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05-18-2008, 10:03 AM
Here's a few. Others with more better orator-ical skills will elaborate and add more pics later.....


Sighted near the top-secret rondy camp.......

Stopped at a skwirl patch near camp......

A few early arrivals.....
Steve Seegar came all the way out from Mich on a little motorbike

Flamingo7, home safe.....

Cleve and Smokepole.....

Singleshot on right.....

Ozarkrambler and his youngest....

PR, (paul, his wife, and 2 kids also came)

Smoke sighting in...

H22 working at 600 yds...

Patrick, playing with a TC Icon......(a real beaut...)

Steve, fondling Miss Kimberly....

Singleshot can outshoot most riflemen with his pistolies...

More later.......

05-18-2008, 10:54 AM
Good pics Don, thanks. Mayflower came Friday and dumped 15K lbs in my garage.....and all my camping/cooking gear is still in self storage in SLC:(
I really wanted to shoot my Montana 270 WSM alongside Smokepole's.

Skwirl stoo?

05-18-2008, 11:57 AM
Missed you, elm. And a few others.....We tipped a few glasses in you guys' honor. And,.... toasted all of our newer friends. Couple more pics.

Kevin, Cleve and Honcho.....

One of the Greg's......

Big JonS. ( I had to jump as high as I could just to look thru his spotter) This guy is a speciman......

Jon's buddy Mike. An accomplished bluegrass musician, and all-around good guy. (he brought beer...)


Pilgrim and Sawtooth......

Ralph, The gunsmith extraordinair (and builder of the Rambling Rifle Gen II)

Nathanial. The boy can shoot.

All right, enuff of the introductions...(only because I wasn't religious enuff to get pics of the rest....) Here is one of the 500 yd gong, thru my spotter.

The 600 yarder.....

The firing line.....

The future......front to back, Zander(other Gregs boy), Henry, Garrett and Hanna (P_R's girl)

Some REAL good wood. Patrick's Icon and Flamingo's Dakota...

Another one bites the dust......

05-18-2008, 12:27 PM
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Is that an HK4!? Sweet! I used to have one with all the barrels. Man, I miss that gun.

05-18-2008, 01:44 PM
We had another fantastic time this year! There were a bunch of new faces in addition to the veterans. Parick and I both agreed that we had the largest gathering in Rondy history, and we also had more kids than ever before. It seems there were at least 50 attendees during the weekend.

As usual, there were LOTS of firearms to be shot, stump shooting in the aspen woods, gear to play with and folks to trade ideas with on everything from the best handloads for a rambling pistol to the virtues of homeschooling, and everything in between. For me, it was especially satisfying to see the number of parents and children. In addition to my wife and three daughters, other parents and kids at the Rondy included CCH and his two sons, P_R and family, Scoutin Wyo and crew, ozarkrambler and sons, hcgunsmith and boy, Smokepole and Hunter, singleshot and son (a grown man, but his kid nonetheless), and probably a few others I may have missed (sorry!). I remember talking to ozarkrambler about how, in 40 years, it will be our children who will be hootin it up at the Colorado Rondy...something that we look forward to passing on to them.

Here are a few pics...

Our daughters Hannah and Libby, ozarkrambler's son Garrett.

Our oldest daughter, Rachel, with a rough crew!

My better half, Mary, relaxing at her first Rendezvous

"Uncle Don" (aka Huntsman22) giving an entertaining coyote skinning demonstration.

The man who started it all...Mr. Patrick Smith.

My good friend, CCH, eyeballing a target.

A good view of the firing line.

Looking downrange. We had .22 silhouettes and everything out to 600 yards.

05-18-2008, 01:49 PM
A couple more..





05-18-2008, 03:10 PM
I wasn't there long enough to capture all the events so won't be able to give a full report. Vittles were great all the way around. Herb's boneless pork ribs were simply phenomenal! Even if the big grease spot on my jeans doesn't come out, it was worth it. Thanks and sorry you couldn't make it Herb. There was also antelope stew and brisket both of which I somehow missed but heard about. Kevin provided some elk round in a glazed blueberry, something spicy sauce that was excellent and asparagus with bacon and goat cheese that was wonderful once you worked your way around the green stuff. /images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/wink.gif And that was just Saturday night!

I heard that Friday night was a bit more raucous with festivities ranging past 3:00 a.m. so things were a bit more subdued last night. Sawtooth did a seminar regarding his secret techniques for ultralight packing. Apparently a key to that is going with "Man Mountain" Smokepole who doesn't count pounds much less ounces. I think he might have gotten as far as asking Patrick about mounting the seat portion from a Kelty Kid Carrier to a Longhunter but didn't hear the outcome on that.

As we drove up, Huntsman22 had just finished skinning out the above coyote and it took a bit of convincing my six year old that said coyote would not be part of dinner. At least he has an "eat what you shoot" mentality! Figured Don would have another one this year. I didn't get a picture of them but as the kids and I were driving in there were a couple of pronghorn just a couple of hundred yards from camp but out of sight. Lots of game as the photos will attest.

Don refrained from dislodging any parts of his anatomy this weekend but saved himself some traveling by just pitching his tent at the firing line. There he shared ammo and guns alike with all and sundry, particularly the young 'uns as he would put it. I did my first long range shooting with his .204 and that rig is scary. With just a few shots spotted by Don, it (I mean the rifle more than the operator) was generating flashes at 500 and 600 yards. I made sure to shoot three in a row after getting the windage just to make sure it wasn't a fluke. Frankly I think he just leans that thing against a tree and it shoots the coyotes on its own.

From what I could tell all the kids had a wonderful time shooting, climbing trees, getting dirty and for some of them (notably my oldest) gathering a couple of cords of wood for a bonfire. Apparently Patrick had put the kibash on roasting marshmallows in the stove on Friday night so the kids, undaunted, decided to make with their own source of heat for melted sugar and chocolate. My youngest made fast friends with Scoutin'Wyoming's son E-man and they found every bit of dirt there was in the vicinity of our campsite.

Someone shared bigfoot stories which put an early end to my night as my six year old came in all worked up about things that go bump in the night and requesting me to come back to the tent with him. It was getting on to 10:00 and discretion was the better part of valor so we hied ourselves back to the tent for a good night's sleep.

I spent a good part of the evening enjoying conversation with Ozarkrambler and commiserating with him about the trials of fatherhood while at the same time getting a kick out of seeing our kids have so much fun. Sawtooth gave my son some great pointers at the shooting line that will probably stick with him a bit better than when dad tries to provide direction.

In product development, I think most everyone tried on the new clothing and all seemed to be greatly impressed. Good stuff that! I missed out on the initial discussion of the latest tipi accessory, the "brass pole", but after it was explained to me, I could see the appeal. Naturally titanium was suggested as a back country replacement but concerns about the coefficient of friction may be valid. I do look forward to seeing some field testing of this concept but we'll have to set up another big tipi for Donnie Daycare for all the children as this is an "age appropriate" type deal.

In the matter of testimonial, Mike of bluegrass persuasion, noted upon his departure that that big stove was "The Chit". Some thought that might make a great slogan under Kifaru logo but Patrick's signature is pretty well known so I doubt that concept is going anywhere. By the way Mike, thanks for the PBR (not Professional Bull Riding by the way)!

Any way, that's all I can recollect at the moment. As always it was a wonderful time with wonderful folks. Above all I want to thank Patrick and his crew for their time and generosity (cool hats and neat pouches!) and to everyone else who came and shared their food, drink and most importantly friendship. Can't wait for next year.


05-18-2008, 03:10 PM
If you look close, you can see the rimfire sillywets that the kids burnt up over 6 bricks of ammo on. And that's just the little kids...........

A couple of the rambling rifles... The forend.
The break.
The bolt....bottom view
top side...

Giving them a workout...

Come on you'se guys. Put up all yer pics and stories.

05-18-2008, 05:54 PM
Nice pic's fellas!...Looks like another good one.

05-18-2008, 06:09 PM
Ken, You have got to swing one of our'uns sometime.......Heck, I'll pick ya up, and drop ya off, at the airplane place....

05-18-2008, 06:28 PM
yup...I agree...

05-19-2008, 07:28 AM
Alright, if H22 can do this, I suppose I can too:

&lt;Cue bad music&gt; "Moons over tipis..."

My son (Xander) showing what he thinks about the Rondy, right after we got there;

And shooting. (The shooting gods have blessed me with a son who is right handed and left eye dominant. He figured out this position with my 10/22 all by himself and was doing quite well with it)

The always popular coyote skinning demo:

(Also, H22 was kind enough to let me shoot his .204 Ruger. I think CCH was right. I was regularly hitting the 500 yard gong with it. It's gotta be some sort of mystical hoodoo gun spirit thing, because I certainly can't shoot that well...)

The deer we saw on the way out while scouting for a fishing spot:

What X was doing when he wasn't shooting or asking me to go shooting...(That's him in the tree, which he fell out of several times);

X bothering me for b-fast (Note the time on the pic. This is the boy I have to drag out of bed at 0715 to get to school;

And &lt;cue bad music again&gt; "Sunsets over tipis..."

For a first timer, I would like to thank everyone profusely for making me feel welcome. Special thanks to:

Patrick, for making it all happen and giving me fit tips on my EMR and set up tips on my tipi;

Paul, who let X shoot his kids's rifles. (Sorry if I got Hannah hooked on semi autos. :-));

Don, for his endless patience with the kids (And me);

John, for letting me shoot his .308 (I so need one of those, and a .204, and a paclite barrel, and a supertarp, and...);

ScoutinWyo and his family for the condiments that I forgot to bring. Also for commiserating on taking small children into the woods (I was not aware that hot dogs were inedible without catsup. X was kind enough to point this out to me, though);

Sawtooth for the fishing spot tip. (I'll let you know how I do next weekend...);

Steve (Flamingo7) for his advice of A-Stan. (Thanks again, I'll let you know how it goes);

Steve (Seeger) for the sheer awe I had for him riding that little bike all the way from Michigan. (Wow dude. Just, Wow.);

OzarkRambler for letting me and X fondle his various .22's;

I'm sure there were others, but that's all that sticks in my brain for now.

However, I did manage to misplace a large bag of .38 spl ammo with 2 hard boxes of my .357 handloads in it. Did anyone happen to pick it up? I'm pretty sure it was blue...

Thanks again to everyone.

05-19-2008, 07:28 AM
Tis. I don't have the .380 bbl, but keep looking for a nice one. It was my first Rondy and certainly won't be my last. Great group and the food and company was superb! I really appreciated being able to see and try all of Patrick's gear. Nothing like a test ride to make the decisions even harder!

05-19-2008, 07:45 AM

Your bag of ammo was found when we were cleaning up late Sunday morning. Either Patrick or Singleshot has it, I believe. Hopefully they'll chime in here.

Scoutin' Wyo
05-19-2008, 08:18 AM
I will try to get some pictures up during my lunch break.

05-19-2008, 08:40 AM
Thanks to everybody who tried on the clothing. It made my whole short trip up there worthwhile. I wanted to come up on Friday and stay till Sunday, but things were just not working out that way.
Keep the photos coming, so I can see what I missed.
The food was fantastic! What happened to the leftovers? Or were there any?

05-19-2008, 08:55 AM
LEFTOVERS! Are you kidding? /images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/laugh.gif

05-19-2008, 09:02 AM

I have your bag here at the Shop. Also in it are two speed loaders and a .22 semi-auto clip...I think for a Ruger pistol. Anyway, give me a ring or an email here and we'll decide how to get it to you. By the way, I really like the data you've written on the boxes re your loads. Can I record 'em and try 'em myself when I fetch a Model 60? Yours and ozarks' look like a grand compilation of fodder for 357. What revolver are these crafted for?

05-19-2008, 09:55 AM

Thanks. I'll come up there sometime and get them. I'll try and bring my wife and get her pack fitted to her then too.

Those loads were originally crafted for a little S&W 640. I carried the "heavy" ones while camping and used the "light" ones for practice. You'll note the chrony results freshly written on them, that was out of my 4"bbl S&W Mod 19 on Friday.

Absolutely give them a try, but be cautious working up to the "heavy" load, it is, lets say, not gentle to shoot.

Thanks again, and I'll get with you shortly.

Scoutin' Wyo
05-19-2008, 11:06 AM
Here are some pictures from this weekend. My family had a blast and we are looking forward to next year. My four year old son had a great time playing with dirt, sticks, and rocks along side all the other kiddos. Once we were home and unpacked I asked him if he had a good time. I was fully expecting him to say how much fun he had playing with CCH's little one, or it was cool shooting a pistol for the first time, but his exact words without missing a beat were "I like Don he's silly".

I was slacking on the pictures all weekend because my hands were full of weapons or food more times than not. So here are the few I did manage to get.


I could think of worse places to shoot.

Small shelters.

Big Shelters.

Single Shot & Crew and Kevin

Cleve and Steve

Mr. Smith after showing me the AWESOME new Kifaru clothing.

Thanks to everyone!

05-19-2008, 06:35 PM
<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Originally Posted By: Scoutin' Wyo</div><div class="ubbcode-body"> "I like Don he's silly". </div></div>

That is one sharp kid, Scoutin'. I don't think Don's gonna live that one down any time soon.

Well, as others have already said, this year was “the year of the kid” at the Colorado Rondy. There were so many kids I lost track of who belonged to who, but I didn’t miss the fact that all were well-behaved and loved to shoot. And gather ‘round the stove in the big tipi at night. I think we counted 26 or 27 people in the tipi at one point; that could be a record, at least for the CO Rondy.

As a matter of fact, some of us were standing around talking about kids and shooting and I realized that I’d never met a kid who didn’t like to shoot. Even kids from families that don’t own (or even approve of) firearms. They all love to plink targets no matter the politics of their parents; BB guns, .22s, bows and arrows--you name it, they like to shoot it. A love of shooting seems inherent, so the learned fear and/or misunderstanding of firearms when it’s there must be part of their nurture, not part of their nature.

The upshot is clear-- the future of hunting and gun ownership in the USA is in taking kids shooting. Their love of shooting is always there, sometimes just under the surface but all it takes is for someone to nurture it, like watering a seed that’s already been planted. They may never catch the hunting bug, but at least they’ll see thoughtful, thoroughly law-abiding and responsible people safely handling firearms and having a lot of fun in the process. And they’ll know that guns are not the problem, the problem is with people.

Anyway, if taking kids shooting is the future, then we surely did our part this weekend. Of course, for most of us taking our own kids shooting is not really anything to brag about and come to think of it is one of the best ways to dodge the “honey-do” list and get out and do some shooting ourselves.

Which brings me to the point of all this--after watching the Huntsman in action this weekend, I realized (again) that it’s not enough to just take your own kids out. All of our kids already love to shoot anyway. But most kids these days don’t have parents that shoot or own guns, and could use an “Uncle Don” to not only take ‘em out shooting, but show ‘em the finer points and get them hitting the targets and having fun.

So, hats off to the Huntsman; being someone’s “Uncle Don” is something we can all aspire to. He had a lot of nephews and nieces running around this weekend.

Back to the Rondy, my memories in no particular order, are:

• Meeting all the new guys, and their better halves. Great people, every one.
• Seeing the art of studied relaxation raised to new heights by Cleve “don’t bother me I’m on sabbatical” Dixon. Entirely too much nonchalance for my tastes.
• All the great food, including Herb’s barbecued boneless ribs, on Saturday night. I believe it’d be possible to come to one of these gatherings with no food at all and go home 5 lbs. heavier.
• The look on Sawtooth’s face when I presented him with a special beer, brewed just for him—“Sawtooth Ale.” Come to think of it, he gets that look whenever he drinks my beer, no matter what the brand which is often. I recall once asking him what his favorite beer was, and he replied “other people’s.”
• Watching Hunter shoot. We rolled into tipi town late in the day on Friday with about a half hour of shooting light left and no wind, so Hunter broke out his .223. He hit the small steel at 100 yards with the first shot, then the 200 yard steel with the second. He asked me what I thought the hold-over would be on the small 300 yard steel swinger, and I gave him bad information so he shot just under it with the first shot, gave me a sideways look and then clanged it with the second. Then he lined up on the 500-yard gong, 12” wide by 16” tall. We recalled what the holdover was from last year, he asked me what the distance was from the top of the target to the cross-bar, did some mental math and then held over the target somewhere in the neighborhood of four feet and clanged it with the first shot. This was with cheap factory loads, I guess I’ll have to start handloading .223s. He also hit the 100 yard chicken silhouette pretty regularly with his new muzzleloader (open sights) so things are looking good for this elk season, now all we have to do is draw our tags. And then find the elk.
• Watching the little chicken silhouettes go flying whenever the kids cranked up on the rimfire range. P_R’s daughter in particular had a cute little rifle with a pink stock but I would not want that little girl shooting at me if I were a bad guy.
• Stump shooting with Sawtooth, Scoutin’Wyo, and my personal rangefinder Westy. That Scoutin’ guy can shoot. We were flipping dried cow pies up on edge and leaning them against clumps of grass to use as soft targets, because I learned the hard way that compound bows shoot much faster than longbows and you can’t thump stumps without breaking arrows. Anyway, the dried cow pies make good 6-8” round targets. But even when I’d knock them over and they were lying flat with a 2-inch profile, Scoutin’ was still drilling ‘em from 30+ yards; like I said the guy can shoot.
• Watching Singleshot’s son hit the 200 yard steel consistently from the sitting position using his open-sighted AR. Then he let Hunter and I shoot it, first time I’ve shot an AR. Nice rifle, accurate, low recoil, but that “sprooiiiinnnggg” noise that vibrates up through your cheekbone takes some getting used to. I had to pull my head up off the stock and look at the rifle to make sure no parts had flown off after the first shot.
• Shooting the 500 and 600 yard targets (Hunter too) with my heavy-barreled .308. I hadn’t shot it in a while and was considering selling it because I’d forgotten how much fun it was to shoot. What was I thinking?
• Taking down the 500-yard gong on Sunday and seeing a .204-sized hole in the front of the 4X4 wooden post and a splintered exit hole on the back side. That was a surprising (to me anyway, as well as to coyotes all over the state) amount of damage from a 40 grain pill at 500 yards.
• We had a 600 yard steel target this year, which was good, but I think next year with all the accurate rifles there like Don’s .204 and Singleshot’s 6mm PPC, we’ll have to stretch it to 700 for a challenge. We’ll need to rig some steel targets to swing better and flash the strobe like the 500-yard gong. Singleshot, are you listening?

Anyway, a great time was had by all and I have a few photos to share:

This is just a shot of the western horizon that really doesn’t do the place justice:


This one shows Huntsman at the firing line explaining the proper way to calculate “Kentucky Windage” using the wetted finger and seat of the pants technique:


This shows the kids at the rimfire range, it was truly impressive to see their marksmanship with for the most part open sighted rifles. (The kid with the beard is P_R):


Here’s another shot showing the setting and the snow-covered mountains to the west; it also shows a secret new line of tipis under development by Patrick. This ingenious design is meant to disguise the Kifaru tipis so that they look like inexpensive “tourist gear” to passersby and thus thwart thieves looking for the high-dollar rifles and optics normally associated with discerning Kifaru customers:


These two shots show Hunter on the line with the Super Blackhawk .44 magnum. He shot it pretty well and I could tell it made an impression on him. He fell asleep in the truck on the way home, and must have been dreaming because he kept muttering “do you feel lucky today, punk?”


These three show Huntsman in his element, giving the now traditional coyote skinning demo. There was quite a group gathered ‘round. By the looks on the kid’s faces in the third photo, I’m guessing that when they knock down their first big game animal and are standing there with a knife in their hands, they’ll be asking themselves “how would Uncle Don do this?”


Westy, after a very tough morning clanking the long-distance steel. That kind of stress can really wear a guy out. The second photo shows Hunter gently waking him up for lunch. After the Rondy, Hunter asked me “Dad, is Westy really only 25 years old?” I said, “yes, son, why do you ask?” And he answered, “well, you’re twice as old as he is but he moves so much slower than you do.”


This last one is from Friday morning, and shows just how lax “Sabbatical Cleve” was as far as putting the groceries away at night:


Ed C
05-19-2008, 07:18 PM
Where is the pic of Steve's scooter? /images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/confused.gif

05-19-2008, 07:22 PM
I didn't get one. Shirley somebody else did......

idaho lad
05-19-2008, 07:26 PM
That ICON with the Leupold M/RT? Cool looking piece and the Icon seems to be an innovative rifle. Looks and performance in the same package.

Looks like an winner. Only it needs to come in lefty.

Ed C
05-19-2008, 07:31 PM
Huntsman: Did you take Smokepole with you to bag wiley coyote? So he could redeem himself or did you have to sneak off by your own self cause he's bad luck?? /images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/grin.gif

05-19-2008, 07:40 PM
I went by myself friday. Got skunked. Saturday, Steve went with me. He's better luck than Smoke. The alpo trick wasn't payin' off, so he took me to a dead horse. Jackpot..........

05-20-2008, 04:16 AM
Alpo/dead horse, same thing.

05-20-2008, 04:50 AM
Yeah...... BUT, I reckon a thousand pounds of it is more attractive to them, and holds their interest longer than my standard offering......

05-20-2008, 04:58 AM
So the .204 will take down a horse?

05-20-2008, 07:07 AM
Here's a shot of Steve who rode out from Michigan to join us - ParaTipi in background. Hopefully, he'll hop on this board when he gets home and relate some of his roadtrip adventures...

05-20-2008, 07:40 AM
Hey Maggie, we missed you and your clan this year! Hope to see you next.

flamingo 7
05-20-2008, 08:51 AM
To All,

My belated thanks for an absolutely wonderful experieance. What an increadable brain trust in atendence, and these guys can shoot. Thanks so much to all for making a memorable weekend. I didn't get to say so long to Singleshot, Smokepole or Pilgram...guess I'll have to come back next year to get'er done. Looks like there is a tipi in my future.

Thanks again all.

Ed C
05-20-2008, 05:09 PM
HOLY MOLY That's way cool Steve /images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/cool.gif What kind of bike is that? Any one know? How many cc's?

idaho lad
05-20-2008, 07:26 PM
Dual sport bikes. Way cool!

05-20-2008, 09:47 PM
Well Smokepole all I have to say is if one is artful at studied relaxation then "lax" is part of the package.

It was a grand weekend. I've so far never posted a photo but I have a good one of Steve the Adventurer as he loaded up the bike and was heading out. Will have to see if I can break my state of studied relaxation (I was jsut getting <u>started</u> this weekend you understand) long enough to figure out Photo Bucket.

05-21-2008, 04:26 AM
Be careful Cleve!!!! Don't get too ambitious and ruin the mojo!!!

PS, Cleve, you know I'm just jealous and wished I worked for an outfit that let me take sabbaticals. Same with the comment about Westy moving so slow, Hunter didn't really say that, I'm just jealous of any 25 year-old guys that run marathons and such.

05-21-2008, 05:05 AM
<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Originally Posted By: Ed C</div><div class="ubbcode-body"> HOLY MOLY That's way cool Steve /images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/cool.gif What kind of bike is that? Any one know? How many cc's? </div></div>

That looks to be a Kawasaki KLR650.

05-21-2008, 06:56 AM
I think I heard someone say it was 225 ccs, but Steve will turn up soon I hope.

05-21-2008, 07:10 AM
It is a Yamaha and I think the 225ccs might be right.

05-21-2008, 08:03 AM
Not sure Steve will turn up on here too soon. I think he said he took four days to make the trip out and was taking seven to get home. He was heading north through Wyo and then east across the Dakotas.

Smoke -- understood. I knew you were just giving me crap for the fun of it. And I WAS pretty darned lackadaisical the whole time. Just enjoyed the country and the company and shooting stuff and eating and...

05-21-2008, 08:36 AM

Tell me more about your big tarp...the one you had over the "kitchen". I could use one like that for truck camping with the family.

05-21-2008, 08:56 AM
It was made by Armadillo, which was the "family camping" division of Walrus tents, now no longer in business, absorbed by MSR before MSR was bought by Cascade Designs.
The best approximation I can recommend now is from Northwest River Supply. Here's a link:

NRS is a great source for river running and "large" camp stuff. They ship very quicky and have been great in terms of service.

05-21-2008, 09:21 AM
OK, trying this photo thing out--

http://s285.photobucket.com/albums/ll48/...vous2008022.jpg (http://s285.photobucket.com/albums/ll48/cleve_dixon/?action=view&current=HikesandRondezvous2008022.jpg)

05-21-2008, 09:27 AM
Hmmm -- only getting the shortcut to Photobucket. Thought I was following Snowdevil's instructions from the "Adding photos to your post" thread.

05-21-2008, 09:55 AM
Thanks to Brotzie and Huntsman22 for their assistance

Here's Steve loaded and ready to roll.

05-21-2008, 09:59 AM
Now that I understand the procedure...

Thursday afternoon as I arrived in the snow--


And later that night after dinner taken from outside -- kind of like the shadows


05-21-2008, 10:57 AM
Hey Cleve,

You can resize your photos to around 600X400 before posting them. That way they'll fit on the page without having to scroll over to the right to see the whole photo. Make sense?

You'll need to resize the original photo on your computer and then upload the resized photo to Photobucket. They take up less space on Photobucket and in turn here on the K. message board, too.

Nice pics!

05-21-2008, 11:09 AM
I did set them at 640X480 -- the size option was listed as "Message Board". On my screen here they are easily in the screen.

05-21-2008, 11:59 AM
OK, then maybe it's the settings on MY computer that are making it bigger. I'll check it. Thanks.

05-21-2008, 12:04 PM
Sawtooth and Cleve: A couple years ago we floated the Salmon and there was a couple along on the trip (excellent rafters) and the better half made the tarps we used, which were very similar to Cleve's.

I think she makes them and sells them, so I'd wager you could even get her to make one out of silnylon. If you're interested let me know and I'll make the inquiry, they live near Salida.

05-21-2008, 12:14 PM
<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Originally Posted By: flamingo 7</div><div class="ubbcode-body">I didn't get to say so long to Singleshot, Smokepole or Pilgram...guess I'll have to come back next year to get'er done. </div></div>

No sweat Flamingo, maybe we can do some shooting before then. I joined the range where Singleshot shoots, it goes out to 500 m., let us know if you want to do some shooting.

And don't forget that Dakota, he he he.

Big Dipper
05-21-2008, 12:32 PM
Sawtooth, another possible source for a "large" sil-nylon tarp is http://www.cookecustomsewing.com/tundratarp.htm

If their "standard" sizes (up to 15' x 15') still aren't large enough, I believe that they will also do custom work.

05-21-2008, 01:59 PM
Anybody else having the same problem w/ the pics as Sawtooth? Coming in too big for your screen?

05-21-2008, 02:09 PM

I just looked at the pics at home, and they're fine. It's my settings on my work computer that are set wrong. Sorry to cause a wild goose chase!

05-21-2008, 02:23 PM
No worries. Glad it's ok though -- had a hard enough time just getting them to show up!

05-21-2008, 03:50 PM
<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Originally Posted By: Smokepole</div><div class="ubbcode-body">Same with the comment about Westy moving so slow, Hunter didn't really say that, I'm just jealous of any 25 year-old guys that run marathons and such. </div></div>

Whatever Smoke - we're through. Besides, you had a Beauty-Rest to rejuvinate on...no wonder I was moving so slow compared to you. /images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/cry.gif Just kidding - I guess we can still be friends...

Sorry to be so late chiming in, but some highlights for me were (in no particular order):

-Meeting Scoutin' Wyo and his troop. After paying attention to his posts for a while, it was no surprise that he is a great guy with an awesome family.

-Finally meeting CCH as my dad has had good things to say about him for quite some time.

-Living vicariously through Smoke, Saw, and Scoutin' while they participated in the (what seems to be) annual cow-pie shooting event...hope to actually shoot next year...still good rangefinding practice!

-Enjoyed meeting some new guys to my world - Chad, the Gregs, Steve, PR, Jon, and others. I have been impressed two years in a row (this was my second Rondy) at the extremely high quality of folk that are drawn to this gathering. I suppose good people (Patrick and crew) attract good people.

-Catching up with H22 is always a treat - "Uncle Don" is always a fantastic augment to the weekend. The skinning demonstration was certainly impressive, and it is evident that H22 has skinned a coyote or a thousand. Our attempts at getting together outside of the Rondy will succeed one of these days!

-Saw, great to get to know you better! Let me know if there is anything I can do to help with the Bighorn Society - it definitely sounds worthwhile to get involved with.

-Herb, the meat was fantastic! You certainly scored points with all in attendance as your delicacies didn't last long! Wish you could have made it.

-Cleve's kitchen was impressive and open to use by friends - what a great setup! Enjoy the next five weeks...I think we're all a bit jealous. /images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/smile.gif

-Singleshot's grill was the cooker of many things yummy - thanks for haulin' it out - Kevin's elk and Herb's pork were treated well. Thanks for the lesson on MOA and indexing a scope - I've been missing out all these years! Brian, Aaron, Roberto, and Hunter - great to see you guys again.

-It was fantastic to see the large draw of families this year - what an example of creating opportunity for youngsters to spend time in, and learn to appreciate nature and the outdoors!

Patrick, as always, thanks so much for hosting the Rendezvous - I've heard you say many times that it is a product of the message board members, but without you, it never would have been a thought or come to fruition.

05-21-2008, 05:18 PM
Thanks for all the pictures! Looks like a grand time was had by all...but of course!

The adjustable front rest is a SWEET idea. Kudos to whomever came up with that one...I'm guessing that is an example of Huntsman genius.

I'm awestruck by Steve's sense of adventure...all that way on that bike...WOW.

I was looking forward to this year's Shootfest Gathering...I'll be looking forward to next year's that much more.

Thanks again for the pictures and accompanying written summaries.


P.S. - Attention Northwesterners!...we've some recruiting work to do if we are going to come close to rivaling our Colorado brethren.

05-21-2008, 06:43 PM
Bush, You NW'ers really need to talk our cooking crew up to your'uns. Dan had a pheasant/bacon/pineapple deal. Greg had his famous Yack-a-tor-licious chikkin, Cleve may have been laid back, but he slaved over the curry dish and a batch of navajo tacos, Brian's wife Jesse makes a mean fried taters, Greg had an antelope stew but I was full by the time it showed, P_R's wife Natalie made a chili, singleshots gang was not having any trouble keeping the grill stoked, either. Flamingo seemed to have an endless supply of cookies. I had a booger of a time keeping ozarks brood outta them......

Last that I remember was Herbs care package. The pork ribs made me think I had died and gone to heaven. But when Westy brought in the brisket, I had no trouble coming back to earth as a resurrected appetite and piggin' right out....THANKS, HERB!!!!We love ya, man.

As to all this bit about 'silliness' and being 'Donnie Daycare' and every kids 'uncle', and all. In reality I didn't spend all that much time with the little poopers. P_R and Greg and Ozark and Jon and CCH took the brunt of the punishment, and left me alone to bother a bunch of the oldies.......I reckon it was a just a ploy, tho, to keep me offa the 22 sillywets and out of their precious ammo stash.......

05-21-2008, 06:49 PM
I too am posting late, but I wanted to tell everyone thanks for a great time. It was good to see all my western friends again and to enjoy some more of their great food.

Patrick a special thanks to you for putting this gathering together, like Westy said, if it weren't for you this wouldn't have come to fruition.

My kids wanted me to tell everyone thanks, especially Don, who they talk about throughout the entire year.


05-21-2008, 07:10 PM
<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Originally Posted By: Huntsman22</div><div class="ubbcode-body">As to all this bit about 'silliness' and being 'Donnie Daycare' and every kids 'uncle', and all. In reality I didn't spend all that much time with the little poopers.</div></div>

Whatever you say, "Uncle Don."

05-21-2008, 07:18 PM

Scoutin' Wyo
05-21-2008, 07:20 PM
<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Originally Posted By: Huntsman22</div><div class="ubbcode-body">As to all this bit about 'silliness' and being 'Donnie Daycare' and every kids 'uncle', and all. In reality I didn't spend all that much time with the little poopers. P_R and Greg and Ozark and Jon and CCH took the brunt of the punishment, and left me alone to bother a bunch of the oldies.......I reckon it was a just a ploy, tho, to keep me offa the 22 sillywets and out of their precious ammo stash....... </div></div>

Ah come on Don, no need to be shy and such. Just admit it,,, kids can spot a "kid at heart" a mile away. Ethan also told me that he needs your phone number. I just told him "don't worry, we will get together with him again".

I almost forgot to say thank you to Sawtooth for letting me shoot his sweeeet Colt 45lc and Don,,,er,,, "Uncle Don" for letting me smack the 500 yard gong with his .204. Now I just need to upgrade the scope on my .204 to a unit with turrets.


05-21-2008, 07:21 PM
If there is a better man, ever, with children, than Huntsman 22, I have yet to see him, or even hear of him.

05-21-2008, 07:32 PM
Don't get out much, do ya?

05-21-2008, 07:47 PM
I know quality when I see it.

05-21-2008, 07:50 PM
<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Originally Posted By: Huntsman22</div><div class="ubbcode-body">Don't get out much, do ya? </div></div>

I must not - I'm with Kevin.

05-21-2008, 07:51 PM
I get out enough to know a good egg when I see one. You're it.

05-22-2008, 05:38 AM
Great to hear all the stories, wish I could have been there.

I plan to be back to participating in person next year.

05-22-2008, 06:08 AM
Hey Herb, the meat was excellent. Thanks!

05-22-2008, 06:13 AM
I'm with the others, Don is "Da Bomb" according to Xander.
(In kidspeak, that means he's "pretty cool.")

05-22-2008, 06:29 AM
+1 on H22, my son needs to meet "Uncle Don."

Westy called me Friday night to tell me the care package had not been delivered. It was not until I pointed out that the message board would show him little mercy and I had the tracking numbers, just like that, the package was "found." Glad it was enjoyed, my way of being there, without being there.

05-22-2008, 07:49 AM
With all of the fun had by everyone I think I'll need to make one of those someday! We have some pretty good eats at the NW rondi but backpacking limits what one can do. I have yet to suck it up and bring meat and taters or Mom's picnic beans cause the back just won't take it. KevinB has yet to disappoint in both the food and load carrying areas but I fall short in both. I can only seem to make room for beverages! Thanks goodness my kids are older or I probably have to pack them too. I gotta come to the Colorado one, it looks like massive fun.

05-22-2008, 09:28 AM
So Herb, you think westy was holding out on us?

05-22-2008, 09:34 AM
Yes, Herb...excellent table fare. Domo arigato.

05-22-2008, 05:50 PM
Here's the only picture that I have that is different from the previous ones shown. Thursday night we made some chicken stir fry with brown rice and Cleve made some Whitetail deer medallions and rice with peppers. I think that is Patrick's hand and foot on the left. Who belongs to the toes on the right?


Thank you for the care package. We warmed up the ribs in the oven/smoker and sampled them before we sent them to the big tent. Just to make sure they were done.
We finished cooking the brisket. When Westy cut into it to see if it was done, the juice just oozed out and we knew we had a winner. Next year we want to see you in person or maybe even this summer.

Anybody get a picture of Smokepole's car camping mattresses? I got to sleep on one the first night. Best night of camping sleep ever. Plus for no extra charge he provides a gentle snoring sound to drown out all of the outside noises.

05-22-2008, 07:34 PM
OK wise guy, next time I'll charge for the mattress AND the snoring.

05-22-2008, 09:42 PM
Well, Singleshot since you asked... those are my toes.

Scoutin' Wyo
05-23-2008, 05:43 AM

Thank you for that smoked piece of heaven. I even got in a bit of trouble with my wife because of it. See, I was supposed to go to the big tipi and check when we should bring over our fixens, when in walks this foiled package with an aroma that is beyond explanation. So my legs lock up and all I can do is stand there and sample a few pieces of the best pork I've had in a LONG time. I'm not sure how many minutes slipped by as I was on cloud nine, but I remember snapping out of it when my better half walks into the tipi, shakes here head, and says "I should have known". Hey, us skinny guys gotta eat right. /images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/smile.gif

Single Shot
I thought I saw a mattress or two as that camp was being packed up. Sorry no pictures though.

I need to hang out with you a bit more next time, I've got some learning to do. /images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/wink.gif

05-23-2008, 09:52 AM
Smoke -- Westy may have been holding out, I can't imagine food lasts too long around his place with that youthful marathon metabolism.

Single Shot -- We're going to try smoked sirlion blocks again next year, on your grill this time. We'll get the shooting in early so can properly monitor the grill.

Scoutin' Wyo -- Sorry to get you in trouble, I'm in trouble all the time.

Steve Seeger
05-25-2008, 07:57 AM
<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Originally Posted By: snowdevil</div><div class="ubbcode-body">Here's a shot of Steve who rode out from Michigan to join us - ParaTipi in background. Hopefully, he'll hop on this board when he gets home and relate some of his roadtrip adventures...

I just got back home yesterday... didn't get on the 'net the whole trip back, so catching up now. I'll post some pics, etc. in the next day or two. I took the scenic route home - 1500 miles out, & 2500 back.

For those who asked, the bike's a 2006 Yamaha XT 225

05-25-2008, 08:30 AM
Glad you're back home safe. You must have had quite an adventure!

Jon S
05-25-2008, 03:51 PM
Just wanted to say thanks to all that were there, Cleve told me what a great group of folks it was, but don't think he did it justice.
I learned something from lots of folks up there and need to say thanks to some, although I am sure after a week of school, I will forget someone
Not sure on all the credit due for great grub, but eating like a king was nice.
Bill Bryce-thanks for the info on the .308 scope adjustments, never thought I would hit the gong at 500 yds on the first try.
GDW, for the pistol draw tutoring, I am practicing on bad guys on the tv
Uncle Don, not sure I will ever skin a coyote, but I tend to tube my deer, your method made it easier than mine.
Cleve, good eats as always, you can always count on me for some hard labor (carrying game)for good food
Smokepole, for advice on shooting long range and for letting me shoot your almost for sale Winchester.
PR, for tips on shooting and for letting me shoot your Tikka, like that action alot.
and the one that made it all possible
Patrick, let me know what kind of price you and Cleve worked out for the elk hauling rental, I appreciate your effort to put it all together and make sure everyone learned something
see you all in the near future
Jon Seim

05-25-2008, 10:55 PM
We all had a great time. My daughter gave quite a compliment to Kifaru people on the way home. The conversation basically went along the lines of this...

Me: "So did you have a good time?"
Her: "Yeah. I liked the people"
"Really? Why is that?"
"Because they sort of remind me of you, dad."
"Because they aren't a bunch of girly men there. Dad, did you know there is such a thing as men's perfume? They actually have this stinky stuff that sissy men wear! I'm glad you don't wear it, and I don't think those people wear it either."

I'm not sure how the "men's perfume" got into the conversation, but it sure was funny. hehehe

05-26-2008, 09:21 AM
Oh, some of the guys were certainly aromatic but nothing girly about the odor. /images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/laugh.gif

05-26-2008, 04:30 PM
We all get our perfume from wood, cigar, and gun smoke, sweat, and ozone. Good stuff.

05-26-2008, 05:26 PM
Wow --
I only smoiked one cigar. Didn't see anyone else smoking one.Did I impart "perfume" to the whole crew?

05-26-2008, 05:55 PM
I "smoiked" a bowl in my Missouri Meerschaum, but did so in private. No need in stinking up the 16-man containing nearly 30 innocent victims!

05-27-2008, 07:42 AM
It looks and sounds like the 2008 Colorado Kifaru Rendezvous was a huge success.

I’m really sorry I missed the event this year. Thanks to all for your photos and reports. Good stuff.

05-27-2008, 08:05 AM
I wasn't "private" about smoking the petite corona but I certainly didn't do it IN the tipi.

05-27-2008, 03:04 PM
Did anyone happen to come across a Ruger 10/22 magazine? Not a big deal as mine is pretty much a really slow single shot as it is.

Steve Seeger
05-28-2008, 11:21 AM
<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Originally Posted By: Steve Seeger</div><div class="ubbcode-body">I'll post some pics, etc. in the next day or two. </div></div>

I uploaded some pictures here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/edisto4sale/sets/72157605305768877

I can also add them to the board if anybody can't view them there & wants to see them.

05-28-2008, 06:51 PM
Wow Steve! Great shots. You surely saw some great country on the way home. Stuff you'd not have seen taking the interstate at 75mph. Glad you're back home safely. Thanks for sharing.

05-29-2008, 06:43 AM
Great pictures Steve. I'm really impressed that you'd cover that much country on a 225. I used to travel back and forth between Colorado Springs and Saratoga, WY on a Honda 360, and that little 360 made for a tiring ride. It was a revelation when I moved up to a 700, and another revelation when I moved up to a 1340.

Traveling by bike is by far the best way to really experience the country you're traveling through!

Scoutin' Wyo
05-29-2008, 08:38 AM
Glad to hear you made it home safe Steve. Thanks for sharing the journey.

05-29-2008, 09:42 PM
I'm just in awe (and a tad jealous) of your adventure Steve. All hard-ass jokes aside, I'm curious about what your body thought of the trip?

Nice shot with the tower and contrail BTW.

Steve Seeger
05-30-2008, 12:10 PM
<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Originally Posted By: Bushcraft</div><div class="ubbcode-body">I'm curious about what your body thought of the trip?</div></div>

I'm still tired, but I think that's more because I never sleep well camping or in motels, so I need to catch up on sleep. My legs would get stiff at the end of the day, but were fine by morning. I should have stopped for more hiking anyway, since with just riding all day & eating at a lot of restaurants, & the food at the Rondy, I gained a few pounds.

My head was the most tired- on my bike the wind is directed from the shoulders up. After riding in a crosswind all day, one side of my face would be pretty sore. I wore a full face helmet the whole time, but it still gets pushed around in the wind. Riding without the helmet probably would've been worse since I would have had to deal with dirt / bugs all over my face as well.

05-31-2008, 08:50 AM
I actually find a full face helmet more tiring due to the weight. I found that it often resulted in stiffer neck from the weight and that the wind buffeted it more then a lighter helmet might. I will take the bugs and dirt over a stiff sore neck.