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Sawtooth
02-26-2009, 09:42 AM
When: Saturday and Sunday, March 14-15, 2009

Where: Same general location as Rondy I, northwest of Silverthorne, CO. Exact location and directions will be send via PM to attendees.

Join us for a weekend of camaraderie, backcountry skiing, snowshoeing, hiking, eating, camping, etc.

Daily highs range between 25-40 and nightly lows are around -5 to 10.

Who's coming???

Sawtooth
Singleshot

singleshot
02-26-2009, 06:01 PM
For some of you that don't own a tipi, now is your chance to sleep in one in the winter.

Sawtooth
02-26-2009, 06:13 PM
Yeah, you've just got experience the frost climbing 5' up the tipi walls! Now that's cold! Bring a warm bag and join the fun. With the stove going, you'll be sweating like Big Jon S at the last one!

http://i86.photobucket.com/albums/k112/Sawtooth_1963/BigJon.jpg

Sure is nice when the inside of the tipi is 80 degrees warmer than the outside of the tipi!

CCH
02-26-2009, 08:09 PM
I was going to check those dates until you posted that picture. Now I'm SURE I'm busy. ;)

Sawtooth
02-26-2009, 08:30 PM
CCH,

It's OK. His bark is worse than his bite! :D

Montanapete1
02-26-2009, 08:54 PM
CCH,

It's OK. His bark is worse than his bite! :D


I think that Photo belongs in the creepy feeling thread!! LOL

Jon S
02-27-2009, 06:27 PM
I didn't really drink that much that weekend, but to look at that photo, you would call me a liar.
I brought in 8 beers and 4 oz of Johnnie Walker, came home with 1 beer (I know it is bad) and 2 oz of ol' Johnnie. Drank most of that long after the photo was taken, Sawtooth, you have to work on your photoshop skills, I am way better looking than that picture says, at least that is what my wife says, but she might be lying.

I promise to keep my clothes on in March (at least here in public)
Will be a good time, will try and plan on being there.

CCH
02-27-2009, 10:02 PM
Oh, I didn't think you were drunk, just creepy. :D On the other hand, how many of the seven beers and 2 ounces of Johnnie Walker did your lovely wife have? It's okay, my wife used to drink more in her younger days. That's how I married up.

Jon S
02-28-2009, 12:23 PM
I would guess that teaching middle school special ed for 4 years, 1 year of high school, and doing all the discipline at a tough high school now, some might call me creepy, but usually the kids have better words for it. I think there is a rule here about no profanity, so I won't share.
Somehow, no matter how respectful I am to them when they have done something stupid, they tend to think of me as the bad guy. A few have come back and said thanks for not yelling, but most can't hear my voice over their rants and raves.
Hope to see some folks up there, working on making it happen from my end.

Sawtooth
02-28-2009, 12:38 PM
Hey Jon,

At least you're bigger than most of the kids you're dealing with! I can't say the same! :rolleyes:

Montanapete1
02-28-2009, 04:29 PM
hey Jon S,

No Ill-will here, just a little fun! I always check to see if the animal will bite before I play with it! LOL! It does look as if Spirits have entered your soul! LOL! The only thing that matters is that you had a good time! Pete

Jon S
02-28-2009, 05:26 PM
No ill will here either, none taken, I am rather sarcastic, though, and as far as I can recall, have never bitten anyone...
Hope to see some folks in a few weeks

singleshot
03-01-2009, 07:23 PM
Spring Conditions Today.
Skied by the Rondy site today. Last week the temperatures were warm all week until it snowed about 4 or 5 inches last Friday. As a result the snow base is consolidated and I could ski anywhere without sinking in. Jons dogs would have been happy.


The depression to the left of the new ski tracks is the old trail.
[IMG]http://i204.photobucket.com/albums/bb33/singleshot1/039.jpg

The snow is still 36 inches deep at the camp.

[img][IMG]http://i204.photobucket.com/albums/bb33/singleshot1/033.jpg

Looking at Jon's tent site.

[img][IMG]http://i204.photobucket.com/albums/bb33/singleshot1/038-2.jpg[img/]

Sawtooth
03-01-2009, 08:43 PM
Looks great! Did you take a snow temp? If so, what was it? I'm hoping I can stick with blue wax! Sure is nice, breaking trail and only sinking in an inch or two.

It looks like we never even camped there. Snow is the ultimate "leave-no-trace" environment!

Patrick
03-05-2009, 09:50 AM
Looking forward to this one, guys. I'll be doing stovetop wholewheat bisquits with blackened trout (trout to be supplied by singleshot). Jelly and peanut butter for the bisquits. Will also bring some elk casserole if anyone wants to try that.

Sawtooth
03-05-2009, 03:11 PM
I'll have my new seasoned brown rice to fix in freezer bags, too. Sounds like we'll eat well.

singleshot
03-06-2009, 11:33 AM
Just wanted to let everyone know that it's not too late to sign up for the trip next weekend.
Besides sleeping in a tipi you can go home and tell everyone that Patrick Smith cooked you dinner on a Kifaru stove. If more people decide to come Patrick will bring the 16 man tipi.

LesA
03-06-2009, 08:24 PM
Singleshot
Wish I could go on this one, Having Patrick cook dinner sound hard to beat and I would like to try the wholewheat bisquits and seasoned brown rice, plus put some faces with the Threads. But I will just have to settle camping in Moab for the week with the family (Need to get out of this snow and into the sun for a change)

Do you guys put any thing on in the Summer or is that when everyone go's to that top secret place for some R-N-R ?

Sawtooth
03-07-2009, 06:39 AM
We have the Colorado Rondy in May, the weekend prior to Memorial Day. Nothing in the summer. Everyone spreads to the four winds, deep in the outback. That doesn't mean we can't, though!

LesA
03-07-2009, 07:54 AM
Thanks Sawtooth for the Info, I will add that to my Calendar and try to fit it in. I know my summer is getting booked full all ready. Mid June shows Zirkel's and Flat Tops, plus a few river trips and July is Wyo's Wind River Range and Aug will be in the Unitah's.

Just not enough time to see it all

singleshot
03-08-2009, 11:30 PM
Made it to the site in 15 minutes today.
Cut some firewood. Didn't want to watch Sawtooth try to cut these with his corona saw.

[IMG]http://i204.photobucket.com/albums/bb33/singleshot1/015.jpg

Chris 57- When you see this clearing, turn left.

[img][IMG]http://i204.photobucket.com/albums/bb33/singleshot1/007.jpg

Same great weather and snow as last week. The sled didn't want to follow my tracks

[img][IMG]http://i204.photobucket.com/albums/bb33/singleshot1/019.jpg[img/]

Sawtooth
03-09-2009, 10:53 AM
Thanks Sawtooth for the Info, I will add that to my Calendar and try to fit it in. I know my summer is getting booked full all ready. Mid June shows Zirkel's and Flat Tops, plus a few river trips and July is Wyo's Wind River Range and Aug will be in the Unitah's.

Just not enough time to see it all

There isn't enough in TEN lifetimes to see it all! :D

Chris57
03-09-2009, 12:59 PM
"Chris 57- When you see this clearing, turn left"

Thanks Singleshot, I think I walked right past that one and did notice tracks but decided to stay on the main trail.

I have a shoot to go to in Dumont Saturday, but with the longer day I'm going to try to get there Sat late afternoon.

Supposed to get new snow tonite and more possible Friday.

Chris57
03-09-2009, 01:21 PM
Maybe Patrick can bring a 0 degree slick bag along for close inspection?

Sawtooth
03-09-2009, 02:41 PM
"Chris 57- When you see this clearing, turn left"

Thanks Singleshot, I think I walked right past that one and did notice tracks but decided to stay on the main trail.

I have a shoot to go to in Dumont Saturday, but with the longer day I'm going to try to get there Sat late afternoon.

Supposed to get new snow tonite and more possible Friday.

Yes, that's it. You can follow the ski and pulk trail. It's about 150 yards or so off the main trail.

Sawtooth
03-10-2009, 08:20 PM
It's time for a roll call...

Who's coming?

Here are the ones I know about...

Patrick
Singleshot
Sawtooth
Chris57

Any others???

singleshot
03-11-2009, 06:29 PM
Good News, Jon S and Minda are coming with Belle and Tyrone.
We will meet them at the parking lot on Sat. at 10am.

Jon S
03-11-2009, 06:35 PM
Yes, that's right, the big scary guy and his adorable wife will be bringing an 8 man to stay warm in.
Send a PM if you want me to bring anything besides lunch and breakfasts, we will bring some extra so I feel tough carrying Bill's sled that I am borrowing.
We could bring some appetizer type stuff (bread and wine, whiskey and cheese, just whiskey) or whatever.
Are we good on dinner?
Let me know, in talking to Bill a little while ago, sounds like I don't need to bring my Pulaski as he cut down a tree without too many knots in it and cut them into sections for big and small stoves alike.
We will have our two furry friends along as well
Looking forward to seeing the crew and anybody else that happens to be in the woods that weekend.

Sawtooth
03-11-2009, 09:15 PM
Great news, Big Jon! It'll be good to visit with you and Minda again...and we'll have the two furry foot-warmers on hand, too. Those two have it made...their own pads and bag! Bill made quick work of another lodgepole, so all we have to do it split it with the most excellent second hand axe. As for supper Saturday eve, Patrick is bringing elk casserole and whole wheat biscuit fixings, I'm bringing the side dish consisting of seasoned brown rice with chicken chunks (all dehydrated, of course), and Bill will no doubt have some type of far eastern elk giblets. Old Chub will be located in the snow cave. You know the drill. Good times with good folks. See you at the turnoff.

Kmassaro
03-12-2009, 09:56 AM
I'm a maybe, with Laura. Depends upon the schedule for the weekend, and her bad knee

Sawtooth
03-12-2009, 03:41 PM
Kevin, it'll be good to see you. It's been too long. The ski/snowshoe/hike up to the campsite isn't tough at all, if that helps. She could take her time and still make it there in 30 minutes easy. Or one of us could come down to the trailhead and get her and take her up in a pulk! :D

singleshot
03-12-2009, 04:52 PM
Hey, Sawtooth,
We recently made up this handgun silhouette target.

(img)http://i204.photobucket.com/albums/bb33/singleshot1/001-2.jpg(img/)

It probably doesn't weigh more than 50 pounds.
Jon wants to borrow a sled. Do you think he would notice this little target in the bottom of his sled? Then we could have a .38 spec. pin shoot.

Reminder- Bring a chair if you don't want to sit on a stump. However we do have some nice stumps

Sawtooth
03-12-2009, 06:10 PM
Hey, Sawtooth,
We recently made up this handgun silhouette target.

(img)http://i204.photobucket.com/albums/bb33/singleshot1/001-2.jpg(img/)

It probably doesn't weigh more than 50 pounds.
Jon wants to borrow a sled. Do you think he would notice this little target in the bottom of his sled? Then we could have a .38 spec. pin shoot.

Reminder- Bring a chair if you don't want to sit on a stump. However we do have some nice stumps


It just so happens that over Christmas break I loaded up 250 more rounds of .38 Spl mouse loads for the M60. Since Mr. Longears has been conspicuous by his absence this winter, I've shot darn few of them in the field. I'll throw a gallon Ziploc full of cartridges in the pulk and bring 'em in. How's about Patrick and I see who's sights are more accurate...my irons vs. his J-Point? :D

Now all we have to do is find a sucker to haul the steel plate in!!! With a horse like Big Jon, I don't think we have anything to worry about. Hey Minda, wanna shoot?

Jon S
03-12-2009, 08:14 PM
Minda volunteered to teach you guys how to shoot this weekend. I will bring a .22 pistol, can we shoot 9mm at that target?
I am sure Minda won't mind hauling that target up, I just need someone to distract her for a few minutes while in the parking lot and I can make it happen.
If'n she reads this, I might be in trouble, but...
See you at the parking lot.
I can carry it up, if I get tired, I will make two trips or just suck it up and deal with it for 20 minutes or so, as long as there is some good whiskey upon the arrival...

Sawtooth
03-12-2009, 09:06 PM
Jameson's.

Jon S
03-12-2009, 09:24 PM
Done :)
Mmmm, Jameson's, heavy sled, should balance out nicely.

Sawtooth
03-12-2009, 09:37 PM
Sounds like a headache in the making. ;)

Patrick
03-12-2009, 09:51 PM
I'll bring the 16 man tipi and Arctic Stove. All four saucer-style lights. Looks as if we're gaining pilgrims steadily. Great tipi time coming!

Sawtooth
03-12-2009, 10:04 PM
I have two more UFO lights packed too. So, Jon and Minda, if you want some good lighting you can use mine.

Chris57
03-13-2009, 09:55 AM
I decided to skip my other Saturday plans and join you folks. 2 questions: Are you really bringing that pistol target? If so I'll bring my 1911. Can you use a regular folding camp chair on snow? How do you keep the legs from stabbing through?

singleshot
03-13-2009, 10:56 AM
Chris, Glad you are coming.
I'll have these two targets at the truck. We can decide if we would rather carry them or the axe. The bowling pin weighs 6 and the square weighs weighs 9. Actually everyone wants to shoot. I am not bringing a can of spray paint.

[IMG]http://i204.photobucket.com/albums/bb33/singleshot1/002.jpg[img/]

The chairs worked on the snow last time. If they don't we will split some wood to put under the legs. We are going to meet in the parking lot at 10 am.

Chris57
03-13-2009, 11:00 AM
Sounds good. I'm bringing a jerry rigged sled also, so we should be able to haul those targets.

Chris57
03-16-2009, 01:56 PM
Had a great time! Good friends and food. My pic posting skill is horrible...
http://i597.photobucket.com/albums/tt54/chris57k/Crew2.jpg
The scary guy returned.
http://i597.photobucket.com/albums/tt54/chris57k/BigJonS.jpg
His wife made a great from scratch coffee cake.
http://i597.photobucket.com/albums/tt54/chris57k/MndaBsctMx.jpg
http://i597.photobucket.com/albums/tt54/chris57k/MndaBsct.jpg
Patricks from scratch whole wheat biscuits.
http://i597.photobucket.com/albums/tt54/chris57k/PatricksWhlWhtBsct.jpg
Pulking out.
http://i597.photobucket.com/albums/tt54/chris57k/BillPulk.jpg
http://i597.photobucket.com/albums/tt54/chris57k/PatPulk.jpg
http://i597.photobucket.com/albums/tt54/chris57k/SnglShtBill2.jpg

Chris57
03-16-2009, 01:58 PM
Wish I could figure how to post them right along in the message like Saw and Singleshot did...

Also I lost the clarity resizing, I guess.

Sawtooth
03-16-2009, 02:14 PM
Winter Rondy II was a hoot! Spring skiing conditions are definitely the norm now. Daytime highs are running just above freezing, and it gets down to zero at night. Freezing and thawing daily. New snow often. We congregated at the trailhead parking lot, loaded pulks and packs, stepped into skis and snowshoes, and headed up the trail. This time Chris57 would depart with us, so no chance of his missing the campsite! Our traditional campsite was an easy, uphill trek to a small clearing among lodgepole pines. We've used it before, so it didn't take too much packing down to get it into shape. Singleshot had come up the week prior to cut wood with his chainsaw, so we had a bunch of 10" rounds waiting to be split. Thanks, Bill! We pitched the 16-man tipi, got the stove set up, and commenced to have a grand old time! Either Chris57 or Singleshot, or both, hauled up two steel silhouettes, and so we spent quite a bit of time shooting various handguns. Hunting and rambling stories were shared along with politics, food, wine, and just about all the grub a fellow (or gal) could hold! I busied myself with doing some videography of our stoveside chats and of Patrick preparing some made-in-the-field whole wheat biscuits (YUM) and his elk casserole (YUM AGAIN). I hope to edit my video and post it here on the Kifaru board or website, as Maggie and Patrick see fit. Our cavorting lasted long into the night. All six of us, plus Jon and Minda's two dogs, Tyrone and Belle, snuggled down for the night. The weather the whole weekend was clear. The low Saturday night fell down to 0F, which is about what I expected. The next morning we fired up the stove, and ate like kings. Thanks to Minda and Jon for their wonderful breakfast biscuits. After breakfast, Singleshot and I took a morning ski trip up the trail and into the wilderness area a bit. It was fairly icy on the trail, so we skinned up and FLEW back down, skis chattering all the way. We each got to witness the other's singular wipeout. It wouldn't be a ski trip without at least one! We returned to camp, struck the tipi, loaded up, and headed back down. In all, a super time with some awfully nice people. I wouldn't trade these winter trips for anything. They've been a blast!

Here are larger copies of Chris57's photos...

http://i597.photobucket.com/albums/tt54/chris57k/BigJonS.jpg

http://i597.photobucket.com/albums/tt54/chris57k/BillPulk.jpg

http://i597.photobucket.com/albums/tt54/chris57k/Crew2.jpg

http://i597.photobucket.com/albums/tt54/chris57k/MndaBsct.jpg

Bushcraft
03-16-2009, 02:26 PM
Looks like a fun trip. Thanks for the pictures and the recount. I'm always amazed at the cavernous interior of that 16 man (I presume).

Shooting the steel is always fun. I hope you weren't shooting the square one with pistols up close. Yowsa.

Sawtooth
03-16-2009, 05:21 PM
...and a few more, courtesy of Chris57 (I wish we could post more than than four photos per page!)...

http://i597.photobucket.com/albums/tt54/chris57k/MndaBsctMx.jpg

http://i597.photobucket.com/albums/tt54/chris57k/PatPulk.jpg

http://i597.photobucket.com/albums/tt54/chris57k/PatricksWhlWhtBsct.jpg

http://i597.photobucket.com/albums/tt54/chris57k/SawthPatrick.jpg

singleshot
03-16-2009, 06:09 PM
Heres a few more pictures:
Sawtooth with his sled.
Dogs, Minda and Jon in the background.

[alt]http://i204.photobucket.com/albums/bb33/singleshot1/004.jpg[alt/]

Patrick leading the way

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Jon staking out the setback on the 16 man tipi. Note the skis in the background stuck in the snow all the way to the bindings showing that the snow is still 36" deep.

[alt]http://i204.photobucket.com/albums/bb33/singleshot1/006.jpg[alt/]

Patrick waiting for the centerpole

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singleshot
03-16-2009, 06:21 PM
Artic stove, firewood on a very thick snow floor.

[IMG]http://i204.photobucket.com/albums/bb33/singleshot1/012-2.jpg

Jon back from beer run. 12 and 1/2 minutes back from the truck. Chris 57

[img][IMG]http://i204.photobucket.com/albums/bb33/singleshot1/017-2.jpg


Sawtooth skiing down icy trail

[img][IMG]http://i204.photobucket.com/albums/bb33/singleshot1/024-1.jpg

Sawtooth
[img][IMG]http://i204.photobucket.com/albums/bb33/singleshot1/018.jpg[img/]

singleshot
03-16-2009, 06:40 PM
Every picture has Jon working. Thanks, Jon

[IMG]http://i204.photobucket.com/albums/bb33/singleshot1/010-1.jpg[img/]

jack
03-17-2009, 04:15 PM
That fella with the beer in his hand looks practiced :D

Cleve
03-18-2009, 11:51 AM
Every picture has Jon working. Thanks, Jon
One of the many reasons he's a great hunting partner. Of course he's well rounded... he's also the one pictured as "practiced" at beer handling as well.

Looks like a great time. Sorry I had to work.

Jon S
03-18-2009, 05:30 PM
Actually that is Sawtooth supervising me working, he is drinking the beer, maybe I should have seen some of the pictures during the trip and my outlook on work would have shifted to be a better drinking buddy :)
I like to work, like to drink and love hanging out with these guys, a great group of people indeed.

singleshot
03-18-2009, 06:03 PM
Actually Sawtooth is sitting in the chair wearing black gaitors after skiing.
The guy with the tan pants is ____________.

Jon S
03-18-2009, 07:05 PM
My bad, didn't look closely, that man happens to be the patriarch of this clan, the most practiced of the supervisors, Patrick Smith, I think he is working on some new product that we all can't wait to see.

Cleve
03-19-2009, 04:09 PM
Jon, et al --
I was refering to the ealier photo from Chris 57 with you inside the tipi in a chair, relaxed and drinking a beer.
No question Patrick is doing a fine job of inbibing while supervising the whole camp's activity and, indeed, the creative juices never stop flowing in his mind.

singleshot
03-29-2009, 07:52 PM
Went out on the skis for a couple of hours today.
Skied by the rondy campsite.
It was 45 degrees. Judging from my handy ski-snow depth indicator
the snow is now about 2 inches deeper (38 inches) than when we were there a
couple of weeks ago.
[IMG]http://i204.photobucket.com/albums/bb33/singleshot1/010-2.jpg

Here's the leftover firewood. Anybody want to go camping next month?

[img][IMG]http://i204.photobucket.com/albums/bb33/singleshot1/011-2.jpg

[img][IMG]http://i204.photobucket.com/albums/bb33/singleshot1/012-3.jpg[img/]

Sawtooth
03-29-2009, 08:26 PM
What's funny is that the wood pile is going to be over 3 feet off the ground come summer! Wow, 45 degrees. Spring skiing for sure. I'll take dead-of-the-winter January champagne powder. Now is when your waxless skis will come into their own.