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evanhill
07-25-2010, 10:35 PM
Not exactly a report, just a few pictures to get the ball rolling (courtesy of flickr (http://www.flickr.com/photos/evanhill)). Fantastic time as usual.

The lake is the rondy spot:
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A couple more pictures I took on a Saturday morning hike:
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Oversleeping is not a good plan:
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Hope everyone is home safe including ChristianH who is AWOL. Christian, check in if you would please.

SuperBadger
07-25-2010, 10:45 PM
Great photos, really sad I had to miss this, but I couldn't turn down the work. Hopefully next year.

I look forward to hearing the tale behind that last photo!

Big W
07-25-2010, 11:14 PM
It sucks i missed it, looks like a great area. Evan, how you liking those Lowa Tibets? I love mine and will never try on another pair of boots.

DWP
07-26-2010, 01:56 AM
Just East of where I elk hunt. Would have liked the opportunity to meet some of the folks. NW winter rondy? Steelheading on the Oly Peninsula? Just a thought...

Kevin B
07-26-2010, 11:24 AM
Pictures tomorrow. I'm going to sleep until then.

Quick big time thanks to Timbertiger and family. The assist in and out was fantastic. Timbers two daughters are great kids and they took Kamden and entertained him endlessly. Your family and hospitality is a a real pleasure. I know you ended up saddled with a bunch of garbage for the return trip. Kam and I hit out early to beat the heat and I feel a bit sheepish for the stuff that was left to be taken out. Kam and I owe you one.

I didn't catch the name/handle of our llama packer but to come for just a day and lighten our loads deserves another special thanks. Lots of things would have stayed in our rigs without the help.

I left a couple items, probably more than I know. I know a certain stainless bowl stayed behind. I'm pretty sure by now it's either a stove, stove collar, stove stand or some other redesigned purpose.

Note to self.... 4AM is a better idea Friday night, if it's ever a good idea.

Thanks for the shooting hillbro's and Randy. Kam's wondering when he'll be getting his own .22. He also pointed out that I was conspicuous for lacking a sidearm. He pretty much said, stop embarrassing me. I think he actually used the words nut-up. So I have a goal for next year.

EDIT: Evan is right, I left out the obvious, Randy and Tracy did a huge load at tremendous effort. Randy allowed Kam and I to abuse his fly rod and you'd be hard pressed to find a more popular item overall than Tracy's deserts and coffee cake. Thanks

scothill
07-26-2010, 11:53 AM
was a theme decided on? I think that it should be the Kevin B show.

From the cooking to the stand up routine, and the serious social commentary Kevin B was in the Zone.

A special mention goes out to Randy and Tracy for the excellent grubbing as well. Frankly, I didn't taste a single thing I wouldn't have eaten more of if possible. So thanks for all those who stepped up.

As to the picture that is what happens when your uncle is Bushcraft and you sleep in to late. Of course Evan and I where actually to polite to thrown him in the lake despite a certain uncles urgings. The video of him hopping back to his tent is also great.

evanhill
07-26-2010, 12:13 PM
A few comments --

First off, a big thanks to all of our packers. I had fully consigned myself to making a second trip up the hill on Friday to bring a second load of crew gear in. NW Packer and his llama string, Timbertiger and his horses, and Randy and Tracy with their game cart made that unnecessary. No doubt Randy and Tracy put the greatest physical effort into hauling in extra gear this year. Thanks all -- and what amenities we had! There was something north of 50 pounds of meat, 5-10 pounds of fresh vegetables, 2 pony kegs of Heineken, miscellaneous canned beer, some bottled beer, and five or six fifths of various liquors. It's hard to go wrong with a spread like that.

There were some new faces, which is always welcome. NW Packer, Half Bubble, and Wanderlustr (finally!) all showed up for the first time. Good folks all. Other than that, most of the usual suspects showed up (ChristianH is now accounted for). The ones who didn't were missed. It's starting to feel a lot like a tribe out here.

Kevin B was in his usual form when it came to providing cooked meat, and was in especially rare form when it came to providing entertainment. This video (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a3YuxAok_Ik) is but a pale imitation of the original 11pm delivery of the subject material, but gives you an idea. In it, Kevin is explaining what the water bugs he found living in his water filter looked like. Now, I don't want to take away from the other folks who brought and cooked food or provided humor for the group, but I'm going to throw in with Scot's slogan idea for this year's rondy -- "The Kevin B Show".

Thanks again folks -- Patrick for kicking things off, Randy and Allen for scouting, and everyone else for their contributions. This rondy is one of the high points of my year, and this one was no exception.

Edit: DP, I just realized that the picture of Rainier doesn't include my pistol or the "welfare mocha" in my pot. Sorry about that.

Wonder Mutt
07-26-2010, 01:50 PM
Thank you, all who attended! This trip has been the highlight of my Summer and it was a real treat to see some familiar faces as well as some new ones. Thanks to Timber and fam for packing in and out what would surely have been an encumbering load on the party. Kevin B is the man! If "Maximum Carbon Footprint" doesn't make the cut for the theme of the year; I hope that "The Kevin B Show" makes it! Wonderlustre allowed Snakey and I to crash in his 8-man tipi the first night of the trip, marking my first overnighter in a Kifaru tipi--which was stellar! There is not enough that can be said about the food, drink, or conversation. Saturday night's philosophical drinking session was by far the most entertaining part of the Rondy for me.

Snakey, thank you for putting up with my chitchat and "moose-call" snoring from hell, the latter goes to the rest of you with in the blast wave. For a nominal fee of landjaeger, DEET, and whiskey, my services will be available during moose season ;-)

I could not have asked for a better Summer adventure!

*****Pictures to follow, when I figure out how to meet the security certificate protocols.*****

SuperBadger
07-26-2010, 02:15 PM
I might need to block this thread before more pictures surface. I got to spend a wonderful Friday filming at a steel recycling plant......I would have much rather been out there.

Tracy
07-26-2010, 06:54 PM
As always, a fantastic weekend spent with great friends and plentiful food.

Ditto the thanks that has been expressed in previous posts regarding the help packing in food & supplies via horse, goat, & llama. Those efforts helped us eat remarkably well for the weekend while still retaining the "backcountry" label for which the NW Rondy has come to be known.

It was great seeing some new faces (Wanderlustr & Halfbubble) and hope the trail with 6" minus gravel didn't scare you off from future NW Rondy trips. We look forward to seeing you again in the future.

I, too, missed the likes of SuperBadger & ChristianH. Hopefully next year sees you back with us.

For me the Rondy highlights included Kevin B and his storytelling (whether true or otherwise), his willingness to share so much fabulous venison sausage and the expertise he shows in cooking it. Kevin, I hope you continue to "deal" however you must to be able to continue making it to the Rondy each year. It truly wouldn't be the same without you there.

Snakey, your moose meat & bacon with beans (as opposed to beans with moose meat & bacon) was positively heavenly, as was the axis deer sausage from the Hill brothers. It is appreciated more than you know.

Thanks to Bushcraft for the fly fishing lessons, even though you didn't know you were giving them. I am still in the infant stages of my casting ability & Randy told me to just watch you & do what you do. Not much later I had 3 fish caught in 3 casts. I was probably fishing a school of "remedial" fish that ride the short bus, but they were fish caught nonetheless. Without the "lessons" I would not have been able to cast my fly into the far reaches of that spot. Randy did explain that the time you caught the 12' evergreen variety of fish was not what I should be copying. ;)

Jim's popcorn was something everyone should experience....Popped over the fire in a beer keg, coated with real butter & sea salt, then served out of a goat feed sack. You can't get that from a theater. I'm looking forward to the engineering improvements to the keg for next year's batch, as I'm sure it'll be just as good if not better.

Scot & Evan...Thanks a million for the handgun training mini-class. I'm always willing to learn & improve in every little way possible. I now understand that although I've never had a problem hitting my target consistently, I have so much to improve upon to get better still in my effectiveness and efficiency.

Thanks to Patrick for making the trek to join us each year. As with Kevin B, it positively would not be the same without you there. I will never forget the sight of the game cart bucking you off. I think my "laughing muscles" got more of a workout than my legs did this past weekend.

As a bonus, I came away from this weekend with a shopping list of cool things I need. :)

Wanderlustr
07-26-2010, 08:59 PM
Well, I had a great time at the rondy - and like the others have said a BIG thanks have to go out to the great packers.
http://bitt.smugmug.com/Nature/2010/CRW4070/948624628_DFbHi-L.gif

Pretty darn impressive.

And yes.... Kevin puts on one amazing .... continuous....never ending line of food. Like the Energizer bunny with a pan of smoked sausage. ....
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Don't attend one of these if you are trying to shed some weight.
Snakey's Moose & beans was stellar.

It was cool putting faces to the tag names here on the board.
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The lake.....
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Kobuk & I snuck away for the day - up and over the ridge & down to a beautiful little lake on the other side for some flyfishing.
They were hitting the Parachute Adams like nobody's business. Little guys all of them...
http://bitt.smugmug.com/Nature/2010/IMG4094/948625438_JAVjA-L.gif

After a few hours of that and snoozing up against a tree I bushwacked my way back up to the ridge. Awesome view up there...
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I returned to camp went for a swim - and back to the Wild Game Buffet Line and a few cold ones..... snow cooled Heineken on tap. What is not to like?

Thanks again to bushcraft for his efforts. Also, Patrick.... it was very cool hanging out with you and chatting - Thank you for making the trip.

nwpacker
07-27-2010, 12:28 AM
I suppose I should chime in a few remarks from a rookie attendee who made an abbreviated appearance. I had conflicting commitments in place for the weekend from the minute the rondy dates were announced and had accepted my fate early on I would miss yet another rondy. As the rondy approached I starting seeing talk of Thurs night and Friday hikes in and even though I was sunk for the weekend decided late that I'd throw in for Thurs night and hike in just for Fri. With all the talk of who might help who pack extra gear I saw my eager llama packers in the pasture as an answer and excuse to make a short appearance.

As giving as that all sounds on the surface to volunteer to pack in goods for the group I really selfishly wanted to make an appearance to meet some fine folks and put some names with faces. I was not disappointed. A lot of the expected cast of characters were present and I was grateful to make some introductions. I only wish I could have stuck around and shared in the great eats, drinks, conversations and other activities. I vow to next time. Even my 9 year old daughter(head llama packer) said "And why are we not pitching our tent and staying up here!?" I had to promise her next year we would make every attempt to do so.

I hope to see many of you down the road at future gatherings and meet new people as well. Bushcraft and other who put the time and effort in to organize, scout and plan these events, thank you very much and keep up the fantastic work.

Timber Tiger & family, thanks for guiding & assisitng me through the dark night on Thurs to set up next to you.

Until next time..

nwpacker

snakey2
07-27-2010, 10:46 AM
As usual the NW Rondi exceeded both hype and expectation. So much fun and food packed into those few days. Sadly as usual I missed some of the late night antics being unable to stay up past ~ 10pm and the antics going on till the wee hours of the am. Thanks to all who organized, packed, provided, cooked and cleaned. It was wonderful but way to short a time to spend with such fine people. Looking forward to next year and those 8$ chivos (or 3 for 20$) I am ready to herd!!

Tracy
07-27-2010, 09:37 PM
Here are a few pics from the rondy. I can't figure out how to get captions between the pics, so you'll get them all in a row...

Quarter bags aren't just for meat. Randy & nephew Jonathan (MikeB's son) used one to pack snow to camp for refridgeration.

Randy fixing up some venison fajitas for lunch.

Typical rondy accommodations.

Evanhill & Scothill shooting cans with their bows.

Timber_tiger
07-27-2010, 10:49 PM
Great to see familiar faces and meet new people. A fantastic time as always! We all enjoyed taking in the horses and have great plans for next year.

Hats off to Tracy and Randy for battleing the game cart. I'm glad I had horses!

Randy
07-27-2010, 11:17 PM
A few pics to add to the report. A great weekend all around. I'll do a full write-up later, but wanted to post a few photos first.

New stove ideas were in abundance
Jess and Justice arrive in camp in style
The fishing was good and at times fast!
KevinB and Kamden sending lead downrange. Kam is a budding marksman
Hard to find anything to eat around this camp:)
Patrick and MikeB rigging the evening illumination

Kevin B
07-27-2010, 11:59 PM
More pics. I would like to note that it's hard to thank everyone becuase there are so many contributions to these things. Fact is this was Kam and I's first solo dad-son campout. A lifetime memory for Kam, and for me. It's an honor to share the company of these men, women and their families once a year.

Tracy and Randy, hills accross the lake are very close and very steep.

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Kam's first fly rod trout. He reeled em in, I thrashed for em.

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A perfect evening. They all were.

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Kangaroo court's in session. Presiding: Hills Bro's and Snakey. They can be bought though, so it's not a hangin court.

http://i35.photobucket.com/albums/d170/kevbla/Kifaru10306.jpg

I reflect on pictures like these next two often as I drive to the concrete jungle. This place looked just like this, this very morning. I just wasn't there.

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evanhill
07-28-2010, 08:38 AM
Kevin, I see you're advertising for Angelfarts. How would a fellow order, say, 3 pounds of Angelfarts?

Wanderlustr
07-28-2010, 09:10 AM
I missed a couple.

After hiking in.... this is one tuckered out little boy....

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Patrick
07-28-2010, 11:51 AM
Like Tracy, my laughing muscles are still aching. What a grand time with all of you NW Rendezvouers!

The "Theme" ideas were fast and furious this time; I scribbled 'em down as fast as I could by the fire that epic Saturday night. If I missed any feel free to put them up yourselves. Let's review them:

--Three Pounds of Angel Farts...........Kevin B.
--Powered by Angel Farts.................Kevin B.
--You Had to Be There.....................Tanya
--Don't Get No Better.......................Kevin B and Tracy
--Bisquits and Brisquits.....................James (Halfbubble)
--Maximum Carbon Footprint..............Mike
--Whiskey and Gunpowder.................??
--Chivofest.....................................Snak ey
--The Condemned............................Snakey
--You Are On A Word Diet.................(Several Folks...addressed to Kevin)
--Backcountry Glory.........................Kevin B.
--The Granite Lake Effect..................Chris (Wonder Mutt)

Our themes for the Great NorthWest Rendezvous have always been arrived at by consensus...are essentially unanimous. Despite the universal hilarity we enjoyed by firelight concerning windy angels at least one longstanding NW Rondy Citizen vigorously resisted actually wearing a commemorative hat with such a theme emblazoned on it. In respectful deferrence to that Member perhaps we can relegate gaseous angels to secondary themes of some sort. With that in mind, I submit the above for discussion.

The 2010 NW Rendezvous is going into the annals as a Classic. The location was doable for all, including the little ones, yet still lived up to it's on-foot tradition. Bushwhack and Randy deserve immense credit for scouting excellence. And of course the the Rendezvouers themselves were, as always, the finest folks to be found on God's good earth.

Kevin B
07-28-2010, 12:24 PM
Despite the hilarity that ensued the ethereal-wind food product... I think I'd vote for maximum carbon footprint. Although a hat that ordered a jenny craig of the mouth for me seems equally appropriate. But I must admit that I'm likely to fail that 12 step program. Duct tape would probably prove more effective and probably belongs in the NW rondy FAK. Maybe Tracy or Mike should be assigned the duty to diagnose and apply the remedy.

Evan, there's no phone number yet for this business. It wouldn’t help anyway as orders have to be given by a complex series of gestures. Once we settle on those... would you like the pink balloon Afarts container with optional hemp twine tether? ;)

evanhill
07-28-2010, 12:41 PM
Once we settle on those... would you like the pink balloon Afarts container with optional hemp twine tether?

I'm thinking that since we have yet to see proof that $8 chivos are readily available, there is simply no choice but to load up on Afarts. I would prefer a rainbow container, since I don't want to offend anybody with the notion that I *only* support women's rights.

As to slogan, I like "you HAD to be there".

snakey2
07-28-2010, 01:31 PM
I think Chivofest and The Condemned should be held until next year when they will be more appropriate to the actual event. You had to be there or Don't get no better get my vote.

Wonder Mutt
07-28-2010, 03:49 PM
After careful consideration, and studying angel farts under an 'ass spectrometer', I have humbly determined that "You Had To Be There" gets my vote for theme of the year.

Tracy
07-28-2010, 06:04 PM
I'm leaning towards the earlier suggestion of "The KevinB Show", possibly it could be twisted to read "The KevinB Effect".

Another vote would be for Maximum Carbon Footprint.

"You HAD to be there" is another fine choice, although I thought the credit for that one went to Wonder Mutt.

disillusionedpatriot
07-29-2010, 10:36 AM
Edit: DP, I just realized that the picture of Rainier doesn't include my pistol or the "welfare mocha" in my pot. Sorry about that.

I saw that.

half bubble
07-29-2010, 01:21 PM
Howdy all, I am finally caught up on sleep and at a keyboard where I can type.

I vote for "Maximum Carbon Footprint", as it reflects our "Mocking the Greenies" agenda so aptly described by KevinB.

Rendezvous was a great learning experience for me, thanks for having me, thanks for putting it on, thanks for showing up!

It will take the whole next year to post ideas, responses, reactions, and thoughts-in-general engendered by the Rondy experience. Things I pondered there and brought home with me:

how to get out more
how to carry less
how to get my family more involved
how to find a balance between individual gear and group gear

There were two things I personally felt short on: water purification and comms.

I owe the Hill Bros. a big favor on using their Katadyn Base Camp gravity water filter all weekend. That thing got real slow as the weekend went on. Got me thinking about getting a Berkefeld filter for family camping & future Rondys. (http://www.britishberkefeld.com/)

OK, here is the meat of the matter: While I was clawing my way up the road on Friday afternoon, back home my 8 year old daughter tripped and broke her elbow. Off to the hospital, where she stayed overnight, had surgery under general anaesthetic on Saturday afternoon to set the bones, stayed Saturday night to recover, got home Sunday moments before I got home.

Mrs. Bubble tried to reach me by cell phone, but knew that there was probably no service, quit trying and soldiered on.

The question arose, would I have wanted to know? (yes), and would I have left the Rondy early? (maybe).
Question also arose, If I want to spend significantly more time in the backcountry, outside of cell service, what sort of comms can we set up for a daily check in?

If I were running a commercial guide service, it would be a no-brainer: get a satellite phone.

In the meantime, we are both going to dust off our ham radio General licenses and start using the ham radio gear that we already have. A pocket-sized morse code rig and an NVIS antenna made of electric fence wire that I roll out at every campsite will get me reliable comms within 200 miles of home.

Kid's arm is doing fine.

GlennGTR
07-29-2010, 04:46 PM
One of these days I will get there. The only trail I have been on recently is the campaign trail. Hope that it was worth it. Would hate to think I missed out on all the fun just to work my butt off. Great pics and a nice spot.

one-eyed Bob
07-29-2010, 05:22 PM
Sorry you missed the family accident. You will hear about it for years. I have let my HAM license expire. Could you elaborate on your choice of equipment? Is 2 meter still useful for emergency use?

half bubble
07-29-2010, 09:15 PM
2M and 440mhz are still in widespread use. There are a lot of repeaters around here, and it's possible I might have been able to hit one from where we were camped. From a deep dark hole, such as where one might find pressured elk, only an HF radio and an NVIS antenna will get you reliable comms.

I will write up something in a different thread soon.

Randy
07-29-2010, 09:20 PM
A few words to all regarding another fine weekend in the backcountry.

First, Patrick, thanks for joining us again to share a campfire, discuss guns and loads, stoves and tents and share the fine fellowship this rondy has become. And thanks for providing the forum that allowed us to meet over the ether and in many cases become fast friends.

A hearty welcome to NWpacker and daughter. Thanks for the load assist!
Welcome Halfbubble. It was nice to meet up and chat. Best to you and your daughter and family.
Welcome to Wanderlustr and Kobuk. Turns out Dan knows my cousin and his business up in NW Montana...small world indeed.

Tracy and I had a blast. No so much the haul in with the game cart, but we succeeded and brought in our gear, a bunch of meat and all MikeB's weekend rations so he could get his family packed in.
I laughed at the antics of KevinB til my gut ached and my throat was raw. A fine evening indeed on Saturday night.
We owe a lot to Kevin and Bushcraft for starting this thing up 6 summers ago. We fortunately have a solid core of folks to carry on the tradition and bring more folks into the NW Rondy family.
This year we enjoyed moose meat with beans (incredible), lots of venison sausage, chops, fajitas and more, a gigantic brisket, ka-bobs and delightful desserts courtesy of Tracy. We even had Axis deer courtesy of the Hill Bros.

Thanks to Scot and Evan for their willingness and expertise in the realm of combat arms for working with Tracy on her handgun skills and drills.

It was great to see the Timber Tiger family again. Your girls are a delight! Cool to see them out with the nets catching bugs, frogs and snakes.

Also great to see the extended Bushcraft family. Jim's popcorn was a huge treat. The boys were either fishing, building a Huck Finn raft or cooking some more meat on the fire. Most inspiring is Jess and son Justice. For those of you who don't know, Justice can't hoof it in like the rest of us, so the family made arrangements for a pony, saddle and trailer for the weekend so he could join us and his uncles, cousins and grandpa. Hats off for making a great weekend for young boy!

This post is rambling, but just typing as thoughts come to mind. Basically, for those who didn't or couldn't make it, you missed a grand adventure. As Patrick mentioned earlier, it would be hard to find a finer group of folks anywhere. I treasure our short jaunts together and the friendship of all these fine people.

evanhill
07-30-2010, 08:06 AM
Thanks to Scot and Evan for their willingness and expertise in the realm of combat arms for working with Tracy on her handgun skills and drills.

Hold on now... we know some good drills and try to shoot once a week ourselves. Nothing more than that.

Tim in Washington
07-30-2010, 08:11 AM
what is the story behind that unusual round stove,are there any close up photo's of it ?

Sieger12
07-30-2010, 09:39 AM
Greetings from Amsterdam! Sounds like I missed a great time. All the best to those that participated. John

scothill
07-30-2010, 10:19 AM
Hold on now... we know some good drills and try to shoot once a week ourselves. Nothing more than that.

+1 I am not some pistolero

MikeB.
07-31-2010, 11:57 PM
After a looonnng week of running at full speed in the hamster wheel known as my job, it's been great to look back at last weekend's Rondy through all these great posts.

This was the first backcountry adventure for my kids & only the second for my wife. (She went on a weekend backpack trip with me into the Alpine Lakes Wilderness many years ago, when she was still gullible & not as wise to my persuasive ways.) The hike in on Thursday night definitely pushed the limits of endurance for the short-leggers, but everyone came through like troopers. It was amazing how much energy we were embued with by simply sighting the lake at the end of the long climb!

The whole weekend thereafter was a blast for us. The kids always stayed busy & Tanya got some much-needed adult conversation time, getting to know the fine Rondy folks. (This was especially valued, because as KevinB so keenly observed, I've been on word diet most of my life. Word diet... priceless!!!) We all enjoyed the comforts of Randy & Tracy's 6-man each night & really appreciate their letting us borrow it.

Echoing the other happy campers, our thanks go to:
KevinB & the Traveling Meat Show
Jim & boys for the fantastic popcorn & a raft ride for my daughter
Snakey for the Moose & Beans
Randy,Tracy, Timber Tigers & NWPacker for gear hauling
Allen & Randy for site location & scouting
Patrick for his generous supply of Jamesons & wit

I'm sure I'm forgetting many other small kindnesses our family enjoyed; it's hard to list them all when in the company of such fine folk. As always, I'll cache the laughs & memories & draw on them until next summer.

Patrick
08-03-2010, 04:05 PM
Hi guys,

Maggie is ready to produce some hats for us. In the grand tradition of the Northwest Rendezvous, she needs our Theme for 2010.

In scanning the discussion here, I find equal votes for:

--Maximum Carbon Footprint; and

--The Kevin B Show (variation--The Kevin B Effect).

What to do? With your permission (especially Kevin's) I would like to express my fondness for Mr. Kevin and cut the Gordian Knot with: "The Kevin B Effect" (thanks, Tracy, for that variation--which sounds more dignified to my ear).

In addition to my admiration for our Kevin, a theme such as Maximum Carbon Effect is simply misleading about our on-foot adventures together. We DO get to our venues using muscle power only. Do we, collectively, see eye-to-eye on this?

So. I will instruct Maggie tomorrow to go with "The Kevin B Effect" UNLESS y'all chime in here otherwise. Do we have a deal fellow NW Rendezvouers?

Patrick

snakey2
08-03-2010, 05:41 PM
Kevin does have an effect. I say go for it.

half bubble
08-03-2010, 07:42 PM
"Maximum KevinB Footprint" !

Bushcraft
08-03-2010, 09:55 PM
Amazing how backlogged a guy can get after taking a few days of work off to go waltzing through the NW backcountry plus another 3 days of business travel (BTW, AZ is an absolutely miserably stupid place for ANY humanoid to call home during this time of year) and then end up sicker than a damn bedridden dog for another 3-4 days. Those airplane rides full of bug-ridden people just kill me.

Anyway, I've surfaced and want to express my sincere thanks to all attendees of this year's most excellent NW Rondy. It was one for the books indeed what with all the yarn spinning, gear review, DIY stove comparison, whiskey sipping, fishing, raft riding, plinking and near constant gluttonous consumption of absolutely delicious baked, boiled, fried and barbequed food....and need I mention the howling, side-splitting laughter and seemingly perpetual giggling??? Oh my smiling muscles and sides just ached after Saturday night's theatrics. Guess I need to use 'em more.

All of the attendees are now keenly aware of why I like traipsing around the backcountry with KevinB so much. The hits just keep coming and there are few better traits than a good sense of razor sharp humor/wit in a man and Kevin's got it in spades.

Thanks again one and all for a very memorable weekend of backcountry fellowship among like-minded friends.

P.S. - My vote is for "The KevinB Effect" or "You Had To Be There".

Tracy
08-04-2010, 09:41 AM
So. I will instruct Maggie tomorrow to go with "The Kevin B Effect" UNLESS y'all chime in here otherwise. Do we have a deal fellow NW Rendezvouers?

Patrick

Sounds great, Patrick. :)

Kevin B
08-04-2010, 12:33 PM
Patrick et al,

I think this was the best rondy to date for all the reasons already stated. An outstanding time. Whatever the group is happy with as a theme, I am as well. It is such a community endeavor that my "effect" is just one of the flavors of camp and something a broader title might more accurately capture. I humbly submit to the will of the people. Someone should make a governmental system that's based on the consent of the people, how awesome would that be?

MikeB.
08-09-2010, 08:56 PM
On the road in PA with the clan this week... this is the first opportunity to log on in a while. We're in agreement with The KevinB Effect. Not sure how I'll explain it to the kids, but I'll make something up ;)