Academy of Grace and Valor at Rapier Camp

The Barony of Aarquelle is pleased to welcome the Barony of Caerthe 
in the combined events 
Highlands Rapier Camp 
Academy of Grace and Valor

September 28 - 30, 2018

Location: The Big Meadow
Buena Vista, Colorado
(Map Below)
(The Battlemoor site!)

Event Autocrats:

    Event Coordinators:
       Rapier:               Lady Elora Von Effyn
       Heavy:               The Honorable Lord Kios 
       Archery:            THL Forrester
       Equestrian:        Lady Lisette
       Non-Combat:     The Honorable Lady Pettronella
       Royal Liaison:    Master Jethro

The Academy is still accepting instructors.  If you are interested in teaching a class, please contact the appropriate coordinator.

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Site Opens:  Friday, September 28, 12:00 noon
   Site Closes:   Sunday, September 30, 4:00 PM

    Site Fees  
                Adult:  $25.00 
                    (plus $5.00 for non-members)
                 Youth (7-12): $10.00
                 Under 6:  no charge
                 Family Cap:  $70.00

        Day Trip
               Adult:  $15.00 
                    (plus $5.00 for non-members)
                 Youth (7-12): $10.00
                 Under 6:  no charge
                 Family Cap:  $50.00

    Pre-Registration: Click here.   Pre-registration must be received by September 14, 2018.  

The Outlands' premier rapier schola, armored combat collegium, IKAC archery shoot and A&S University is finally here. Combine it with the most beautiful site in the kingdom, throw in reduced price trips to the hot springs, then add a swimming pond and flowing creek to the wooded camping area. Then remember you can let someone else prepare some of your meals.  How can you miss this event? 

This is also the Battlemoor site. Come marvel at the level ground, good roads, open woods and clear meadows. All this is a few minutes from downtown Buena Vista. 

 Activities at the Academy of Grace and Valor at Rapier Camp

    Rapier Classes

    Heavy Classes

    Archery Classes

    Non-Combat Classes


    Campfire (fire bans rarely linger into September)

    Fall Colors


    MOD Rapier Tournament


    Lunch on Saturday and Sunday is included with the site fee.  The menu is here.

Because this is a combined event, there are two websites.  We're tryng to keep them parallel, but if something is missing from here, check out the other site:

Site Information & Directions:
The Big Meadow in Buena Vista, CO is a site to behold. It is a working ranch nestled along Cottonwood Creek. The primary camping area is underneath the cottonwoods for which the creek is named. We will have a central camp fire (fire restrictions permitting), but otherwise, assume the same rules the kingdom uses for Battlemoor. Classes will be held within walking distance of the camping area. 

There is an active creek on the site, with most the camp sites being next to the creek. If you have have any other special accommodations, such as the desire to camp with a group, please contact the land coordinator as we will only reserve group space via pre-registrations. Anything else is on a first come, first served basis.

Camping Information & Site Restrictions
Please bring your own water,;currently there is no running potable water available on site. 
Some local hotel alternatives are listed below if you wish to pre-plan a camping alternative. Reserve early!  Sept. 28/29 is one of the prime weekends for viewing the fall colors.  The hotels fill up!
Pets on leash or directly controlled allowed, but you must clean up after your pets. (Folks in long garb and good shoes or sandals will be most appreciative of this courtesy.) 
Prepare for warm days and cool nights. 
Each camp with a fire must have a fire extinguisher. Fire restrictions are subject to change at any time, but even so fires must be off ground and have an on/off switch. 
Please dispose of cigarette butts properly.   
The creek will be available for splashing but there are NO lifeguards. Parents are responsible for their children.

We can only accommodate camping trailers / RVs if they are prearranged. Also if you need hook ups, there are a number of camp grounds within 10 minutes of the site, but there are none on site. 

Site is WET. 

PLEASE BRING YOUR OWN WATER!  Yes, there is a creek, but you really don't want to drink it.  

Directions From Denver (2.5 hours)
Take US 285 South (Towards Fairplay, CO)
Turn RIGHT at junction of US 24 and US 285 onto US 24 (Towards Buena Vista, CO)
Turn LEFT at Crossman / Cty Rd 350 (at stoplight by the Super 8 Motel)
Turn LEFT onto the Big Meadow 

Directions from Albuquerque  (5 hours)
Take I25 North 
Take US 285 North (Near Santa Fe)
Go STRAIGHT at junction of US 24 and US 285 onto US 24 (Towards Buena Vista, CO)
Turn LEFT at Crossman / Cty Rd 350 (at stoplight by the Super 8 Motel)
Turn LEFT onto the Big Meadow 

Directions from Pueblo  (2.75 hours) Alternative route to Hwy 50
Head WEST on Highway 50 
10 miles west of Canon City, turn RIGHT on state highway 9
Follow CO-9 for 47 miles to Hartsel.  (You'll pass the turn to Guffey.  You'll also pass the plot of land where future events may be held, if we buy enough marshmallow trebuchets and fudge to finish the improvements .)
Turn LEFT on Hwy 24-West for 13 miles
Turn LEFT on Hwy 24 / US Hwy 285 for 14 miles
Turn RIGHT at the light.  Stay on Hwy 24 into Buena Vista
Turn LEFT at Crossman / Cty Rd 350 (at stoplight by the Super 8 Motell)
Turn LEFT onto the Big Meadow 

Big Meadow

Other Lodging
While the camping is amazing, we understand not everyone wants to pitch a tent. Below are some recommendations of places to stay in the area. 

Super 8 Motel
(About 1 mile from the site - direct route, just up 350)

South Main Vacation Rentals
They are the newest in the area. The land owner of our site also owns them.

Surf Chateau
This is the newest hotel in the are (just opened), and the land / site owner also owns it. 

For some other options:
If it says Buena Vista or Nathrop, it is within 5-15 minutes.