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evanhill
02-07-2011, 02:06 PM
Attendees:

Big W, Evan, Scot, Superbadger, SLG, Christian H

As usual, a small convival group of winter rondy attendees. I'll post pictures and more description as time allows.

Thanks to all who attended, thanks to Big W for making it to his first Kifaru rondy, and a special thanks to Old Pine Cricker for location scouting for us even though he ended up not being able to make the actual rondy.

Jason
02-07-2011, 05:48 PM
Looking forward to the photos. I REALLY wished I could have attended....

snakey2
02-07-2011, 05:51 PM
Sorry I couldn't make it. I was on call (but fortunately didn't have any emergencies). Looking forward to seeing the pictures. I looked at the area on Google Earth and it looked like a great place.

Bushcraft
02-07-2011, 10:11 PM
Well, is someone going to have to resort to the tired old "this thread is useless without a picture" post to get some photos out of Evan, or what?

snakey2
02-08-2011, 10:38 AM
This thread is useless without pictures! How can I see what I missed?

evanhill
02-08-2011, 11:25 AM
First to the pictures (hosting courtesy of flickr (http://www.flickr.com/photos/evanhill/sets/72157626005032922/)):

Getting ready to head out - Scot, Big W, SLG, Superbadger
http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5133/5428675980_c22c3a1130_z.jpg

Wood gathering and processing
http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5219/5428074139_0aa2d6e622_z.jpg

http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5091/5428675380_50b6b271a7_z.jpg

Camp
http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5092/5428073529_30676b4de1_z.jpg

Nothing beats a badger den
http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5019/5428073063_8fcebf4326_z.jpg

evanhill
02-08-2011, 11:32 AM
yours truly, modeling the height of rendezvous fashion
http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5177/5428072827_b8f031849b_z.jpg

Kicking back in ChristianH's 6 man (SLG and ChristianH)
http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5094/5428674176_eac1b0d5d6_z.jpg

Big W and Superbadger
http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5258/5428673964_7ce0b01eb0_z.jpg

Badger taught me how to take a night time tipi shot
http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5176/5428673798_c97a6aa576_z.jpg

SLG and Scot getting ready to head out. Anybody want to buy a pair of GI snowshoes cheap? ;)
http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5298/5428072021_b768991502_z.jpg

evanhill
02-08-2011, 11:39 AM
A very svelte ChristianH heading out
http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5012/5428071773_4c0b5fc0e3_z.jpg

Big W setting out to prove the superiority of snowshoes on a pretty doggone steep hill
http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5252/5428673188_34eb874098_z.jpg

Badger heads up the same hill with full skins but decides to back down
http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5291/5428672854_729a48c38d_z.jpg

That's it for my pictures. I think Superbadger took some that he might post.

evanhill
02-08-2011, 12:16 PM
On to some high points:


Animals eaten: deer, antelope, elk, bear, axis, cow, pig
Transport methods used: snowshoes, skis with kicker skins, skis with full length skins, karhu "sliding snowshoes", kahtoola microspikes, boot packing
Temperatures: 10f - 30f?
Snow conditions: ice, packed snow, packed snow with shale embedded, 2.5' of powder with a crusty top
Calibers shot: .22lr, 45acp, 45/70, 30-06
Arms in camp: Springfield 1911 (3), M&P 9mm, custom marlin 45/70 (3), NAA 4" .22lr, 03-a3 bolt action
Packs used: Express (2), Scout, custom lumbar, custom 1.5 day
Shelters used: Cabelas XPG, Kifaru 6 man, Megamid, GoLite SL4 (2)
Stoves used: custom roll up, custom canister, Kifaru small, Kifaru medium
Stuff that stuck out for me personally:

If you've got the time and inclination, you have to make yourself a one piece airtight canister stove. The performance is outstanding.
Leather gloves continue to work really well as contact gloves
It's very hard to beat the pelican snow trek 60 for the basis of a pulk.
Winter camping is lots more comfortable than summer camping
It's hard to go wrong getting together with a bunch of guys from the Kifaru boards

David in OR
02-08-2011, 12:16 PM
Cool! Thanks for the pics.

What size stoves are in that badger den and that Golite? Trying to decide on the small/medium for my Golite SL4+.

evanhill
02-08-2011, 12:29 PM
One golite had a canister stove, one had a roll up, and the megamid had a small. The 6 man had a medium.

I would say that a small will take the edge off nicely down to about 10f in an SL4 sized shelter, and a medium will allow you to hang out in your shirt sleeves down to below 10f in that size shelter. If you plan on carrying it on your back sometimes, I'd probably go Kifaru small in an SL4.

snakey2
02-08-2011, 01:25 PM
Great pics! I'm really sorry to have missed it!

David in OR
02-08-2011, 01:28 PM
Thanks. I'm thinking the small.

Three 1911s, three Marlins, and an 03-a3. A bunch of classy traditionalists.

Wanderlustr
02-08-2011, 03:38 PM
Nice report. Sorry to have missed it - looked like a good time and I am sure nobody went home hungry!

davesuvak
02-09-2011, 07:13 AM
Thanks for the great report and pics. I really wanted to attend but had to travel for business.

SLG
02-13-2011, 09:22 AM
The rondy was a really good time. Thanks to OPC for scouting (and very sorry he couldn't make it), Evan and Scot for teaching me to x-country ski, BigW for some great food, Superbadger for allowing me to fondle his '03, (and for splitting a lot of fine kindlng), and ChristianH for sharing his six man and jeep, as well as some nice smoked Gouda:-)

The weather was pretty great, the conversation better, what more could we ask for?

BTW, I should apologize for being so late to this thread, but my busy life got in the way. Also, I didn't actually read the post, (mine or theirs) so if I covered things already mentioned, just be grateful I'm here;-)

BTW, pulking is pretty cool!

RDinMT
02-13-2011, 11:16 AM
Looked like a good trip and thanks for putting up the pictures. Wish I could've gone but just a little too busy to break away for the weekend.

SLG, did you get a chance to tryout the GI surp. snow shoes? I have a couple pair picked up for a song but haven't put a decent set of bindings on them yet.

CCH
02-13-2011, 01:30 PM
Looks to have been a great time. No surprise there. Thanks for sharing.

SLG
02-13-2011, 02:24 PM
RD,

For me (very little experience) the military shoes are a no go. They are easy to walk in because of the shape, but the bindings are bit of a PITA, and they don't seem to have any traction to speak of. I've used them a bit on flat, deep powder, and they work great there. Anything else seems to create too many problems for me. Probably going to sell them cheap.

I got a chance to see some Northern Light shoes. Anyone who thinks that they have seen light shoes, really needs to check these out. An 03 scout just begs to be carried on these:-)