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

Archive for the ‘Lifestyles’ Category

Steps Every Fisherman Should Follow To Get The Most Out Of The Experience

Follow these steps to learn how to find and catch more fish, and, of course, become a better angler.... more

Celebrate Mother’s Day Out on the Water

This weekend give your mom the best Mother’s Day gift around – take her fishing!... more

Interested In Learning How To Play Golf? Here’s What You Need To Know

Taking up golf can be intimidating. The following tips can help you gain more confidence and improve your playing style.... more

River City Roots Festival Moving Forward

Music. Art. Food. Community. The Missoula Downtown Association’s River City Roots Festival returns to the streets of Downtown Friday and Saturday August 27-28.... more

Making The Most Of The Vegan Scene In Missoula

Whether you're a born and bred Missoulian or you've just moved to the area, how can you make the most of your vegan experience?... more

Useful Things You Might Want to Bring on Your Next Camping Trip

Tents, sleeping bags, clothes, and so on. Here are some useful things you can take with you on your next camping trip. ... more

5 UTV Tips for Beginners to Enjoy the Ride in Safety

If you plan to ride on the Moab or the Imperial Dunes, read on to learn how to avoid rookie UTV mistakes and enjoy a memorable UTV ride!... more

Hunting Permit Drawing Results Now Available

The wait is over as the deer and elk permit drawing is complete, just 12 days after the application deadline. ... more

5 Ways to Maximize Your Golfing Experience

Here are 5 ways to maximize the whole golfing experience. ... more

MCT Presents Schoolhoue Rock Live!

To close the 50th Anniversary year, the Missoula Community Theatre is going back to school and the stage with Schoolhouse Rock Live! ... more

Want to Try Kayak Fishing? Here’s How to Prepare

Kayak fishing is one of the best ways to spend a relaxing day on the water. If you're a beginner, here are some ways to prepare for your first day on the water. ... more

MCT Presents Magic Tree House: Pirates Past Noon KIDS

Come on inside the Magic Tree House with the Missoula Children’s Theatre (MCT), as they present the musical adaptation of Magic Tree House: Pirates Past Noon KIDS. ... more

6 Ways to Reduce Your Plastic Waste Today

Reducing plastic waste is one of the best things you can do to make a greater impact on environmental conservation.... more

How Golfing Can Easily Help You Combat Depression

Studies have shown that golf has therapeutic effects on human health. Here are a few ways in which golfing can easily help you combat depression.... more

Be Bear Aware When Recreating Outdoors

Bears are emerging from dens with the onset of spring, and people are reminded to “Be Bear Aware.”... more

MDA Commences Planning & Production of Summer Events with Cautious Optimism

The Missoula Downtown Association will plan to host a modified (i.e. limited) version of the beloved Out to Lunch and Downtown ToNight Summer Series events, beginning the first week of June.... more

Mount Jumbo South Zone Closure Extended to March 22

In consultation with wildlife biologists at Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks, Parks and Recreation has extended the Mt. Jumbo South Zone winter wildlife closure to March 22.... more

MCT Announces Summer Day Camps

MCT is excited to host 6 summer day camps: Jack and the Beanstalk (June 14-18 and July 5-9); The Frog Prince (June 21-25 and July 12-16) and The Wiz of the West (June 28-July 2 and July 19-23).... more

7 Essential Things Every Hunter Should Know

Here are seven essential things every hunter should know and must put into practice. ... more

6 Must-haves For Every Hunter For An Ultimate Experience

Preparation is key if you want to be safe and successful while hunting. If you want to make your hunt a memorable experience, follow this easy guide.... more

Beauty Lou and the Country Beast Day Camp March 15-19

Beauty Lou and the Country Beast will mosey on to the stage of the MCT Center for the Performing Arts March 15-19. Open to students in grades K-12.... more

Tips for Easily Staying Safe When Skiing

Like most sports out there, skiing can be hazardous, particularly if the necessary precautions are overlooked. Here are tips for easily staying safe when skiing.... more

Going Rock Climbing? Here Are The Essential Items You Should Get

To make the job easier for you, we’ve picked out the most important items that you should get before going rock climbing. ... more

Going Solar? Here’s What to Keep in Mind

Going solar can be rewarding for multiple reasons. Not only is it a way to cut your utility costs, but it’s also an excellent way to give back to the environment.... more

2021 Smith River Permit Drawing Results Now Available

The permit lottery results to float Smith River State Park in 2021 are now available online at fwp.mt.gov.... more

Everything You Need To Know Before Buying Yourself A Hoverboard

Here’s everything you need to know before buying yourself a hoverboard.... more

Hunting and Fishing License Year Begins March 1st

The new license year opens March 1, which means that is the day you can buy your 2021 hunting and fishing licenses and begin applying for permits and special licenses.... more

A Tour Around Missoula, Montana’s Nightlife

If you’ve been to the gorgeous hub of five valleys in Montana, also known as Missoula, you’d know for sure that it’s a one-of-a-kind destination with many things to see.... more

MCT Upcoming Show: Shrek the Musical JR

The Missoula Children's Theatre is excited to wave the “freak flag” and raise the collective laughter level of the world as it presents Shrek The Musical JR. ... more

How To Go Green In 2021

Here are some tips to start going green in 2021, and work to save the planet. ... more

National Parks You Need to Visit When in Montana

If you’ve set your heart on Montana for your next trip, here are 8 national parks you absolutely need to visit during your visit. ... more

What You Should Know About Kickboxing and the Equipment You Need for This Sport

Here's what you should know about kickboxing and a few pieces of equipment that you will most certainly need.... more

Tips on How to Choose the Right Rifle for Enthusiasts

Here are some tips you should consider when selecting the right rifle. ... more

Stream MCT’s Robin Hood Jan. 2-11

Laugh all the way to magical, mythical Sherwood Forest Jan. 2-11 with the Missoula Children’s Theatre family-friendly production of Robin Hood!... more

6 Practical Tips For Golfers Before A Big Game

Every golfer has a different preparation process before a big game. However, there are certain things that every golfer should do. ... more

A Beginner’s Guide On What Golfing Equipment To Get

As a beginner, you're probably not familiar with how many things you can find in stores when it comes to golf equipment. Here are some tips:... more

Useful Items You’ll Need When You Go Outdoors For A Hike

Here are some of the things you should bring with you on a hike.... more

MCT’s Elf Comes off the Shelf

Available on-demand Dec. 21-30 for just $5, Elf the Musical is available to view as many times as you wish in the 48 hours after you first begin to view it.... more

All You Need to Know About Prepping

Here's all you need to know about prepping for a trip outdoors. ... more

MCT presents It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play

Take a holiday trip back to the 1940’s with the Missoula Community Theatre during It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play, Dec. 10-20. ... more

How Did These famous Paintings End Up in Casinos?

When you think of casinos, beautiful and famous artwork may not be the first thing that pops into your mind. Most people think of bright lights, the sound of slot machines, and the whirl of the roulette whe... more

Great Outdoor Activities For Your Family To Try This Summer

To make summertime even more eventful, make a bucket list of activities for your family and check them off as you go. Here are some outdoor activities to try out.... more

7 Helpful Tips That Will Improve Your Golf Game

If you are tired of your friends’ beating you in every game, then it might be time to look into some strategies to improve your golf skills.... more

How to Use Modern Optics to Boost Your Hunting

In the long run, using optics will not only make you a better hunter but also improve your understanding of wildlife.... more

Minimizing The Impact Of The Oil Industry On Montana’s Environment

The oil industry is valuable to Montana. Through the careful monitoring, air pollution control programs, and clean up initiatives, its environmental impact can be kept to a minimum.... more

Best Sporting Events to Watch Over the Holiday Season

Sports fans have plenty to look forward to during the holiday season, with the schedule packed with a host of exciting events.... more

Is it Better to Own or Rent a Camper?

Whether you want to permanently adopt the RV lifestyle or are simply interested in some enthralling getaways, there are some key factors to consider.... more

MCT Presents On-Stage and Live Streaming of Souvenir

In the wake of cancelling the Missoula Community Theatre’s production of Matilda, MCT has found a true gem to bring to the stage that can be produced while following health and safety protocols. ... more

Expert Survival Tips for Hikers and Campers

If you are looking to leave everything behind and enjoy a few days of nature's raw beauty, here are a few expert survival tips for hikers and campers.... more

Missoula Community Theatre’s Matilda CANCELLED

MCT’s Executive Director, Michael McGill, has announced the final decision to cancel the Missoula Community Theatre’s Matilda.... more