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Overlanding Expo in Texas . . .

A friend sent me over some details on the Texas Avid Outdoors 2017 Fall Outdoor Expo, taking place October 13th – 15th in Llano.

Here’s what caught my attention:

Friday will be vendor check in and for folks who want to camp for the weekend. Saturday is the main event(s) with some great things planned and Sunday is when everyone says their sad goodbyes and goes home. We have also decided to make a change in venue as well. To accommodate a longer and larger event, we have moved the event to Oxford Ranch Campgrounds in Llano. The place is beautiful and just a short drive to Enchanted Rock! While our event is still free, the campground does charge $8 per day but includes being able to camp the night as well! Last, but not least, we are changing our format. While we have always balanced both the family camping aspect with overland/expedition aspect, this year we are have made the decision to focus on the overland lifestyle. This comes from a growth in our personal tastes more than anything. For those who are unaware of what overlanding is, it essentially vehicle-based camping without necessarly having a destination in mind. It is definitely based in adventure! We have some amazing vendors lined up as well as some great interactive things, like a pinewood derby, as well as educational classes and lessons that include outdoor photography, first aid and offroad vehicle recovery. Stay tuned for updates as we move forward. We look forward to seeing so many of our old friends and family!

Interestingly enough, the TAO group looks like a few buddies that got together and took their adventures online.  Super cool.

. . . and they’ve gotten some cool overlanding vendors to come down to Central Texas!   Huzzah!

For more details, check out their website.

The Revenant

The Good

I am a mountain man, by Gawd! so I am excited to a mountain man movie no matter what. The opening sequence of the trappers in the wilderness getting their beaver furs packed up for the long journey back was amazing. The intensity of the Indian attack kept me on the edge of my seat and the scenes of the trappers doing the business trapping felt truly authentic. The fur-trade era fort was amazing and felt real.   It was cold, damn cold. Tom Hardy was incredible as the malicious trapper Fitzgerald.  The bear attack . . . THE FREAKIN’ BEAR ATTACK!!

The costumes were spot-on, with one small exception below . . .

The Bad

How did the Indian get into the tree to snipe the trappers? Indians shooting arrows from sniper-rifle range distance? I found myself wondering if these were a lost tribe of ninjas.   The flashback scenes showed a group of soldiers attacking the Pawnee that really looked like Spaniards.   Glass and his son looked like they were the same age.   Glass was in his early 40s when the bear incident occurred, because Leo doesn’t age, he looks like a kid, dressed like a man, dressed like a mountain man.   Which for Hollywood is probably spot on . . .

Our hero grabbed a pistol from the Frenchman and proceeded to fire it four times without reloading. Did he grab a shot pouch that I missed? Luckily grab the right size ball?   And my most fundamental question for a pack of pre-1840s dudes living in the wilderness . . . where were all of their hats?

Looks like Pedersoli (or one of their distributors) did a good bit of business on this movie . . .

The Run-down

There are a lot of classic movie moments in here.   The most obvious is the cutting open the pony to stay warm – calling back to the tauntaun scene in ESB.   Two elements from First Blood – the jumping off the cliff into the tree to break a fall, using gunpowder to cauterize a wound. And finally, the inevitable ending where our protagonist and antagonist square off to settle the scope with hawk, knife and fisticuffs.

Overall, I would say it’s probably worth seeing, but I just don’t see the staying power of a Jeremiah Johnson

Bullpup . . . . Muzzleloader?

Admittedly, I am somewhat addicted to Gunbroker.

For the armchair arms enthusiast, time and resources hampered by a pile of children, it’s a great way to get your gun porn on . . . the variety and type of weapons and accessories that show up on there is overwhelming.

Which is why it helps to limit yourself to a theme.

Being of a blackpowder/muzzleloader bent, I am always looking for cool vintage muzzleloader arms to take to rendezvous or a pack-in.

I am not sure how the below would fit into the pre-1840s scene, but it was certainly an interesting idea.

 

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The Awesome!

Paintball this weekend – The Ranch – December 1, 2012

Paintball this weekend – The Ranch – December 1, 2012

We are playing this Saturday, December 1st at The Ranch.  The weather will be sunny with a high of 76 – are you kidding me?   Plan on rendezvousing at the old HEB around 9:15am or at the gate by 9:30am and we’ll stage at the location.   If you need specific directions, contact me off-line.

Primary scenario:  SEARCH AND FREAKIN’ DESTROY

Since we’ll be on “big land” we”ll have plenty of space for the old search and destroy scenario.   Plus we’ll do some ambush/counter-ambush and general brush fighting action.

Special requirements:  We will start in one location, but likely move out and move around, so plan on carrying extra pods and your sustainment gear.  If you have radios (FRS), this is a great scenario to use them .  We’ll have the team radios out there as well.

If you plan on being or bringing out someone as a guest this weekend, please let me know in advance, so that we can have some gear put aside for them. Thanks to the marker work day, we have a few guest set-ups that are ready to go.  Bring a ruck and what you need to sustain while playing (water, camelback, etc.).

Please note, if you need directions they are posted in the forums, under the “Orion Raiders Paintball” section.  There will also be a games discussion for this weekend listed there as well.

Please RSVP for this game by:

1) Responding via email to this message
2) Accepting the event via the Facebook event page

If you are unable to attend this game, our next game will be Saturday, February 9, 2013.

Look forward to seeing everyone there!

Paintball Update – The Ranch – December 1, 2012

Mark your calendars – Paintball is coming!

Our next game will be Saturday, December 1st at The Ranch.  

Primary scenario:  SEARCH AND FREAKIN’ DESTROY

Since we’ll be on “big land” we”ll have plenty of space for the old search and destroy scenario.   Plus we’ll do some ambush/counter-ambush and general brush fighting action. 

Special requirements:  We will start in one location, but likely move out and move around, so plan on carrying extra pods and your sustainment gear.  If you have radios (FRS), this is a great scenario to use them .  We’ll have the team radios out there as well.

We may have a workday prior to this session, depending on what happens with the Orion Valley, but in either case, we’ll end-up moving all of our forts and treehouses to the new location.

We will be talking up this game via Facebook and the forums, so get involved in the conversation to get jazzed up for this event.

Please RSVP for this game by:

1) Responding via email to this message
2) Accepting the event via the Facebook event page

If you are unable to attend this game, our next game will be Saturday, February 9, 2013.

Look forward to seeing everyone there!

Paintball this weekend – Orion Valley – October 13, 2012

We are playing this Saturday, October 13th at Orion Valley.  I know we’d originally talked about the Ranch, but since we still have access to Orion Valley for the time being, I thought we should run this one there.  The weather will be sunny with a high of 86. Be at the field and ready to go by 9:30am.

Primary scenarioINFILTRATOR!!!

That’s right – the third exclamation point means it’s extra awesome.  It’s been awhile since we’ve been out in the field, so let’s burn some paintballs and get into action.

Special requirements:  Lots of paint.  Paintball grenades, as applicable.

If you plan on being or bringing out someone as a guest this weekend, please let me know in advance, so that we can have some gear put aside for them. At this point, we have 3-4 guest markers, so there is some kit available.

Bring a ruck and what you need to sustain while playing (water, camelback, etc.), so you don’t have to climb up and down the death hill to get your goods.

If you are unable to attend this weekend, our next game will be Saturday, December 1st.

Look forward to seeing everyone there!

Paintball this weekend – THP Quarry – May 19, 2012

We are playing this Saturday, May 19th at The Human Path Quarry. This will be a late afternoon/evening game, as we will be play OPFOR for Sam’s Combat Medic Test. It should be sunny in the high 80s. If you don’t know how to get to the THP location, plan on rendezvousing at my place at 4:00pm. We can load-up, brief and caravan to the location.

Primary scenario: OPFOR
We will be running force on force drills against the THP Combat Medic candidates. Sam will brief us on the scenarios and plan when we arrive at the Quarry location. We will be able to stage with the vehicles and then will be patrolling from staging.

Special requirements: Bring your standard kit with an emphasis on movement. If you need an LBE/LBV, please let me know in advance. Bring a ruck and what you need to sustain while playing (water, camelback, etc.). If you have airsoft equipment, please bring that out as well.

Due to the nature of this scenario, this will be a no guests game.

Please note, if you need directions they are posted in the forums, under the “Orion Raiders Paintball” section. There will also be a games discussion for this weekend listed there as well.

Look forward to seeing everyone there!