Rendezvous Participants 2022

Rendezvous Participants 2022

Waugh Rendezvous Friends!

2022 marks the 20th year that Tesoro has commemorated the American Mountain Men of the 1830-1840s era and their part in this historical blending with Indian and Hispanic cultures to live, trade and celebrate. Tesoro’s Rendezvous re-creates the rough and tough life of the early fur trappers of the American West, during this annual gathering of the tri-cultures from the 1830-1840s Bent’s Fort era. Tall tales, fun, food, competition, art, education, camping and a whole lot of interesting people will make this a memorable and exciting weekend for visitors of all ages!

Be ready for high adventure activities such as a competition black powder shoot, flint & steel fire starting, and a scavenger hunt. Observe the buckskin attire of the Mountain Men and Women, as well as the accessories of the Traders. Learn as they demonstrate the crafts and skills that were necessary to survive during the era of the fur trapper. Learn where they lived and the equipment they carried and used. Take time to listen and learn from those who have traveled the trail before you or a different trail altogether.

Here’s a list of Mountain Men and Women Participants for 2022

Vic BarkinVic Nathan Barkin

Louisville, CO

1830s trapper/hunter. Special display of original and exact recreation flintlock firearms of the Rocky Mountain fur trade 1810-1840


Edward DuncanEdward Duncan

Colorado Springs, CO

Will be portraying a trader.

James HebbJames Irvin Hebb

Wheat Ridge, CO

Will be portraying Ceran St. Vrain, who is one of the founders of Bent’s Fort in La Junta, CO.

Dave HeideDavid Heide

Elizabeth, CO

Will demonstrate proper use of a flintlock rifle.

Cecilia Hunter

Santa Fe, NM

Will be portraying La Tules, who ran a gambling saloon in Santa Fe in the early 1800s and won many a monte game because of her distracting beauty and her ability to read the minds of the men she played against.

Karin Christine Kowalski

Centennial, CO

Will be sorting, washing, drying, and spinning churro wool and discussing jerga cloth trade on the Santa Fe Trail.

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Roy MartinRoy R. Martin

Laramie, WY

Will be portraying and explaining life in a plains tipi.

Jim PhillipsJim Phillips

Colorado Springs, CO

Will interpret the role of Eastern Indian hunters in the Western Fur Trade.

Sam PisciottaSam J. Pisciotta

Pueblo, CO

Trader from the 1820s.

Rex RideoutRex Rideout

Conifer, CO

Music and Stories from the Early West.

Michael SchaubsMichael Schaubs

Littleton, CO

Trader who will discuss trading goods and the procedures and processes. He will also demonstrate the sign language that was used to trade goods.


John SteinleJohn Steinle

Arvada, CO

Portraying William Bent offering beads, trade guns, lead, gunpowder, blankets, trade cloth, tomahawks, knives, sugar, etc.  Supplies sold at Bent’s Fort in the 1830s-40s.

Kris SwansonKris Swanson

Park City, UT

Traditional Tipi Living.

Greg WaltripGreg Waltrip

Trader from Bent St. Vrain Company

Annie Watterson photoAnnie Watterson

Demonstrating period sewing techniques, specifically hand sewing Mexican women’s chemises.

Angela Weeden

Centennial, CO

Will work with fleeces from churro sheep, wash them with yucca root, hand card them & spin them on a drop spindle while discussing the process of production and trade of jerga cloth.