Countdown……10,9,8……..

Ten more days! Things are going well. We have had lots of questions about the exact location of the rendezvous. On our website www.bearlakerendezvous.com you can view the map with directions including exact mileage from highway 30 in Laketown. Also, included is our contact #’s. ReminIMG_0243ding you that cell ser
vice can be spotty so LEAVE A MESSAGE and be patient. When service is available we can call you back.

We are doing our best to have signage. We expect that travelers are sharp enough to get to Laketown Utah. If you are really savvy here ya go..  41.83030296550294, -111.36064572259784

 

Additional Mileage Landmarks to the Laketown turnoff:

Rendezvous beach east 1.8 miles

Ideal Beach Main Gate 6.6 Miles

Garden City 9.7 MilesIMG_0323

Logan 49.2 Miles

From Sage Creek Junction 12.1 miles

From Randolph Utah 20.8 Miles

From Woodruff Utah 30.7 Miles

From Evanston Wyoming 53.4 Miles

Click here for Map

Also a reminder. Bring ice and water. We have a limited supply of water available at the “spring” tent located at the food court. Ice is available at Dee’s service in town. We have asked that they have an ample stock.

We want to remind you:

If you have any questions we can be contacted by cell or text. Service can be spotty so leave a message and contact number an we will call back.

Kash Johnson 801-452-1518

Joel Marler 801-567-1194

Reminders:

This is an outdoor event. Dress accordingly and prepare for inclement weather, uneven ground , loud noises, animal encounters and unpaved roads.

Dogs must be on a leash and poop picked up and discarded

This is a family event. Please act and dress as if your kids and grand kids are watching you.

Please bring ice and water for personal use. Please pickup after yourself. This is a non profit all volunteer event. If you leave it behind leave it in the appropriate location.

We are looking forward to a great event with fun for all.

Remember, we expect to make mistakes. Complaining without a solution is whining! Criticism with ideas for a solution are not only welcome, but solicited.

20 Days

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The site has been mowed and prepared

So the countdown begins.

We had a chance to visit the site this week. We plotted out traders row, primitive camping area, day parking and tin tipi camping area. We have a great area for shooting competitions and demonstrations. Archery and knife & hawk throwing areas. We located the entry/gate area and food court location where the “spring (water) tent” will be located.

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Kash and Landowner Rick discuss the layout

We met with landowner Rick Johnson to discuss access points as well as issues from last year.

There is lots of work left to do. Signs to be made and posted. Contact radio and television to promote. Permits to be pulled and notices to be posted.

But that is the fun of it. We have a great site and look forward to all who can attend.

For any information watch the website www.bearlakerendezvous.com for the itinerary and contact information. IMG_3408

Time Travel is possible

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The cool dawn breaks. As the eastern sky begins to lighten, wood smoke from dozens of cook fires wafts across the valley. The smell of bacon frying makes bearded mouths water. The stomachs of buckskin clad men growl in anticipation of a morning meal.

Such was the start of a typical morning at the 1827 Mountain Man Rendezvous at Sweet Lake (Now Bear Lake) and such is the way a typical morning will play out at the 2014 Bear Lake Rendezvous in Laketown Utah. August 20-24.

History comes alive as authentic trappers, traders and Indians recreate the glorious hey days of the fur trade. There will be dancing and singing, trading, tall tales and tomahawk, knife, archery and black powder rifle competitions. Browse the trade tents where authentic mountain man and Indian goods are available to purchase. Everything from buckskins, teepees and canvas tents to black powder rifles, bull horns and bows and arrows will be laid out in an amazing array of accurately recreated history. Marvel as the modern day craftsmen use primitive techniques and tools to make the everyday items of mountain man culture.

It wasn’t and isn’t all about the men either. You’ll see women adorned in buckskin dresses, beads and feathers or cotton shirts and calico dresses throwing knives and tomahawks at targets. (Not mountain men, though some may deserve it!)

So if you’re looking for a new and exciting adventure, step back in time and join us. Bring the family, spend an hour, a day or stay for the duration. Wrap a lip around some tasty mountain man cooking. Primitive camping is available.

For more information go to: http://www.bearlakerendezvous.com/  Text and photo by Dave Petersen

Kash’s Corner……. What We Want To Accomplish

What We Want To Accomplish

The original purpose of a mountain man rendezvous was to re-supply the men in the field so there was no need for them to return back to the settlements. The idea was that if you keep your men working, you could keep your men. Credit for this system goes to the Ashley, Henry partnership back around 1822.

In a letter to Governor Simpson of the Hudson’s Bay Company, July 1, 1826, Peter Skene Ogden pointed out what he considered to be a great advantage in the American system of rendezvous. He says that “whereas the Hudson’s Bay Company that spend two-thirds of their time traveling from headquarters to the Snake River, the American trappers stay five or six years in the field and equippers met them annually to secure furs and renew their supplies”.A-Short-Break-From-Rendezvous-20x30-Connor-300x252

In chapter 20 of Washington Irving’s book “Bonneville’ he describes a rendezvous. I’m not going to right down the whole description just a few things that stand out to me.

“The Green River Valley was at this time [1833] the scene of one of those general gatherings of traders, trappers, and Indians. Three rival companies for the past year had been endeavoring to out-trade, out-trap, and out-wit each other, were here encamped in close proximity, awaiting their annual supplies.
“After the eager rivalry and almost hostility displayed these companies in their late campaigns, it might be expected that, when thus brought in juxtaposition, they would hold themselves warily and sternly aloof from each other, and should they happen to come in contact, brawl and bloodshed would ensue.

With all the pressure off, it was time for the various camps to engage in contests of skill at running, jumping, wrestling, shooting with the rifle, and running horses.“No such thing! Never did rival lawyers, after a wrangle at the bar, meet with more social good humor at a circuit dinner. The hunting season was over, all past tricks and manuvres (his spelling) are forgotten, all feuds and bickerings (his spelling) buried in oblivion. From the middle of June to the middle of September, all trapping suspended; for the beavers are then shedding their furs, and their skins of little value. This, then, is the trapper’s holiday, when he is all for fun and frolic, and ready for a saturnalia among the mountains.

“And then their rough hunters’ feasting and carousals. They drank together, they sang, they laughed, they whooped; they tried to out-brag and out lie each other in stories of their adventures and achievements. Here the free trappers were in all their glory; they considered themselves the “cocks of the walk, and always carried the highest crests.”

“The caravans of supplies arrived at the valley just at this period of gallantry and good fellowship. Bales were hastily ripped open, and there motley contents poured forth. A mania for purchasing spread itself throughout the several bands—munitions for war, for hunting, for gallantry, were seized upon with equal avidity—rifles, hunting knives, traps, scarlet cloth, red blankets, garish beads, and glittering trinkets, were bought at any price, and scores run up without any thought how they were ever to rubbed off. For the free trapper, especially, were extravagant in their purchases. For a free mountaineer to pause at a paltry consideration of dollars and cents, in the attainment of any object that might strike his fancy, would stamp him with the mark of the beast in the estimation of his comrades. For a trader to refuse credit “would be a flagrant affront scarcely to be forgiven”.

The full version of this account is in The American Fur Trade of the Far West by Hiram Martin Chittenden. This is very informative reading, although some of his facts do not agree with other scalars of the time. That would be why we can’t rely on only one source for our information.

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The above mentioned rendezvous took place on the upper Green River, where a good share of the fifteen recognized actual rendezvous’ took place.1825-1840). Our Bear lake Rendezvous is in the location of the 1827 and 1828 Rendezvous at the south end of Bear Lake Utah. This was the third and fourth rendezvous proceeded only by the first 1825, at Burnt Fork Wyoming and the second 1826, in Cache Valley Utah.

Recreating an authentic mountain man rendezvous at an historically correct actual rendezvous location, I feel, obligates us to stay as true to history as possible!

I’ve always been a believer in playing by the rules. You don’t use a bat to play football, and you don’t tackle the runner in a baseball game. Why would you sell beaded cell phone cover or Bic cigarette lighter covers at a rendezvous?

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A modern day rendezvous is supposed to be a representation of a historic event. This is what we will be doing at the Bear Lake Rendezvous. We appreciate those who have the same passion and are always on the lookout for like minded folks to join us.

Well that’s all for now. Just remember these words are only my opinion. I welcome the chance to discuss anyone’s opinions.

Soar Free
Kash

Here We Go

August 22nd-25th 2013

Hello The Camp!

Thanks to all who have pledged their support. We are happy to report the 2013 Bear Lake Rendezvous is ON!

Our plans are underway to make the 1st annual Bear Lake Mountain Man Rendezvous the “best / first” rendezvous you have ever attended.photo (4) - Copy

To all the Bear Lake visitors, seasoned buck-skinners and Rich County residents. Please mark your calendars and plan on attending.

 

 

 

For any questions, comments or offers please contact

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Chairman:  Kash Johnson             801-452-1518

Booshway: Roger Backus             435-616-5159

Segundo:    Craig Miller                435-901-3322

 

http://www.bearlakerendezvous.com

Facebook/bearlakerendezvou

Email: info@bearlakerendezvous.com

Mail: PO Box 44, Woodruff UT 84086

The Naked Truth

Hello All,

We started thinking about Bear Lake as a great place to re-create a mountain man rendezvous. After all, the Bear Lake Valley is the place two of the twenty mountain man rendezvous’s actually occurred (1827-28). In late August, the area is beautiful and full of fun seeking, enthusiastic visitors.

We, as a group, are fast approaching a crossroads in our planning, implementing and executing a successful 2013 Bear Lake Rendezvous. (BLR)

Here is a quick overview.

Things we have:

  • We found a landowner who appreciates the historical and educational elements a rendezvous re-creation would offer as well as celebrating the heritage of the area. He is willing to let us use his land accepting all the wear and tear that comes with holding an event concluding the sacrifice is worth it.
  • We have Kash Johnson, a dedicated mountain man historian with 14 years experience in managing mountain man rendezvous re-creations. His only interest is to share his passion with those willing and interested to learn about the mountain man era.
  • We have the support of the local community who are anxious to see a rendezvous event and embracing the idea.
  • We have local and state media anxious to cover the event because it is in UTAH.
  • We have a tourist based recreational area with over 15,000 people in the area playing and having fun on the scheduled weekend. It is a very focused local market with lots of people with a lot  of money looking for things to do. Translation: Traders have a lot of potential customers ready to spend.

Tasks accomplished

  • Meetings with the landowner, county commissioners, Laketown town council
  • Incorporated as Bear Lake Rendezvous Inc.
  • Applied for and received non-profit status
  • Fire Barrels
  • Land owner agreement
  • Site layout
  • Website www.bearlakerendezvous.com
  • Facebook page
  • Logo created
  • County permit
  • Hooters purchased and refurbished
  • Bank Account
  • Alliances formed with The National Oregon California Trail Center, The American West Heritage Center and Bear River Heritage Area.

Budget

Insurance $850

Port a pots $2000

Dump fees $500

Gate management $500

Office supplies $200

P.O. Box $45

State registration $15

501(c)(3) $400

Water $250

Land lease $300

Web page $100

Advertising $300

Unexpected/emergency funds $1000

Total $6460.00

Now, full disclosure. We have the money to proceed. So this is not a plea for money.

We have most of the ingredients necessary to cook up a great event.   But we have to have the participation of traders and campers to attract a visitor market. As of now we have 11 traders registered. The area will support as many as we want. We need to have 35 traders/campers signed up and committed to attend to provide a marketable product to the visitors.

If we do not have 35 traders/campers signed up/committed by June 20th  we will cancel the 2013 BLR and make plans for the 2014 BLR. All paid registrations will be 100 % refunded.

If we do cancel 2013 we would be interested to find out why there was not enough interest with the traders/campers. Bad dates? Too close to Bridger Rendezvous? Too hot? Think people will not attend? Bad Location?Your input will help us move forward and make changes as necessary for 2014.

Understandably, there is apprehension about a new event. Our number one goal was to produce a quality event for the participants as well as the visitors.  We will pursue this goal and refuse to offer a “bad” event that will denigrate the future of the Bear Lake Rendezvous.

Also,  receiving non-profit status will allow us to attract corporate sponsors who will be willing to contribute to the success of the future rendezvous. We can get into budgets for 2014 and the donation is then tax-deductible.

So anyway, thanks for reading through. It’s up to you. If you have registered, thank you. Please talk to all those that may not have heard. Pass on the info to friends and family. We are excited to proceed, if not this summer, next summer. We can make this a rendezvous to be proud of.

Thanks BLR INC.