Your Day on the Mountain
I f you read last week’s post, ATG Q2Cast Preview: Your Day on the River, you’ve probably already realized that you need to get up pretty early in the morning to eat your lunch by 8:30 am.
For those attendees that would like to experience part of their first full day in Missoula by waking up at a more reasonable hour, we offer you an afternoon at Snowbowl, a ski resort about a 25- to 30-minute bus ride from Missoula. The first bus will depart the Holiday Inn at about 11 am and return at the top of each hour (departures from Snowbowl are every hour on the half-hour).
I’d like to say I was chosen to shepherd the Snowbowl team because of my four decades in Montana and my astute leadership skills, but I was recently mockingly made aware that I was picked because I don’t work on client projects and I had the most leathery skin in the office. But you didn’t know that, so go ahead and assume I’m a qualified outdoorsman.
Ride the Rope Tow
Now, you’re probably wondering what clothes to pack and other items to bring. Remember, you’re in Montana now. You’ve left civilized society behind. You should rely on the trusted advice of those who know. Alas, they were all busy and smooth-skinned, so you got me.
Up here, we like to dress in seasonal layers. This is a phrase you’ll probably hear a lot while you’re in Montana, especially if a lot of people read this post.
Your base layer should be typical summer attire – shorts, t-shirt, sensible shoes. On top of that should be your Montana Autumn layer, which would be head-to-toe flannel of varying patterns and colors. Finally, your outer layer should address the possibility of rapid-onset winter and include a hoodie, some deodorant, a Bowie knife, and a beret, worn slightly askew. You can peel off layers as needed, but you might consider keeping the beret.
- A keen eye, an adventurous spirit, and a heightened sense of survival
- A helmet - I don’t like to brag but I have a bike helmet for riding my bike, and a motorcycle helmet to wear when I'm just walking around
- Sunscreen - so you don’t get leathery
- Gum - because I like gum and if I see you I’ll ask you for gum
- Flare gun - nothing says 'outdoor adventure' quite like a flare gun
- Extra flannel shirts in case we decide to harvest some timber
- Beard – everyone in Montana has a beard, even the children. You should too.
- A knife – you can use critter pelts just like currency back in Missoula
- Basket – if you’re a vegetarian, use the basket to gather sticks, bark, and pine cones to snack on. The whole mountain is your buffet. If you’re not a vegetarian, the basket will look super cool attached to the front of your mountain bike.
- A big rock or large stick - in Montana, you only eat what you kill
- Jar of mayonnaise - because I’ll dare you to eat a whole jar of mayonnaise
- Plenty of cash - you'll need it to bribe the zip line guy so you can use the ‘safe’ equipment
- Extra clothes - I like to bring three changes of underwear to Snowbowl – one for the zip line, one for the chairlift, and one for if a stranger speaks to
- A shovel – to bury our fallen
Jay Allen is ATG's Director of Marketing and the only living recipient of the Quote 2 Cast Summit Lifetime Achievement Award - an honor that, while coveted, has no actual cash value.