MISSOULA - In the winter when it’s blizzarding out like this, why do people get outside?
Why do people want to hike in frozen conditions?
Well, MTN's got some answers for you.
Whether you’ve seen it driving by, hiked once, or head up every week, the M Trail is an obvious Missoula favorite in warmer seasons.
But, in the winter, the trail is slippery and frozen. However, some people strap on their ice spikes and hike up anyway.
“If you’re not suffering, you’re not having fun,” one person told us.
Commonly called 'sufferfest' or 'type 2 fun' is referred to here with laughter and smiles.
Hikers Cathleen, M, Nell, and pup Peanut Butter were out on the M on Friday morning “Getting in a snow hike,” shared Cathleen.
“Wanted a little outdoor adventure," M continued.
Nell wanted to bring her stuffed animal, Stuffy M, up to the top of the M too.
“Getting some fresh air, challenging ourselves to enjoy this,” said Leslie.
“Instead of going snowshoeing, we thought we’d go for a walk,” Gregory told MTN News.
Bearing the cold gives a warm sense of accomplishment and self-satisfaction.
“And you feel alive," Leslie added.
Remember to always check the weather and avalanche conditions before exploring Missoula.