The Story Behind the "M"

The "M" is 620 feet above the Missoula Valley floor. It is 125' feet long and 100' feet wide. University of Montana forestry students cut the switchbacks into the side of the hill in the early 1900's. The first "M" was assembled out of whitewashed rocks in 1909, and given a fresh coat of paint by freshmen every year, until 1968, when all those rocks were cemented together with concrete.

Photo by Nelson Kenter, kenterphotography.com

Grizzly Sports Photos (Click to Enlarge)

Missoulians love our Grizzly Sports!  Click on the images below to enlarge the photos and use the right-hand arrow to scroll through the images.   Photos are brought to you by various Missoula photographers.  We’ll constantly be adding to our galleries–so check back frequently.  All images are copyrighted and downloading or copying is strictly prohibited.

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2013 Big Sky Champs!
2013 Big Sky Champs!
Coach Tinkle showing some love.
Coach Tinkle showing...
Lady Griz 2013 Big Sky Champions
Lady Griz 2013 Big S...
Kenzie DeBoer reaches for a loose ball as Northern Colorado's Lauren Oosdyke pushes them both to the ground.  Dahlberg Arena in Missoula, Mont., January 12th, 2013.
Kenzie DeBoer reache...
Kareem Jamar takes a break after getting knocked to the ground.  Dahlberg Arena in Missoula, Mont., January 5th, 2013.
Kareem Jamar takes a...
Dahlberg Arena in Missoula, Mont., January 19th, 2013.
Dahlberg Arena in Mi...
Cherry!
Cherry!
Keron DeShields (#20) powers past San Diego's point guard Chris Anderson, as forward Michael Weisner stands ready for the dump-off.  Dahlberg Arena in Missoula, Mont., November 24th, 2012. Photo by Austin Smith.
Keron DeShields (#20...
The Fiercest Bear in the West wags a furry finger during a men's basketball.  Photo by Austin Smith.
The Fiercest Bear in...
Dahlberg Arena in Missoula, Mont., February 2nd, 2013.
Dahlberg Arena in Mi...
The Montana bench shows its support during opening kickoff.  Washington-Grizzly Stadium in Missoula, Mont., November 17th, 2012. Photo by Austin Smith.
The Montana bench sh...
Junior forward Jordan Sullivan grimaces in expectation of contact just before she heads to the rim during Monday's game.  Sullivan helped her team beat Minot State by adding 11 points, three rebounds, and four assists.  Dahlberg Arena in Missoula, Mont., November 5th, 2012. Photo by Austin Smith
Junior forward Jorda...
Washington-Grizzly Stadium in Missoula, Mont., October 13th, 2012.
Washington-Grizzly S...
Lady Griz Soccer. Photo by Bruce Costa.
Lady Griz Soccer. Ph...
Dahlberg Arena in Missoula, Mont., January 31st, 2013.
Dahlberg Arena in Mi...
Head University of Montana Men's Basketball Coach, WayneTinkle, celebrates with the team after winning the 2012 Big Sky Conference Championship.  Photo by Patrick Record
Head University of M...
Monte strikes a pose. Photo by Patrick Record
Monte strikes a pose...
Let's get ready to rumble!  Photo by Patrick Record
Let's get ready...
Lady Griz Head Coach Robin Selvig calls out plays as the relief squad prepares to take the court.Dahlberg Arena in Missoula, Mont., October 30th, 2012. Photo by Austin Smith
Lady Griz Head Coach...
Monte Sports Pink in support of Team Up Montana!  Photo by Austin Smith
Monte Sports Pink in...
Spirit Squad member Keiko Sagami is launched into the air during a partner stunt shortly before the commencement of the Montana Grizzly 2012-13 men's basketball season.  Photo by Austin Smith
Spirit Squad member ...
Rabid Grizzly Fans.  Photo by Austin Smith
Rabid Grizzly Fans. ...
We ARE Griz Nation!  Photo by Patrick Record.
We ARE Griz Nation! ...
Dahlberg Arena in Missoula, Mont., January 31st, 2013.
Dahlberg Arena in Mi...
Lady Griz Soccer. Photo by Bruce Costa.
Lady Griz Soccer. Ph...
Dahlberg Arena in Missoula, Mont., February 7th, 2013.
Dahlberg Arena in Mi...
Monte Getting Patriotic!  Photo by Austin Smith.
Monte Getting Patrio...
Alex Bienemann (#92) and Jordan Tripp let out some grizzly roars after Bienemann's tackle at the line during the first half of Saturday's loss.  Washington-Grizzly Stadium in Missoula, Mont., November 17th, 2012.
Alex Bienemann (#92)...
Griz Fan.  Photo by Patrick Record.
Griz Fan. Photo by ...
Katie Baker sets up a free throw; she was 4-4 from the line Saturday afternoon and led the team with 18 points.  Dahlberg Arena in Missoula, Mont., January 12th, 2013.
Katie Baker sets up ...
Griz Fans are the Best!  Photo by Patrick Record
Griz Fans are the Be...
Who needs a shirt...when you've got the Griz! Photo by Patrick Record.
Who needs a shirt......
Get Down Monte!  Photo by Patrick Record.
Get Down Monte! Pho...
Go Griz Fans. Photo by Austin Smith
Go Griz Fans. Photo ...
Grizzly Skydivers. Photo by Patrick Record.
Grizzly Skydivers. P...
We are Griz Nation! Photo by Patrick Record.
We are Griz Nation! ...
Griz fans are the best! Photo by Patrick Record.
Griz fans are the be...
Monte.  Photo by Patrick Recrod.
Monte. Photo by Pat...
Lady Griz Soccer. Photo by Bruce Costa.
Lady Griz Soccer. Ph...
Up with Montana Boys. Photo by Patrick Record.
Up with Montana Boys...
Monte. Photo by Patrick Record.
Monte. Photo by Patr...
Griz Nation. Photo by Patrick Record.
Griz Nation. Photo b...
Touchdown Grizzlies! Photo by Patrick Record.
Touchdown Grizzlies!...
Brothers in arms. 2011/12 Grizzly Basketball. Photo by Patrick Record.
Brothers in arms. 20...
Monte does a bear-stand on the South baseline.  Dahlberg Arena in Missoula, Mont., January 3rd, 2013.
Monte does a bear-st...
Head Coach Wayne Tinkle reacts to a questionable out-of-bounds call early in the first half of Saturday's contest.  Dahlberg Arena in Missoula, Mont., January 5th, 2013.
Head Coach Wayne Tin...
Freshman center Andy Martin blocks Eastern Washington's Thomas Reuter in the first half of Thursday's matchup.  Dahlberg Arena in Missoula, Mont., January 3rd, 2013.
Freshman center Andy...
Both Griz and Lady Griz...Going to the Dance!
Both Griz and Lady G...

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