View Full Version : NW Rondy Report & Pictures

07-26-2009, 01:58 AM
Report already, you're wondering. But it's only Saturnday night and the Rondy goes through Sunday I thought...

and for most it still is going on, but for my family, unfortunately it was cut short. Literally.

I finally was able to make it to my second Kifaru Rondy in 3 years, the first being in 2007. This time I was able to convince my wife and 3 sons to join and my first task of planning and organizing for 5 was a large order. There were sleeping bags, one new youth pack, two new sleeping pads, head lamps etc to purchase, meals to plan and packs to organize.

I intended on hitting the road by 12:00 noon on Thursday, but it wasn't until 3:30 pm when we actually were headed for the trailhead. We arrived around 7:00 pm to find Bushcraft setting up a shooting range of steel plates and then some, about 200 yrs away from the trailhead camping area. After arriving and greeting those that were there, including Patrick, we began setting up a quick one night camp.

When it comes to pitchin my 6-man tipi, I have always "winged it" (read: screwed it up) and never have perfected the whole reading the instruction thing. I decided to take advantage of Patrick being there and asked for his professional expertise in setting up the tipi correctly.


Patrick patiently showed me how following instructions results in a well pitched tipi!


Thanks Patrick!! I've actually got it now.



Kevin B with his kids.


My wife got down to the business of throwing some ribeyes on the BBQ!


Kevin B's dad Gene chatting with Patrick...


Snakey exchanging bits of wisdom with Mr. Smith


Bushcraft getting it done on the steel plate range

After most of the Thursday night crowd was set up, the Hill brothers, Bushcraft and Chris (forgot his screen name) - a paramedic from the Leavenworth area of Washington, began throwing lead on Bushcraft's range til it became too dark to see. Scott and Evan let me tango with some of their custom long guns which was much fun.

Everyone had some dinner and then sat by the campfire for social time.


Bushcraft waited 'til the wee hours to set up his 8-man tipi in the dark and impressed us all with his ability to craft new ways of using the 8-man as a 'lean-to', which suited Patrick's needs just fine. Nicely done.


Dissolutioned Patriot (DP), Patrikc and Snakey eating breakfast Friday morning


The trail bike equipment of the Hill family, gearing up for the ride into the real camp area.


Patrick and my (JBR's) wife chatting over breakfast


DP had some powderless .22 LR shells that he gave to two of my boys to try out in their rifle. The were no louder than a pellet gun which my boys thought were very cool!


ScottHill and SuperBadger rigging up one of the several loads of group gear/food for everyone.


My family starting the hiking in


EvanHill stopping to chat with my oldest son, on his way back down with the bike and trailer for another load back to camp for everyone. The Hill brother ROCK!!


....continued on next page...

07-26-2009, 03:08 AM
...page 2


Setting up after arriving at camp


Randy and Tracy getting the dogs set up


My wife and Mrs. Bushcraft chatting on the left, SuperBadger sitting on the ground with Kevin B's dad Gene behind him, Bushcraft in the navy t-shirt in the background, myself with two of my sons sitting on the log, EvanHill with one of his daughters, ScotHill with his dog and Snakey on the right


The 24-man getting pitched


Mr and Mrs EvanHill with one of their girls. Great family! I don't think I ever saw Mrs EvanHill without a smile on her face.


The Kifaru party getting started. The 24-man tipi is nearly finished being pitched in the background.


Snakey fed the group with his delicious moose burgers cooked to perfection over the open fire. Wow they were good.


...especially with the watermelon that Chris packed in!!


Superbadger seemed particularly satisfied with dinner


although, some palets still prefer Mac-n-cheese. Sorry Snakey.

Everything seemed to be cruising along perfectly. The weather was sunny, the food was great and the company even better. We had great plans to head for some nearby lakes the following day and set up a nice shooting range close by as well. I was looking forward to spending the evening around the campfire and later socializing in the 24-man tipi with everyone. Then life got a little messy...

I was sitting on a log near the fire when my 12 yr old son walked up and stood near by me. He had just got a new Ken Onion Leek clip on knife the day before for his 12th birthday. While his back was to me, I grabbed his knife from his pocket and flicked it open to check out the opening action on it. My son thought I was playing around with him and instictively spun around and swung his foot up to kick my hand, unaware that the blade was open and in a split second, thwack! He kicked up into the point of the knife and the tip of the blade penetrated down through his boot tongue and into the top of his foot nearly 3/4" in a flash. He instinctively retracted his foot and pulled the knife out, throwing it to the ground and gave out a very fitting, "oh s***!" Blood immediatley came to the through his boot and I grabbed his foot immediatley applying direct pressure while having him lie down. And this is where being in the midst of the quality of people I was with became even more evident than I had expected. Chris (a paramedic), Mrs. Bushcraft (a nurse), Scot, Evan and my wife and I all jumped in and very calmly began to deal with this unexpected turn of events. I grabbed my first aid kit, we got his boot and sock off, and Chris began to apply direct pressure with a 4X4 for a 5-minute count. I moved back to get up close to my son and comfort him, while the others began dealing with the stab wound.


My 10 yr old son looks on while I get supplies out of my FAK. Chris (gloved hands) and Scot hold my son's foot and leg up during direct pressure.


Scot held my son's leg while Chris irrigated the wound


The irrigation with cold water, was more painful than the actual stab according to my son, and I told him to bite down on my foam pad to help deal with the pain. He was a real trooper.


Mrs Bushcraft jumped in and assisted Chris and Scot. He was definitely in good hands.


It was actually a huge relief to have others be able to work on him so I could focus on keeping him calm and assured.




No longer having fun

It was at this point, where we knew he needed stitches and Scot and Evan volunteered to ride their bikes back to the trailhead almost 5 miles away, get their Jeep and attempt to get it over the washed out road and into our camp to evacuate our family.


We had decided not to try to have our son to attempt to hike back in 5 miles on his injured foot after stitches and to unfortunatley just pull the plug on the long awaited Rondy and head for home. It was the right decision, but it was unfortunate for all of us to miss out on the whole weekend. The Hill brothers were back in no time and were able to get all 5 of us and our gear back to the trailhead safely.

I can't say enough about Scott and Evan. Not only did they make several trips up and down the trail to ferry in food and equip for the group, but they were critical in getting my family out of the backcountry safely and quickly when we needed it. You guy have our deep thanks and gratitude. Also much thanks to Chris and Mrs Bushcraft for your technical/medical assistance in our time of need. All in all - everything worked out just fine. Patrick even keep my boys busy while we started packing up our stuff and told me son, "You're not dead, so here's your sling-shot - now let me see you hit that outhouse over there". And after that, he and Mrs. Bushcraft came over and started helping us pack everything up!!

We all had a great time getting to see everyone again and spend at least one day and one night with our Kifaru friends, getting out in the backcountry like we love to do. What could have been a real bad experience, turned out to be one of life's many mishaps with a happy ending. By the way Chris, he got 6 stitches and finally joined his brothers in the 'stitches club'. Thanks to everyone and Patrick the boys are looking forward to their NW Rondy 2009 hats. That made their day when they heard they would be getting those.

Speaking of hats, I know we were still working on a motto when we had to leave. Just as we were packing up, a stormed rolled in with lightening and thunder and about a mile or so east of camp, smoke could be seen from a possible small forest fire that the lightening had started (although no flames were visible). Patrick and I were chatting while packing and I mentioned something about, "Blood, Lightening and Fire" as possible motto. So I'll get that ball rolling and wait to hear the others...

07-26-2009, 05:24 AM
Great report and pictures. Sorry about your son's injury and glad he's okay, but it demonstrated what a remarkable group the Kifaru crowd is. If I had the $$ there is nothing I would rather do than travel around the various rondys and gatherings.

07-26-2009, 05:31 AM
Great write-up and photos. I'm sorry to read about your son's mishap. In a wierd way, that knife will probably mean more to him someday due to it's "break-in" on the second day. My heart goes out to you and your family for having to bug out early.

07-26-2009, 08:45 AM
Brilliant report. The Rendezvous's are such a great idea. Good to see so many able bodies in the event of an accident.


07-26-2009, 10:56 AM
Sorry about your boy. Glad he is doing OK! Tough little critter he is!

07-26-2009, 10:58 AM
By shear luck, I started a temporary work assignment in Eastern Washington just two weeks prior to the Rondy. I arrived at the parking area midday on Friday to find Evan Hill, Bushcraft and Patrick S. preparing to head down trail to join the others at the campsite. Evan and Bushcraft ferried impressive loads with their bikes and trailers while Patrick and I hoofed it in. About half way to camp, he and I discovered two expertly camouflaged (and still cold) beers – courtesy of the bike brigade!

Being one of the FNGs, having never attended a Rody and never having met a single one of the expected participates, I was bit apprehensive of spending a weekend with such a tightly knit group. That concern was completely unfounded and I was made to feel right at home from the very start. The Rondy was a tremendous opportunity to meet and enjoy the company of some very fine folks, and to listen and learn from those far more experienced than myself. I only wish that I could have attended the entire event.

07-26-2009, 11:46 AM
jbr, tell that kid he has joined a very select group of guys. The ones that have actually shed blood, at one of these events..........Sounds like a memorable time and thanks for the early pics. Outstanding........Don

07-26-2009, 01:52 PM

Tough kid!...Sorry to hear about that accident.

Great pic's though...looks like a great time.

07-26-2009, 06:35 PM
Heck I didn't do anything regarding the foot, but make sure I had a good view of the action and as a result a good oppurtunity to make intelligent helpful comments. For some reason JBRs wife didn't seem to see the valuable suggestion of amputation as being very helpful, but his kid laughed. I will say that I don't think there were any tears, on the part of his son. Well done.

I also got to learn a few tricks so I don't have to default to amputation and cauterization anymore to deal with any medical issue.

It was a good trip and I enjoyed meeting everyone. I am glad to hear you guys got back in good shape. Conri and I are both a bit tired and hungry at this point. So I will post more of my impressions later.

07-26-2009, 07:50 PM
Sorry about your son, but great report! Thanks for sharing, looks like a good time... for the most part.

07-26-2009, 09:48 PM
It sure was good to see all of the families make it up this year. The location is ideal for families and it showed. My kids had a great time. Since my oldest two girls just received totin chip (http://www.scouting.org/scoutsource/BoyScouts/AdvancementandAwards/MeritBadges/totin.aspx) cards to go along with their swiss army knives, I thought it was very considerate of JBR and family to provide the valuable object lesson in just how easily things can go wrong even when you're not doing something obviously dangerous. That kind of thing sticks with you for a while. The energy the boys brought to camp sure was missed as soon as they left. It was also amusing to see all of the first aid kit (not all of it exactly over the counter mind you) that came out of the woodwork to assist Chris and Christina in their work as necessary.

I'm getting to the point where I'm torn between seeing just how far past the 70# load limit a BOB (http://www.bobgear.com/trailers/) trailer can go before it breaks, or just getting some reinforcing gussets welded on as Bushcraft suggested. Given how much fun it is to jam through all of the little washouts with a full load on, I think it's one or the other.

Saturday evening was punctuated by a visit to camp of a Bigfoot Field Researchers Organization (http://www.bfro.net/) scouting team. They were looking for a place to stage one of their expeditions, and didn't seem overly fazed by the barrage of gunfire that was taking place on the impromptu shooting range as they made their way into our camp. They were quite intrigued with the 24 man as a "backcountry boardroom" for research expeditions. Their visit was of course followed by a spirited campfire discussion on the subject. The only thing everyone seemed to agree on was that "bigfoot field researcher" is doggone good work if you can get it. Around midnight, we were treated to a serenade of pre-recorded bigfoot calls they broadcast from their camp further up the road. Thanks to all of Snakey's good work keeping everyone fortified with strong drink, the plan of surrounding their camp for a bit of fun of our own never materialized. I think that was because it involved getting out of our chairs for something other than a trip up to the spring to grab another beer.

Since I'm getting so tired of eating Kevin B's homemade venison sausages (make mine chipotle please), it was nice to have moose burgers, ribs, lots of cooked veggies, Allen's venison sausages, and Tracy's cream puffs, coffee cake, and cobbler for a change. Really Kevin, would you just step away from the frying pan please?

I'll get some pictures up and perhaps add some more details soon.

07-26-2009, 10:10 PM
For all of you patriots out there, I've just been notified that Mr. Smith has a long mustache.

07-27-2009, 08:52 AM
Wow! Another NW Rondy in the books and they just keep getting better.

As JBR and the Hill Brothers have eluded to, we had a great group of folks, fabulous food, fantastic fellowship, a show of expertise from cooking to sewing, to sling-shot marksmanship, first-aid and Big-Foot Benefactor schemes and how we need a NW Rondy Benefactor to fund our 'research'.

Thanks to all the bike transport we had the 24-man in the backcountry, a seemingly endless supply of meat, veggies and desserts, and an amazing aray of heavy firepower and ammo.

Tracy went to school with the Hill Brothers and Jim on the use of the defensive rifle and handgun and burned a bunch of powder. Sieger 12 joined us from the deep south and Michael and Tanner rolled in to enjoy the food and fellowship.

After a long drive home and now back to the weekly tasks of home and work it still amazes me what a great bunch of folks this board has assembled over the internet. Folks of like-mind, with all backgrounds can come together and truly take in the backcountry and each others company with no regard to race, religion, political affiliation or economic bacground. The rest of the country could take a lesson from this group. It is an honor to spend time with you and to count many as true friends.

Pics will follow, but back to work.

07-27-2009, 12:46 PM
Saturday evening was punctuated by a visit to camp of a Bigfoot Field Researchers Organization (http://www.bfro.net/) scouting team. They were looking for a place to stage one of their expeditions, and didn't seem overly fazed by the barrage of gunfire that was taking place on the impromptu shooting range as they made their way into our camp. They were quite intrigued with the 24 man as a "backcountry boardroom" for research expeditions. Their visit was of course followed by a spirited campfire discussion on the subject. The only thing everyone seemed to agree on was that "bigfoot field researcher" is doggone good work if you can get it. Around midnight, we were treated to a serenade of pre-recorded bigfoot calls they broadcast from their camp further up the road.

Greetings everybody. My name is Tyler Bounds, and I was one of the researchers for the BFRO that evanhill mentioned. It was great to talk to many of you, discussing gear and the backcountry, and, of course, Bigfoot. And it was an honor to meet Patrick, who I was previously familiar with, owing to his stature in the backpacking gear world with Mountainsmith and Kifaru. That 24-man tipi was a sight to behold, and only Kifaru could pull something like that off.
After reading a previous post, I wanted to respond to a couple of things.
The calls that serenaded all of you Saturday night were not prerecorded calls, but our own feeble attempts to imitate vocalizations that we have heard, either in the backcountry or from other recordings. Alas, for some reason we had zero activity this weekend, not even from the usual deer, elk, owls or coyotes, but the area seems to have potential for our ongoing investigations and research. We do hold an expedition every year in the area, closer to the Bumping Lake campground, where we have had quite a bit of activity, which is why we went a bit further into the backcountry, hoping to get some more action.
Another thing I would like to address, is that our positions as "researchers" for the BFRO is an unpaid endeavor. We do receive support from the organization in the form of tools and devices, such as Reconyx trailcams, Gen3 nightvision, digital audio and video recorders, and thermal imagers, but our the work we do is born of a passion for exploring, learning, and in my case, a love of just being out in the woods any chance I get, whether I am actively looking for a hairy bipedal beast, or getting out purely for the sake of being out.
It was nice meeting the participants we talked to, hearing accounts of possible encounters and interactions, and also a relief to not be completely ridiculed, to our faces at least. And I really look forward to seeing those huge tipis go into production soon.
Again, thanks for the hospitality and the conversation.

07-27-2009, 01:01 PM
Hey Tyler, thanks for getting on the forum and following up! I was wondering what kind of broadcast equipment you had up there. That clears it up. As you're well aware, there is a WIDE range of opinions on the subject of bigfoot. Your visit and the ensuing discussion really did provide for an eventful evening. It was fun!

BTW, evanhill = detroit lake.

07-27-2009, 01:30 PM
In the interests of time (as in saving some of my own), I'm going to do the lazy thing and not even try to keep these in order.

Playing duck duck goose in the 24 man. I'm thinking a woodstove in the center would add a much needed element of additional danger to the game:


Hot chocolate Saturday morning:

Kevin B in classic form:

The whole reason we go to Rondys:

Does it get any better than this? ("suit yourself. I was much the same as a boy").

PS and Sieger12. You may be a NG, but if your wife's anniversary gift was purchased at a little operation in Grant's Pass, you're not an FNG!

JBR and the Mrs:

Karissa the monkey!:

07-27-2009, 01:41 PM
The (in)famous rock slide:



Water fight!:

Scot is such a fan of tennis that he had to bring his tennis bag up to the Rondy spot:

Patrick testing out the "better than a GB mini" ;) hatchet:

The whole crew, or rather everybody who was there Saturday morning (L-R Karissa, Mike, Snakey, Superbadger, KevinB, Camden, Randy, Tracy, Scot, Lula, Patrick, Bushcraft, Sieger12, KevinB's dad Gene, Evanhill, Ailsa, and Kameron behind the camera):

07-27-2009, 02:16 PM
Looks perfect! - with the exception of the knife in the foot thing.;)
I am bummed to have missed out again.
Next time.:)

07-27-2009, 02:50 PM
Looks like an absolute blast (besides the emergency). It just goes to show you that not only are Kifarians true back country foot hunters that can get way back in there and get back out safely, but when something goes wrong (which with enough time out there, it is sure to happen) we know how to deal with the situation. Too bad poor college kids dont get free airfare or else i would have loved to be there. Oh and you Hill boys have some awesome mountain bikes. I'd love to get out on a ride with you guys sometime.

07-27-2009, 03:58 PM
For those that are interested, I just spoke with the local ranger station. The contractor was authorized a one time trip on that road to get everyone in and out for a big trip. He was not given permission to be using the road on a regular basis like he apparently has been doing and like he did on Friday. He will hear about it as will the recreation person, I talked to the engineer in charge of the road closure, who hired him.

07-27-2009, 04:15 PM
It’s pretty clear that you NW folks really know how to do things right…including packing in for a rendezvous, setting up shooting ranges, outdoor cooking and living, and even emergency medical care in the backcountry. My hats off to all of you.

Thanks JBR and evanhill for the photo essays. Great stuff. Looks like pretty country and a grand time.

07-27-2009, 06:14 PM
evanhill, what's the "better than a GB Mini" hatchet? Inquiring minds want to know!

07-27-2009, 06:34 PM
evanhill, what's the "better than a GB Mini" hatchet? Inquiring minds want to know!

I think you already know as you where the suggestor.....

07-27-2009, 07:12 PM
what's the "better than a GB Mini" hatchet?

an 8oz Vaughan head on a 14" hickory handle. I'll post a thread at some point.

07-27-2009, 08:11 PM
Hey, I've got one of those little vaughans. The dang handle is too little, but to put a 14 incher on it, ain't gonna make it any stronger......

07-27-2009, 08:29 PM
it sure does hit with a *lot* more authority though. you're right, the small eye is a weak point. if I break the head off and I'm still liking it, I'll get a head made in the same weight with a larger eye.

David Walter
07-27-2009, 09:03 PM
I'm sorry Andrea and I missed another great NW rondy just about in our backyard. Once again, it was because of military commitments, this time I'm on active duty headed to Iraq for a while.

I/we should be able to make it next year, no excuses!

Thanks to all for posting pictures and stories!

07-27-2009, 09:32 PM
Alright NW Rondy attendees...motto?

07-27-2009, 10:36 PM
Patrick took down a list of theme suggestions that I'm sure he'll present for a vote. I had one that was similar to yours, but it adds in the shooting we did on Saturday:

Blood, Fire, & Firepower

I took something like 300 pics and I'm sorting through them now to pick some to post. Hopefully I'll get them up before too long.

As expected, a fantastic weekend with some great folks. Thanks to the the Hill clan, MikeB, SuperBadger, & any others that packed in the heavier items on their bike trailers. I was not going to be hauling cream puffs & cobbler in my pack ;)

07-28-2009, 11:08 AM
If only we could do the same thing every weekend!

I had a great time hanging out with everyone. It's always great to spend some time around such great people. Big thanks to everyone who brought food and spirits, and a big thanks to Patrick for bringing out the 24 man, it sure is a sight to behold. Also thanks to Kevin and Mike who seemed to man the campfire grill at every meal, you guys really did a good job. I'm always amazed that a group like this can come together, sometimes never having met each other, and share such a good time in the woods.

In other news, I think it might be a tie between KevinB and Bushcrafts deer sausage, but of course the only way to tell will be another taste test at next years rondy.

JBR- you've got one tough kid! It was amazing how quickly and efficiently that situation got handled. I definitely learned some things to add to my first aid knowledge.

07-28-2009, 12:33 PM
Alright NW Rondy attendees...motto?

Bigfoot meets Rhino (Researchers/Kifaru)

23 for 24 (persons attending/tent on display)

No squatters found, btw.

07-28-2009, 01:40 PM
I was not going to be hauling cream puffs & cobbler in my pack ;)

Glad someone got 'em in. The apple crisp thing was awesome. I was looking forward to trying the blueberry coffee cake I never got to try. My favorite "Tracy quote" of the Rondy: "Baking is like reloading". You'll have to explain that one on your own.

DP: Bigfoot meets Rhino - that one is funny!! Glad no squatters for ya.

Superbadger: I agree - he did a great job under the circumstances and I was proud of his fortitude. I think we all realized the importance of our first aid kits out there and quick, calm action. Good experience for even worse potential situations.

07-28-2009, 02:05 PM
Here's the first installment of pics:

07-28-2009, 02:09 PM
Page two...

07-28-2009, 02:14 PM
We ate well. Sorry to say I don't have any pics of the link sausage. I guess I was too busy eating. I agree with SuperBadger, I can't pick a favorite between KevinB's & Bushcraft's recipes. Guess we'll have to have another taste test next year :).

I have lots of pics from Saturday at the "range". I'll get those sorted through tonight and post some later on.

07-28-2009, 07:35 PM
Left to right: along the trail, part of the Hill clan departs on Sat AM:

07-28-2009, 08:25 PM
Shooting pics, part one:

07-28-2009, 08:29 PM
Shooting pics, part two:

07-29-2009, 12:43 AM
To all - I had a great time and hope to see you all again. If any of you are in the Leavenworth feel free to look me up. As long as I am not on a 911 call or already in the mountains I am available.

JBR - Will your son have his stitches out in time for his next trip? My stitch count estimation skills are getting better - I was only off by one. Hope the doc was happy with the prehospital treatment.

For those involved in the Bigfoot discussions here is the promised link for the Sasquatch Militia.


And lastly, for those interested in the 230 grain 10mm load here is the link for Double Tap.


07-29-2009, 11:16 AM
As usual it was very hard to leave such a fine collection of people and come home to the land of liberals and dirtballs (have just finished having all 14 locks in and around my house re-keyed because of a security breach) but these pictures bring back all the fun. THANKS TO EVERYONE because EVERYONE supplied something I found valuable for a variety of reasons. I came to the conclusion that I will need at least another sausage tasting to pick a winner in the sausage taste-off, both were outstanding. The fun food and people were of the finest caliber and like SuperBadger I would do it every weekend if I could. keep the pictures coming!!!

07-29-2009, 12:10 PM
Hello Rendezvouers--

Here's a link to the videos I took whilst out there at the '09 NW Rondy.

Hope y'all enjoy 'em.


Tim in Washington
07-29-2009, 12:44 PM
Who brought the goats?

07-29-2009, 12:49 PM
What a grand time we had! For group consideration, here is a list of the possible "Themes" for this year's event...straight from my pocket notebook:

---"Blood, Fire and Rain"......Tracy
---"Deep Creek Treat".........Gene
---"Deep Creek Survivors"....Snakey
---"Deep Creek Freeze"........Gene
---"Kick In The Pants"..........Tracy
---"We'll Hunt Anything".......??
---"Inconspicuous Consumption".....??
---"Food Science"................??
---"Blood, Fire and Firepower"........??
---"Baking Is Like Reloading"...Tracy
---"Dry Creek".......??
---"Will Hunt For food"........??
---"Feed Your Instincts"......??
---"Disclaimer: 'No Vegetables Were Harmed In The Making Of This Event'.......Mike

Let's see what we settle on. The "winner" will of course go onto this year's hats. Speaking of which, I'd like to get the JBR Family address...they got away before sign-up. An email or PM would be fine.

I think that's it for now.

07-29-2009, 01:05 PM
I'm not sure how "Baking is like Reloading" ever got onto the list of theme possibilities. It was just a statement of fact that came out of my mouth when asked why I could not necessarily cook, but could bake anything. ;)

07-29-2009, 01:26 PM
I really like "Deep Creek Survivor".

"Feed Your Instincts" is a close second.

07-29-2009, 01:34 PM
My vote is for "Feed Your Instincts"

07-29-2009, 01:40 PM
By the way, those videos make me wish the rondy had never ended!

Kevin B
07-29-2009, 01:46 PM
Thank you. Everyone.

From the word go these things are a true community event. Everyone has a contribution. Everyone is willing to lend a thing, a thought, a way, an experience, a skill, a handshake and a smile. A person could show to one of these gatherings with literally nothing but their clothes and they'd find themselves duly outfitted to last the trip, even if it left their benefactors for want.

The fact that we chose to do this as a back country event in the style to which it has now become accustomed is due in great part, if not in total, to Allen, the Hills, SBadger and MikeB. Both the tools and the graciousness of these guys to move the luxury from the base camp to the hike in camp makes all the difference in the world. Whether it's a table, ammo, food or assortments of gear, the experience we've relished the last couple years is owed to these folks. For those of us with kids on their very first back pack trip and trying to be sure to provide a comfortable and positive experience it was most appreciated. Thanks again.

My kids won't soon forget the trip and are ready to go again, NOW. Kamden collected a big bag full of brass/steel. He doesn't care that it can't be reloaded, they're treasures. Both kids got to shoot Sbadger's 10-22 as their very first experience shooting. It was the very first thing they reported to their mother when they saw her, "we got to shoot guns at cans!!!" My son walked and pet dogs I think about 80% of his waking time. You guys should consider charging him to walk and pet your dogs you'd make a mint over a weekend!

It was sad to see JBR and family pull out early. But, what a great place and time to have something go wrong. Immediate and professional aid to the young man who handled it with aplomb. Just another example of what to expect from these gatherings, the assistance I mean, accidents are rare indeed. I hope he's doing well, Jim, and good luck with your coming trip.

Special thanks to Tracy & Randy for veggies and deserts. Reload/bake/bake/reload... whatever... just keep doing it because cobblers and cakes and puffs are pretty awesome. Reload em next year.

Re sausages..win-shmin. It's splitting hairs. It's akin to voting for which hunting is the best kind. It's all different it's all great. They're both high quality products. The more the merrier. Bush already turned a couple lights on for me that will help future iterations. Let's see a couple new entrants to the sausage makers next year so we can learn more and make even better stuff as a result.

The picture from Evan of the classic me; I was demonstrating bigfoot vocalizations. That particular vocalization was the unexcited grunt of antipathy, I meant to produce the more subdued yelp of recalicitrance from the immature female but hadn't yet mastered the call, next year maybe.

Randy assisting Kam and Dad with some shooting

Karissa getting ready for her turn.

Camp, 6/24 man.

Kam's favorite thing in the world.

07-29-2009, 02:18 PM
Just finished watching the videos with the family. Outstanding! It reminds me of another choice which was batted around -- "Tour de Kifaru".

I "like blood, fire, and firepower" or "Tour de Kifaru".

Something else the videos reminded me of is the kid's trailer mods. I thought I was going to have the coolest one with the top luggage rack, but the skid plate Mike added to his was pretty doggone cool!

07-29-2009, 02:27 PM
Christianh (and Christina and Scot) - the pre hospital care was much appreciated by the ER doc and I'd say one stitch off ain't bad!

Brent is doing great and hasn't had much interest in carrying a knife for a while. We'll call it a newly learned respect for knives that will serve him well in the future. All the boys had a great time and we're sad to have missed out on the rest of the Rondy. They were enthralled with the whole experience and thought the Kifaru crew was awesome.

Kevin B - Brent will get his stitches out 2 days before we leave for our 10 day Idaho/Montana flyfishing extravaganza. We're looking forward to it.

Although Brent's injury was a dampener for my wife at the time, she did enjoy the people, the time in the backcountry and understand's now my passion for the Rondys. I wouldn't be surprised to see us all back for the next one, depending on work schedule.

The boys were looking forward to engaging some targets on the shooting range with the AK and their rifles, but perhaps next time.

Patrick - I'll PM you with our address.

As for the motto, here are my top 3 votes in order:

1. "Blood, Lightening and Fire"
2. "Feed Your Instincts"
3. "Deep Creek Survivors"

Thanks for all the pics.

07-29-2009, 03:05 PM
Heck all of the themes remind me of a good memory so it is hard to pick. I guess I like

Feed your Instincts

07-29-2009, 04:05 PM
I'll second JBR's choices. Any of those cover it well.

07-29-2009, 05:45 PM
I think the hats should say "2010 Colorado Rendezvous Catering Team".
We are happy to award you this honor.
You have shown that you know how to properly prepare gourmet food and enjoy it.
We will furnish a 16 man tipi for kitchen complete with grill, smoker and wok.
We will bring some wild game, for you to prepare, to suppliment your own.
See you next spring.

07-29-2009, 08:10 PM
Patrick, the video clips are a treat! Thanks so much for posting them so quickly.

Singleshot; more than once the subject of the conversation turned to a NW Rondy Road Trip in 2010 to Colorado. Not speaking for others, but just feeling the pulse I'd say you could have a contingent consisting of the Bushcraft family, Hill family, perhaps Snakey, Randy/Tracy and the 'biggles' (they'll want to bunk in with Uncle Don), and maybe KevinB. Those of us who had the good fortune to attend want to come again. We'll need lots of wood, utensils and meat for this crew:)

07-29-2009, 08:24 PM
For the motto, I like:

1. "Feed Your Instincts"
2."Blood, Lightening and Fire"

07-30-2009, 11:20 AM
Not an optical illusion...


Here's a 'cut-out' view of an 8-man. Plenty of head room...


My sweety all geared up and ready to hit the road...


A camp neighbor telling us to pipe down...


Scot and Ornery sitting down on the job...


How could anyone snipe such a gentle pooch? Tanner the lapdog making friends...


Camaraderie around a genuine white-man fire...


Kid goats gone wild! These rambunctious 4-legged youngsters loved clambering up and down the rocky hillside as much as the 2-legged youngsters...


What's this? Some kind of hardcore backcountry biker rally?...


The answer as to why his knees are shot...


07-30-2009, 03:23 PM
Now that's how to go into the backcountry -
always prepared...

07-30-2009, 06:16 PM
Here's a 'cut-out' view of an 8-man. Plenty of head room...


That's a PERFECT photo for showing the headroom of the 8man Allen. That clears things up a lot faster than the diagram of the little dancing frontiersman.

You should take another photo this winter showing how much a snow trench increase the space.

Woods Walker
07-31-2009, 08:00 PM
Wow look like a great time.

08-01-2009, 01:28 PM
Thanks to everyone for another fantastic NW Rondy... they just keep getting better!
I don't get a chance to post very often, so I've gotten to know most of you only from these events. It says a lot about the folks in this group when a love of the backcountry is all you need to fit in.

Next year, I'll bring the family in for the entire weekend. After seeing KevinB pull it off with his kiddos without too many band-aids or tears, I think my better half & I can tag-team it successfully next summer. Nicely done, Kevin.

When we packed out on Sunday, we found a plastic JetBoil cup & a plastic Novara bike water bottle. If you're missing these, just let me know & I'll send 'em your way.

Thanks again, everybody. Already looking forward to next year!

The Vigilante
08-01-2009, 03:09 PM
thanks for sharing! really neat, them there kifaru partys! :) A 24 man Tipi! So is the next one gonna be 36 man tipi? That 24 man is,... towering! I bet that is a nice group tent. really, thanks so much for sharing.


08-01-2009, 09:00 PM
I know the badger lost a grey bike bottle.

08-01-2009, 09:42 PM
Sounds like my bottle. Thanks for keeping an eye out!

pm sent

08-03-2009, 09:28 AM
I think you already know as you where the suggestor.....

Wasn't sure. Thought something else really cool had been found. How is the newer head working out?

08-04-2009, 02:50 AM
Looks like a great time was had by all, cant wait for the New Zealand rondy:D

09-19-2009, 04:06 PM
Oh man that looked like it was a total blast. I SO wish I could go to something like that out there....

09-22-2009, 11:40 AM
Just curious where we ended up with the motto and hats for this years NW Rondy? Looking forward to the new color hats!

09-22-2009, 04:09 PM
JBR...Where are the Kelly Creek fishing photos and report??:)

09-23-2009, 04:40 PM
Geez, good call....I've got 'em, I just haven't posted them with a story. Thanks for the reminder! I'll get on that....