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flamingo 7
05-21-2010, 07:49 PM
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And then there was that incident with the goat...

gonehuntn
05-23-2010, 07:11 AM
It was a windy Rondy! Gusting well over 50 mph. It's never too windy too shoot, but it can be too windy to hit anything!

Mark spotting for Huntsman22 as he shoots his coyote killing machine.
http://www.kifaruforums.net/picture.php?albumid=46&pictureid=315

Here's a little tease. This is a new, yet to be officially named tipi....
http://www.kifaruforums.net/picture.php?albumid=46&pictureid=316

Take-a-knee
05-23-2010, 10:37 AM
I guess Patrick finally decided folks who'd sold there paratipi's and bought Golites and modded them had an idea or two. I anxiously await more info on this new version.

gonehuntn
05-23-2010, 10:58 AM
That's not why he designed this shelter. He said he wanted a light shelter he didn't have to crawl into. I have bad knees myself so I can certainly sympathize. It's very nice, with lots of room. I'm six feet tall and I could stand/walk in easily. It was set up with it's side facing the wind. There were gusts up to (at the least) 60 mph and it was solid as a rock. Everyone was very impressed. The guy lines on the side do a lot to anchor it down. I think it's the same length as the ParaTipi but it looked a little wider. It's sure to be a big hit. I saw lots of people taking pictures so I'm sure you'll see more in the next few days.

Smokepole
05-23-2010, 01:28 PM
Well, don't stop there, how much does it weigh? What will it cost? When will it hit the market?

gonehuntn
05-23-2010, 01:36 PM
I think it weighs a little over 4lbs with the pegs and poles. We didn't talk price; I'm not sure he's set one yet. That was the prototype. I'm sure Patrick will post some comments about it because he's probably going to be overwhelmed with PMs and e-mails.

Ermine
05-23-2010, 03:16 PM
I was unable to make it to the rondy. Wish I could have been there. That shelter prototype looks interesting.

gonehuntn
05-23-2010, 03:50 PM
For those who are interested in the disks, burners and covers that I had at the Rondy: I just spoke to David and if you order them ASAP he can get the disks out before he leaves for a three week summer vacation. However, the burners are on back order and will be in around the 25th of June. The burner I had was the "Portable XL Kahuna". Send him an e-mail and let him know you were at the Rondy and he'll reply with a price quote.

The site is: http://www.southwestdisk.com
David's e-mail is: david@southwestdisk.com

Timberline
05-23-2010, 05:14 PM
Wyoming, long known for its wind, had nothing on the Colorado high country this weekend. I rolled into the Rendezvous site early Friday morning just a few scant rifle-shooting hours before the wind started in earnest. Man, did it blow. By 9am that morning we were holding a foot off the 500 yard target to hit its center. By 11am long-range rifle shooting was but a prayer.

I unfortunately had to leave late in the day on Saturday, but for most of that day the wind really hit its stride, gusting to well over 50 mph and blowing almost continuously at who knows what. This Rendezvous may well go down as the 2010 Kifaru Windezvous!

Still, good people, good food and good gear marked the event.

Friday evening's eats were typical of the great communal food. As I remember, Patrick started things off in the 16-man tipi Friday with his famous 15-Bean Elk Stew. That was about 5pm. Next up were perfectly-spiced antelope burgers by Scoutin' Wyo. Then buffalo stir fry in the big 24-man tipi, followed thick-as-your-arm smoked pork loins provided by Herb all the way from Nebraska. In between were various game sausages. Everything was washed down by your favorite beverage. “Meat and beer!” somewhat said about the third time the heaping meat platter went around the tipi. “We don't need no stinkin' vegetables?”

Ever the landmark at the Kifaru Colorado Rendezvouses, the tipi lineup was again spectacular, every one shedding the vicious wind like a champ. Tough shelters these Kifaru tipis. Note the windblown dust in the normally-clear Colorado air.

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Some distance away, framed by an ancient lightening-struck tree, the shooting line traced across the upper end of a sagebrush meadow. Paper and steel targets dotted the bowl. A gong at 500 yards and a steel ram at 600 stood out on the distant ridge.

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Some braved the wind, burning powder in spite of accuracy-challenged conditions.

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Below, the Northwest pair, Randy and Allen (Bushcraft), sent more than a few bullets downrange. Here Randy spots while Allen shoots Randy's CZ .223 at the 500-yard gong. Gong!

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Randy also took a go with my Dakota M76 Safari in .375 H&H. Quite a group of guys tried that big, old cartridge for the very first time with this rifle on Friday. The only thing missing was a Cape buffalo target.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v628/TimberlineX/KifaruRondy2010003.jpg

As always, everyone was interested in everyone else's rifles and handguns, and firearms were passed from hand to hand for trial shots. Smokepole even laid out his rifles in a nifty tailgate gun rack for easy access.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v628/TimberlineX/KifaruRondy2010011.jpg

All this took place in the midst of some pretty fair elk and deer winter range. Just one big canyon to the east, the world turns into big-time elk hunting country. Not a bad place to spend time.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v628/TimberlineX/KifaruRondy2010020.jpg

Another Kifaru Colorado Rendezvous in the bag.

Smokepole
05-23-2010, 06:47 PM
I seem to have left three folding chairs there this year, surpassing my previous high of 2.

One was green camo, with padded arm rests, one was maroon with "gander Mountain" on it, and one was red, white, and blue.

If anyone knows the whereabouts of these chairs, I will ransom them for beer.

Tracy
05-23-2010, 07:29 PM
Thanks to all for the great pics! Sorry I missed a great weekend. Just got home from working a horse show & Randy is still on his way home from the Rondy. Can't wait to get his first-hand account.

Ed C
05-23-2010, 08:40 PM
It was a windy Rondy! Gusting well over 50 mph. It's never too windy too shoot, but it can be too windy to hit anything!

Mark spotting for Huntsman22 as he shoots his coyote killing machine.
http://www.kifaruforums.net/picture.php?albumid=46&pictureid=315

Here's a little tease. This is a new, yet to be officially named tipi....
http://www.kifaruforums.net/picture.php?albumid=46&pictureid=316

WOW! That new tipi is really interesting? Is that Sawtooth standing beside my new backcountry camp? Does anyone have any more pics of the new one? I'm guessing a guy of my towering height could stand up in there?

Huntsman22
05-23-2010, 08:59 PM
EdC, the handsome devil next to the new hooch is Gonehuntin. Good feller.....



I didn't take many pics this time. I do have one of JonS in his new found summer fashion, tho. Ya think a full-blown summer dress will replace the kilt kult?
http://i26.photobucket.com/albums/c124/huntsman22/guns/IMG_2335.jpg

Me and Bush and Randy and a couple of Ozarks brood hit the skwirl patch. The wind was brutal and I was the only one to score...... Name that organ?......
http://i26.photobucket.com/albums/c124/huntsman22/guns/IMG_2342.jpg

Jon S
05-23-2010, 09:19 PM
A good place for a sensible haircut was the CO windezvous. Mine didn't blow around at all, more than can be said for the summer attire. My choice of summer wear is often a sarong/tube. Easy to wear, adjust, and very comfortable. For river trips, there is not much better. For backpacking, slightly above the knee suits me better.
Thanks for a good weekend, had to leave early as the pregnant wife is making decisions these days and I am smart enough not to argue.

Smokepole
05-23-2010, 09:30 PM
Personally, I thought Jon's choice of attire was very embarrassing for him....there was another guy there who was wearing the exact same skirt....he must have been mortified (both guys)....didn't catch the other guy's name but he said his other skirt was a kilt.

singleshot
05-23-2010, 09:44 PM
I was distracted when someone put these granola bars on the tailgate of my truck.
I can only remember him saying to try one. It was about the best that I have ever eaten. Who left them and we need a recipe. Looks something like Evanhills recipe.

http://i204.photobucket.com/albums/bb33/singleshot1/photo3.jpg

Here is a picture of the disk wok. Great camp cooker.

http://i204.photobucket.com/albums/bb33/singleshot1/photo.jpg

Sawtooth
05-23-2010, 09:50 PM
I seem to have left three folding chairs there this year, surpassing my previous high of 2.

One was green camo, with padded arm rests, one was maroon with "gander Mountain" on it, and one was red, white, and blue.

If anyone knows the whereabouts of these chairs, I will ransom them for beer.

I rescued them this morning, and loaded them in Patrick's camper. He's taking them to the shop. Also left at the Rondy were a youngster's red hoodie, a big camo flashlight, and a really nice wood saw. I'll post pics tomorrow.

Ed C
05-23-2010, 09:52 PM
That's not why he designed this shelter. He said he wanted a light shelter he didn't have to crawl into. I have bad knees myself so I can certainly sympathize. It's very nice, with lots of room. I'm six feet tall and I could stand/walk in easily. It was set up with it's side facing the wind. There were gusts up to (at the least) 60 mph and it was solid as a rock. Everyone was very impressed. The guy lines on the side do a lot to anchor it down. I think it's the same length as the ParaTipi but it looked a little wider. It's sure to be a big hit. I saw lots of people taking pictures so I'm sure you'll see more in the next few days.

Good post gonehuntn. I'm glad it is you at 6 foot standing beside the tipi.
Very interesting indeed.

The disk looks interesting also.

Timberline
05-23-2010, 09:53 PM
http://i26.photobucket.com/albums/c124/huntsman22/guns/IMG_2335.jpg

Big Jon does know how to make an entrance!

Sitting immediately to the left of Jon in Huntsman’s photo is Smokepole. I’m next to him with my hands on my hips, and directly across from me is Herb with a beer and a tamale corn husk in his left hand.

Herb had just finished entertaining us with an engaging tale about Nebraska Cornhusker cheerleaders when Big Jon ducked into the tipi. For a second there I thought Herb was going to spit his mouthful of micro-brewery beer all over Smokepole and me. Fortunately, Herb is an old hand at beer swilling and with a monumental effort he swallowed his brew.

And that maybe explains the odd look on Jon’s face as he watches Herb who is trying very hard to control his mouthful of beer.

Smokepole
05-23-2010, 09:57 PM
Funny thing was, Jon showed up at breakfast the next morning, and his skirt was all ripped up the front.

I'm sure there's a story there.

Thanks sawtooth!!!! For the chairs, not ripping the skirt.

singleshot
05-23-2010, 10:00 PM
Where does Jon work again?

Smokepole
05-23-2010, 10:04 PM
Shotgun Willie's. And he's one of the better dancers.

Jon S
05-23-2010, 10:05 PM
That question need not be answered here please. I have worn skirts when that is the native custom as it was when that one was acquired in Lamu, a coastal town on the Indian Ocean of Africa.
I figured with all the talk of kilts recently, that attire would draw a few laughs and some discussion, seems to have worked.
Thanks

Thanks Smokepole for blowing my cover, now I will be looking for new work. Next time you visit, have your friends bring more money :)

Randy
05-24-2010, 07:37 AM
Singleshot, those granola bars are Tracy's most recent iteration of Evan Hill's granola bars. I figured those of us on the line needed energy and being bothered by breakfast is just too much hassle. Check the recipe thread for Evan's great directions.

To All: thanks for another great rondy and the wonderful hospitality for a couple of northwest ramblers. Huntsman was a superb tour guide and driver. Thanks Don for taking time to pick us up in rush hour traffic on Thursday and get us safely back to the airport yesterday.

I think Timberline's post pretty much sums up the weekend: good food, good friends, good shooting and lots of wind. In fact sometime early Saturday afternoon the wind hit us with a sucker punch that put our big gathering place out of commission. Fortunately, Patrick and Janice were on the scene in seconds with the ever present pocket notebook to perform the autopsy and start the re-engineering process for the 'G2' 24-man and the next even bigger tipi.

Thanks to all for the fine firearms, all the ammo and the chance to touch off a few rounds in guns we have never fired. Though I have a 375 H&H a highlight for me was being able to handle and fire the beautiful Dakota 76 that Timberline brought. Thanks for the opportunity to shoot a work of art!

I'll post pictures when I return home later this week and have my personal laptop at hand.

Again, thanks for the hospitality. You are all welcome to lace up your boots and join us in the great Northwest the weekend of July 23-25. Allen and I worked out some locations and will 'have to' scout them in June:)

Herb
05-24-2010, 08:17 AM
I'm still "leaning to the right " after enduring 600 miles of crosswinds driving home.

Just a pleasure to spend some days with you all. The firearms, food, stories, and ideas shared lends something for everyone to take home and be better at their crafts. Great group of men and family.

Sawtooth
05-24-2010, 08:39 AM
Smokepole, you're welcome. I've come to expect the abandonment of lawn chairs from you, so there was a plan in place! :D As for the ripping of skirts, I haven't ripped one in a VERY long time, and it sure wasn't Jon's! :D:D

ozarkrambler
05-24-2010, 08:46 AM
Saw is mine, Isaac remembered it about the time we got to Woodland park. Whoever ended up with it can keep it till I see them again.

I'll have to check with the kids about the hoodie, does it say anything on it?

Thanks again to Patrick for putting this get together on, it is one of the highlights of our year, and thanks to everyone else for such a great time. Oh and thanks a lot Bushcraft, I had to listen to cries of " we really need one of those .308's with the huge scope on it" for 750 miles.

All kidding aside, thanks for letting us burn through your ammo, that is one sweet shooting rifle.

Ozark

evanhill
05-24-2010, 11:55 AM
Tracy's post reminds me... happy anniversary to Tracy and Randy! Looks like a good time was had by all. Maybe next year I'll make it out again.

Tracy
05-24-2010, 12:32 PM
Tracy's post reminds me... happy anniversary to Tracy and Randy! Looks like a good time was had by all. Maybe next year I'll make it out again.

Thanks Evan! :) I remember last year our anniversary was right in the middle of the Rondy and one of my major horse shows (this year it was right before). Guess if what we have works, it doesn't matter where we are on "the" day.

Ken
05-24-2010, 05:45 PM
...had to leave early as the pregnant wife is making decisions these days and I am smart enough not to argue.

I can relate to that. Congrats!

Looks like alot of smiling faces in those pic's. Musta been fun.

Neat looking new tipi Patrick's got there....he gave me the dirt on it while he was up for the ECR and I've been wondering what it was going to look like. The pic's of it next to the other tipi's and gonehuntin' certainly make it look 'big' for the weight. Interesting rig...hopefully Patrick will give us all the details.

What CZ ya got there Randy??

Randy
05-24-2010, 07:32 PM
First off...thanks Evan. Hard enough for me to remember key dates sometimes. Hats off to you for remembering and thinking of us. May 16 was the 18th!!!

Ken, shooting a little CZ527 in .223. When the wind was down (at least not 40-50 mph) we could dope those little 50 grainers into the 500 yard plate pretty consistently:) Nice little walking around rifle. I was thrilled with the chance to see how I do at longer ranges.

Ken
05-24-2010, 08:01 PM
Which one? Carbine? Varmint?

Randy
05-25-2010, 06:37 AM
527 American. Long, slender tube, no irons. 'American' styled straight comb, not the European butt.

snowdevil
05-25-2010, 10:22 AM
Hi - also check out the Tipi thread for the "Naming of the new Shelter".
Suggestions are welcome.
Maggie

Huntsman22
05-25-2010, 07:58 PM
For you guys that know Patrick, you know what a great guy he is. Well, he proved it once again AND about brought me to tears with his special gift to me this weekend. The guy just up and gave me a rifle of his that I was lusting after. A T/C R-55 in 17 mach II. I have a stainless model like it in .22, and know the accuracy and cs is top-notch.... So, I reckon this is my way of giving my thanks to my friend, publicly. If he EVER needs anything I can do for him (short of giving him Miss Kimberly) all he has to do is call. Thanks again for the opportunity to rondy with you, and for the rifle again, mostly.....Don

Smokepole
05-26-2010, 06:51 AM
Good deal Huntsman. He probably wanted the rifle to have a good home!!!!!

GlennGTR
05-30-2010, 07:20 PM
Not being able to attend the Co Rondy I have to say that I am disapointed in the small number of pics shown here. Last years rondy was better documented through all the pics and stories. Maybe its still early and you all havent got your pics up yet.

Sawtooth
05-30-2010, 09:16 PM
I've been way too busy lately to post my pics from the Rondy, but things are getting less hectic by the day. Here are a few...

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Big Jon S

http://i86.photobucket.com/albums/k112/Sawtooth_1963/P10005081.jpg
Smokepole

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Mark

http://i86.photobucket.com/albums/k112/Sawtooth_1963/P10005371.jpg
Our generous host, Mr. Patrick Smith

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Patrick showing ScoutinWyo's son the finer points of fire making

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ScoutinWyo and Bushcraft

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Ozarkrambler

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Patrick and Rod Hayes share a laugh

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Big Jon S making little wood out of big wood

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Gonehuntn cooking breakfast on his disc grill

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Rod Hayes, getting wound up, retelling his classic "How My Little Sister Rode The Goat" story

Timberline
06-01-2010, 09:05 AM
Not being able to attend the Co Rondy I have to say that I am disapointed in the small number of pics shown here. Last years rondy was better documented through all the pics and stories. Maybe its still early and you all havent got your pics up yet.

Glenn,

Actually, I'd guess there were a lot less photos taken this year - I know I took a lot less - because of the trying conditions with the excessive and almost constant hot, dry wind. That wind tended to suck the energy out of everyone, and we all probably did less this year as a result - less firearms shooting, less stump shooting with bows, less standing around outside and just talking and definitely less photos taken.

Patrick really does need to control the weather better on Rendezvous weekend!

Sawtooth's photos, by the way, are excellent. Lots of super inside-the-big-tipi photos. Great shots.

Bill

Randy
06-03-2010, 08:12 AM
Test to see if I have my photos resized for posting...

Randy
06-04-2010, 07:39 AM
More Rondy Photos:

Bushcraft, Huntsman, Smokepole and Mark hitting the steel

ScoutinWyo and the Eman burning up some 22 ammo

Nate hitting the 500 yard plate

Timberline and Herb checking out a levergun

Mike and Timberline with a 35 Remington

Bushcraft with a 44 Mag levergun

The new tipi

Mike staged and ready for dinner...more meat!

Huntsman, Bushcraft and Ozark Ramblers boys set up in the squirrel patch

Zander taking out the 22 targets with a 10/22

Ozark Ramblers son is hitting the steel with that big-scoped rifle of Allen's

Bushcraft
06-05-2010, 12:51 PM
Thanks again to one and all for an enjoyable trip and the great hospitality. I'd like to give special thanks to a few folks that made the trip memorable for me:

Don for transportation to and from the airport and his good humor. There is a reason why he is so well liked by so many.
Kevin, for the coolers and chairs.
Jon, Brian and Paul for giving me an intro to stickbow stump shooting. Gotta get me one of those stick flingers. Fun stuff! The weight savings and simplicity are very appealing. With enough practice, I think one could achieve more than reasonable accuracy in short order.
The new guy...Gonehuntin. You sling some mean grub with that disc wok of yours amigo!
Herb. Thanks for the goat packing/ownership ideas and all the laughs.
Scoutinwyo. Twisted Bacon Crack. 'Nuf said. :D
The kids and their parents. I always come away from these Kifaru gatherings impressed with the next generation and the current generation raising them. Damn fine job gentlemen! The E-Man is most definitely in good hands. Dan's boys were a hoot to hang out with while trying to find some ground squirrels that were a little too reluctant to poke their heads ups in the "breezy" conditions. I kept a watchful eye on their weapon's handling and safety while we were out stomping around...and needn't have been concerned in the least. Funny story: We adults were being "led" back to the rondy site by the boys, who by that time were starting to rib each other pretty good. The younger mentioned that he was down to his last round. The older brother chided him, as only an older brother can do and asked "What do you think you are going to hit with that?" The younger brother, unscathed, cooly replied "The air. What do you wanna bet I don't miss?" We all got a good chuckles from their brotherly back-and-forth banter.
Timberline, for letting me handle and shoot his .375. To my eye it has what is possibly the nicest wood I've ever seen on a rifle. Beautiful rifle that.
Smokepole, for letting me and Randy hog his shooting bench.
And last but not least, Patrick. Thanks for making these rondy's possible dear friend. I'm looking forward to stomping around in the dark with you come the end of July. ;)

fish
06-08-2010, 01:18 AM
2010's Rondy was top notch. The way the whole event comes together each year is astounding. The delicious edibles; Twisty bacon, wild boar sausage, Herb's smoked goodness(was it pig?), summer sausage, and the list goes on. Thank you to all for the community dinning.
There are always so many interesting conversations to be had, and knowledge to be gained for the diverse cast of charters that we make up.

Along the same lines, I was rather pleased to get a chance to shoot so many fine firearms, from Greg's JPE built AR, to Timberline's 375H&H, I enjoyed every one of them.

On to the pictures!

30mike06
06-11-2010, 11:37 AM
Few weeks late on this but just wanted to thank Patrick for again putting on another great Rondy-wind be dammed-Had a great time. Randy well shoot the .35 rem next time-let me know if you make it up to Maine want to hear about your hunt. Timberline as I said in the F7 levergun post-that Trapper is one sweet gun. Randys pic of my chair pre-loaded with both beers and the empty plate says all you need to know about hanging out in the big tipi as the rolling feast comes at you. That stir fry was off the charts. Great times and great folks-Thanks again,
Mike

Hasher
06-12-2010, 01:53 PM
ok HOW in the HECK did I miss seeing this was going to happen?

Someone let me know well in advanve for the next Colorado one and I promise to bring some interesting big bor guns to shoot including a double rifle.

Hasher

Huntsman22
06-12-2010, 07:52 PM
weekend before memorial day, next year.......location to be determined later. Is that well enuff in advance for ya?.......

Hasher
06-12-2010, 10:44 PM
actually with all teh stuff i have to plan around this is about right.

Wher eis the normal location? I inderstand it might move though.

Timberline
06-13-2010, 11:23 AM
ok HOW in the HECK did I miss seeing this was going to happen?

Someone let me know well in advanve for the next Colorado one and I promise to bring some interesting big bor guns to shoot including a double rifle.

Hasher

Hasher,

Big bore rifles, you say, including a double - you would be most welcome! Huntsman22 has given you the 2011 dates. Last year's location was only about 50 miles west of Denver. Reportedly next year's location may change somewhat. Mark your calendar. It's a good hunting-and-family-oriented time.

Hasher
06-13-2010, 11:15 PM
Hasher,

Big bore rifles, you say, including a double - you would be most welcome! Huntsman22 has given you the 2011 dates. Last year's location was only about 50 miles west of Denver. Reportedly next year's location may change somewhat. Mark your calendar. It's a good hunting-and-family-oriented time.

Well if I am lucky by then it will be 3 doubles. :D:D

Plus maybe a few other interesting big bore bolt guns and some interestign smaller bores as well.