Best Outdoor Activities Around Bozeman – Our Top Five
Bozeman has too many choices for outdoor activities, so we thought we would stick to the best of the obscure activities and maybe introduce some new ideas to your outside fun. Got any we should know about? Let us know!
Folf or Disc Golf
This may not be too obscure as the sport's popularity continues to grow but we thought we would offer a few pointers to get beginners started and maybe even provide some new info for the intermediates. The only course in town is Rose Park, located on Oak and 27th Street. If you have never played this course it may be a little tricky to find where to go at first. The best advice I can give is to make sure you tee off from the concrete platforms because they point directly towards the basket you are meant to aim for. There is a map of the course at the Rose Park website. There is also a course up the Bridger Canyon past Bridger Bowl. I've personally never been, but I hear it's worth the drive out there to folf within the mountains. If you're looking to buy a new disc, Play it Again Sports on Oak Street has the best selection I've found. They carry Innova, Discraft and many other brands.
If you have never slack lined or even heard of it, the concept is pretty simple yet the execution is terribly difficult. To set it up, all you do is tie climbing webbing between two trees with the webbing a couple of feet off the ground and then attempt to balance and walk along the webbing. Tying the webbing works best if you have a ratchet strap to get the webbing tight between the trees, you want it as tight as you can. Don't worry, your weight will create the slack when you attempt to walk it. Be careful which trees you choose to attempt this on and where because the webbing will most likely damage the tree's bark which might upset other fellow Bozeman citizens. If you are totally confused, check out this video that will put it all in perspective (and makes it look much too easy)
Outside Adult Beverage Games
[We would like to mention that we promote the consumption of age appropriate beverages] My recent new favorite is a game called 'Beer Cricket'. All you need to play is four empty glass bottles, a Frisbee, a yard about 30 feet long, and three friends to play with. First set two bottles standing up in the grass the diameter of a Frisbee apart. Then take about 12 passes from those bottles, and place the other two bottles the same way. Then put a beverage cup in the middle of those 12 paces with about one drinks worth in the cup. With two people on each team, stand on whichever end of the course along with your teammate and your opponents stand on the other end. The object is to throw the Frisbee any way you prefer and try to knock over the other team's bottles. If you do knock over a bottle or both, you sprint to pick up the Frisbee again and try and hit the bottles on the other side. But, as soon as you hit the first bottle, the opposing team runs to the center of the course and drinks the beverage placed in the center and then can turn around and defend your second throw. Your teammate can deflect your through into the bottles on the second through which ads a bit of strategic play into the game. Each bottle knocked over is one point, and you take turns throwing back and forth until someone reaches 11. Have fun and throw responsibly.
Repel Down Waterfalls
This may be a bit dangerous for most but it's a great way to cool down. First, head to any of the water falls around Bozeman, we particularly like the ones at Hyalite. And they offer great trail to hike on as well. Be sure to use your rock climbing knowledge to securely fasten your harness and anchor before descending. We recommend using super stable nearby trees and at least three of them for safety. Check out this video for more in depth explanation on readying your anchor. And finally, enjoy a wonderfully cold repel down a Montana waterfall.
Ultimate Frisbee Summer League
The league begins each summer in mid June. Each Monday, the teams show up and attempt to best their opponents in a game to 16. Each team is made up of over 10 players and the season last for over 10 games. This is a great way to learn the new sport as each team captain goes over strategy and technique each week with his/her team. To sign up or get more info check out the website for the Bozeman Summer Ultimate League. I am in my second season with the league and find myself looking forward to Monday more and more. As long as the wind isn't invited.