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Ken
01-07-2016, 09:46 AM
It's that time of year again...

I believe that we usually go for the weekend before Valentine's day, so that puts us on for Feb 4-7.

Who's in?

Robbie
01-07-2016, 10:28 AM
Day OHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!

Canadian Guy
01-07-2016, 04:32 PM
I'm in, do you have a location confirmed?

William Clunie
01-07-2016, 07:50 PM
Bad timing this year. I've finally gotten set up for a surgical consult on my back issue. It has taken too long to get this set up, so I can't change the dates. You guys will be tipi camping, shooting, and raising heck...I'll be getting prodded by a doctor with a decree in slicing. YIKES! I'll be limping in there next year for sure, and looking for this year's photos.

Dave R.
01-07-2016, 08:24 PM
I'm in...go figure

Ken
01-08-2016, 08:08 PM
Same spot Derek...

AdkMtnGuy
01-11-2016, 09:42 AM
I'm in, with a few guests, would the appropriate person email me details please?

stbob
01-11-2016, 02:32 PM
..........

Dave R.
01-11-2016, 05:26 PM
Yes it is stbob. Glad you are coming

Andy_in_NH
01-11-2016, 10:04 PM
Is this outing open to all? If yes, count me in. Looking forward to this, i've already plugged last years location coordinates into my gps... rob

New guys have to tell a joke when they first arrive in camp.

Robbie
01-12-2016, 03:09 AM
New guys have to tell a joke when they first arrive in camp.
I thought they had to do that other thing?

Andy_in_NH
01-12-2016, 09:50 AM
I thought they had to do that other thing?

Yeah - that was fun, but those guys never came back.

Robbie
01-12-2016, 11:00 AM
Yeah - that was fun, but those guys never came back.
Yeah but that one guy did to get his stuff

Jon S
01-12-2016, 07:08 PM
Feel free to use my favorite joke appropriate for all ages:
How many kids with ADD does it take to change a lightbulb? As soon as the respondent starts to say I don't know, interrupt with this, very excitedly:
Wanna go ride bikes?

Andy_in_NH
01-12-2016, 07:33 PM
You'd fit in just fine at the ECR.

Woods Walker
01-13-2016, 10:34 PM
I have some really hard family concerns right now. I am not sure how it will work out so don't know what's going on yet. I really do want to go.

Patrick
01-15-2016, 04:38 PM
Greetings to all you beloved Yankee Friends!

I had my third Doc visit following on this detached retina surgery I was forced to undergo a month ago. Here are the results:

---The thing IS successfully re-attaching.
---I will have to have a second surgery on Feb 1. The reason is to extract the oil bubble inserted into my eyeball during the initial surgery. Normally, surgeons put a gas bubble into the eyeball...I had to have an oil bubble because I live above 6,000 feet elevation. (The "bubble"--gas or oil--keeps the eyeball jammed against the retina so they can re-attach.) With the normal gas bubble method the bubble dissipates with no need to have a second procedure. The oil bubble...not so easy. It must be surgically removed. Since I'm facing a second surgery I will be pinned down AGAIN for many days following.
---ERGO, I am forced to forego communing with you delightfully nutty amigos this Rendezvous. Damn! On the bright side, my surgeon says I can resume shooting when healed! And toting big pack loads! Etc....all the things that make yours truly tick. Speaking technically, FYI, I will be short-sighted in the affected eye now, instead of my far-sightedness...which will remain the case in the non-affected eye. Meaning I will have to get eyeglasses that deal with near-sightedness in the left eye and far-sightedness in the right eye. I can't imagine what that might be like. I am frankly prepared to be delighted (!!) if I can henceforth awaken in a frosty tent and gaze at my watch and see the time! Presently it's a race to check that before my damn glasses fog over! If this turns out to be the case I will chalk this minus episode onto the positive side of the ledger! Yeah, really (we must always look to the positive men). THEN...the Doc assures me...there will be a rapid-onset cataract surgery necessary (always the case following retina surgery--within months). Thus ANOTHER eyeglass correction.

So there you have it my friends--a quick course in detached retina medical procedures nowadays. Let me say that 60 years ago I would probably be wearing a pirate patch. I am NOT complaining! It's a wonderful time, scientifically, we live in dear friends. As to the bigots slithering out of the underworld to rain on our progress keep your powder dry and shoot straight! I am so happy I am able to help, still.

Keep the faith! And have a fine time at the good ole East Coast Rendezvous 2016! I'll be there in spirit.

verysimple
01-16-2016, 07:21 AM
To quick recovery

billybass
01-16-2016, 04:59 PM
I have some really hard family concerns right now. I am not sure how it will work out so don't know what's going on yet. I really do want to go.

Hope things work out, ECR would be strange without you!

Patrick, Wishing you a speedy recovery

PA Scott
01-20-2016, 06:32 AM
Took a gander at the calendar & realized that ECR time was approaching. This old bear retired from the legal grind over the holidays, and I'm thinking that some time in the woods with the brothers would be a good idea. There's some moose in the freezer, and a big pot of stew can come along if that sounds good. I'll be pulling the jet sled, so weight shouldn't be an issue, assuming you've got some snow on the ground. Might have to sneak out & pop a squirrel though. There's something about "moose & squirrel" stew that I find strangely appealing.

Ken - can you PM me the coordinates?

Looking forward to seeing everyone & catching up!

Patrick, pleased to hear that matters are progressing & will keep you in my prayers, but sorry we won't have a chance to shoot the bull this year -- we'll have to save our catching up for another time!

Dave R.
01-21-2016, 09:27 AM
Great News Scott! I'll be there with my Son William. Thurs-Saturday morning

Andy_in_NH
01-21-2016, 08:37 PM
I'll be in around noonish on Friday with two (maybe three) compatriots.

I'll also have with me:

- an eight-man tipi (and a Super tarp if anyone is interested in seeing one).

- steel rifle targets.

- at least one rifle.

- fire water.

- a stack robber I've been working on for the large stove:

http://i233.photobucket.com/albums/ee212/adchesney/Stack%20Robber/DSCF1400.jpg (http://s233.photobucket.com/user/adchesney/media/Stack%20Robber/DSCF1400.jpg.html)

Canadian Guy
01-24-2016, 05:42 PM
- a stack robber I've been working on for the large stove:

http://i233.photobucket.com/albums/ee212/adchesney/Stack%20Robber/DSCF1400.jpg (http://s233.photobucket.com/user/adchesney/media/Stack%20Robber/DSCF1400.jpg.html)

Nice looking job on the stack robber, it will be interesting to see how well it works.

PA Scott
01-24-2016, 05:59 PM
I have some really hard family concerns right now. I am not sure how it will work out so don't know what's going on yet. I really do want to go.

Woodsy - sorry about the difficulties, but if getting outdoors to clear your head would be helpful, we'd love to see you.

Then again, if getting a bit fogged is the key, 2015 was a bumper year for apples & an ample supply of Pennsyltucky hard cider & apple brandy will be on hand.

21159

And I was serious about the moose & squirrel stew.

Robbie
01-25-2016, 05:56 AM
Woods and William All the Best we will cross trails again. Bullwinkle and Rocky stew sounds interesting. I'll be bringing my usual assortment of GB axes. I also picked up a Savage 24C recently and I'll have that to shoot. Can't wait!

Dave R.
01-25-2016, 02:18 PM
Wow Scott! Reminds me of the very first Rondy! I remember some casualties!

Robbie
01-25-2016, 04:15 PM
Daylights come and I wanna go home!!!

Dave R.
01-26-2016, 10:39 AM
dayyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy oooooooooooooooohhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!!!

Woods Walker
01-27-2016, 09:57 AM
My father died last week and we had the funeral. The truck is being worked on to repair the 4X4. If that gets done on time I should now be able to make it with Richard who lost his brother being my uncle. However we both agree getting away for a few days would help. I just need someone to PM me the nearest physical address as I changed my GPS and lost my data.

Woods Walker
01-27-2016, 09:58 AM
I'll be in around noonish on Friday with two (maybe three) compatriots.

I'll also have with me:

- an eight-man tipi (and a Super tarp if anyone is interested in seeing one).

- steel rifle targets.

- at least one rifle.

- fire water.

- a stack robber I've been working on for the large stove:

http://i233.photobucket.com/albums/ee212/adchesney/Stack%20Robber/DSCF1400.jpg (http://s233.photobucket.com/user/adchesney/media/Stack%20Robber/DSCF1400.jpg.html)

Very nice. Remove one of the spark screens during startup to compensate for reduced draft.

Robbie
01-27-2016, 04:52 PM
My father died last week and we had the funeral. The truck is being worked on to repair the 4X4. If that gets done on time I should now be able to make it with Richard who lost his brother being my uncle. However we both agree getting away for a few days would help. I just need someone to PM me the nearest physical address as I changed my GPS and lost my data.
Condolences to you and Uncle Rich on your loss. All the Best as you go forward.

Ken
01-27-2016, 08:08 PM
Sorry to hear that Kevin. I sent you a text on the location. Let me know if you need anything else.

Woods Walker
01-28-2016, 12:19 PM
Thanks everyone. It looks like the truck will get fixed in time. Just heading out now to buy the parts..

PA Scott
01-28-2016, 12:31 PM
My father died last week and we had the funeral. The truck is being worked on to repair the 4X4. If that gets done on time I should now be able to make it with Richard who lost his brother being my uncle. However we both agree getting away for a few days would help. I just need someone to PM me the nearest physical address as I changed my GPS and lost my data.

Kevin - deepest condolences on your loss. My heart goes out to you, pal.

Just one thought: You've gone through the "socially appropriate" grieving customs, now it's time for you to be free to grieve your father's loss and to celebrate his life in your own way as you see fit. No boundaries, no expectations, no judgments. We're there for ya, brother.

Tierce
01-31-2016, 02:47 PM
I haven't posted yet because I've been traveling like crazy for work (and I don't want to jinx anything), but if all goes well I'll be coming in with Andy on Friday.

I'm bringing a Sig P229R and as a much 9mm as I can carry; I also have a Keltec KSG that I may be able to break down and pack. However, I don't have much 12 gauge at home and no time to buy any, since I don't get back to CONUS till Thursday evening; if anyone would be willing to bring some shells to swap some for 9mm ball and/or JHP, I'd like to give everyone a chance to take a few shots.

Looking forward to seeing you all again soon!

Tierce

Dave R.
02-02-2016, 12:08 PM
Hey Tierce...I have about 100 12 gauge loads...Will bring them to share! No need to trade :) Will be great to see you again!

Dave

Ralph
02-02-2016, 12:31 PM
I wish I could be there, guys. Some of you may know that I have had COPD for some time. Last May I got a nasty strain of bacterial bronchitis that landed me in the ICU. When my doctor called my sister to appraise her of the situation she decided that nothing would do but that I would come live with them in RI. My tiny kid sister can be quite determined when she wants to be so she, neice, nephew and a couple of others swooped down, packed me up and moved me here. (I'm still trying to find things).

I'm doing okay, but there are some things I can't do without getting seriously breathless, walking in snow is one of them. Since the first one, the ECR was one of the highlights of the year and I miss it and the company that assembles there. Take care, guys, enjoy yourselves and take pictures so we can all enjoy it with you.

Ken
02-03-2016, 06:21 AM
Sorry to hear that Ralph.

Please be advised that attendees should bring a pack and not totally rely on sleds this year. I haven't been up there yet and think there should be enough snow cover for sleds, but bring packs just in case. It's raining here today. Nasty.

PA Scott
02-03-2016, 06:46 AM
Ralph, glad to hear that you are with family & in good spirits; rest assured there will be a toast to absent friends. I'll try to remember to take lots of photos, but it was a great year for cider & brandy & you know how that goes...

I've got a hand pulled game cart that I'll throw into the back of the truck should the snow be absent. Not sure what I think of this "snowless winter" deal. We haven't even had a full inch of snow yet, but we did have 70F on Xmas Eve.

Pouring rain at the moment here in PA, and I'm debating whether to take the time to bag a squirrel for the stew. The boys may have to settle for plain old moose stew.

Psyched to see everyone & did my heart good to hear that Tierce was on the way!

Ken, I plan on heading out around midmorning (retirement ROCKS btw) and should be arriving around mid afternoon. I'll send you a PM with my cell number & if there's anything I can to help, don't hesitate to ask.

stbob
02-03-2016, 12:34 PM
..........

Ken
02-03-2016, 05:35 PM
Sleds are good to go. Bring traction devises. I stopped in this afternoon and said hello to Derek... He's enjoying the place to himself tonight.

Robbie
02-04-2016, 04:02 AM
Sleds are good to go. Bring traction devises. I stopped in this afternoon and said hello to Derek... He's enjoying the place to himself tonight.

That explains the western sunrise this am ! The Canadian Sun!

Ken
02-04-2016, 05:08 AM
No doubt... Other than its west of you... Lol

William Clunie
02-07-2016, 07:19 AM
Hello all,
I remember that first rondy and the apple cider (if my memory serves me right), I was sleeping just outside the compound and had Copper wake me up with his upchucking. As I was trying to get back to sleep, I noticed my super-duper, down, air mattress had flattened out and I was sleeping on the snow. I woke up with a super-duper back ache, but when the shooting began, I forgot all about the pain.
Hope all went well! As much as I wanted to go, I'm glad I didn't go this year. My back consult has been delayed (thanks to the strange VA system), but it will happen eventually. My aunt in Michigan passed away this past week, and we traveled there to attend the wonderful service. On the way back we were almost into Montreal and got a text from my brother in Michigan that an uncle on my father's side passed away the night before. We almost turned around and went right back. He was one of my favorite hunting buddies when I was a kid. The woods in Heaven will be filled with the sound of his excellent story-telling.
Just too much going on here the past few weeks. Next year will be better for a trip to the ECR. Hope you are all doing well.
Hope to see you all next year!

Ken
02-07-2016, 02:48 PM
Maybe next year William.

Great time again this year. It was good seeing everyone and I hope you all got to where you were going today safely.

Robbie
02-08-2016, 03:28 PM
It was GREAT seeing everyone! Thanks again Ken for honchoing this. Conditions where certainly different than last year. We actually worried about catching the grass on fire.
http://i707.photobucket.com/albums/ww80/seapig/P2050001.jpg (http://s707.photobucket.com/user/seapig/media/P2050001.jpg.html)
There was just enough ice on the trail to bring in the sleds, micro spikes were the ticket.
http://i707.photobucket.com/albums/ww80/seapig/P2050002.jpg (http://s707.photobucket.com/user/seapig/media/P2050002.jpg.html)
Dave's tipi last year a couple of feet of snow was underneath it.
http://i707.photobucket.com/albums/ww80/seapig/P2060008.jpg (http://s707.photobucket.com/user/seapig/media/P2060008.jpg.html)
took a walk in the woods and watched caveman tv
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slung some lead, Andy brought his steel targets and leadslinger.

Canadian Guy
02-08-2016, 08:14 PM
Great time at the ECR, weather wasn't too cold or snowy but was good enough to pull in sleds. I arrived Wednesday at 2:30 PM and set-up my 6 man Tipi with a large stove
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At 11:00 PM that night I was dozing off by the heat of that large stove when at least 2 deer came but my tent and began snorting loudly rudely awakening me! I got a glimpse of two glowing sets of eyes at the other end of the clearing when I went out with my flashlight to investigate.

Went out into the woods on two days to cook lunch and experiment with primitive fire starting
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ECR camp shots
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Saturday night in the communal 8 man tipi, the stove got going too well with Tierce measuring 94 F at one point on his wristwatch thermometer
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Same camera perspective as above with stove glowing red
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My toboggan packed up and ready to head out on Sunday morning on whats left of the snow, fortunately there was enough to get out.
http://i56.photobucket.com/albums/g172/CanadianSergeant/IMG_1638_zpsqj28yeou.jpg

Dave R.
02-09-2016, 09:52 AM
Great Friends! Great Food! Great Beer! Lots of Laughs! Another Perfect Kifaru Rendezvous! Every year I learn so much new usable info. Woods Walker started not one but two glowing embers with his Flint and Steel in less than 45 seconds. A few seconds later his fire was ripping!!! WOW!! My Son Will said he loved the the event and he really wants to come back to the next one. Thanks to all Americans and the Canadian who showed him so much hospitality!

Ken! Great time visiting with your Kids and your Lady! Thanks again for making it all happen year after year!

Day Ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh hhhhhhhhh!!

Herb
02-09-2016, 03:50 PM
Looks like a good time fellas.

Robbie
02-10-2016, 03:10 AM
Looks like a good time fellas.
It was, the goats would of ate well!

Ken
02-10-2016, 05:32 AM
Lol... Yet again I failed to lose any weight at the event...

Andy_in_NH
02-10-2016, 08:07 AM
Lol... Yet again I failed to lose any weight at the event...

Yummy - scallops - served on a piece of bark no less!

http://i233.photobucket.com/albums/ee212/adchesney/ECR%202016/IMG_20160205_211937019.jpg (http://s233.photobucket.com/user/adchesney/media/ECR%202016/IMG_20160205_211937019.jpg.html)

Robbie
02-10-2016, 09:04 AM
http://i707.photobucket.com/albums/ww80/seapig/P2060012.jpg (http://s707.photobucket.com/user/seapig/media/P2060012.jpg.html)
shrimp wasn't bad either

Woods Walker
02-10-2016, 11:08 PM
Uploading some pics. I will post them in day or so. Great time everyone!

Andy_in_NH
02-13-2016, 12:07 PM
I don't have many pictures as my pocket camera reached the end of its service life just before the trip and I have not yet learned how to take good pictures with my phone.

More evidence of the lack of snow during the walk in.

http://i233.photobucket.com/albums/ee212/adchesney/ECR%202016/IMG_20160205_144434732.jpg (http://s233.photobucket.com/user/adchesney/media/ECR%202016/IMG_20160205_144434732.jpg.html)


Thanks to Ken as always for organizing the weekend!

Great to see all the regulars again as well. We need to do a better job of bringing new friends out for the experience.

Speaking with Dave's son Will, he certainly has decent plan for his future laid out - may good fortune follow him in all his endevors!

I am glad we didn't scare John away last year; he was back for his 2nd ECR.

PA Scott's talented musical accompaniment really added to the ambiance of sitting in the tipi, telling stories, cooking grub and tasting libations (many of which he brought).

Although Tierce hasn't made it every year, it was great to link up with him again this year and learn about all the things he's been doing around the world.

Finally; Lost & Found (rumor is it belongs to WW?):

http://i233.photobucket.com/albums/ee212/adchesney/ECR%202016/IMG_20160207_174438160.jpg (http://s233.photobucket.com/user/adchesney/media/ECR%202016/IMG_20160207_174438160.jpg.html)

Ken
02-14-2016, 03:45 AM
I'm guessing that's Dave's...

Andy_in_NH
02-18-2016, 07:12 PM
I'm guessing that's Dave's...

Yup - he sent me a PM.

ECR 2017? 10-12 February?

Ken
02-19-2016, 10:51 AM
Yes... Typically the weekend before Valentine's day.

Robbie
02-19-2016, 11:38 AM
Yes... Typically the weekend before Valentine's day.
Noted DaYYYYYYOHHHH!!

Woods Walker
03-02-2016, 09:26 PM
It was time once again for my favorite group winter outing. Unlike many solo backpacking trips I didn't have to worry about pack weight.

The sled with Kifaru EMR and large ALICE on board.

http://i113.photobucket.com/albums/n220/Daytraderwon/MBO/DSCN0005.jpg (http://s113.photobucket.com/user/Daytraderwon/media/MBO/DSCN0005.jpg.html)

The pack on my back.

http://i113.photobucket.com/albums/n220/Daytraderwon/MBO/DSCN0009_1.jpg (http://s113.photobucket.com/user/Daytraderwon/media/MBO/DSCN0009_1.jpg.html)

GO!

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Not much snow this year. Kinda surprised me.

http://i113.photobucket.com/albums/n220/Daytraderwon/MBO/DSCN0015.jpg (http://s113.photobucket.com/user/Daytraderwon/media/MBO/DSCN0015.jpg.html)

No sooner do I arrive camp my finger gets cut. The Wetterlings Les Stroud Bushman axe is nice but the sheath is a total POS. It popped right off removing the axe from my pack resulting in cut. I gotta bend a kydex sheath for it. The cut was deep and it was a problem for the rest of the outing. I guess one pro of hanging out with outdoors people who are into preparedness and gear is an overabundance of medical supplies. I got it patched up fast.

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First night hanging out in a 8-man.

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The traditional Hungarian meats.

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Around camp the next day.

Yes there was a drone. Overview of the area.

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Woods Walker
03-02-2016, 09:27 PM
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A bit lower to earth.

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Out for a hike.

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Woods Walker
03-02-2016, 09:28 PM
Had the new WCF PSK plus Kydex I bent.

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Found a nice spot for a day camp. I will probably do a thread on the actual firecraft involved as it was a good time.

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A Canadian chocolate bar prepared in the traditional style. Ok they don't actually cook a chocolate bar on a stick over a fire but it does come from canada.

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Just some more firecraft fun. Punk wood found near the day camp to be charred.

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Not my best char but it caught with flint and steel methodology.

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Day camp food.

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Heading back to camp everyone was processing firewood for their tipi shelters. A tipi camp runs on wood and water. Wood taken that wasn't in direct contact with the ground.

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Woods Walker
03-02-2016, 09:29 PM
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My Kifaru 4-man with liner and DIY stove.

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Woods Walker
03-02-2016, 09:31 PM
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Up the next day for some target shooting. Not my rifle but a nice one.

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No one is exactly roughing it.

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Out for another short day hike. Maybe a mile or so.

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When you have a group firewood collecting and processing is a snap.

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Woods Walker
03-02-2016, 09:34 PM
Twig fire methodology using firesteel. It's just not about the fancy gear and drones. Robbie did make an interesting statement which I have incorporated in my BS. "We spend a small fortune to live like homeless people" or something along those lines.

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Making use of the group cooking stove aka fire.

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Conifer needle tea or rather the beginnings of it.

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Steeping. On a side note a closed cell ground pad is a very nice winter camping item.

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Party in the 8-man for the last night.

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All packed up, at the truck getting ready to load the sled. Not that much snow this year but it was a great time.

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For those who are still with me if yea got too much time on your hands here is a video.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D_bklAvwieQ

Andy_in_NH
03-02-2016, 09:48 PM
Thanks WW!

Great photos and commentary - as always!

Looks like a bunch of hipsters updating their Facebook status! ;)

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I was checking my GPS - honest!

Canadian Guy
03-06-2016, 08:22 AM
Woods Walker-Great trip report on the ECR which was a good time as always except for the not so winter like weather :(

You also provided a great opportunity to test FAK's between the unfortunate failure of your axe sheath and other mishaps through the ECR. I still think Les should compensate you by inviting you onto a Survivorman Episode :)

I always find the temperatures in and around freezing the most difficult to operate in especially if you have temps that fluctuate up and down between above and below freezing (e.g.)+8 C during the day and -10 C at night. Packing the right kit as always is essential but this wet cold environment has gear challenges in having to deal with potentially wet, sloppy environment to frozen cold all in one day! The ice coated terrain at the ECR also created a hazard for movement so micro-spikes were mandatory and fortunately there was enough ice to pull in a sled. Having to pack in a rucksack with heavy winter kit even with micro-spikes carries greater risk.

Collecting water was also an issue at the ECR as there wasn't enough snow for melting so getting water from nearby run-off streams was required. Disinfection then creates a challenge as filters are a no-go as may freeze and crack so I relied on time tested boiling but chemical treatment could have also been an option. I suffered no ill effects from drinking boiled run-off water for 4 days

Hot tenting is the way to go in the winter and the Kifaru tipi is a high quality, light weight option that could be easily packed in but I hauled my gear in by sled. I have the Kifaru 6 man tipi with large stove and it gets that 6 man real hot in not so cold temps! In cold temps it keeps it good and warm inside and being able to stuff large pieces of wood into a large stove is a bonus. I couldn't imagine using the large stove in the 4 man tipi :eek:

My 6 man and large stove at the ECR, Woods Walker's 4 man tipi is visible in behind (note his stove pipe extension being very high which allows for good stove draft and prevention of sparks landing on the tipi):
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You can see the Kifaru large stove and the blue Optimus 111T white gas stove which made for quick and effective boiling of water:
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William Clunie
04-26-2016, 05:15 AM
I've looked over the photos several times and just can't get enough. Next year for sure. I've marked it on my calendar. Medical/physical issues are being taken care of just fine...too boring to list here. Let's just say, I'll be in good shape by summer.

Andy_in_NH
04-26-2016, 04:25 PM
I've looked over the photos several times and just can't get enough. Next year for sure. I've marked it on my calendar. Medical/physical issues are being taken care of just fine...too boring to list here. Let's just say, I'll be in good shape by summer.

"We can rebuild him. We have the technology. We can make him better than he was. Better...stronger...faster."

PA Scott
05-09-2016, 07:19 AM
Well boys, just placed an order for the 12 man tipi that will be accompanying the old bear to ECR '17.

Robbie
05-09-2016, 05:00 PM
Well boys, just placed an order for the 12 man tipi that will be accompanying the old bear to ECR '17.
Huh I wondering were we will be hanging out? I've been checking out some new beers, still need a little more research.

Ken
05-10-2016, 09:24 PM
Awesome! We will break it in right!

PA Scott
05-11-2016, 07:35 AM
Huh I wondering were we will be hanging out? I've been checking out some new beers, still need a little more research.


Diligent research, I'm sure. Maybe a craft beer night next year?

I'm also ramping up cider/brandy production so we should be well stocked.

Woods Walker
05-17-2016, 11:31 PM
Well boys, just placed an order for the 12 man tipi that will be accompanying the old bear to ECR '17.

Oh man. I am going to get so drunk in that next year!

Robbie
05-18-2016, 03:38 PM
Oh man. I am going to get so drunk in that next year!
I'll restock my FAK DAYOhhhhhhhhh!

William Clunie
05-18-2016, 06:26 PM
Andy,
Was that from "Terminator" or "Six Million Dollar Man"? Long story short. My back can't be repaired by surgery at this point. I will just have to deal with the pain. My feet numbness and pain is from a high "A1C" number (borderline diabetis). I have been forced to stop eating sugar products and lower my portion size at the feeding trough. It's only been a few weeks and I'm already losing pounds. It's actually going to be good for my fat a$$, and NOT stuffing my face has been pretty easy. Overall, I'm blessed to be getting this kind of report, compared to others. At least this is something I can sort of control with diet and exercise.

I'm ready for ECR 2017!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Andy_in_NH
05-18-2016, 06:43 PM
Andy,
Was that from "Terminator" or "Six Million Dollar Man"?

(Six Million Dollar Man reference)


I'm ready for ECR 2017!!!!!!!!!!!!!

We'll save you a seat!

Woods Walker
05-18-2016, 09:58 PM
Andy,
Was that from "Terminator" or "Six Million Dollar Man"? Long story short. My back can't be repaired by surgery at this point. I will just have to deal with the pain. My feet numbness and pain is from a high "A1C" number (borderline diabetis). I have been forced to stop eating sugar products and lower my portion size at the feeding trough. It's only been a few weeks and I'm already losing pounds. It's actually going to be good for my fat a$$, and NOT stuffing my face has been pretty easy. Overall, I'm blessed to be getting this kind of report, compared to others. At least this is something I can sort of control with diet and exercise.

I'm ready for ECR 2017!!!!!!!!!!!!!

If your feet are numb from high blood sugar you are a diabetic. My fasting blood sugar used to be 285. Maybe 500 after eating. Now look.

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No pills or insulin and they wanted me on that stuff. Last month I ran (literally) 20 miles on the trails in later afternoon into early evening over hills and rocks in one outing with a backpack on. To be honest I hardly felt it. In 2014 I needed a crutch to walk at one point. July of 2014.

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Heck I lost 15 pounds from the ECR alone, a total of 85 at this point.


Spring 2016.

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Christmas 2016.

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PM me and I will tell you what needs to be done. It's a bit more complex than not eating sugar and as for portion sizes I never watched a single calorie but changed everything. You can do it as well.

Woods Walker
05-18-2016, 10:28 PM
A little known fact about the ECR! The videos I posted on Youtube of the 2013-2016 Kifaru ECRs have a combined viewership of 94,000 and growing by over 100 per day. Kifaru gear is showcased with great explanation and the praise it deserves. So don't forget Kifaru about us bastard children back East. We got the best Rondy!!!!!

Robbie
05-19-2016, 03:16 PM
A little known fact about the ECR! The videos I posted on Youtube of the 2013-2016 Kifaru ECRs have a combined viewership of 94,000 and growing by over 100 per day. Kifaru gear is showcased with great explanation and the praise it deserves. So don't forget Kifaru about us bastard children back East. We got the best Rondy!!!!!
somewhere in there is a t shirt! The ECR is Finest Kind!

robcollins
05-19-2016, 03:48 PM
So don't forget Kifaru about us bastard children back East. We got the best Rondy!!!!!

From us out west, best is relative, and, we have more snow... Rendezvousing this weekend too.

And Mr. Clunie, I'm Type 1 diabetic. I also have Hashimoto's, another autoimmune disease that targets thyroid, but a pill per day manages that. After getting that dialed, I focused on understanding the "macros" of my diet, or, the % of carbs, protein, and fat. By increasing my good fat to >60% of calories, my blood sugars were much flatter, and by eating nuts, avocados, good oils, flax, I don't have the lows or the highs. OR, more importantly, the cravings that those swings cause. And, I lost about 20 lbs.

Woods Walker, good job man. And lots of great pics of late too...

William Clunie
05-22-2016, 06:36 PM
Awesome Woodsy! You're doing EXCELLENT.
I'm on my way. I lost 12 pounds just by giving up ice cream and soda and most other sweets. I'm finding it is pretty easy. I'll be down to a NORMAL weight and healthy in no time at all. I saw too many diabetics when I work in VA hospitals...I don't like the end results of abusing your system with too much sugar. Thanks for the info and encouragement. See you next ECR!

William Clunie
05-22-2016, 06:38 PM
Good info. Thanks. I'm actually finding this pretty easy and feeling MUCH healthier.