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2019 Rocky Mountain National Rendezvous

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Join us for the Annual Rocky Mountain National Rendezvous on July 13-20, 2019 at the Historic Quarter Circle Circle Ranch, in the Cochetopa Basin, 48 miles east of Gunnison, Colorado. The Rocky Mountain National Rendezvous is a celebration of life on the western frontier during the early 1840s, patterned after the fur-trade rendezvous of that time. Many people spend a great deal of time, effort and money to have suitable pre-1840 clothing and gear, and travel many miles to enjoy the atmosphere of a “Living History” pre-1840 rendezvous. Please do not spoil it for them.

This year’s Rocky Mountain National Rendezvous to be at approximately 9,300 feet, so for those of you who have difficulty with altitude, you might want to check online to see if there is anything you can do to be more comfortable before and when you get there. You will need to acclimate.

Rocky Mountain National Rendezvous welcomes everybody across the world and invites everyone to come and experience a primitive rendezvous in the Rocky Mountains. Come enjoy yourselves, play, laugh, tell stories, trade and re-create the history of the Fur Trade. We look forward to seeing all of our old friends and meeting new ones.

Colorado is hosting this year’s RMNR on the historic Historic Quarter Circle Circle Ranch, in the Cochetopa Basin, east of Gunnison, Colorado. We have a full slate of events planned with lots of prizes for competitions, raffle items and seminars. There are many volunteers helping to make this a great rendezvous. If you can help us, please SIGN UP AT THE GATE. We especially need volunteers on the ranges. Our goal is to be safe and make sure everyone has fun!

Rocky Mountain National Rendezvous Mini Gallery

Camp Services

  • The rendezvous work crews will be hauling in as much firewood as possible around camp before July 13th.
  • Potable water will be available. There is a 1000 gallon Don’t forget to cover your water jugs.
  • Wagon Team will haul camps, deliver ice and take trash to dumpster for a small fee. Ice wagon through camp daily starting July 14th.
  • Trash dumpster will be provided at the gate. We are planning on a recycling bin for aluminum. Recyclables need to be bagged.
  • The nature of a primitive rendezvous limits handicap accessibility. We are trying to accommodate handicapped participant needs to the best of our ability and still keep the period correctness of rendezvous. Please visibly display your handicapped parking identification in/on your vehicle (without your trailer attached) while in the handicapped parking area or you will be asked to move it. Manual mobility devices only please. Handicap parking will be near the gate.
  • There is a nice area for tin tipis but space is limited. In consideration of all participants, please severely limit the use of generators in your tin tipi (the noise really travels).
For More Information
Co-Booshways: Michael “Woodman” Briscoe rmnr2018@aol.com
Co-Booshways: Taylor Tomlin empresariotomlin@yahoo.com
Segundo: Tim Pray timoldwest@gmail.com
Purser: Tyrell TBone Williams ranchluvt@yahoo.com
Horse Camp Chief: Dave “Kentucky Dave” Ritchie davidrritchie@yahoo.com
Trade Chief: Garrett McCall garrett@strinztipi.com
Chief Medic: Janet Ballyntyn venery2nd@gmail.com
Archery: Ronnie “Stumpy” Vickers (318) 535-8300
Archery: Ronnie FIef Kentuckybelle@ymail.com
Kid’s Games: Bonnie Sitter bsitter2@hotmail.com
Hawk & Knife: TBD
Chief Range Officer: TBD

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RMNR Schedule
Wednesday 7-10
Early Setup 8AM-6PM $5/per person
Thursday 7-11
Early Setup 8AM-6PM $5/per person
Friday 7-12
Setup 8AM-6PM Period Dress REQUIRED
Saturday 7-13
Setup 8AM-6PM Period Dress REQUIRED – PUBLIC DAY
Sunday 7-14
Setup 8AM-6PM Period Dress REQUIRED
Long term closes 5PM
PUBLIC DAY
Opening Ceremony 7 PM
Monday 7-15
Competitions MON-FRI
shoots/archery/hawk and knife
Mountain man walk, Kids games/crafts Seminars, games
Short Term Gate open 8am-10am and 4pm-6pm daily
Tuesday 7-16
Competitions MON-FRI
shoots/archery/hawk and knife
Mountain man walk, Kids games/crafts Seminars, games
Short Term Gate open 8am-10am and 4pm-6pm daily
Chiefs’ Council Meeting/10AM BOD meeting
Camp Meeting Nominations 7PM
Wednesday 7-17
Competitions MON-FRI
shoots/archery/hawk and knife
Mountain man walk, Kids games/crafts Seminars, games
Short Term Gate open 8am-10am and 4pm-6pm daily
Camp Potluck 6PM
Thursday 7-18
Competitions MON-FRI
shoots/archery/hawk and knife
Mountain man walk, Kids games/crafts Seminars, games
Short Term Gate open 8am-10am and 4pm-6pm daily
Camp Meeting Elections 7PM
Buckskinners Got Talent Show after camp meeting
Friday 7-19
Competitions MON-FRI
shoots/archery/hawk and knife
Mountain man walk, Kids games/crafts Seminars, games
Short Term Gate open 8am-10am and 4pm-6pm daily
Kid’s Competition for Chance to win Camp Age groups:
7-ll year olds; 12-16 year olds; TWO WINNERS
Saturday 7-20
Vehicles allowed in Camp at NOON
CLOSING Ceremony 10 AM

Camp Meetings

  • Opening Ceremonies Sunday July 14 at 7:00 pm
  • Nominations for RMNR 2020 Tuesday July 16 at 7:00 pm
  • Elections for RMNR 2020 Thursday July 18 at 7:00 pm
  • Closing Ceremonies Saturday July 20 at 10:00 am
  • Raffle drawings at every camp meeting

Long Term Registration/Gate Hours

  • Work crew only prior to July 11.
  • Wednesday and Thursday, July 10-12, 8 AM – 7 PM: PERIOD DRESS NOT REQUIRED BUT APPRECIATED
  • Friday and Saturday, July 13-14 to end of RMNR: PERIOD DRESS REQUIRED
  • LONG TERM CAMP CLOSES TO VEHICLES AT 5PM SUNDAY JULY 14 TIL SATURDAY, JULY 20 at NOON. Short term and Long term camps have a two hour loading/unloading time period with the exception of early set-up days and large traders.
  • Period clothing required till daybreak of Sunday July 21.

Short Term Access/Gate Hours
Mon, July 15-20, 8–10 AM/4–6PM – Period clothing required

$10 Fee for Competitions includes:

  • Archery
  • Hawk & Knife
  • Rifle
  • (Participants under age 12 free)
  • All fees go to CASH prizes
  • EXCLUDES SPECIALTY SHOOTS: pistol, shotgun, long gong, survival walk, mini cannon. These will have a $5 dollar buy-in with 1st place receiving a cash award

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Shooting
Men, Women, Junior
Rifle, Pistol, Smoothbore

  • Open iron sights only, no peeps, no optics, no painted sights. Patched round ball only.
  • No in-line.
  • Winners of daily events will be awarded prizes at the Shooter’s Tent.
  • Competitions will be posted on the Camp Bulletin Board.
  • An adult guardian must accompany Pee Wees, 8 – 11 yrs old.
  • Juniors Division, ages 12-17 yrs old, must be supervised by an adult in Rifle/Pistol/Smoothbore.
  • There will be dummy targets.
  • All scores are final. Any cheating will result in losing total score.
  • Competitor Tent hours M –F 9 AM to 4 PM, but subject to change.
  • Hawk and Knife Throw
  • An adult guardian must accompany under age competitors.
  • Course includes both hawk and knife for combined score with the exception of PeeWees (hawk only)
  • We have a great challenging hawk/knife trail walk planned.
  • No double bladed hawks.
  • Knives must be thrown from handle.
  • Safety First – Throw Only When All are Clear

Archery Trailwalk Competition:

  • Each year at RMNR different target types might be used (burlap, 3-D, straw, etc.) so be prepared with appropriate arrows
  • Finger tabs and arm guards must be of natural materials. No plastic, rubber, elastic, snaps or Velcro. Painted arrows are encouraged for locating purposes.

Primitive Division

  • Bow must be of natural wood, no laminations, less than 54” long. No arrow shelf.
  • Strings should be of linen, hemp, silk, horsehair, rawhide, or sinew (artificial sinew will be allowed for safety reasons).
  • Arrows must be hand-made (no dowels, milled or machined shafts), be of natural wood or cane and hand carved nocks, and natural feathers,
  • Points can be of wood, bone or metal. Depending on which types of targets are available, field points might be allowed.

Pilgrim Division

  • Bow must be of natural wood with no laminations. Artificial strings are allowed but no bright colors.
  • Arrows must be wood and may be a factory dowel but no plastic nocks or feathers. Metal field points but not broadheads. Painted arrows are encouraged for locating purposes.

Cannons
We are planning a cannon shoot this year at the Rocky Mountain National Rendezvous, but local conditions may change this. We will keep you posted.

Kids’ Games
Kids’ Games will be going on all week from Monday through Friday 10:00 a.m. to Noon. Check the Bulletin Board in camp to see where.

Highland Games
There will be a Caber Toss, Sheaf Toss, Stone Put, Highland Run and Spear Throw. Day and time to be announced.

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Horse Camp
We would like to see all that own a horse, bring it to Rocky Mountain National Rendezvous . Hope to see you there. If you wish to ride into rendezvous, please pre-register & contact the Booshway for maps and access to site.

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  • The Landowner wishes that you do not bring hay. HAY will be provided at minimal cost from the Horse Camp Chief.
  • No stallions please.
  • Move tethered/grazing animals twice daily to reduce impact.
  • Just like all camps and clothing, non-period gear must be covered.
  • If you are off site, you must put someone in charge of your animals.
  • As with previous insurance coverage at Rendezvous, horse/mule owners are legally liable for their animals.
  • Contacts: Colorado Livestock Board www.colorado.gov/aganimals)
    Idaho has had quarantines in the past, so please call for current information. Idaho requires Coggins and Brand Inspections. A negative Coggins test certificate must be shown to the Horse Camp Chief, at arrival in camp. Please contact the Horse Camp Chief for any additional information.

Food Vendors

  • Please contact the Colorado State Health Dept. three months in advance for food vendor permits.
  • DO NOT serve on paper/styrofoam plates, cups or bowls. No plastic utensils, pre-wrapped, bottled or canned food or drinks. Customers should bring their own plates, cups and utensils to your eatery if you do not supply them.
  • Food vendors must supply trash receptacles and have fire extinguishers.

Camp Services

  • The Rocky Mountain National Rendezvous work crews will hauling in as much firewood as possible around camp before July 13th. Firewood is limited. Please bring firewood if possible. No wood cutting allowed on site.
  • Potable water will be available. Don’t forget to cover your water jugs.
  • Wagon Team will haul camps, deliver ice and take trash to dumpster for a small fee. Ice wagon through camp daily starting July 14th.
  • Trash dumpster will be provided at the gate. We are planning on a recycling bin for aluminum. Recyclables need to be bagged.
  • The nature of a primitive rendezvous limits handicap accessibility. We are trying to accommodate handicapped participant needs to the best of our ability and still keep the period correctness of rendezvous. Please visibly display your handicapped parking identification in/on your vehicle (without your trailer attached) while in the handicapped parking area or you will be asked to move it. Manual mobility devices only please. Handicap parking will be near the gate.
  • There is a nice area for tin tipis but space is limited. In consideration of all participants, please severely limit the use of generators in your tin tipi (the noise really travels).

Site Specific Rules
STANDARD CAMP RULES ALSO for the Rocky Mountain National Rendezvous.

  • Closing ceremonies will be Friday at 7PM. PLEASE, IF YOU PLAN ON LEAVING ON SATURDAY JULY 21 at 10:00 a.m., HAVE YOUR CAMP PREPARED TO BE LOADED INTO YOUR VEHICLE BEFORE YOU RETRIEVE YOUR VEHICLE. THE GATE WILL OPEN AT NOON Saturday JULY 21st. The rendezvous still continues till sunrise Sunday morning. People still wish to rendezvous, so please stay primitive.
  • No music from cars while loading.
  • NO VEHICLES IN CAMP OVERNIGHT Saturday. ALL VEHICLES MUST BE OUT OF CAMP BY 7PM. No Exceptions.
  • Camp must be empty of participants by Monday July 23rd at 8PM.
  • Hooters will also be removed on Sunday July 23rd.
  • The last ice delivery will be on July 21st
  • Parents advise your children not to disturb or climb on existing structures or damage structures with knives or hawks.
  • Should there be any damage or thievery, you will not be accepted back at this ranch.
  • Remember to police your camp and the rendezvous site for garbage. If you see any garbage, candy wrappers, cigarette butts, etc. please pick them up.
  • Areas for our access will be marked on the Camp Map.
  • Fires must be attended, not banked and left to burn-out. Sleeping in your lodge is not attending a fire. Fire watch and dog soldiers have authority to enter your camp, wake you, and put your fires out. Do not leave candles or lanterns unattended inside/outside lodge or tent.
    If you burn non organic items or organic items in your fire pit (especially bones – coyotes dig them up), dig out the contents and place it in your garbage.
  • Replace sod in your firepits, make sure it’s clean of any garbage, and LEAVE NO TRACE OF YOUR FIRE PIT.
  • Please stack your unused firewood.
  • Please clean up after your animal and keep it quiet. Nuisance critters will be served at pot luck.
  • Plastic water containers and coolers are to be covered at all times, even during transport to refill. This also applies to the transporting of ice through camp.
  • Be prepared for possible fire restrictions and the impact to your cooking needs, i.e. (propane or butane stoves)
  • We can all do better on our kits. Let’s look in the mirror go through our kits and try to put our gear closer to what would truly have been in the Rockies or the 1830’s

Standard Trade Rules

  • All trade goods should be of pre-1840 design and materials available in the Rocky Mountain rendezvous era.
  • The Trade Committee is not all knowing but we do have the final say. If you are asked to remove an item, please do so, or have the documentation to verify any item that might be questionable.
  • CDs, books, magazines, patterns, art and music must pertain to 1840 history/era or earlier. Remove any modern package from display item. Stock items in modern packaging must be covered at all times.
  • Wooden guns, swords, knives, rag dolls maybe sold. Kids had toys.
  • The only revolver allowed for sale is the 1836 lever-less Colt Patterson.
  • Furs, hides, claws and animal parts must be in compliance with state, federal and local laws. It is the Trader’s responsibility to check with Colorado Fish, Wildlife & Parks.
  • Photographers, please keep your trappings in the mood of rendezvous.
  • Any Trader who has been asked to remove an item more than once shall be asked to CLOSE SHOP.
  • Traders when people do business with you at rendezvous, they believe that the trade goods you are selling are appropriate to the area and time. Let’s make sure that they are.

Rocky Mountain National Rendezvous - RMNR

Mark your calendar today and make plans to attend the next Rocky Mountain National Rendezvous near Creede, Colorado in July 2018.

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