondering..
Not a skier or a snowboarder? That’s okay, you can be like me and most of my other friends who prefer to stay inside and watch movies and drink hot cider until the temps warm up…
I have to admit, it is pretty out there in the winter though!
A few weeks ago, before the snow started pounding down on us as it is now, I took another trip up to Hyalite Canyone to check out Grotto Falls. I had seen Palisade Falls already and thought it was about time I saw Grotto. The drive took about 15-20 minutes, the walk up to the falls itself took about 5-10 minutes on a dirt trail that remained flat. The falls was small but pretty, and if it had been nicer and I had more time I heard you can hike past it and see all kinds of other wonders.
Visiting with your family? Drive up to hyalite and check these out for a quick little scenic detour.
This past weekend, I engaged in some nostalgia and went bowling with some friends.
We went to a bowling alley right off of mainstreet (downtown) in bozeman, a place called the Bozeman Bowl. It costed $9.50 total for my shoes and two games. Everything had to be paid for with cash, so that was a little frustrating in this day and age, but I quickly got over it. I also am not sure what their policy is with underagers because there is a bar there, but there were tons of kids around so I’m thinking there isn’t one?
On my first turn, I bowled a strike, which made me feel awesome. I got third place out of 7 in the first game!! After that my abilities quickly went downhill and I remained in last place for the entire second game… oh well.
It was fun overall. If you’re looking for a way to kill time that’s relatively cheap, you might wanna check out the Bozeman Bowl.
Now, let me start off by saying I have never personally ordered anything from Pita Pit and probably never will, because have this weird thing against pita’s… However, it is a college student favorite, so it definitely deserves a post so you know what your options are for food in bozeman.
Pita Pit seems the be a fan favorite because:
- It’s cheap
- Variety of options- get a classic pita, build your own, whatever
- It’s downtown- convenient for those who are 21 and out and about or if you want to explore
- It’s quick- the perfect to go food
- They deliver- you don’t even have to leave your room!
- It’s good (I can not personally attest for this, but I have never heard any complaints)
If you’re looking for a quick and easy Bozeman classic, Pita Pit may be the way to go.
This weekend was uncharacteristically awesome for this time of year, so some friends and my brother and I decided to take advantage by going on a hike. We hiked Sypes Canyon, which is about a 2 mile, 1,000 elevation gain hike in the bridgers. It was the second time I’ve done it and I found it to be equally as beautiful as the first time.
Sypes is a great place to hike because it is quick and the scenery varies. You go through a lot of forest and wind up a trail towards the “summit”, where the views are amazing. If you want to keep going along the ridge, you can make it out to the M I’m pretty sure after about 7 miles. We didn’t have the time or energy since we started later in the day and got done around dinner time and were starving. I would suggest it as a good day hike though for anyone interested in getting out there!
If you’re looking for a stroll that will give you some views, you should consider taking the trail at Triple Tree Ranch. It’s mild for most of the way, with the trail rolling through open hills, a beautiful forest, and by massive houses. Watch out for the wildlife- we saw a turtle! The last part can get a little steep, but there was a boy who couldn’t have been more than 10 years old biking up it, so it definitely is do-able.
If you aren’t ready for a big hike or don’t have enough time, trails like these are good to check out.
My brother just moved here this past week, and it made me reflect on where we grew up, in the great state of New Hampshire (live free or die), and how I came to love this other great state of Montana.
People often ask me if I think I’ll move back to the East coast after graduation, and I have to say… probably not. Both places are beautiful, but in such a different way. What I love about Montana’s beauty is how natural and amazing it is. The opportunities that Montana provides for those who love the outdoors is unmatched from what I have seen so far. Mountains of all elevation levels with trails of all difficulty levels, natural hot springs, places for climbers, crazy skiing for all types of skiers, cliff diving and floating in the summer, yellowstone natural park… the list goes on.
I am reminded every day of why I love montana, when I wake up in time to see the sun rising or as I watch it set in the evening and it truly becomes Big Sky Country.
If you come to Montana, take the time to see all that makes Montana natural and beautiful. You’ll soon love it just as much as me.