View Full Version : 2010 ECR recap.

02-07-2010, 02:45 PM
Just getting in from this years event....

ANOTHER great time in the 'daks!

We had some fine weather to enjoy, nothing too cold, nothing too warm. Most days were upper teens-low 20's with the nights around 0. This AM was a bit nippier with Dave R's little pocket thermometer showing -8.

The 24 man is something to see and with the 2 stoves handled the event just fine. To date these were the coldest temps it had been in and from what I saw, it'll take some downright frigid temps to give the set-up a work out. After a weekend hanging out in the monster it makes me wonder how we ever managed with the itty bitty 16 man...lol...

Thanks to everyone attending for making the event what it is. There never seems to be a shortage of smiles and laughter and there is usually a warm tipi with ongoing conversation to pop into and sit for a while.

I forgot my camera, so you other attendee's will have to post a pile of pic's.

It was good to see everyone again, and to those who couldn't attend, you were all missed.

As always, thanks to Patrick and CO. crew. You all put out the finest gear and are the keepers of the flame here on the MB. Without you people, this all wouldn't be happening.

Woods Walker
02-07-2010, 09:21 PM
I took some photos and will upload and post them here Monday. Good time and thanks for the hospitality Ken.

William Clunie
02-08-2010, 05:41 AM
Missed you all again. Sounds as if all went great. My loss. I'll shoot for the next one for sure. See you all then.


02-08-2010, 06:13 PM
All I can say is thanks to Ken, Patrick and Johnny for bringing everyone together again and hope to see those who couldn't make this year next time around!!

Patrick pushed the envelope and there is no doubt the 24-person tipi will be hard to beat and quite an accomplishment to say the least! What a luxury to have so much room!

Johnny had the cabin up to 120 degrees!!

Enjoyed Dave Roth's company for the ride and hopefully PA Scott, Ralph, William, Kingsnake, Woodland Girl, Two Elk, Copper and everyone from the previous ECR Rendezvous will meet again!! Nice to meet all the new Kifaru guest as well!!

Woods Walker
02-08-2010, 08:25 PM
ECR 10 photos.

Some tipis setup on Friday.


24 man dominating the sky line. The biggest tent I ever seen in the woods.


8-man tipi. They ran that stove 24/7.



Talk of the night was the relative stopping power of a .22LR and just how screwed someone would be lost in the sub zero woods with just a wool blanket. I think the good old Mylar blanket worked its way into the crazy talk too.


6-man tipi with White gas lantern blazing. Far brighter than the photo would indicate.


Same 6-man with clean interior, never seen a more organized system.


Contrast that with mine.


My buddy told me there was a mouse running around the tipi but based on description think it was a vole or something of the like. Still despite repeated sightings by him I saw nothing. My 4-man setup with stove running.


Makeshift LED lantern with old school candle. Both worked well.


People started to breaking camp early on Sunday. The sky was clear at night so it got down below zero. Still it was good weather.


Canadian Guy
02-08-2010, 09:30 PM
Great time at the ECR meeting everyone and seeing all the different Kifaru gear, thanks Ken and Patrick Smith! My tent definately glowed at night with the Coleman lantern inside, it looked like some kind of landed UFO sitting in the snow!?!?

Woods Walker stated:
Talk of the night was the relative stopping power of a .22LR and just how screwed someone would be lost in the sub zero woods with just a wool blanket. I think the good old Mylar blanket worked its way into the crazy talk too.
Yup, surviving with just a wool blanket in the temps that were at the ECR would put an end to you though Bear may give it a try!

A few more photos:
Patrick and his spectacular 24 man Tipi:

My 6-man tipi, Woods Walker's Tipi in behind:

02-09-2010, 07:00 AM
Nice pictures. I was thinking about you guys, wondering if you got any of the snow that dumped on us down here. Anyone know who makes those snowshoes in WW's last picture of breaking camp. Those turned up toes look like just the thing for deeper snow.

02-09-2010, 07:20 AM
Don't know about those snowshoes but if you want some good ones, maybe the best design, try these Ojibwa style:

P.S. If the critter running around was tiny and very dark with a pointy nose it was likely a shrew. Last year there were a couple prowling around the camp.

Dave R.
02-09-2010, 08:52 AM
Hi All!!

The Rondezvous was great....it always is!! Great to see the Northern boys Jerm, Patch, Fitzy, the Ginter Bros, Hommes and Son, and the rest of the crew!! You guys are the best there is....no match!!

It was my year to Barf.....but damn... it was so worth it!! Slept like a 6 year old(HA!!) after that!


GJZ found the tracks of the thought to be extinct Adirondak snow Lizard...we are now writing an article for National Geographic. Ever hunt snow shoe hare with out dogs??

Yep was cold....toes needed attention.....no worries.

Patrick, By the way, has succumbed to TIPI obsession......his new 24 man needs its own Zip Code....damn!! A work of art yes!!! we need to install a phone system in it so we can talk to the guys on the other side of the tipi.....

Fellow Rondy attendees.....it was big, big fun laughing and hangin' with you all.....it was great to hear all the guns go off!!!


Dave :)

02-09-2010, 02:15 PM
Nice pictures. I was thinking about you guys, wondering if you got any of the snow that dumped on us down here. Anyone know who makes those snowshoes in WW's last picture of breaking camp. Those turned up toes look like just the thing for deeper snow.
Cresent Moon Expedition haven't yet got enough snow to give em a good workout. I guess if I went to DC naw I'll wait. Great seeing everybody as usual. Take care Robbie

02-09-2010, 07:06 PM
WW, Canadian Guy, Nice pics!!

02-10-2010, 02:38 PM
Thanks again to Ken for doing the leg work setting up the 2010 ECR and to Johnny for letting us into his camp!

As always, meeting the people behind the names on the forum was a real treat. The impromptu BS sessions discussing guns, fieldcraft or gear were the highlight of the trip. Hearing all the sea stories was a real hoot also!

Robbie on the way in:


Dropping gear at the campsite:


Another view of the Big Top and an eight-man:


Bobby eats his lunch:


Bobby cutting wood with Ken's splitter. That axe is really capable despite its size.


Robbie sleeping it off:


Canadian Guy gives the .22 Scout a workout:


Robbie too:


Things I learned:

- If there is only about 6" of crusty snow, it is worthwhile to dig the tipi and stove down to the ground. The durapegs held in the crusty snow, but after the snow melted under the stove, the the platform (and hence the pole) sank down to the point where the last adjustment hole wasn't high enough to keep the tipi tight.

- The assembled stove pipe can be bent ninety degrees, left that way for several hours, and then straightened out with no ill effects. ;)

- The Exped DownMat 7 is worth the money I spent on it! With a single closed cell foam pad underneath it, I had the best (outdoor) nights sleep in a long time!

- No matter how much you read about the Kifaru gear, having it in hand to look over is priceless. I've got a couple of new things on order now. :)


02-12-2010, 08:29 PM
The white 8 man (the oddball of the bunch)

02-15-2010, 06:31 AM
Finally got a chance to upload a few pics
Andy getting ready to head in. Very nice rifle,he did the camo paint himself looks good.
Andy headed up the trail
Andy putting up the 24 man.
Trying out Patrick's MOB that's a slick rig.
Obligatory pic of flames shooting out of Andy's 8man large stove

02-15-2010, 06:48 AM
Wood's buddy Chris in Andy's 8man. There were 7 guys in there at one time BSing and such around the stove. The first night with just 2 guys we had all our gear sleds multiple rucks etc inside. Friday night we added another guy and still had room for a ruck apiece sleds went outside.
large stove ahumming
three pots going for chow.
Patrick checking Andy's gig line. This is inside the 24 man. There is always alot to see at these rondy's and alot you can learn from the guys that attend. Didn't seem to be as much shooting as last year I know I still had a bunch of ammo left. At least it was downhill. No small shelters put up this year 24,2 8man,a6 and a 4 man tepee dotted the landscape. Thanks to Ken for organising and Johnny for the use of the campground,and Patrick for coming out, and everybody that showed up. I am guessing nobody got a pic of the faceplant into the 24man or we would of seen it by now. take care Robbie