The 2018 Rendezvous at Island Park was very successful despite a bit of damp weather. The Board was grateful for some good tent cover during their meeting. The “Country Store” and Saturday night auction were a great success, with over $3000 generated!
Talks were very well-attended. Marc Warnke shared his wisdom and experience hunting with packgoats, and he and Matt Lyons showed off a variety of saddles they’ve used.
Marc Warnke demonstrated his new packsaddle design.
Dwite Sharp gave a very well-attended talk on goat nutrition and parasites.
This was probably the best-attended Rendy in NAPgA history. This event keeps growing every year, and it does not disappoint. One of the best aspects is the variety of wisdom and experience that comes together in one place for a weekend. There is also a great deal of fun and camaraderie. We’re already looking forward to Rendy 2019!
For those of you who have been inquiring, the 2018 NAPgA Rendezvous will be taking place in Island Park, ID From Thursday, June 21 – Sunday, June 24. We don’t have all the details in place yet, but it will be held in the same location as Rendy 2015.
Many thanks to Kent Daniels for putting this event together! We’ll add more details as we get a schedule ironed out.
Many thanks to all the wonderful folks who attended Rendy 2017 in Lake City, CO. You made this event work! We especially want to thank all the generous folks who donated some really incredible items to the store/auction this year! It was amazing and the fundraiser was a huge success! Finally, special thank-you’s go out to Maggie Highland for coming so far to share about Bighorn disease research, to John Mionczynski for traveling down to share his wealth of wisdom and experience, to Edna Mason of the Lake City Forest Service for sharing her experiences working with Bighorns and domestic sheep grazing issues in the Lake City area, and to Jim Lovelace and Elijah Waters of the Gunnison BLM office for allowing us to host this event in Lake City. A great time was had by all!
Round up those goats and get ready for the 2017 NAPgA Rendezvous in fabulous Lake City, Colorado June 15 -18! We’ll camp at Pike Snowden Meadow about five miles west of Lake City on the Henson Creek Road. Click on the thumbnails below to see pictures of the camping area.
Activities include: – Friday classes on a variety of packgoat subjects featuring speakers John Mionczynski, Clay Zimmerman, Carolyn Eddy, and Nan Hassey
– NAPgA fundraiser store
– Potluck and music at the campfire Friday and Saturday nights
– Saturday trail service project on Alpine Gulch Trail
– Saturday afternoon equipment “show and tell”
– Weather permitting, Sunday hike up Uncompahgre Peak CLICK HERE for the complete schedule
– Nearby creek access for goat water
– Plenty of tree shade
– 1-mile hike to Nellie Creek Falls
– Short drive to Lake City
– Two easy miles to work project trail
You MUST bring certified weed-free hay (The BLM will be checking!). If you need certified hay, please contact Nan Hassey. Hay will be $10/bale. email: nanhassey @ yahoo dot com phone: 719-489-2732 (no text!)
Health certificates are required for all out-of-state goats. In the destination field, have your vet write “Camping 5 miles up Henson Creek Road (C.R. 20) at Nellie Creek intersection.”
The BLM is allowing us to camp in this location on the condition that we will keep the camping area clean and keep our goats contained. Goats in camp will need to be corralled or tethered and any leftover hay and bedding must be picked up every day. Goats must be kept where they can’t damage trees.
The Rendy store is NAPgA’s biggest fundraiser of the year! If you wish to donate items, please CLICK HERE for more information. Remember to bring cash or check so you can take home some of these wonderful items!
Please consider bringing items to donate to the Country Store. This is NAPgA’s biggest annual money maker. If you cannot attend but would like to help out, please send your donated items to Curtis King or Carolyn Eddy.
IF YOU PLAN TO BRING GOATS TO THE RENDEZVOUS, PLEASE READ THE FOLLOWING LINKS AND INFORMATION CAREFULLY!
You must have a HEALTH CERTIFICATE from your veterinarian. The destination address for the certificate is:
Umatilla National Forest
Forest Service Office
401 Main St.
Ukiah OR, 97880
IMPORTANT:This is a NAPgA sanctioned event and we are promoting responsible management practices. Therefore, we strongly encourage that goats coming to the Rendezvous be MOVI tested by a Vet at least once prior to coming. There is still time to do so. You will have an opportunity to have nasal swab #2 taken by Dr. Maggie Highland at the Rendezvous, “FREE OF CHARGE.”
North American Pack Goat Association NAPgA Rendezvous Thursday June 25-Sunday June 28
Who: Pack goat enthusiasts of all ages, goats welcome too! Dogs allowed if kept under control at all times. Dates: Thursday June 25-Sunday June 28 Cost: Free! Donations to NAPgA gladly accepted. Location: 11 miles north of Island Park Idaho, and 3.4 miles west off Highway 20. Google Maps link: 2015 Rendezvous location Camping/access: This is a primitive camping area. No hookups. Restrooms (portable outhouses) will be provided. There is no running water, some will be provided for humans and goats, or you can bring your own. This is a large flat open area with lots of pine trees and camping sites. Access is good for cars, trailers and RVs (gravel road). There is plenty of goat browse. Weed free hay is also available, must notify http://email@example.com ahead of time. Firewood can be gathered adjacent to the camping area. THIS IS BEAR COUNTRY! Please see link for camping and food storage in Bear Country: Bear Ethics Other Lodging Available: Red Rock RV Park (hookups), Drift Lodge, Island Park Village, Macks Inn, all within 10 miles Typical Weather: daytime highs in the 70s, nighttime lows in the 30s. Cell phone service: (ATT and Verizon) available
Nearby Amenities: Island Park (11 miles) has gas, groceries, ice Island Park Amenities Highlights:
NAPgA Country Store/Auction–This is a good opportunity to support the biggest fund raiser for the NAPgA as well as get some cool items and pack gear for a great price. Donations will be gladly accepted! To donate items, contact: http://firstname.lastname@example.org
Featured speakers, John Mionczynski, “Father of Goat-Packing.” Also Dr. Maggie Highland will be presenting her latest research findings regarding disease transmission between domestic sheep and bighorn sheep and the implications for goat-packing.
Educational sessions–proper packing techniques, goat care, backpacking and goat-packing tips and tricks, and more!
Preregister by emailing http://email@example.com with # of humans and # of goats. Contact phone after 4PM Mountain time: 208-351-7111
Tentative 2015 Rendezvous Schedule will be updated as more details emerge
June 25 Thursday–Registration. On own or a local hike. Maps available.
5PM-6PM NAPgA Country Store open, (proceeds benefit NAPgA) stop in and buy some cool stuff!
June 26 Friday–Registration continues
9AM-4PM Work project, Clear 4 miles of trail (Downed trees and brush) from Sawtell peak road to Rock Creek Basin.
4PM-6PM Country Store open (proceeds benefit NAPgA) stop in and buy some cool stuff!
6PM Social Hour/Potluck Dinner/Potluck Dessert?
Guest Speaker (tentative): Dr. Maggie Highland, Agricultural Research Station Washington State University. Domestic – Bighorn Sheep Interface. Problem Overview and Research.
7PM-9PM Country Store open(proceeds benefit NAPgA) stop in and buy some cool stuff!
7:30 pm Evening speaker Randy Gravatt-Naturalist , Wolf & Grizzly Discovery in West Yellowstone. Bears & wolves/bear spray demonstration
June 27 Saturday
12 PM-2PM, 4PM-6PM Country Store open
Games–games, obstacle course, “bonded goat.” Prize to who can collect the most trash
Classes–hoof trimming, GPS, map/compass navigation. Dehydrating food for backpacking. Making natural cordage from dogbane. Forest Service wildlife trailer, bear claws and paws and animal skins
6 PM Potluck Dinner/Auction of unsold items from Country Store
7 PM Speaker John Mionczynski, Author of “The Pack Goat.”
June 28 Sunday–
Breakfast, pack up,clean up
Special Offer! NAPgA Tshirt, only $25. Show up to the Rendezous making the ultimate “fashion statement! For more info, contact Charlie Jennings http://firstname.lastname@example.org