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01-08-2011, 09:46 PM
Colorado Winter Rendezvous!

When: Saturday and Sunday, March 5-6, 2011 (advance party arrives on March 4th)

Meet at the usual parking spot at 10:00 AM

Where: A PM will be sent to all interested parties with driving directions to the parking spot, as well as both UTM and lat/lon for the rendezvous campsite.

This rendezvous involves a short (~3/4 mile) ski or snowshoe trip into our campsite, which is located in a clearing surrounded by stands of dead lodgepole pines. Its located right next to a good ski/snowshoe trail (a forest service road in the summer) which leads to designated wilderness a little over a mile away. The snowpack in this area averages around 30-40 (currently there is 27 of snow on the ground). Daily highs average in the high 20s and lows can hit well below zero. Abundant stovewood, wildlife, lots of ski and snowshoe trails, open water in the creek at times, all make for a good spot to gather with friends for a weekend of winter camping. Bring your plinking guns, as we've hung gongs in the trees in years past. Well have one of the larger Kifaru tipis and arctic stove on hand for our gathering space and some sleeping area. Meals are potluck style with everyone bringing their own food. Lots of sharing of food makes it interesting!

We hope to see you there!

Jon S
01-08-2011, 09:52 PM
No need to send me directions, I plan on being there and bringing some plinkers! Need to get up there and do some stovewood cutting, but not sure when that will happen. Been looking forward to this post for a couple of weeks, need to get the skis out and rolling again.
I sure hope we can get some new folks as well, those NW boys know how to lure a crowd. The sun that shines on us up there is amazing, all Kifaruites should be there to absorb some!

01-08-2011, 11:36 PM
Hey Sawtooth i am definitely interested. Id love to get out there and due some good ol winter camping with the kifaru boys.

Scoutin' Wyo
01-09-2011, 10:38 AM
I will start working over the family schedule to fit it in.

Jon S
01-09-2011, 11:45 AM
Scoutin', I know a guy headed there that could shorten your drive considerably. Get it worked out! Would love to have a multi-state Rondy in the cold.

01-10-2011, 09:34 PM
I just got an email from Chas, and he WILL be coming again this year. I guess the -18F temps at night didn't scare him away! :) We'll probably carpool like last time.

What about you, Huntsman22??? Are you coming?


01-11-2011, 05:49 AM
I'll be there, unless we still have birds left...

01-11-2011, 08:19 AM
Want me to come over and get rid of 'em?

I may show up this year, sounds like fun.

01-11-2011, 10:07 AM
Yes, as Sawtooth said, I intend to come--with a better sleeping bag. Save me a pulke. I really did have a good time last year.

01-11-2011, 11:20 AM
Patrick and I will go cut some firewood a week or two before. Now if I can talk him into going ice fishing for lake trout.

01-11-2011, 11:23 AM

Patrick is kind of getting the ice fishing bug. You might just succeed in getting him on the ice!

Jon S
01-11-2011, 06:56 PM
Let me know when you go in for stove wood cutting, would love a short day trip and some glorious sunshine, will have to balance all the new fun with baby for sure, heck, maybe I could get her to use my GB axe, it is rather small and sharp, but she is sitting up almost independently.
Chas, be good to see you again, I can bring an extra sleeping bag as a quilt for you if you need.

01-11-2011, 07:43 PM
I hope to make this one. Sounds like fun.

01-12-2011, 08:31 AM
I plan on going again this year if I am able. Jon may need to haul me in on his sled!

People are still talking about those backstraps cooked in Bacon grease on a Kifaru stove. I will try to duplicate that this year. Hopefully I still have some left, the elk gods weren't very nice to me this year.

01-12-2011, 12:39 PM
I will have some on hand. Might be olive oil, but it'll work.

01-12-2011, 01:00 PM
So...I think there is a law about using anything other than bacon grease while cooking elk meat on a Kifaru stove. If not, there needs to be one. I'm just say'n.

01-12-2011, 02:38 PM
When the mountain streams are frozen and the Nor'land winds are out;
when the winter winds are drifting the bitter sleet and snow;
when winter rains are making out-of-door life unendurable;
when season, weather and law combine to make it "close time" for beast, bird and man,
it is well that a few congenial spirits should, at some trysting place, gather round the glowing stove and exchange yarns, opinions and experiences....

I won't be able this time, but I'll be thinking of you guys. Just one range over working thru the night and wishin I was sippin Whiskey round that cherry red stove.

Hope ya'll have a great time!

P.S. I might could help cut stove wood if I'm availible. Let me know.

01-14-2011, 11:29 AM
I just found out the better half has made plans for that weekend that will keep me in the city. I'm bummed to miss it.

01-14-2011, 06:29 PM
I guess I'll have to make some breakfast burritos then. :)

Jon S
01-14-2011, 07:24 PM
Or Cleve could arrange a meet up with me prior to the rondy, I would be the slave and pack them in, then be rewarded with some good eatin'! Heck, we could have a chili-cook off with two well known good cooks and we would all be the beneficiaries!
I say both bring guys bring them :)

T Bone
01-16-2011, 09:23 AM
I may be able to attend my 1st Kifaru pow-wow!

Right now the schedule looks open. Can you PM me some general location info so I can estimate travel time/cost?


T Bone

01-16-2011, 01:09 PM
T Bone,

PM sent. It'll be great to have you there!

01-18-2011, 11:26 AM
Sawtooth I am interested in going. I need directions. I am interested in purchasing a Sawtooth or a Six Man Tipi. I would like to see one setup before I make the jump. Will these be at the Rendezvous?


01-18-2011, 12:43 PM
GREAT! A PM will be sent in a few weeks with directions.

I'll make sure I bring my Sawtooth. Perhaps Patrick or someone else can bring the 6-man. That's the beauty of using a pulk... :)

Jon S
01-18-2011, 08:30 PM
I can bring my 6 man and large stove, won't be bringing the wimmen folks, so may not need the stove, hoping to reserve a spot in the big top :)

Zane Rakes
01-26-2011, 08:17 PM
Is this an open event? If yes, I would love to attend. I am new to the Denver area, have a 12 man tipi and have only had the opportunity to use it 3x in 3 years.


01-26-2011, 08:45 PM
So, bring 11 friends and some beers. Might as well fill 'er up.

01-26-2011, 09:36 PM
All are welcome!

Jon S
01-26-2011, 10:13 PM
Yes, Zane, it is an open event, good times, good folks and some pretty country. We might even get a midnight arrival from someone as we have the last two years. The room for tipis is pretty tight, the last two years, I have brought my 8 man and we have had the 24 man up as well. I imagine the 24 and 12 would work fine too, but doubt we will need that much space.
Welcome aboard
RandallH, let me know if you want to borrow a 6 man for an outing to see how it does for you. I like it for backpacking and not as luxurious trips as the 8 man, but it is pretty darn comfy!

01-27-2011, 11:58 AM
Man I wish Colorado was closer, but then it wouldn't be Colorado would it. Someday take care and watch out for the stove pipe Robbie

01-28-2011, 04:21 PM

I may take you up on that offer. Patrick set my wife, youngest son and I up in an 8 man a few years back. Very nice indeed. I need to take another look. I have a Standard Longhunter on order, should be done next week.

02-17-2011, 07:49 PM
Anyone interested some weekend in ice fishing green mountain till noon and then cutting some firewood at the rendezvous site. Also packing out a tipi site.

T Bone
02-18-2011, 12:16 AM

I'm out for this one. I hope to make the next.

T Bone

Jon S
03-03-2011, 06:26 PM
Good times will be had, I called Mgutman today and he might make it up as well. Feel free to encourage him to join the Kifaru crowd in person rather than just on the internet.

03-03-2011, 07:34 PM
Since I am unable to partake of the festivities, mark could borry my purple snowshoes. Then, you guys could have a new whipping boy to tease....

03-03-2011, 07:35 PM
Is my offer considered 'encouragement'?

03-04-2011, 07:56 AM
Thanks Huntsman. I have my own shoes - and not purple. That's just crazy talk. :) I don't need any help with getting teased. Since I just decided to join late last night me and my kit will be in total disarray. I'm sure there'll be plenty to make fun of. See you all Saturday morning.


03-04-2011, 10:48 AM
Have fun, guys. I'm at the DU fundraising dinner tonight, and have some stuff to handle tomorrow. So, I'll try to win a shotgun while you folks are trudging through the snow.

03-04-2011, 09:24 PM
One of these days I will make it to a rhondy, until then post lots of pics and story lines. Almost as much fun reading it.

03-05-2011, 05:53 PM
THIS ain't as fun as being there.... But, it was my excuse to miss this winter one...


03-05-2011, 06:15 PM
At least it's not the other way around!

03-05-2011, 06:20 PM
Why would Mike wanna stick his arm down her throat? The back end is where you can see if she's preggers. grin

03-05-2011, 06:57 PM
Well Don I guess we can both have a pity party since neither of us were able to go this year. I'm still recovering from neck surgery. I'll be a 110% by the spring rondi.

03-05-2011, 07:13 PM
Eric, I thought you was going up. I even told big Jon to specifically say hi to ya from me.

Scoutin' Wyo
03-06-2011, 06:41 PM
Ah, the good old preg check. Does Colorado require a vet do the checks or can a jack of all trades do them?

03-06-2011, 06:53 PM
Mike checked 'em his very own self. No vets....

Scoutin' Wyo
03-07-2011, 04:00 PM
Did all the guys/gals freeze up there?


Jon S
03-07-2011, 05:35 PM
There's pictures above, I regretfully didn't even take my camera out, but know that some good ones were taken. We rang some gongs, stayed warm, temps Friday night were below -10, had a few more folks show up Saturday and had some more imbibing that made the sleds lighter for the downhill out.
Those in attendance include:
Friday: Patrick, Sawtooth, Chas, Jeff (Mountain Matters on Facebook), and myself.
Saturday we were joined by Mgutman and then RandallH.
Good guys all the way around, good conversation both nights around the fire and only one person fell asleep outside their sleeping bag and another one got inebriated enough that the slurrings pre sleep were amusing to us all.
We rang some steel with pistols and a .44 mag lever action and did some forest cleanup of some hanging poles.
I am sure Sawtooth will post some pics, I saw some on Facebook already and hope Jeff/Mountain matters gets over here as well.
I believe Patrick might have found a new beverage, 23.5 oz, 12.5% and tastes like watermelon, I will let him tell the story if he chooses.
We missed those not in attendance. We raised a glass or two to Bill Krenz and told stories of his ramblings and expertise, his gentlemanly way of going about life and his endless desire to teach and write. He will be missed each and every time the Kifaru gang gets together.

03-07-2011, 06:01 PM
Pics pics pics pics.

03-07-2011, 06:38 PM
I've got some pics but haven't had a chance to even look at them. I'm having some computer issues tonight but will do my best to post some pics by tomorrow evening. It was a great time for sure.

03-07-2011, 08:21 PM
We all had a great time! Thanks to Patrick for his ideas, gear, and hospitality. I'll just let the photos do the talking...

Jeff aka "Mountain Matters" at the trailhead...


Patrick gearing up at the trailhead...

Jeff pulling his fifteen-year-old sled up the trail. Nice workmanship!

The 24-man tipi getting ready to be lifted off 48" of snow...

Patrick on Friday night...

Taking a breather...

Me, with my 30" Fast Bucksaw made by Paul Swanstrom (Photo by Jeff R.)

A good tool..

Sawooth's Sawtooth...

Patrick trying The Joose, and Jeff loving it!

Every camp needs a hippie...we had ours...good to have you there, Jeff!


RandallH with his Longhunter loaded down...

I screwed up a climbing skin, so I had to slog around on snowshoes this trip. I sure did miss my skis!

Patrick and JonS repairing the zipper on my sleeping bag with Jon's pot grippers (aka pliers)...

On the trail heading down on the way home. Chas, RandallH, and me.

Livin' it up with Jeff...

03-07-2011, 08:31 PM
RandallH is a wood splitting machine!

Me, shooting Patrick's Marlin 1894 44 mag...

Backcountry still life...

03-07-2011, 09:25 PM
Well I missed another one. Came down with something on Wednesday. Kidney stones or infection or something. Thought I was going to put myself down. Ended up laying around for a few days and didnt feel like hiking. Kidneys are still sore!

03-08-2011, 06:40 AM
Looks like a good time...

What loads were you fellas putting through that fo fo?...I really gotta have a little carbine like that to pair up with the silver snake.

I'd say a Gransfors Small Splitter and your saw would make a perfect winter pulk camping combo, wouldn't you 'tooth?

03-08-2011, 06:53 AM
Yeah, Ken...don't rub it in! A small splitter is on my list. Randall and compay split up everthing with an old hatchet and a hammer. They did a fine job, too.

03-08-2011, 07:46 AM
I somehow managed to forget mine this year at the ECR...the splitting crew wasn't real impressed with me when I told them...lol...

03-08-2011, 08:50 AM
Chas chilaxin'

Chas and Sawtooth sawin'

JonS -notice the meticulous wood set up.

Stocked. If you haven't noticed by now, wood is taken very seriously at the winter rondy.

Snow melt Water

Backcountry improvisation


What a day!


I have some more but for some reason the photo upload did't like any photos of Patrick! I'll figure it out and post more later.

flamingo 7
03-08-2011, 09:57 AM
Great photos. Sounds like an excellent adventure. Sorry I didn't make it.

03-08-2011, 11:48 AM
Some more pics:

THE Man.


Don't let the beer freeze.


24man luxury.




03-09-2011, 12:31 PM
Sure looks like a good time! Sorry I had to miss it.
I love the stove outside being used for a "coffee table".
And just what is Big Jon improvising with that Old Chub can? Can't quite figure that one out.

03-09-2011, 02:48 PM
There wasn't much coffee on the coffee table. :)

03-09-2011, 04:16 PM
Sure looks like a good time! Sorry I had to miss it.
I love the stove outside being used for a "coffee table".
And just what is Big Jon improvising with that Old Chub can? Can't quite figure that one out.

Can "just broke" due to it freezing and hitting frozen ground. Instead of letting it go to waste the "improvisation" was to doctor the can with some serious Swiss army surgery so none of the innards were unduly spilled. Very clean job if you ask me.

03-09-2011, 07:30 PM
Is that a picture of Mr. Smith using a tipi with a liner? How dare he. ha ha

03-09-2011, 11:12 PM
There wasn't much coffee on the coffee table. :)
Yeah, that's why it was in quotes!

03-09-2011, 11:13 PM
Can "just broke" due to it freezing and hitting frozen ground. Instead of letting it go to waste the "improvisation" was to doctor the can with some serious Swiss army surgery so none of the innards were unduly spilled. Very clean job if you ask me.

That's definitely my friend Jon -- don't let a beer go to waste! Thanks for the clarification.

Jon S
03-10-2011, 06:07 AM
That's definitely my friend Jon -- don't let a beer go to waste! Thanks for the clarification.

Oh, the things we learned in college!