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Sawtooth
06-17-2014, 11:20 AM
Yes, it's the 5-year anniversary! Here are the particulars:


August 16-17, 2014

This is a backpack or packstock only affair. There is no mechanized access to the rendezvous. It's between 4-5 miles from either of two trailheads, and I would classify it as moderate difficulty. For you veterans, we'll camp in the same location as last year.

We always plan the food as BYO and be prepared to share your vittles. Some very interesting food shows up in camp. I'm sure gonehuntn will hike in with his burros, which will improve the menu some!

With lots of trails to explore, water to fish, and wildlife to watch, this gathering will be one of the highlights of your year.

Please RSVP me by reply to this post or by PM if you plan to attend. About two weeks out I'll PM all the details, including driving and hiking directions.

mark s
06-17-2014, 01:05 PM
If the timing works out, I would love to attend again. It's looking likely that I'll be moving stuff to Boulder for he who occupies my third floor.

topher89
06-17-2014, 02:09 PM
I will be there! Looking forward to it

Sawtooth
07-25-2014, 09:09 AM
Stay tuned for a PM next week with details, including current construction on Park County Road 62 and the trailhead parking situation. I will be driving up to the trailhead (or nearby parking) late Friday afternoon and hiking to camp. I'm pretty sure gonehuntn will be packing in the burros earlier on Friday. If you're planning to attend and haven't replied, please let me know. Thanks!

widowshooter
07-25-2014, 07:43 PM
I am interested in this as I've never been to one. I will have to see what the schedule is like at the new job. More to follow.

topher89
07-25-2014, 08:03 PM
Sounds like a plan. My wife and I will be hiking in Saturday morning

robcollins
07-25-2014, 08:04 PM
I'm going to try to swing it again this year only without the 8 man, medium stove, & 3 sleeping bags!

Sawtooth
07-25-2014, 08:21 PM
I look forward to meeting you, Rob.

Jon S
07-26-2014, 07:42 AM
Seeing if anyone has an interest in running a shuttle. Details would be driving me and my 3 3/4 year old daughter back to the top on the way out. My thinking is she can walk 4 miles and have some fun, if it's all downhill, even better.
My plan would be to hike in from the top, leave a car up there. Have fun, hike out to the bottom and try and catch a ride back up to the top.
If anyone has any thoughts, please PM me and we'll see if it can work. Pretty sure Kimber is coming along, but nothing is 100% with a 3 3/4 year old.
Thanks

Sawtooth
07-26-2014, 08:39 AM
Jon,

I'd be more than happy to run you Seims back up top on Sunday afternoon. Consider it done if she joins us.

shtfco
07-26-2014, 09:31 AM
Im in Chicago 11th through the 15th. If I can get home in time and am not completely beat I will try and make this. put me down for tentatively.

mark s
08-02-2014, 09:02 AM
Any updates? Looks like it is a go for me. Sure curious about the construction and if we can use the usual trailheads.

topher89
08-02-2014, 09:29 AM
When are you heading up there Jon? Maybe we can hike in together Saturday morning?

COShunter
08-03-2014, 04:59 PM
Jackie and I may be able to make it, if we can get her hunting equip and trip in Sept finialized. I will try hard to help her get ready. If someone is coming from the shop, may need to ask them to bring the new slick bag to me that is to be ready on the 14-15th. I hope to know more in a week.

topher89
08-06-2014, 01:34 PM
Has the PM been sent out yet?

Jon S
08-06-2014, 05:01 PM
Pm will probably go out Thursday according to my comms with sawtooth.
Topher, if all works as planned, it will be a Saturday morning departure for me, would love to carpool.

jljmonky
08-06-2014, 05:48 PM
SHTF in the peoples republic of IL? Awe man... Wish I had a good excuse to go to Chicago!

Sawtooth
08-07-2014, 09:19 PM
Thanks to all of you for your patience. I've been guiding every single day for the past two weeks, and I'm just now getting caught up. I will have time tomorrow afternoon to send out details via PM to everyone who RSVP'd and to the regulars who didn't. Stay tuned!

widowshooter
08-08-2014, 09:56 AM
I go back to work on Monday, so I should know if I can make this or not by mid week.

Sawtooth
08-08-2014, 07:43 PM
PMs have been sent. If I've missed anyone, please let me know! See you in a week!

topher89
08-10-2014, 10:15 AM
My wife and I are now on standby. My uncle who has been in the hospital has taken a turn for the worse. We are no longer sure if we can make it to the rendevous

MojoSlim
08-13-2014, 02:23 PM
Sad we're gonna be missing this. We are traveling to Colorado to pick up the last of our gear the following weekend! Off by just a week.

Have fun all ya'll, and hopefully no high altitude tornado!

Sawtooth
08-13-2014, 10:11 PM
Mojo,

On behalf of all of us, we will miss you and Nautilis. Keep the winter rondy in the back of your mind. If you two can come this winter, it would make our camp complete. I wish both of you well, my friends!

COShunter
08-14-2014, 08:13 AM
Sad to say, but still getting plans and equip together for AK trip in 3 wks, so can't make it this weekend. Will miss seeing everyone. I hope everyone has a great time, and make sure to take lots of picture.

widowshooter
08-14-2014, 04:01 PM
I just started a new job and I am also unable to make this trip. I won't be able to leave early enough Friday to make the 12 hour drive and that would only really leave me with Saturday to spend with everyone. Hopefully the winter Rondy is over a long weekend. Best wishes to everyone, I hope it is a good time.

topher89
08-14-2014, 08:17 PM
I am out too. My uncle passed away this week and the funeral will be Saturday.

Have a great time and eat some brookies for me!

Jon S
08-14-2014, 10:08 PM
Sorry to hear of your uncle, I'll miss hiking in with you.
Anybody headed up Saturday morning? I plan on arriving at the trailhead around 8 so Kimber and I can hike in and take all the time necessary to make it 4 miles as a 3 year old. Anybody that wants to hike along is welcome to join, I won't be going my normal pace of 4mph+, will probably be in the 1-2 mph range.
Hope to see lots of friendly faces along the way and at the site.

sab
08-19-2014, 08:24 PM
It's now Tuesday, and no posts have been made about the Rondy. How was it?

Regards,
Scott

Sawtooth
08-22-2014, 05:32 PM
It's now Friday, and the whirlwind of a new school year is tapering off (Big Jon S knows…). We had a wonderful wilderness gathering with a small group of friends. There were a couple of new faces, some old weathered ones, and a couple of long faces (burros, you know).

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Heading down into the valley where our camp awaits.

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Gonehuntn and I getting Jon S's daughter comfy on one of the burros at the first creek crossing.

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Gonehuntn and Jon S, trying to convince the little lady that wild Arizona burros are OK.

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Me, hanging out with all of my asinine friends…

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Camp. A nice pitch on the 16-man tipi!

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Shawn and I, just before we caught about 30 brookies in an hour.

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Heading back up to the trailhead

Jon S's oldest daughter, who's a whopping three years old, marched most of the 4.5 miles down to camp on her own two feet, and did the same all the way out. Nine miles in two days at three years of age. I'm impressed with both her hiking ability, Jon's patience, and her overall attitude and demeanor. Jon and his wife are doing it RIGHT, and their offspring are proof of that.

I was blessed to have two former tenkara clients on this trip. I've made many new friends through my tenkara guiding, and orionx and Shawn are both experienced backcountry ramblers and dedicated tenkara anglers.

Gonehuntn invited a friend to join us, and he was a kindred spirit. A seasoned military man and one hell of a good guy.

Here's looking forward to next year!

Robbie
08-23-2014, 05:24 PM
Sawtooth, thanks for posting I keep saying someday I want to make that rondy. 40 brookies were you using worms like William does?

Sawtooth
08-25-2014, 02:31 PM
Sawtooth, thanks for posting I keep saying someday I want to make that rondy. 40 brookies were you using worms like William does?

Aha! So that's his secret weapon! :D No, I was using one of my Killer Bugs (mist color). I'm not sure what Shawn was using, but I think his was a Killer Kebari.

Robbie
08-25-2014, 03:41 PM
Cool thanks William has many weapons so I've heard I was trying to bait him into a response he is probably too busy actually fishing or hunting. Again awesome country good gang!

Jon S
08-26-2014, 07:55 PM
It was a blast. I can't say how proud I am of my daughter and the friends we have made. She took to them like uncles and they responded in kind. She still is shy around new things, but once warmed up, it's not a problem. She was almost ready to ride the donkeys out of camp, but we decided to push out early and let the fisherman fish.
She got to see a great set of stars from the woods, use her first cat hole (shared with dad for simplicity sake), spend another night in a tent and have some great father daughter time.
I was refreshed at how she marveled at the beauty, "Dad, look at all these beautiful flowers!" and many other simple pleasures she pointed out.
We bushwhacked out of camp with Ori and stumbled upon some wild strawberries, what a treat and partially responsible for her continued hiking.
Ori was a trooper and great friend as he hiked along with us at 1-1.5 mph for the entire trek out and Kimber commented a few times on how much fun it was to hike with him as well.
We missed a few folks for sure, but had plenty of fun and made some new friends we are proud to call as such. Kimber is ready for the next adventure which might be this weekend as I may get out and do some scouting. She may stay in camp with mom, but will have a blast and has requested I take her fishing. Going to be a great lifetime with her and trying to raise her to be strong, independent and free thinking. A great partner I have in Minda makes it that much more fun. Can't wait to have the youngest one, currently 16 months along for the hikes as well.
Thanks again to Patrick for getting us all together and making some great stuff we can share stories over.
Next time, I will refresh myself on setting up the megatarp as Patrick would have given me immeasurable grief over our lousy pitch, but it kept us dry and warm and for that we are thankful!
Until next time,
Keep Smiling

flamingo 7
08-27-2014, 07:10 AM
It was a blast. I can't say how proud I am of my daughter and the friends we have made. She took to them like uncles and they responded in kind. She still is shy around new things, but once warmed up, it's not a problem. She was almost ready to ride the donkeys out of camp, but we decided to push out early and let the fisherman fish.
She got to see a great set of stars from the woods, use her first cat hole (shared with dad for simplicity sake), spend another night in a tent and have some great father daughter time.
I was refreshed at how she marveled at the beauty, "Dad, look at all these beautiful flowers!" and many other simple pleasures she pointed out.
We bushwhacked out of camp with Ori and stumbled upon some wild strawberries, what a treat and partially responsible for her continued hiking.
Ori was a trooper and great friend as he hiked along with us at 1-1.5 mph for the entire trek out and Kimber commented a few times on how much fun it was to hike with him as well.
We missed a few folks for sure, but had plenty of fun and made some new friends we are proud to call as such. Kimber is ready for the next adventure which might be this weekend as I may get out and do some scouting. She may stay in camp with mom, but will have a blast and has requested I take her fishing. Going to be a great lifetime with her and trying to raise her to be strong, independent and free thinking. A great partner I have in Minda makes it that much more fun. Can't wait to have the youngest one, currently 16 months along for the hikes as well.
Thanks again to Patrick for getting us all together and making some great stuff we can share stories over.
Next time, I will refresh myself on setting up the megatarp as Patrick would have given me immeasurable grief over our lousy pitch, but it kept us dry and warm and for that we are thankful!
Until next time,
Keep Smiling
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