Requirement #4 of the American Mountain Men

4. Must have spent at least one full week in a primitive encampment in the company of other members at the Territorial AMM Rendezvous (Eastern or Western) or the National (Rocky Mountain) AMM Rendezvous.

This requirement is optional for advancement to Bossloper and mandatory for the Hiveranno degree.

The hardest thing about this requirement for most men is getting the time away from work and family. Each of these rendezvous are held once a year in various places, sponsored by various brigades. The schedule varies from year to year except for the National rendezvous which is always held around the first of July. The announcements for the events are included in the Moccasin Mail newsletter and Tomahawk and Long Rifle magazine.

The spirit of this requirement is to participate in the large gatherings. These rendezvous usually start on a Saturday and end the following Saturday. To me “Must have spent at least one full week” means arrive on Saturday and stay until the following Saturday. Monday – Friday is not “one full week”.

The last National rendezvous I attended had too many uninvited guests. These “guests” caused problems for the hosting brigade and for the members in general. It caused a split between the AMM members present that continues to this day.

As listed in our Standing Rules – D. Any member sponsoring a guest must be a Bossloper or Hiveranno. He shall be restricted to inviting one guest and the guest in turn may bring only members of their immediate family. The attire and conduct of any guest shall be the responsibility of the person offering the invitation.

The Code of the Mountains should have been applied. 9. At any association activity I shall follow the rules set forth by the Booshway in charge or leave of my own free will.

About Gabe the Shootist

I am retired from public service, a trained gunsmith, pump mechanic, an old pipeliner, passable electrician, carpenter, truck driver, amateur blacksmith, proof reader, experienced hunter, shooter, reloader, avid canoeist, Renaissance man, jack of all trades, all around good guy (with the caveat: I won't be insulted, lied to or laid a hand on. I don't do these things to other people and I require the same from them.).
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