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02-04-2013, 09:38 AM
I'll get something started
Thanks again Ken, Johnny,Jeremy and the rest of the Muga Pines crew for hosting. I had a great time as usual.
A view of the tipis
Patrick downloading to 7rds. Tierce running a No.4 Enfield.
trail on the way out. Bobby with Andy behind him.
speaking of which I found this strap,not the fin,on the way out let me know who's it is I'll get it to you. I found the owner!

02-04-2013, 11:31 AM
William this large stove look familiar?
Bryan, Derrick, and Tierce in the 24 man
Patrick, Derrick, and Bobby on the line.
Tierce was doing some transendential thing by looking at picture of some warm boots he has in storage in California and it would warm his feet. I wouldn't of believed it if I hadn't seen it.
Another shelter view,note the MEGA TARP, wicked slick. 8,6,mega tarp,24 man.

02-04-2013, 04:41 PM
The latest in camp footwear

02-04-2013, 08:26 PM
Just wanted to chime in on the ECR. It was my first and was a fantastic experience. It was great to meet lots of good people, see lots of cool gear and have one interesting conversation after another. Not to mention the jam sessions in the 24 man.

I must comment on the generosity and friendliness of all in attendance, especially the Muga Pines crew. It was certainly an unexpected show of graciousness and much appreciated.

I will do my best to be in attendance at the next one.

Woods Walker
02-04-2013, 11:17 PM
Working on the photos and video now. Great time everyone!

William Clunie
02-05-2013, 04:00 AM
Nice to see my old stove in action! Look forward to the videos and other ECR reports.
Thanks Woodsy!

02-06-2013, 10:17 PM
It's late, and I just wanted to get some pics up, but of course I would be remiss not to thank Ken and all the Muga Pines crew for their outstanding hospitality. To Patrick, Andy, and everyone else, whether we first met 5 years ago or last weekend, it was great to see all of you (again), and also to be reminded that while I was serving overseas, you all were carrying on a great tradition, one that I feel lucky to be a part of. Can't wait till next year!


Patrick and PA Scott (with a waterproof HD video camera on a chest mount), and a lot of nice looking tipi's

Patrick and Tierce

Firing Line: a couple very nice Enfield's, with an M1 and some ARs as well

Tierce and Derek

Derek and Andy, getting ready to leave on Sunday morning

02-08-2013, 08:39 AM
Looks like we ducked some weather having the ECR last weekend...

Once again we had a great event. It is always a pleasure to spend time with this group of people.

Without a doubt the 'theme' for the weekend was unfortunately the NYSafe act with no shortage of discussion and even less of a shortage of wisecracks about said act....Assault Soda anyone?

On a more positive note we have a fine group of young shooters up and coming here in the southern 'daks. Drew, Joe, Miles Landon and Grady all did an awesome job of keeping the muzzles pointed in safe directions during all aspects of shooting and they put an impressive amount of lead on target with a variety of guns. 22 lr, 223, 260 were the calipers I witnessed them shooting, but the older kids may have sent a few rounds of the bigger calibers when I wasn't present on the line. I was also impressed by the conversations the older kids had with the grownups in regards to matters concerning the Safe act , AWB and like topics...lol....these young fellas are already showing more common sense on the gun topics than ALOT of today's elected officials. The world would be a better place with more of these young fellows in it.

Other positive notes are the Megatarp, Highlander and Bikini frame. BRAVO Patrick and crew. Kifaru has certainly knocked it out of the park with these new items. A big tip of the hat to all parties involved in the creation of the gear.

Awesome stuff!!

Thanks Patrick and crew for all that you do!

Woods Walker
02-08-2013, 09:58 PM
The rendezvous.

I headed out with my uncle to the Dacks for “The ECR”. Packed up the pulk sled with too much gear. The car ride was a little over 4 hours. I was a bit surprised at the lack of snow and actual mud. The temps where in the mid 20’s and upper singles overnight which wasn’t bad.


All the ruts made pulling a top heavy pulk a bit difficult. There was always the chance of a roll over.


Setup my DIY stove and heat exchanger, burned the UCO then checked out the camp.


Hanging out in Partick’s 24-man tipi running both Artic and Mega Artic stoves. The heat output was only rivaled by their hunger for wood.


Good morning in tipi village.


Stream rising out of Canadian guy’s 6-man tipi. He burns more white gas in a day than I do all season.


The inside of Billybass’s Sawtooth shelter.


Micro Spikes and Crocs. Not exactly peanut butter and jelly but very possible.


Gathering tinder for a fire.


But someone times the tinder bites back. Billybass sliced his finger(s) open pulling dried grass out of the ground for a tinder bundle. There was even a blood trail. I was surprised that grass is capable of that.


Woods Walker
02-08-2013, 10:00 PM
Punk wood and chaga.



OMG, the Bic is out of fuel? What are we going to do? We field modified the Bic and used punk wood to catch the weak spark. It wasn’t easy blowing that coal into flames. I transferred the coal to progressively larger chunks of punk wood then added more punk to create a smoldering mass. Billybass suggested adding birch bark to the mix and it just burst into flames. It was easier to start a fire using marginal means with extra hands. On the down side I was feeling the pressure to ignite and blow that coal into flames. No one was going to freeze because we were about 10 minutes from camp and had multiple ways to start a fire but I talked some serious smack and didn’t want to look like a poser. On a side note I tried this trick again at dusk and was unable to get a coal. Maybe it was the increasing cold or snow fall? In any case I wouldn’t want to wait till dusk for colder weather to try marginal fire craft methods if needed.


The classic on top of the snow fire platform and simple pot hook. I made pine needle tea but like the chaga tea steeped back at camp it was too weak. I am not used to making these teas for a group. Often I just make a single cup. Going to have to work on my pot-o-tea skills.


Some gear used during the outing.


Gathering and splitting wood for a second night.


My 4-man in the front.


Ragging Mega Artic stove.



Inside the hunting cabin near the tipi village.


All packed up and heading out.


Woods Walker
02-08-2013, 10:01 PM
Thanks for looking through my long winded report. If you have 25 minutes to blow check out the video. We have blood, fire and crocs. What more is there?



02-09-2013, 06:39 PM
Forgot to tell everyone about our drones...

02-09-2013, 08:10 PM
Missed you guys, looked a bit cold, sure the cabin was in the high 90's.

Those NY laws are nuts, plenty of room out west when you need to make a change.

Boy, it would have been a mess this weekend.

02-09-2013, 10:13 PM
Your cottage bacon was there...lol.

Dave R.
02-17-2013, 06:05 PM
Day Oh!!!

Great Weekend all......Friday night is a blurr....and most of Saturday morning....ah hemmmmm .....What a fantastic weekend with great Friends! laughs aplenty.....Holy moly...Patrick's new Pack frame is still boggling my mind....Bravo Meistro!

Andy....Thanks a zillion for the great Gloves that you laid on me....I wear them every day, they are truly Great!

Woodwalker.....did you really start fires out of thin air? Or was I dreaming. What a Demonstration.....i'll never for get it WW!! Good for you for mastering those skills!

Great music this weekend too with PA Scott' Banjo, Jerm and Johnnies Bro the guitar wielding guitar meisters...sweet

Thanks especially to the Muga Crew Johnny, Ken, Jerm and all the men and wives, and very well-mannered kids! Looking forward as always to next year!

03-25-2013, 08:15 PM
Just getting these photos up now; computer crash, lost the cable from the camera, etc....

A BIG thanks to Ken, Johnny, Patrick for everything they do to make this rendezvous happen.

It was great to see old friends and see new faces! Welcome!

Tierce and Robbie just before stepping off.

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Robbie and I just before stepping off from the trail head.

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Robbie and Tierce lead the way.

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Sitting the BIG tipi spinning yarns, telling lies, and telling jokes.

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Robbie looks happy running the stove inside his 8-man tipi.

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The ECR is the highlight of my winter camping season - thanks all!

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05-19-2013, 01:03 AM
Looks like Derek is wearing a Cadpat version of a pack I sell. Didn't think non-Kifaru was welcomed on a rendevous - it being a Kifaru event :)

05-19-2013, 03:03 AM
You can bring anything you want, we are quite egalitarian.