View Full Version : 2007 NW Rendezvou Report

Ed C
07-30-2007, 08:12 AM
The 07 NW rondy is in the books. As near as I can determine it was attended by 26 people, 7 goats, 1 dog, and 1 mule.

A great time was had by all. Good company, beautiful location, sufficiently difficult hike in. Nice lake full of pan size brookies.

Again great company. Thank you everyone. A special thanks to Kevin B who basically fed the whole crowd both nights, with exceptionally delicious whitetail venison. Good luck to Kevin in the up coming hunting season. If we do it again and I'm sure we will, nothing will be loaded in my panniers until your meat goes in. That's a promise. Thanks to Patrick for attending as usual.

A big hit was timbertiger's goats everyone liked the goats. Most fun for me was watching and visiting with his delightful daughters. They had a blast. As did Jim's three young sons. I had met them previously and knew they would have a great time. Fine young men.

Regrets: I didn't take any pictures. I had my camera, but was too busy visiting, fishing, observing, chores ect.

I am looking forward to pictures and reports.
Thank you all!

07-30-2007, 08:35 AM
It was good to meet everyone. What a great bunch of people! Thanks to everyone who pitched in extra to make this trip happen.

Much as I would like to have a reason to tease Bushcraft other than his tupperware pistol, I must say that I ran GPS on the way out and it was 6 miles right on the nose. The canyon was certainly the prize. If it hadn't been after dark when I came in so I could actually see what was ahead, I might have camped right there.

The hero of the trip was Kevin, who didn't just bring enough venison to feed everyone, he also prepared it masterfully. What a feast! I don't think his goal of carrying nothing but a tent, sleeping bag, meat, and booze was an idle one. We musn't forget the mess of crawdads caught by timbertiger's girls and boiled to perfection.

For me, the goats came in a close second to Kevin, because their tracks and droppings helped bring me in by headlamp. When I was about to pass camp, their soft bleating brought me right in. Who knows where I might have bivouacked without their help!

Some pics:

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07-30-2007, 09:32 AM
Great pics! What a beautiful site.

In the next to last photo, I don't know who's sitting just to the left of Patrick, but I sure can identify with the mesmerizing effect of watching "nature's television"!

Ed C
07-30-2007, 09:46 AM
From right to left JBR, Patrick, Buck W, dp, Ed C

07-30-2007, 09:48 AM
... and Bushcraft's uncle.

Ed C
07-30-2007, 09:51 AM
Right, missed him. Dick 67 years young going strong.
Tuff hombre.

07-30-2007, 10:34 AM
real tough hombre. I walked away thinking "67 years old, and just now thinking about adding pack animals". He and Patrick are great motivation to get in shape young and stay that way. There isn't ever a reason to stop.

Kevin B
07-30-2007, 10:35 AM
First and foremost, thanks to Allen and Randy for organizing. Someone has to do the work and start the ball rolling or great things like this just stay a good idea. With 26 people it's hard to find the space for the compliments due each. Suffice it to say that I enjoyed meeting old friends and thoroughly enjoyed meeting everyone new. Timbertiger's girls are already more durable than any number of adults I know, Jim's boys are the same and the kids were great. Having the stock on hand turns an ordinary backwoods camp into a real treat. Ed, I'll email you all the pictures I took, PM me your email address. You too Buck.

Ariving at the lake.


Companion lake and meadow.


Ed's Brookie.





Near dinner time.





Patrick, Ed, Dolly




07-30-2007, 10:58 AM
hmmm..... Kevin, why is it that Ed is holding "your" brookie in the picture and why does it look like it is on his tackle?

Kevin B
07-30-2007, 11:08 AM
Um, he was feeling sad from not catching fish so I let him have his picture taken with mine?

Ed C
07-30-2007, 11:45 AM
Kevin: Thank you for letting me have my picture taken with your fish. I feel slighted though, because you didn't mention me as an organizer. I helped Randy and Bush a lot! In fact if it had not been for me they would have been organized a lot sooner!

07-30-2007, 11:53 AM
See, that's just the kind of guy Kevin is...thoughtful, generous, always willing to "help out" others.

It was great getting to meet everyone and partake of the festivites. Can't say enough about the great group of people that were there. I'll post some pictures hopefully later tonight.

07-30-2007, 11:58 AM
I would like to know how that little bitty brookie managed to bite Ed's index finger off? /images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/smile.gif

07-30-2007, 04:18 PM
It was great to meet new people and put faces with names. Our girls really enjyed themselves and everyone made them feel welcome.

The food was outstanding espeacially the sausages complements to the chef.

Finally thanks to Patrick for coming out. Your tents get the job done!

Here are some pics that we took.

Heading in



Resting on the trail.


The reason for resting on the trail.



Good eats

Jim, I have to blame you for making monsters out of the girls. They have crawdads on the brain. In fact they told me that they want to go back soon, just to catch more. Thanks


07-30-2007, 05:57 PM
WOW!! Awesome!!

That's a great looking spot for a 'rhondy...right full of brookies too...

Great pictures everyone...keep'em coming.

Nice of ya to let Ed hold your fish for the picture Kev...

idaho lad
07-30-2007, 06:48 PM
Looks like a super time. I really planned on getting there, but regrettedly things didn't work out for me, and I didn't make it. My loss as I really wanted to see the larger tipis setup.

07-30-2007, 06:54 PM
Awesome pics guys! I'm sitting a hotel tonight and can't get my photos downloaded for a couple of days, but this is a treat.

Thanks to everyone for a great outing...it was great seeing old friends and meeting new ones. A highlight for us was spending time with Timbertiger and Mrs. TT getting to know about goats and the possibilities for absolutely luxurious outings:) Thanks for coming along and sharing your outdoor savvy with the rest of us.

Kevin, as usual the venison was awesome. Thanks for taking on the cooking chores and supplying the grub. Best of luck this fall so you can supply us next summer:)

I can attest to the number of fish in those lakes...even I caught a few!! As a fledging fly-fisher in training I was delighted to catch a few brookies in the lakes. Nice fish Ed!

Evanhill; my GPS read was at 6.22 on the trip out. So perhaps the Bushwhack/Sandbag wasn't far off after all. All in all a delightful hike in beautiful country.

We had a blast and are looking forward to next year's outing. Thanks to all for your input, your participation and for promoting true backcountry travel and hunting. Special thanks to Bushcraft for getting the ball rolling, doing some rambling with Ed and I and finding a great location. I've had a great time so far this summer seeing some new country, sampling the fishing and spending some solo time out in the backcountry, nothing better.

Best of luck to you all in your scouting and fall hunting endeavors. Be sure you post all the big bucks, bulls and the delicious antlerless harvests. See you all on the trail!!

07-30-2007, 08:08 PM
Timbertiger - I kinda got the feeling your girls were hooked on the crawdad thing. Once they learned how to catch them, they sure had fun catching our "appetizers". I get bugged from my boys to take them back out to the Snohomish River to catch more too - they catch crawdads while I fish! Great fun.

The diversity of kids, animals, women and men all of various ages and backgrounds, made for a great mix. Unfortunately we all can't be as good of fishermen as Kevin, but we'll just have to get used to it.

Here are some of my pics...

Ms. Dolly geared up and ready to roll


Kevin B, Bushcraft, Buck W & Patrick about to set off on the trail


Patrick and me (JBR) making tracks


JBR & Kevin B on a beer break


Gett'in close





Late afternoon of fishing for Patrick


One for the pan...


Kevin B cooking up some DE-LISH venison...thanks again!


Evanhill, Randy & Bushcraft


Patrick about to have some blueberry pancakes and coffee in the 16-man....what a palace that was, especially with only Patrick, JBR and Ed C in there.


Ed C with his PB & J blueberry pancakes...


Bushcraft stalking a wary brookie or "fish hunting" as we referred to it...


From left to right: half of Randy, Jim (Bushcraft's cousin), Bushcraft, Evanhill, Kevin B


L to R again: Scott (Evanhill's brother), Randy & Jim (I hope I'm not mixing Scott and Evanhill up)


Lastly, a glimpse of the lake from camp


Thanks to everyone for a GREAT time for a Kifaru newbie like myself. I look forward to my NW Rondy 2007 hat and maybe bringing my sons to the Rondy next year.

07-31-2007, 10:25 AM
I got a kick out of that picture of EdC spooning peanut butter...it looks like he just got caught with his hand in the cookie jar! Nice shot JBR!

The 2007 NW Rondy was imminently satisfying from so many different perspectives that it is hard to put it all into words. One could not ask for a better group of like-minded people to share a campfire! I could go on forever listing the many positive attributes of those in attendance. Diverse, intelligent, sincere, nice, humorous, decent, experienced, independent, strong, are but a few descriptives that come to mind. Those that didn't make it missed out on sharing an excellent weekend with some very fine people and great conversation.

Many thanks to Patrick for his outstanding products, his message board that brought us all together, for making the trip and for dinner on the way home! Many thanks to Randy and EdC for helping me with the location - couldn't ask for a better spot! Many thanks to Dolly the mule, Nat, Norbert, Clint, and the rest of goats for packing in various "luxury" items (Thank you EdC and Timbertiger)! Many thanks to Kevin for providing this crew with succulent venison offerings...I begin to salivate every time I think of those whitetail tenderloins! Many thanks to Snakey, Patrick (and myself) for bringing a very fine sampling of amber elixirs. And last but not least, many thanks to everyone who attended and made this year's rondy a success...what a hoot!

Christina and I came away from the trip wholly satisfied and very much look forward to getting together with everyone again next year!

Speaking of next year...

<ul> We'll have to make the hike longer and more strenuous since there was so much dissatisfaction expressed with regard to the shortness of the hike and its distinct lack of elevation gain and nocturnal bushwacking. I've got just the place! Next year's location will have fewer and more wary fish to make the fishing more challenging. We'll have to better time the trip with a good storm. The weather was much too nice to test any of our gear.[/list]Actually, unless we get a wild hair and decide to do this in some place like the Eagle Caps, the Rondy site will most likely be in the exact same spot with 2.5 miles of relatively easy bushwacking. Bring all the kiddos!

Speaking of tough hombres that don't look their age...EdC displaying the proper way to drift in tent peg.

Classic KevinB...
You just can't cook without an inferno! By the way, this following picture is an exceedingly rare documentation...of him not talking. /images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/grin.gif

JBR, Patrick, Buck "The Beast" W and Doug taking a breather after some steep switchbacks while thinking to themselves, "Whew! If we ever catch up with that sandbagger Bushcraft fellow, we're gonna..."...

Me and Scott waiting for folks to show...

Someone lose a bobber? (scothill)

Evanhill's campsite arrival warning system...

JBR and I hunting fish Saturday morning...(this bit of "crick" fishing was a TON of fun with one guy scouting the hole while the other fished it with a dry)

JBR prepping his catch of panfry...

Gerber makes a quality saw...

Timbertiger and his trooper daughters showing off their crawdadding skills...

Jim C (my cousin), his boys and his dad upon arrival...Go Cougs!

My lady and I...

Passing around the Macallan 18 Year, now THAT is something you don't see everyday...(it was worth every penny and every calorie I burned humping it up the trail)...

All the kids catching fish...

The boy's first fish on the fly after some coaching (Awesome to witness...I think I let out a whoop that could have been heard at the trailhead 6 miles yonder!)...

The nephew toughing it out with the skeeters 'til the bitter end...

My lady chit-chatting on the trail with Timbertiger's clan...

Get along goat!...

07-31-2007, 06:24 PM
Again...Awesome pictures!!...

08-01-2007, 08:14 AM
I was looking at that first picture you posted. Is that you in the front of the line? If so, you've gotten alot better looking over the last few years. /images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/laugh.gif See you in a month. I've been planning on giving you call soon. Tell Mrs. TT I promise no jokes about caribou this time.

Buck W
08-01-2007, 12:12 PM
As others have said - great company, food, conversation, setting and, most importantly, people! Many thanks to Bushcraft, Randy and Ed C for scouting and organizing; and to Patrick for his presence and for creating the environment for this network of like minded souls to flourish.

It should be mentioned that about 1/3 of the people there were the gentler ***. All of them good sports and cool ladies!

I consider the theme of this one to be "Meat Eaters Delight" for obvious reasons.

My personal hero for the Rondy is Kevin B. First, he saved me from being a runner-up in the Longest Distance Award (see below) by alerting me late at night to the slide on White Pass. Then he graciously allowed me to check out a Siwash by loaning me his.
When he promised me a spot in his 6-man I left my shelter at the trail head, and replaced it with a package of whitetail chops which was my pleasure to carry in (and consume). Sunday morning he rallied fairly quickly for having a large quantity of adult beverage and about three hours sleep under his belt to set a good pace filled with pleasant conversation on the way out. What a guy!

I nominate deserving individuals for several awards:

MAILMAN: Kevin B. because he certainly delivered the goods!

LONGEST DISTANCE TRAVELED (AND MOST PERSISTENT): Snakey. Drove about 260 miles before being blocked by the slide (ironically he was only about 10 miles from the trail head at that point). He then looped back about 370 miles (if my math is correct) to get in from the other side, and then a mere 330 miles home.

MIDNIGHT NAVIGATOR: Evanhill hiked in mostly in the dark, had to change headlamp batteries (good thing he heeded Patrick's warning), and admitted that following TT's goat's tracks and droppings were more useful than the GPS in finding camp. His successful arrival was announced first by the goats and then by Miss Dolly.

MOST IMPROVED: Miss Dolly was looking much leaner, fit and toned. She graciously demurred and gave all the credit to Ed C, her personal trainer.

On the way home, I almost centered punched a 350 pound black bear sprinting across US 97 near Satus Pass. Even though the season was two days away I couldn't help but wonder if I would have been better off with my trusty Toyota (4400# @ 95 fps with minor nose deformation) or a sleek little Porsche 911 (2000# @ 150 fps with violent upset, and probably not reloadable) /images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/smile.gif

08-01-2007, 12:43 PM
I thought about "Carinvore Fest" as a possible theme. Buck W - we're thinking along the same lines.

08-01-2007, 02:25 PM
To borrow a phrase from Range magazine...

"Red Meat Survivor"


Buck W
08-01-2007, 02:35 PM
<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Originally Posted By: Bushcraft</div><div class="ubbcode-body">
"Red Meat Survivor"

I like it because it seems more death defying, and politically incorrect. /images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/smile.gif

08-02-2007, 11:31 AM
I really can't add much to all of the great words tendered about all of you folks. It was well worth the "travel". Both the walk out and the trip home were faster than the in trips. I might have to consider the Colorado ronde next! It is really great to put faces and "real" names to everyone who frequents here. I think my wife enjoyed herself in spite of the mosquitos. As most noticed she carried that Thermocell around like a security blanket (Bush you gotta get one that works for Christina and I gotta get Rebecca a holster for hers). Thanks to Kevin for the MEAT and to Bushcraft for the 18 yr old both were outstanding. Buck, it seems a much smaller world now after our chats about people we both know. Ed C. Dolly is looking hot, wish I had seen her all packed up!! Timber Tiger Those goats were outstanding but were eclipsed by those wonderful girls! Mainly I want to thank everyone for their willingness to organize and to show up to make this such a memorable occasion. I am already looking forward to next year. I do have some pictures that when Rebecca gets them to me I will try to post but don't hold your breath.


08-03-2007, 10:32 AM
Thanks for the thorough pictorial guys. It seems to pretty well capture the mood of the event, and I'm bummed that I missed out. I REALLY hope to join you next year if my work schedule lines up. I have to bid for my vacation days in December for the entire next year. I always ask for deer and elk season, my anniversary, and Christmas (I have the hunting seaons off but no tags this year /images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/frown.gif ). Anyway, is there a chance of nailing down next years Rondy by December? I've been hoping that they'd land on my regular days off, but that hasn't been in the cards for the last several rondys.

If not, keep takin' the great photos. /images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/smile.gif

08-08-2007, 08:32 AM
Well after all this time I have succeeded in getting my pictures into Photo-bucket (an epic journey in itself). It has however been very trying and what's worse is I cannot now make the leap to the thread. I had high hopes to astound everyone with pictures and smiley faces etc. but have failed (as is usual with everything I do on the computer). I will keep trying because one I want to be able to and also because a couple are worth a look. Just want to let you all know that I am trying but still don't hold your breath, it may be awhile (or never). I may have to take a vacation from all this computer stuff cause my mind is about to fry! I don't know how you guys do it, my mind just ain't built for it. Pumps, motors and machines are so much easier. Just want to keep this thread alive while I figured it out (maybe only another month or two).

08-08-2007, 09:36 AM

Here's the easy way to do it...

Step 1: Find the picture you want to paste into your message. You really only need to find the IMG CODE information that is the bottom-most one listed (I circled it in red).

Step 2: When you hover your mouse over the IMG CODE letters on the left hand side (not the actual code itself on the right) your mouse will turn into a hand. Once it does, simply left click once and a small yellow "Copied" message pops up like this...

Step 3: Go back to your message that your are writing in another open window (or tab) if you are using a more recent version of Internet Explorer and paste it into your message with a right-click.

Step 4: Click on Preview Reply and if you are satisfied with the layout, simply Submit as usual.

Done. Everything I just did took maybe 2 minutes tops.

You'll be a pic posting pro in no time! Now, let's see what you've got!

08-10-2007, 11:39 AM
Sorry for the lateness of this post but being severly computer illiterate it took a while (and I still don't know exactly why it now works). Here's some pictures.

Kevin displaying the GOODS


Who says camo ain't cool


Beauty and the Bushcraft


Bushcraft about to pass out the nectar (I appear to be begging)


Patrick listening (which is why he is so good at what he does)


If this one doesn't take you back, make you feel good and make it clear that we must do all we can to preserve what we have in this country nothing will


I have a few more but I don't want to push my luck and I heard I had a limit. If I pull this off I deserve (and need) a drink (or 2). For some reason I have no way to preview this so if it comes out funny I'm just glad it got there.

08-10-2007, 12:47 PM
Nicely done fellow Connousieur!

Love that last pic...can you e-mail that to me?

Ed C
08-10-2007, 01:08 PM
Very well done snake. Now post the rest of them, after you've had the drink. Then post the ones your daughter took from last year.

Kevin B: can you post the one of Rainer {the afternoon we were fishing]

08-10-2007, 01:58 PM
Ed I will after I rest the stress was great!! I would have just added a smiley face but I haven't learned that yet.

Bush I sent the picture but, well, I'm not sure it went (or it may have gone many times cause I kept pushing the @#$%button but nothing seemed to happen). Let me know. I pushed the button but what goes into the ether is a mystery to me.

Kevin B
08-10-2007, 02:31 PM
Wasn't as much of her showing as I thought Ed. I'm having some fits with the home puter, but I'm going to burn a cd one way or another this weekend for ya.


Ed C
08-10-2007, 02:43 PM
I think we might have been the only ones treated to this view.
The lazy ones didn't make it to this end of the lake. /images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/smile.gif

Much better in person!

08-15-2007, 05:31 AM
All of these great photos are really making me wish I had been able to go. Maybe next year, or maybe fall? I couldn't go because I was shooting this:


(random shots, not the finished piece)