Advance registration is taking place now for the 35th annual Jed Smith Mountain Men Tall Trees Rendezvous, which runs from June 28 to July 5 at the Del Norte Rod and Gun Club off Rowdy Creek Road east of U.S. Highway 101.
The gathering is a chance for experienced and new mountaineers to re-enact the history of the Western frontier.
Dedicated mountaineers live in a primitive encampment, where tents are made of canvas and traditional clothing is required. Modern camping conveniences are allowed outside the camp, but participants are encouraged to learn how to “rough it.”
Throughout the event, visitors are welcome to stop by and see what primitive camping entails.
Mountain men will participate in shooting competitions featuring muzzle-loading rifles. Women and children are encouraged to shoot too, with youth ages 5 and up able to compete.
Knife and tomahawk ax-throwing contests will also take place, along with Dutch oven and apple pie contests.
The public is invited to visit the encampment and browse Traders Row for knives, buckskins, cookware and jewelry. Admission is free for visitors.
For more information, contact club president and Crescent City resident Don Gobin, 464-5119. His mountain man name is “Wet Dog.”
The organization’s mailing address is Jed Smith Mountain Men, P.O. Box 4594, Brookings, OR 97415.