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Sawtooth
11-28-2012, 09:15 AM
I'm posting this early this year, hoping that Mother Nature reads it and sees that we need about four feet of snow on the ground by mid-February! :cool:

WHAT: Colorado Kifaru Winter Rendezvous
WHEN: Saturday-Sunday, February 16-17, 2013
WHERE: Driving directions, ski/snowshoe route, and campsite location will be sent via PM upon your RSVP (central Colorado, elev. 9,500') Four-wheel drive is required to access the trailhead parking. The location will be about 1/2 mile beyond the former campsite. The ski/snowshoe route involves a 1.5-2 mile uphill and level route on a seasonal forest service road. It's closed during winter and becomes a good ski trail.
SHELTERS: We will have the wood-heated 24-man tipi on hand as a communal gathering and dining space. There will be room for other outlying shelters, so bring what you want!

Please RSVP to me either here or via PM. Questions? Fire away.

We hope to see you at this year's shindig!

Scoutin' Wyo
11-28-2012, 09:51 AM
Ohhh, those dates should work great!!

mgutman
11-28-2012, 05:39 PM
Yep. Looking forward to it!

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MojoSlim
11-28-2012, 06:10 PM
Nautilus and I will be there! Might bring a friend crazy enough to tag along.

Sawtooth
11-29-2012, 07:14 PM
Mojo,

Crazy friends will fit right on! ;) Most of my crazy friends will undoubtedly show up, as they have the past few years.

gonehuntn
12-03-2012, 05:22 PM
I resemble that remark!


Mojo,

Crazy friends will fit right on! ;) Most of my crazy friends will undoubtedly show up, as they have the past few years.

MojoSlim
12-03-2012, 06:17 PM
I resemble that remark!

... And may just set the bar :-P

Chris57
12-08-2012, 02:45 PM
Sawtooth,

I guess your not buying my Old Chicago idea....

Hundred + beers to sample and nice WARM rooms in the attached hotel?

Looks like I'm safe anyway, scheduled to work and thats a good excuse as I need to not sleep on ice.

I know I'm a wuss. You guys enjoy!

Sawtooth
12-08-2012, 08:50 PM
Chris,

Next time I'm up there I'll give you a holler. I'd like to get into some tenkara action on the Blue at least once next year. It was good seeing you this fall. My family and I thank you!

Sawtooth
12-09-2012, 01:21 PM
We're headed in the right direction! The campsite got around a foot of new pow in the last 24 hours! Your snow dances are working! Keep them going!

Chas
12-10-2012, 07:28 PM
I was wondering about that. Beats the five inches at my house. Hope to be there in February.



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http://natureblog.blogspot.com

Sawtooth
01-23-2013, 07:19 PM
Just a note to let you know that we have a small crew skiing in to do a recon/wood cutting trip at the rondy site this coming Saturday. We'll nail down the exact campsite and I'll send out details when I return. Then all we'll have to do in February is split up the rounds.

gonehuntn
01-26-2013, 06:31 PM
We did a little wood cutting today. Big Jon cut down three trees. Hopefully that'll be enough because it takes a lot of wood to feed those two arctic stoves! The beetle killed wood is gonna burn great! I'll let Sawtooth describe the new site, but there is about a foot less snow this year. Hopefully we'll get some snow in the next three weeks.

Herb
01-26-2013, 07:04 PM
So do people go in Friday??

gonehuntn
01-26-2013, 08:37 PM
So do people go in Friday??

Yes sir, several of us plan on heading up Friday evening. I'll probably roll into camp around 9 PM.

Sawtooth
01-26-2013, 09:14 PM
Last call for RSVPs! I will be sending out details about the Colorado Kifaru Winter Rendezvous on Monday evening. If you would like to attend and haven't replied yet, please let me know either here or via PM. Today we cut a bunch of beetle-killed lodgepole pine that splits like a dream. Thanks to JonS, gonehuntn, and tendeerfeet. We also packed down multiple snow platforms for shelters. There's about 16" of snow on the ground (way less than normal), but there's some snow moving in now and we hope it keeps it up! The trail conditions are good, with a solid base and no ice right now.

Jon S
01-27-2013, 02:35 PM
Good times were had. A new spot picked out with more room, significantly improved views, and enough wood to last a long time! We cut down two 60 footers or so, got some split and most stacked in three locations for easy use by many. The views of the Gore range will be great, and I hear there will be some hot buttered rum or some such care of Mr. Gutman!

mgutman
01-27-2013, 03:04 PM
Good times were had. A new spot picked out with more room, significantly improved views, and enough wood to last a long time! We cut down two 60 footers or so, got some split and most stacked in three locations for easy use by many. The views of the Gore range will be great, and I hear there will be some hot buttered rum or some such care of Mr. Gutman!

Crap, pressure's on. Gotta whip up a batch of the "batter!". Thanks for bucking up that wood guys. Wish I was there - wasn't too far away (was at Abasin on Friday and ice fishing in Granby on Sat.) Snow is thin but we'll have a good time either way. Consider this my RSVP Sawtooth!

gonehuntn
01-27-2013, 05:47 PM
TIMBER!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Djkyzhr3YMI

Jon S
01-27-2013, 06:54 PM
How tall you reckon that tree was, makes Big Jon look rather small! Good times for sure!
Warmth will be waiting, piled under a tree.

tendeerfeet
01-28-2013, 06:19 AM
Plenty of fire wood for the 2013 Winter Rendezvous. The third shot looks like a good spot for the 24 man Tipi.

MojoSlim
01-28-2013, 08:58 AM
Thanks a bunch for heading out and doing that! Will make for more drinking time and less wood gathering come Rondy time. Look forward to seeing the new site.

Gutman, the pressure is on! Get that batter together or else you might face the wrath of a sober Nautilus!

Sawtooth
01-28-2013, 07:07 PM
Final details are inbound via PM. Check your PMs, folks!

CrzyTrekker
01-30-2013, 12:50 PM
Hi Sawtooth,

Sounds like fun! I would like to attend. Will bring my 4-man with stove.

Thanks,
Eric

Sawtooth
01-30-2013, 12:57 PM
Hi Sawtooth,

Sounds like fun! I would like to attend. Will bring my 4-man with stove.

Thanks,
Eric

PM sent. Looking forward to meeting you!

Sawtooth
02-01-2013, 10:59 AM
Just an FYI...the UTM waypoints I sent out to attendees are all NAD 27. Thanks to eknopins for the note regarding the datum. I just forgot to put it in my PMs.

Jon S
02-01-2013, 08:19 PM
Thanks for the update:
We cut plenty of wood and look forward to seeing some good folks in two weeks.
Who's coming and what are you bringing for us all to play with:
Recipes
handguns
axes
other cool toys?

I can bring some steel plates to hang in trees and let you make them go "bing!" Also recently acquired some Cold Steel Tantos that aren't light, but would make great tools. Maybe MojoSlim can teach me a few things with them.
Any requests of things people want to see?

Sawtooth
02-10-2013, 11:10 AM
Who besides Big Jon is bringing steel to shoot? I can bring some NRA smallbore silhouettes that swing. I don't think they'll hold up to 9mm, 38 Spl, or 357 though. I have a new Collins Boy's Axe to test. If anyone has a 357 lever gun I'll bring ammo! Eric, bring that Buckmark...I have a brick of ammo for it!

Jon S
02-10-2013, 01:37 PM
I might have two .357 lever guns, if'n you're providin' ammunishun, I might just bring 'em bof!
One is a cut down stock, the other is full size. Will get them ready
My sled's getting heavy and I haven't started packin'!

MojoSlim
02-11-2013, 12:57 PM
My sled's getting heavy and I haven't started packin'!

I hear ya!

Sorry, I don't have steel that will hold up to anything more than a .22lr.

So far, Gear list:
- Gransfors Small Splitting Axe
- a couple-uh CS Trail Hawks
- couple-uh handguns + ammo (380acp, 9mm, 45acp)
- Maybe my savage 24camper

I really don't have any new fun gear that I got since the last Rondy. Nautilus is encouraging me to head down to that used sports store in Silverthorne/Dillon, for a backcountry ski setup. Oh, I got some SST poles for my Sawtooth ... not quite as exciting as 2x .357 Lever guns, though.

See you all there!

Sawtooth
02-11-2013, 03:17 PM
Mojo, Second Tracks moved to the loft at Wilderness Sports. Also, our favorite grungy coffee shop, The Steaming Bean, has closed. The new spot is The Red Buffalo on the north side of the highway. I'll be there at 8:15 AM on Saturday.

Sawtooth
02-11-2013, 03:25 PM
It's been snowing a little every day at the campsite and the daily highs won't get above freezing all week. Let's do our snow dances and maybe it'll top 30" by Friday.

tendeerfeet
02-12-2013, 09:11 AM
Iím getting excited about winter camping this weekend.
Who is planning on camping Friday night?

mgutman
02-12-2013, 09:38 AM
trying to figure that out? I'm potentially going to go up on Friday afternoon -- waiting to see how the planets align. I have to leave Sunday night so wanted to try and get 2 nights in.

MojoSlim
02-12-2013, 04:12 PM
I’m getting excited about winter camping this weekend.
Who is planning on camping Friday night?

At this moment, Nautilus and I are pretty confident that we'll be there on Friday, sometime mid-day.



Mojo, Second Tracks moved to the loft at Wilderness Sports. Also, our favorite grungy coffee shop, The Steaming Bean, has closed. The new spot is The Red Buffalo on the north side of the highway. I'll be there at 8:15 AM on Saturday.

Thanks Saw, We didn't get a chance to hit up Second Tracks last year. I want to get me some used back country skis on the cheap! depending on if we're out Friday or Saturday, we'll try and meet you at the new grunge-dive.

Sawtooth
02-12-2013, 04:53 PM
Thanks Saw, We didn't get a chance to hit up Second Tracks last year. I want to get me some used back country skis on the cheap! depending on if we're out Friday or Saturday, we'll try and meet you at the new grunge-dive.

They open at 9:00 AM. Not the selection they had at the old location, but not too bad.

MojoSlim
02-14-2013, 12:38 PM
They open at 9:00 AM. Not the selection they had at the old location, but not too bad.

Thanks for the infos! Looks like Friday is out, we'll be seeing you at the coffee shop or the trail head on Saturn's Day. It's been snowing up here for the last couple days, nothing dramatic. Hope the campsite got some snow!

Chas
02-14-2013, 06:31 PM
It's not winter rondy without shopping! ;)

Sawtooth
02-14-2013, 07:34 PM
I do the obligatory stop at Second Tracks every trip through Silverthorne/Dillon.

CrzyTrekker
02-18-2013, 01:34 PM
I enjoyed meeting some Kifaruites at the Winter Rondy. Thank you all for sharing your delicious food (mt. goat, mule deer, elk, biscuits, brownies, etc., etc.). Here are a couple of my pics from the trip.

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gonehuntn
02-19-2013, 09:58 AM
Here are a few pix...more coming!

MojoSlim
02-19-2013, 01:07 PM
Nice pics guys! Nautilus took the pics, she'll have to write up a post to post them. I have one blurry cell phone picture of the hike in, and that's it.

Had a great time, as always. I'm gonna hold Mgutman, and the OffRouteGear boys to that ice bar next year. Thanks to all for your hospitality, great food, fine spirits, and entertaining tales (tall or otherwise). Thanks to tendeerfeet for the SWAG. And of course, thanks to Mr. Smith for making it all possible!

p.s.: http://traditionalfilipinoweapons.com/Ginunting.html for those of you who were interested.

Ken
02-19-2013, 06:08 PM
What's the story with the MC vest gonehuntn?

gonehuntn
02-19-2013, 06:53 PM
What's the story with the MC vest gonehuntn?

I get that a lot. I walked into a gun show a while back and I'll bet 10 guys asked me about it within 5 minutes! Funny! But it's a one of a kind. We experimented with some clothing a year or so ago and discovered what Patrick already knew...making clothing is a pain in the butt! :) It's a hybrid pattern that I designed. It's made with 1.55 oz Duro Epsilon ripstop with NanoSphere coating and 5 oz of Climashield APEX insulation. It has a stuff sack sewn on the inside and weighs 10 oz.

Eric

Sawtooth
02-19-2013, 08:46 PM
Bigfoot lives! Big Jon S livin' large...

http://i86.photobucket.com/albums/k112/Sawtooth_1963/P11102701_zps7cd9fcfe.jpg


The big 24-man tipi, our communal gathering space...

http://i86.photobucket.com/albums/k112/Sawtooth_1963/P11102871_zpsb437b330.jpg


My good friend, gonehuntn...

http://i86.photobucket.com/albums/k112/Sawtooth_1963/P11102791_zps48393a88.jpg


Patrick's 12-man and Ori's Sawtooth...

http://i86.photobucket.com/albums/k112/Sawtooth_1963/P11102881_zpseef8f0e7.jpg


Whackin' steel!

http://i86.photobucket.com/albums/k112/Sawtooth_1963/P11102691_zps10de1d16.jpg


Most of our meals were a carnivore's delight, and we nicknamed it "The Paleo Weekend". Special thanks to mgutman (who has now been renamed mgoatman) for bringing his mountain goat sausage.

http://i86.photobucket.com/albums/k112/Sawtooth_1963/P11102761_zps5d8c98ce.jpg


http://i86.photobucket.com/albums/k112/Sawtooth_1963/P11102801_zps2780f73b.jpg


Reluctantly getting ready to ski back down the mountain to the trailhead...

http://i86.photobucket.com/albums/k112/Sawtooth_1963/P11102961_zps34b8b964.jpg

mgutman
02-20-2013, 07:50 AM
Here are some of my pics. Sorry for the delay. I was feeling a little under the weather the last couple of days. Go figure. (BTW if anyone wants copies of pics, they originals are much sharper and higher quality. They got a little fuzzy when I reduced the size)

Gearing up at the trailhead.


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One of the first "Smith Sleds". A classic.

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Necessary equipment. Crescent Moon Snowshoes made in Boulder, CO

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Yes, we have 'em here too. And they're big!

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Little did I know that I would soon be knighted "goat-man" that night.

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Arriving into camp.

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mgutman
02-20-2013, 07:56 AM
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This is how you make a proper snow platform for your shelter.

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Gonehuntin'

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ChasS' sled. Not sure if it was a sled or a sailboat! :)

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Retro meets the present. ChasS had a cool solar powered lantern charging up on his classic skis. Love those Fischers.

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JonS piling snow so it can set and later we dug it out to make a beer/food cooler. Keeps everything from freezing.

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Looks like someone is a little off-route!

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Mountain Matters

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mgutman
02-20-2013, 08:01 AM
Kevin M.


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Mr. Smith isn't so sure about this technical hat...


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But now he's feeling it.

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MojoSlim and Nautilus. Mahalo!


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Sawtooth - straight up backcountry pimp.


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Did some baking with my Woody oven over the weekend. Tried brownies (which worked great) and biscuits in the morning.

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A nice spiritual touch at camp.

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robcollins
02-20-2013, 10:53 AM
Tried brownies (which worked great) and biscuits in the morning.

A nice spiritual touch at camp.



What kind of brownies? Hmmmm....

mgutman
02-20-2013, 10:54 AM
What kind of brownies? Hmmmm....


What happens at the Rondy stays at the Rondy.

gonehuntn
02-20-2013, 06:40 PM
Here's a little video of our adventure. Epic...as always!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gDPbA1ZB6dM

mgutman
02-20-2013, 11:03 PM
Great video. Really encapsulates the trip!

Robbie
02-21-2013, 06:27 AM
Eric, Outstanding video!!!!!

Chris57
02-21-2013, 10:49 AM
Looks like a Great time! Thanks for the excellant reporting, pictures and videos!

eknopins
02-21-2013, 11:05 AM
A few thoughts on the Rondy which was my first.

At the trail head while I was getting ready two moose came off the road, walked by just west of the parking area and went up the hill toward the south. Also in the parking area were two cross country skiers gearing up. They did not notice the two huge animals just 30 yards away until I pointed them out. This brings to mind some words of Aldo Leopold in a Sand County Almanac. " The deer hunter habitually watches the next bend, the duck hunter watches the skyline, the bird hunter watched the dog, the non-hunter does not watch." It is my experience that hunters are much more observant of their environment than non hunters.

I had a thermometer that recorded the temperature at each hour but would not go below - 11 degrees F. Saturday night it recorded two readings of - 11 and one reading that was below the range of the instrument indicating that it was lower than a negative 12 degrees.

One reason I came was to learn about equipment and technique. I packed in as I always have on winter trips. The sleds I saw intrigued me. Presently I am looking into the choice of a Kifaru sled for the big bucks and the alternative of building my own for about 20% of that cost. If anyone has advice on this choice for me let me know. Nest year my pack will be light and my amenities much greater.

Sawtooth
02-21-2013, 12:07 PM
Eric,

It was great having some new folks like you at the rondy. You were fortunate with your moose sighting! I've been skiing and backpacking in that drainage for several years and it seems everyone but me has seen them!

sab
02-21-2013, 03:29 PM
Looks like much fun was had by all! I wish I could have made it!

Sometimes I really miss snow, but then again, it's nice not to have to deal with it on a regular basis!

Regards,
Scott

fraserdw
02-21-2013, 05:22 PM
Boy, I would like to goes to one of these sometime.

Chas
02-22-2013, 07:38 PM
A few thoughts on the Rondy which was my first.
I had a thermometer that recorded the temperature at each hour but would not go below - 11 degrees F. Saturday night it recorded two readings of - 11 and one reading that was below the range of the instrument indicating that it was lower than a negative 12 degrees.


That's OK. People are impressed when I quote those numbers!

By the way, we apparently need blowtorches to "burn meat" right. It's all part of "artisanal manliness." (http://blogs.denverpost.com/travel/2013/01/31/artisanal-manliness-camping-trip-2500-travesty/11922/)http://www.kifaruforums.net/images/smilies/biggrin.png

mountain matters
02-25-2013, 12:26 PM
Had a great time up there again this year. Mountains,Mates and Memories.

MojoSlim
02-25-2013, 01:41 PM
Thanks for the video, Eric. I think you're officially the Rondy Videographer.

gonehuntn
02-25-2013, 04:47 PM
Thanks for the video, Eric. I think you're officially the Rondy Videographer.

Thanks for all the compliments guys. It's hard to do it just with a little video and a few pictures, but I gave it my best shot! When we ate the venison I was wishing we had smell and taste-a-vision. The bacon, green chili and mule deer back-strap was amazing! Makes you wonder why we domesticated cattle! :)

LMT66
02-25-2013, 10:39 PM
Here's a little video of our adventure. Epic...as always!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gDPbA1ZB6dM

Great video. What band is that? I like that version!

gonehuntn
02-26-2013, 06:47 AM
Great video. What band is that? I like that version!

The music is "Smokin' - A Bluegrass Tribute to Boston - Pickin' On Series"

The Pickin' On Series also has other albums that are really good. IMO the bluegrass versions sound better than some of the originals.

Quirt
02-26-2013, 07:01 AM
I had a thermometer that recorded the temperature at each hour but would not go below - 11 degrees F. Saturday night it recorded two readings of - 11 and one reading that was below the range of the instrument indicating that it was lower than a negative 12 degrees .

What Thermometer is this that records by the hour? Please provide a link. I'm interested.

Sawtooth
02-26-2013, 07:04 AM
I concur with the Pickin' On music. I especially like Pickin' On Zeppelin and The Grateful Dead. Good trail music.

eknopins
02-27-2013, 11:36 AM
What Thermometer is this that records by the hour? Please provide a link. I'm interested.

Brunton makes or markets a series of weather instruments bruntonoutdoor.com/instruments/altimeters-wind/

I was using the PRO model. It is about the size of a candy bar and shows a lot of data including elevation, barometric trend with weather predictions, wind speed, water speed as well as the usual weather data. Some of the measurements will automatically stay in memory for a day and you can record all the data in a data bank manually.

The Brunton Group markets other outdoor gear ranging from photo voltaic panels, to stoves and a full line of compasses. As a Land Navigation Instructor I use Brunton compasses because they are so easy to adjust for magnetic declination.

MojoSlim
02-27-2013, 03:01 PM
The music is "Smokin' - A Bluegrass Tribute to Boston - Pickin' On Series"

The Pickin' On Series also has other albums that are really good. IMO the bluegrass versions sound better than some of the originals.

I've heard some awesome bluegrass "cover" albums in the past. I wonder if they were from this "pickin' on" series. I remember Diamond David Lee Roth was on a late night talk show, like, 6 years ago, and he was doing country/bluegrass covers of Van Halen songs from album he was doing at the time "Strummin' with the Devil." Bluegrass Metallica, I think, is often better than the original songs. I'm not SUPER familiar with Boston, but I know their sound. They really changed to that double lead thing after Terry Kath left Boston Transit Authority, which is what I recognized in the Bluegrass version enough to tell Nautilus, "I think this is Boston, but I don't know which song."

gonehuntn
02-27-2013, 03:12 PM
I realized I neglected to specify which song it was. it was "Don't Look Back."