8 New Year Resolutions for Your Adventurous Life

Some may say that New Year resolutions are silly, but they are tradition for a reason. The New Year brings closure to the past and is an exciting time to set new goals and intentions for your family and yourself. On your list should be a few small ones and perhaps one or two more ambitious ones. Here are 8 New Year resolutions to be your best badass self in 2020.

  1. Smile at everyone. There is a reason you feel fabulous after a good hike. Everyone is smiling, you’re reaping the benefits of tree bathing, and most everyone says hello, or yo, or some sort of greeting with a smile. Extend this to the rest of your days and wallah! Pure joy. For you and others.
  2. Speak Up about Leave No Trace. The land is in peril. We can all do our part to keep it beautiful for others and still enjoy the resources, environment, and places we enjoy. Be brave when you see someone trashing the earth or simply throwing their banana peel into the woods after a quick snack break on an adventure. Leave No Trace!
  3. Visit one new place. Sit down with friends and family and ask them where they have been last year and why they liked it. You might be surprised with what you hear. Write it down. Make this a bucket list and put it on your fridge! Add it to your calendar and make it happen. Visiting a new place is a refreshing and rejuvenating experience, even if it isn’t very far away. Inquiry perk: You’ll learn things about your friends you never knew at the same time.
  4. Volunteer one day of work. Nonprofits, adopt a highway, churches, and outdoor groups need your help. Time is a valuable resource that is often needed the most. Devote one day this year to helping out. Not only will they benefit, but they’ll get some good PR with your facebook and social media posts and you’ll keep that feel good attitude for weeks!
  5. Try a New Outdoor Activity. Resolve to spend more time outdoors. Your serotonin levels will thank you and getting a good dose of Vitamin D helps! Peruse your local outdoor groups and join an outing or experience for little to no cost. You could meet your new best friend or discover something you didn’t know you had in you. Whitewater Rafting, Hiking, Biking, Fishing, and more await your senses. It also naturally helps your libido and attitude.
  6. Bring a Trash Bag on EVERY hike or adventure. Our six year old and youngest adventure buff always stuffs one in his bag. Trash is everywhere and it makes an exponential difference. You’d be surprised how fast this tradition spreads on the hiking trails in the Northwest. Joy and kindness spreads faster than Santa at lightning speed. Reuse those grocery bags!
  7. Buy a BEAUTIFUL REUSABLE WATER BOTTLE. Plastic bottles are everywhere, even being made into artworks and homes these days. Buy everyone you know and yourself a spectacular one you love using, cover it with stickers, whatever you need to do, but save the plastic for something other than your water intake. This is probably our favorite New Year Resolution.
  8. Have fun with a NEW MICROADVENTURE. Here at our adventure company, we specialize in microadventures. Otherwise known as day trips, weekend warriors, or the short and sweet after work outing, microadventures make everyone a badass. It’s simple. Pop a few bucks in a jar and keep the change and dollars rolling or devote one day a week or one day every two weeks to exploring your surroundings as a hot New Year Resolution ~ It doesn’t have to be far. You’d be surprised what you might be overlooking in the few hours circumference around your own home. Not only is it easy, but is an amazing boost to your year.

There you have it. From all of us here in the adventure office, we wish you joy and exciting times ahead. Adventure on with these 8 New Year Resolutions that we hope you love and come back to year after year. @AdventureMsla #outdoornewyearresolutions #newyearsresolutionsforeveryone #adventuremsla


Missoula Marathon Events

The Missoula Marathon is a not to miss event during the summer. It features a marathon, half marathon, a 5K, and kids one mile fun run. There are lots of other small events within this weekend adventure in Missoula!

June 26-28, 2020

We are happy to host this partner deal in our partnership with Destination Missoula. Adventure Missoula offers 25% off the week of the event for our rafting and fishing trips. Feel free to book online and please use code: RUNMSLA when booking to utilize this discount for runners and their families!

Looking for more information?

Whitewater /Scenic Rafting

Fishing Trips

Find more information about this fabulous event: Missoula Marathon

The event is the brainchild of a group of local, dedicated members of Run Wild Missoula who want to share the area’s beauty and Missoula’s unique feel with runners from all over.

The run is one of our community’s most beloved and supported events.

AWARDS

The Missoula Marathon has been named as the Best Marathon In The U.S. on several occasions – in 2010 by the readers of Runner’s World Magazine and in 2017 and 2018 by The BibRave 100. Runner’s World has also named the Missoula Marathon as a Top Marathon For Back-Of-The-Packers (2017) and a Top 10 Bucket List Marathon (2018 and 2019)


Mountain Biking Missoula

If your are looking too wait out the spring runoff and enjoy the cooler temps this spring, check out some of the local mountain bike trails in Missoula’s back yard for mountain biking Missoula! Generally speaking there are three regions just outside of town: The Rattlesnake Recreation area, Pattee Canyon, and Blue Mountain. They are perfect for quick laps after work and are super convenient if you are in Missoula. There are many more great riding areas farther out, but these areas offer a broad range of trails from beginner double track all the way to steep rocky single track.

Mountain Biking Missoula Photo from Blue Mountain

The Rattlesnake trailhead is just a couple miles from downtown and a great introduction if you are new to the area. Beginners will appreciate a steady road climb from the lot that leads to a network of perfect single-track descending opportunities. More advanced rides can connect over to Sheep Mountain on the East side of the valley, or continue to head up to the summit of Stuart Peak. Its worth mentioning Snowbowl even offers some downhill lift assisted mountain biking just to the west.

Next up, Pattee Canyon it’s the closest trail system to downtown offering great beginner and intermediate level rides for mountain biking Missoula. Its worth the almost 2500 foot climb to the top of Mt Sentinel for the view alone, as you make your way back down you can either head back toward the university or head east and ride the ridge down for a more technical descent that will spit you out at Pattee Canyon Road.

Don’t forget about Blue Mountain, just on the south west side of town. Here you will find a dense web of trails that make every ride a little bit different. Toward the top of the mountain you will find some huge berms and fun side hits on the moto trails. For the riders looking for the steepest terrain head to Deadmans Ridge and just watch out for other trail users as you hold on for the rip down.

This is by no means a definitive guide, if you are looking for more information check out MTB Missoula’s ride guide and check out some of the great opportunities to give back to the community when you are mountain biking Missoula!


Blue Mountain Disc Golf Course

While the river banks are swelled with spring run-off and the high country is still shedding its snow, consider checking out some of Missoula’s disc golf. Blue Mountain disc golf course is just a short 15 minute drive south of Missoula, and sits within the Lolo National Forest. This beautiful 18 hole course winds its way in and out of the ponderosa pine forest, which can make the holes a bit tricky to find, but there are bound to be other golfers out there who are happy to point you in the right direction. To get you started: hole number one can be found at the top of the hill, above the parking area, and highlights one of many awesome throws the course has to offer: across a gulch and meadow, and into a stand of trees.

One of the best parts about disc golf is that its free to play! No fees to get in or a cart to rent, all you need are some discs (golf specific frisbees), and an hour or two depending on how fast you can hike. Discs are available at most sporting goods stores; to get started pick up a driver, mid range, and putter specific discs. Discs are usually heavier and smaller than a traditional frisbees and fly significantly farther too, so it is best to use a disc golf specific frisbee.

Disc golf is played just like regular golf except you throw your disc at a metal basket. Unlike golf, these courses are often natural and unmaintained with significant elevation change and stunning views to match, Blue Mountain Disc Golf Course is no exception. Blue Mountain is a great course, for all abilities because of the arrangement of their tee pads: one located closer to the basket and one further away. It may seem intimidating at first but at the end of the day the most fun wins! If you are looking for an inexpensive way to spend your afternoon, and stay busy while waiting for rafting season, Blue Mountain is a great place to check out.

Blue Mountain Disc Golf Course, Adventure Missoula

River Etiquette

Ethics and River Etiquette for River Recreationists

Glacier Country and Northwest Montana’s rivers and streams are among our state’s greatest assets.

As recreational use on and near Montana’s river resources continues to grow, different river user groups (fishing, floating, tubing, camping, etc.) are encountering each other more frequently. This can lead to conflict between users or a perception of river crowding.

Access sites and boat launches are receiving more traffic and at times are congested. In some cases, river users are not respectful of private land, causing tension between river users and landowners. Additionally, increasing recreational use of rivers is placing pressure on natural resources and resulting in problems such as litter, human waste, and vegetation degradation.

It is crucial for river users to work together to protect our rivers.

Here is a list of river ethics and etiquette to follow so that we can all enjoy Montana’s great river resources and help protect the recreational experience and the resource.

Be READY
Be ready to float before you get on the ramp.
Organize gear and load boats before approaching the ramp.
Inflate and rig rafts away from the ramp.
Be aware of the space available at the launch area and use only what you need.
Rig and unrig fishing rods away from the ramp.
Once in the water, clear the launch area as soon as possible.
When taking out, leave

BE POLITE
Profanity and obnoxious behavior is inappropriate and offensive.
Boating under the influence of alcohol or drugs is dangerous—be responsible when drinking alcohol on and around the river.
Be discrete when changing clothing.
Keep dogs under control and on a leash.
Encounters and group size affect the river experience

COMMUNICATE
Be prepared for encounters with other river users.
Be friendly and communicate when encountering others on the river.
River crowding is often attributed to encounters with other floaters—keep your group size and number of watercraft to a minimum.
Using firearms in a river corridor can be hazardous and disturbing to others. During hunting season, remember that others may be using the river.
Give space to other river users and remember your river etiquette.

FISH and ANGLERS NEED SPACE
Give anglers wide berth to avoid floating through the area they are fishing.
If it is impossible to avoid floating through the area someone is fishing, politely explain your situation and apologize for the intrusion.
Attempt to keep out of sight of other boaters and anglers.
Don’t monopolize a fishing hole. Fish for awhile and move on.
Give anglers wide berth to avoid floating through the area they are fishing.

YIELD TO THE PEDESTRIAN
Non-motorized watercraft usually have the right-of-way over powerboats.
Non-motorized watercraft should yield the deeper channel to powerboats, which require a deeper channel to navigate safely.
Powerboats should use no-wake speeds when passing non-motorized watercraft and wade anglers.
Paddlers ‘surfing’ on a wave should yield to ‘through boaters.’

LEAVE NO TRACE
Practice ‘Leave No Trace’ river ethics.
Know river skills and carry the necessary equipment to minimize your impact.
Don’t leave your trash—Pack it in-Pack it out.
Use existing restrooms or pack out human waste and toilet paper with a portable toilet.
Avoid using the streambed as a pathway and instead—walk along the shoreline within the high water mark.
Observe wildlife from a distance.
Camp in designated campsites.
Do not build rock fire rings—use designated fire rings or a fire pan.
Always be mindful of fire danger and make sure campfires are dead out before leaving.
Respect private land along the river.
Know your rights and responsibilities under the Stream Access Law.
Stay below the ordinary high water mark.
Respect private property, don’t trespass.
Keep dogs on a leash and under control.
Respect ranchers’ needs for fencing, and learn how to use float gates and portage routes.
Leave gates as you find them.
Obtain permission before camping or recreating on private property.

We at Adventure Missoula know you will do your best and doing that will ensure that we are able to continue recreating on our rivers and open spaces.