View Full Version : NW Backcountry Rondy 2012

07-12-2012, 10:58 PM
As some of you already know, in as much as last year's car camping thing was a fun change of pace, we are getting back to our Northwest roots and doing a “Quads That God Gave Us” wilderness backpacking trip, albeit with a just a modicum of bushwhacking. The dates are August 3-5 and the destination is in a wilderness location north of Highway 2 near Lake Wenatchee. Contact me via PM for exact location, driving directions, etc.

An interesting twist to this year's event is that it will take place during an open black bear season, which is a Kifaru Rondy 1st! I'll be bringing my canyon-crossing bear hammer for this one in the event that Mr. Fuzzy Britches wants to run headlong into a freezer. Besides the comaraderie and bear hunting, there is also some potential for trout fishing.

As always, these are open to anyone interested in having a little laid back fun in the backcountry. It is an excellent opportunity to get to know some great people from the Pacific Northwest and a great way to check out a wide assortment of solid, proven backpack hunting gear. Additionally, the foodstuffs everyone typically brings for potluck is truly excellent fare. I'll be trying my hand at Scoutin' Wyo's Twisted Bacon Crack.

Hope you can make it!


07-13-2012, 10:02 AM
I just learned that Patrick and Aron Snyder will be flying up from Colorado to join us! Very cool!

07-13-2012, 10:11 AM
As you know I am "all in".

07-13-2012, 11:30 AM
Yep! Got ya!

15 have signed up thus far with two other maybes.

07-14-2012, 09:06 AM
Saturday bump.

07-14-2012, 01:25 PM
Got another taker from the Rokslide forums last night.

Kevin B
07-14-2012, 02:46 PM
if I get time tomorrow i'll get a landjaeger batch up and rolling. Takes about 10 days start to end so it's now or never. Still don't have my eta though.

07-14-2012, 11:30 PM
Guys, wish I could attend! One of these years... :) Have fun!

07-14-2012, 11:48 PM
Hi - I live about an hour south of Lake Wenatchee and would like to attend. Since I will need to work Friday, can I figure out where I need to be? I'll either walk in (maybe in the dark) Friday night or really early Saturday. Given that it's bear season, I'm thinking Friday night, though. I'll also have a buddy with me - so that's two of us in total.

I'll try to get something together for a potluck but my cooking can gag a starving hyena. You'll probably recover with proper medical attention, though.

I found what I think to be a Rondy site a few years ago off of Hwy 410 but I was a week too late - I just stumbled on it rather randomly when I was running from the mosquitos (did a giant loop out through that wilderness and ended up where your camp probably was and saw a sign.) How do I get the details of where I need to be for this thing? I'll try PM'ing to make sure that I get the message to the right person.

Oh, by the way, will anyone be running a Timberline and/or a KU5200? I want to check those out.

07-15-2012, 05:14 AM
I'll be toting a KU 5200 and my friend Aron will be using a Duplex Timberline

07-15-2012, 08:55 AM
I'd like to spend some time with you or Aron to help me fine-tune my Longhunter before I follow Bush and Kevin into the unknown in September. :)

07-15-2012, 12:45 PM
Randy, I don't blame you for seeking every advantage possible before following those dudes anywhere.

So count on a fine tuning session--happy to oblige.

07-16-2012, 09:13 AM

Any chance you could bring up one of your new megatarps with an annex?

Oh, and I'm not so sure that Randy needs any more "advantages", he's been hitting the Tac-Fit ptetty hard.


Tim in Washington
07-17-2012, 06:31 AM
I cant make it,I'll be at my daughters wedding.Hope you guys have a blast.Take lots of pictures !

07-17-2012, 06:44 AM
Bush, sure, we'll bring at least one MegaTarp and Annex.

Will we be on the "dry" side again?

07-17-2012, 09:00 AM

We will be on the drier side of the Pacific Crest. Still, anything can happen.

Dan Russel
07-19-2012, 11:48 AM
Fellas I'd love to join. I live a couple hours north in the methow valley. Pm'ed bushcraft for info. got a new KU 5200 and slick bag that need a workout, and a bear tag:)


07-19-2012, 01:06 PM
Update: We're up to approximately 25 attendees and counting, with a lot of very experienced backcountry hunters planning to attend from here, 24Hr and Rokslide.com.

Keep the PM's rolling in if you are interested in joining the party. It's shaping up to be a great time!


07-24-2012, 11:07 PM
Its all set my wife and I will be attending and possibly my youngest son. Cant wait to meet everyone and check out all the gear. Im hoping my new T2 will be here in time, would be nice to get some tips on proper fitment from the experts! See you all there. James

07-25-2012, 09:01 AM
Excellent. Great to have you and your family with us James!

07-26-2012, 07:56 PM
Patrick and Aron will be touching down around 5:30. For those that would like to meet them and other like-minded people in person, I'm thinking about swinging by a pub in North Seattle before hopping the ferry to my home on the Peninsula. Alternatively, we might just beat feet to my place and BS there with anyone from that side that can't make it to the Rondy locale. Shoot me an e-mail at bushcraft@comcast.net if interested.



08-01-2012, 02:19 PM
UPDATE: There's a slight change in venue. Detailed information will be forthcoming later today to those that were planning on attending.


08-01-2012, 09:55 PM
Destination info has been e-mailed to everyone that is planning to attend.

Please contact me ASAP at bushcraft@comcast.net if you would like to go.


08-06-2012, 03:33 PM
Looking forward to seeing the pics and reports soon!

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08-07-2012, 01:25 PM
Hello fellow NW 2012 Rendezvouers!

This year turned out to be a step back in time. Our route Guru, Allen Ernst, AKA Bushcraft, AKA Bushwhack, provided us with another location that this time was totally a bushwhack. It was lush (jungly). It was steep (oh my!). it was slippery (with a boulder-strewn creek as the terminal velocity target.) It was without any argument memorable...solidly in the NW Bushwhack tradition.

It has been a tradition for us Northwesters to festoon our Commerative Hats with a "theme". This kicked off with Bushcraft's memorable first bushwhack, which earned the theme "Bushwhack This". I am always the recorder of theme candidates...and so here is what I have for 2012:

---Bushwhack This Revisited (Patrick)
---Contemptible Bushwhack (Kevin B)
---I Think The Trail Is Over Here (Jeremy)
---BPMA (Boot Path My Ass) (Kevin B)
---Don't Be There (Patrick)
---Go In Heavy Come Out Light (James)
---It's Different, It's Unique" (Aron)

As we recover and begin to discuss this years Rondy the floor is open for other theme ideas, plus we can begin voting on THE Theme for this year.

It was delightful experiencing this Rondy (one for the record books) with all you old friends and you new ones too! What a grand time.

08-07-2012, 03:39 PM
My wife and I had such a great time, that we are definetly planning on doing this every year and also possbily the Colorado Rondy! It was nice to meet such a dedicated group of people to Kifaru and hope to be one myself. It was a great opportunity for a Kifaru newby to get my hands and eyes on some of your great equipment, and see it in action.

Weather was great, it was hot but bearable in the shade with the occasional dip in the lake, fishing was not bad with about a dozen cutthroat being landed and fillet for the over the fire pit grill, sorry about the bones :) Patrick. We took a nice little hike to a vantage point on Saturday were we could see 360 degrees round and had great views of Glacier Peak and its Wilderness areas. Drank some keg beer and other beverages, while eating popcorn cooked over the fire at night, listening and telling hunting stories until late into the night.

The best part of the whole experience was meeting some truley great people, and developing some friendships that will hopefully last a lifetime.

Thanks again everyone for putting on such a great weekend, cant wait for the next one... maybe there will be a trail next time! Haha

PS, Patrick maybe you could send Aron to some sort of schooling to bone up on Kifaru product knowledge:p

08-07-2012, 04:06 PM
Hey Bear (James), I sure enjoyed hanging with you and Katie. Y'all are welcome in my tipi anywhere, anytime.

Yeah, ol' Aron is a real newbie to K-gear (NOT!).

08-08-2012, 12:17 PM
As usual I had a great time with some really great people in a beautiful area. There is something to be said for shared misery!! The fact that all who came endured the same "steep and brushy" made this one really memorable for the new folks and brought those old, fond memories from an earlier gathering surging to the forefront for many of us. My take was this one was shorter but more "bushwhacky". Talking to old friends and getting to meet new ones is a highlight of my year and one I look forward to. Thanks to everyone for their contributions. I hope, in the future, we can all remember what BPMA stands for when assessing any potential Rondy site and why "Bushwhack This" is on a previous hat. No matter what is planned for next year I'm in! Great pictures so far.

08-08-2012, 02:24 PM
Only got as far as Ellensburg, but got to meet up with Thom. Still had an beautiful drive thru wheat and ranch country and got to meet up with at least one of you.

08-08-2012, 05:35 PM
It was great to see you Aaron. We will need to make it longer next time.

08-08-2012, 06:57 PM
It was great to meet all of you - really fun experience and I plan on participating next year. Thanks a lot to Patrick and Aron for showing me the packs and letting me borrow one to walk around in (and, in the case of the KU5200, stand around BS'ing for 2 hours before walking off - perhaps Patrick can make a special edition: the KU5200BS.) As expected, VERY quality equipment.

Thanks to Allen for providing the location and letting me try out his pack and to Kevin and the rest of the people that provided food (14 is my limit on schnitzergruben, baby. And I bet I ate 14 sausages. At least I tried to, anyway). A heck of a lot better than the Mt. House that I brought. I'll be more prepared next year...

Bearhunter, good luck on your goat hunt. I'm looking forward to hearing how that turns out for you. There is probably little I can do to help, but if there's anything please don't hesitate to contact me.

Speaking of terminal velocity, I'm pretty sure that you could've reached 124 mph if you fell off that hillside, at least in some places. Would've made a pretty exciting ride before you splattered in the creek, probably.

Not sure that I have a vote but I like "BPMA" with a very close second being "Don't Be There" (but I'll be happy with whatever the consensus is.)

Thanks again for a great weekend, everyone. Oh, Aron is truly crazy. In a good way.


Hello fellow NW 2012 Rendezvouers!

This year turned out to be a step back in time. Our route Guru, Allen Ernst, AKA Bushcraft, AKA Bushwhack, provided us with another location that this time was totally a bushwhack. It was lush (jungly). It was steep (oh my!). it was slippery (with a boulder-strewn creek as the terminal velocity target.) It was without any argument memorable...solidly in the NW Bushwhack tradition.

It has been a tradition for us Northwesters to festoon our Commerative Hats with a "theme". This kicked off with Bushcraft's memorable first bushwhack, which earned the theme "Bushwhack This". I am always the recorder of theme candidates...and so here is what I have for 2012:

---Bushwhack This Revisited (Patrick)
---Contemptible Bushwhack (Kevin B)
---I Think The Trail Is Over Here (Jeremy)
---BPMA (Boot Path My Ass) (Kevin B)
---Don't Be There (Patrick)
---Go In Heavy Come Out Light (James)
---It's Different, It's Unique" (Aron)

As we recover and begin to discuss this years Rondy the floor is open for other theme ideas, plus we can begin voting on THE Theme for this year.

It was delightful experiencing this Rondy (one for the record books) with all you old friends and you new ones too! What a grand time.

08-09-2012, 07:51 AM
Wow! Another Rondy in the books.
We had a great time as usual. It's great to see old friends and catch up. It was really great to meet the new folks who will hopefully become a lasting part of this NW Kifaru family.
A few highlights for me this year: seeing Kevin and Kam roll into camp with that deplorably heavy pack...but loaded with all kinds of great food for all to share. Thanks again Kevin.
The shared misery of that trail (BPMA). It wasn't far, but it was a steep, brushy test of the will. Thanks Aron for posting a few pics of the approach.
Mike and Jonathon; thanks for letting us bunk with you and for having the fortitude to get those short legs up that north-side hill. What a day you guys must have had.
James and Katy (sp?) It was great meeting you guys. It's been fun following your run-up to the goat hunt on Rokslide and I can't wait to see the successful report this fall. It's so cool that you guys are able to get out and enjoy the outdoors like you do. There are very few who that luxury in their relationship.
Patrick, as always it was great to see you. Your wisdom, wit and willingness to share is truly appreciated. As well as packing in that keg of cold beer! Thanks for allowing Aron to tag along with you and join in our traditional camp. It was great to get some reviews and demos on gear and see a new, powerful tool in the Kifaru R&D line-up.
It was great to Snakey again. I believe Snakey is one of the few who have made every NW Rondy since we started. Thanks for helping do some backcountry repairs on Tracy's fly rod so she could continue to fish on Saturday. The humor of the repair and then the slowly drooping, power robbing hinge it became was truly priceless.
Matt and Cody thanks for coming and being part of the festivities. Nice to know we have so other gear-heads and backcountry guys in Central WA.
Chris Hanson...we owe you one, buddy. Though your stay was short, your contribution was huge in flagging that north side exfil. It was way easier and mostly safer, especially for our 2 short-legged hikers. It was great to see you, even if time was short.
Bushcraft, thanks for ramrodding this group again. Through date changes, location changes, and hot weather you are never deterred in finding a new and challenging location. Thanks for coordinating the travel with Patrick and Aron to make their trip a possibility. And I'm so glad you brought the canyon-crosser so we could compare rifle weight:) And the classic line of the weekend for me...by the way thanks for the casting lessons for Tracy. She treasures your time, expertise and willingness to share your skills. Anyway...I'm enjoying my afternoon, chatting by the fire when you guys come back from fishing. I'm minding my own business when Tracy comes up to me and says, "Allen says I need a new fly rod." Jeez, do not put those thoughts in her head, she does quite well with those sort of statements without help from you! Upon further clarification, OK, we will probably get a new fly rod, but only if that nail and duct tape don't work out so good.
As for the the them, Bushwhack This Revisited is my pick.
Tracy will post up some pics later for you guys.
Again, it was great seeing you all. Have fun this fall and we'll see you on the mountain somewhere.

08-09-2012, 01:05 PM
Once again a great adventure with great friends! I appreciate sharing the backcountry with familiar friends as well as meeting new faces that hopefully will continue to be part of our NW Rondy tradition. Patrick, we loved having you back with us and appreciate Aron making the trip. Aron is a great asset to Kifaru and we appreciated the both of you sharing your knowledge. I took a few pics of the MegaTarp and will post them.

As usual, the food was great & Kevin's chipotle sausage was fantastic. It's been a while since we had a rondy that didn't at least include the help of a pack horse or goats, but this time it was all by back-power. Kevin's pack was as obnoxiously heavy as ever, as he didn't let the lack of pack stock deter him from bringing his fabulous sausage.

Many thanks to Bushcraft for the casting lessons. The roll cast has always intrigued me, as I find myself in many situations where it would certainly come in handy, but I did not have the knowledge to apply it. Even with the limited practice I had during the weekend and the limitations my damaged rod inflicted on me, I still feel improvement was there and I will only get better.
Which brings us to another "thanks"...Thanks to Randy, Bushcraft, & Snakey for performing surgery on my fly rod. During my casting lesson, my rod developed an unusual, um, "flexibility" shall we say? and upon inspection it was found that a section of the rod was splitting and breaking. So yes, I do need a new fly rod :) For a temporary fix, a rusty nail found in the firepit turned out to be just what was needed to splice the rod back together and at least make it useable for one more day. A lot of rusty-nail filing on Randy's part, a bit of rod trimming with the machete on Allen's part, and good splicing technique on Snakey's part along with a fair amount of duct tape made for an acceptable fix job to make fishing once again possible. With the repaired rod, I continued to catch fish, despite the patchwork.

As many have mentioned already, the so-called "boot path" required a bit of creativity. The reality was the only boot path was the one behind you, because until you made a boot track yourself, there had quite possibly never been a boot track there in history. Hiking poles were not necessarily needed because your hands were otherwise engaged to pull, scratch, & dig your way up. At one stage of the bushwhack, Randy & I found ourselves in a steep, viney bramble that required us to remove our packs and shove them up ahead of us through a skinny rabbit-hole, since there was no possible way we would've fit through the hole wearing them.

As far as a theme, I'm leaning towards BPMA, because that's just what I was thinking as I was fighting my way up the hill. Although, another theme kept finding itself creeping out of my mouth as I repeatedly mumbled under my breath, "We need a rope." Not because we necessarily needed one for the climb, but because I needed one to slip around Allen's neck for picking the route :D However, to Allen's credit, the destination proved to be worth the effort required to get there. A positively beautiful location, with fishing to boot.

So, as Randy has mentioned, a HUGE thanks goes to ChristianH for flagging an alternate route for the way down. It was still a minor bushwhack of sorts, but a whole lot closer to a boot path than the way up. It was certainly a far cry easier for the kids to negotiate on the way down--a route that wouldn't cause severe harm or death at any possible misstep.

Pics on the way...

08-09-2012, 01:15 PM
Some scenery pics...

08-09-2012, 01:22 PM
The MegaTarp

08-09-2012, 01:29 PM
Fly rod surgery

08-09-2012, 01:39 PM
A few pics of attendees...

08-09-2012, 02:14 PM
Beautiful country. I very much enjoyed the limited time I spent in the PNW and always wanted to return, though I doubt if I ever will. I would liked to have been there - and to all of the rondys for that matter - but doubt I could have made that trek to the site, age and infirmity are starting to catch up with me. The photos and stories allow me to participate, albeit from my desk chair, so thanks for that.

08-09-2012, 02:20 PM
Tracy, I'm putting "We Need a Rope!" on the Theme Selection list!

For the record, the shelter erection photos depict a MegaTarp, not a SuperTarp.

08-09-2012, 03:02 PM

For the record, the shelter erection photos depict a MegaTarp, not a SuperTarp.

Thanks for the correction...posts have been edited... :)

08-19-2012, 11:12 AM
Sounds like one for the books for sure. So far I haven't seen any pics of a bear down so I assume none were taken. The JBR clan sure missed getting together with everyone this year but the date change just didn't work for us unfortunately. We have been staying very busy from a traditional bow hunting Rondy to fly fishing in Idaho to now working a hunting retriever club hunt test right now. In fact I'm typing while running a bird winger for a hunt test at the moment. Sometimes there's more things to do than there is time for it all. Great pics! Sorry to have missed everyone and Patrick as well as meeting Aron and the other new attendees. We were all there in spirit and hope to be there in person come next year! Pleeeeeze!!!

08-24-2012, 11:16 AM
Hello Rendezvouers, let's settle on a Theme name for this year and get our hats ordered.

Looks like BPMA is it.

We'll get the hats underway asap.

08-24-2012, 01:59 PM
Very appropriate since there wasn't one (at least on the way up).

08-28-2012, 11:17 PM
Sounds like a winner! Patrick hoping to get bye the shop here in the next week or two while Im in town Elk hunting, see you then!