For many Obsidians, the high point of the year is the annual Summer Camp, a week long campout with meals provided. The location of past Summer Camps reads like a roster of scenic Northwest America: The Wallowas, the Grand Tetons, the High Sierras, the Sawtooths, the North Cascades, the Strawberries and of course the Oregon Cascades, to name but a few!

Link to past Summer Camps


Camp Funkhouser
Summer Camp 2017 ~ North Cascades, Washington

July 30 – August 5, 2017

The 2017 Obsidian Summer Camp, Camp Funkhouser, will be by the  Methow River in the North Cascades near Winthrop, Washington.  The camp is not at a developed site this year, but in a dispersed camping area that is relatively flat and treed.  All participants will need to tent or RV.  RV spaces may be limited, but we won't know specifically how many we can accommodate until about mid May.  All meals are included, starting with dinner on July 30 and ending with breakfast on August 5. 


Camp Funkhouser Summer Camp Booklet

  Methow Valley Washington Trail Map, 2015, Adventure Maps, Inc.
  This is a very good map of the areas we will be adventuring in. You can order online,   $12.99

Okanogan National Forest, 1999, US Forest, United States Department of Agriculture $9.00. 

   Methow Valley Summer Trail Map, Methow Trails.
   Available online and for free download at:
   Nice overview map of area with detail for Winthrop, Twisp and Sun Mountain.

Guide Books
  Day Hike! North Cascades: The Best Trails You Can Hike in a Day, 3rd edition, 2014 by Mike McQuaide.
  With a newer copyright, this might be a better choice.  

  Day Hiking North Cascades, 2008, Seattle Mountaineers by Craig Romano
  It was recommended by sales people at Winthrop Mountain Sports.  The author presented a program on the San Juan Islands at the November 2014 Obsidian Potluck.

  Methow Trails:
Methow Valley Ranger District:
Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest:
  Interactive Forest Map and Downloadable Topos
  Washington Trails Association:
  Winthrop -
   2017 Summer Methow Valley Supplement:

Books of Local Interest
The Good Rain: Across Time and Terrain in the Pacific Northwest, 2011 by Timothy Egan
The author follows a ghost, Theodore Winthrop, who wrote the first national book about the Northwest in the 1850s.  That journey went by horseback and canoe. The modern jaunt goes by kayak, hoof, plane, Coast Guard life raft and car to explore the natural and human wonder at the far edge of the continent.”  Egan begins his travelogue near Winthrop Glacier at Mt. Rainier and continues through Oregon, Washington, and British Columbia. An interesting read!

The Smiling Country; A History of the Methow Valley, 2002, 2nd edition by Sally Portman
Twenty-six chapters, each with a different subject, and a robust index make it easy to find the answers to your questions.  Do you want to know more about the Methow Indians, gold seekers, Mazama (smallest town in Methow Valley), Sun Mountain Resort, firefighters, floods, and wildlife?   Who was Owen Wister who wrote “Here was a smiling country — Winning the heart at sight. “How did the nearby Ballard Campground get its name?  Who was Theodore Winthrop?   The author, the Winthrop librarian and a longtime resident, said that writing the book turned out to be a three-year saga. A copy will be available at camp. It can be purchased at the Trail’s End Bookstore in Winthrop.

Saddle and Canoe; An early 19th Century ride through the Pacific North-West by Theodore Winthrop Winthrop was 25 years old and a graduate of Yale when he spent the summer of 1853 in Oregon and Washington Territory.  Check it out from the Eugene Library to browse

Summer Camp Sign Up
Registering for Summer camp will be by online signup starting on Monday April 17 about 7:00AM, followed within five days by submitting by mail your registration form along with your camp fees.  Obsidian members will have sign up preference for the first week and nonmembers may signup starting   April 24.   A registration form will be included as an insert with your April Obsidian Bulletin and available as a download from the Obsidian website. See the back of the registration form for detailed guidance on signup, registration, payment and other details.

Camp Funkhouser Registration Form

Summer Camp Fees
Camp Funkhouser fees will be $270 members, $310 nonmember adults and children, $220 child (6-12) and children 5 and under are free.  A hardship subsidy of $50 is available to members only.  Remember full fees are due within 5 days of online signup - we no longer accept an initial deposit followed by the balance later.

Summer Camp Rally
The Summer Camp Rally will be Friday, June 9 at 7:00PM at the Obsidian Lodge.  (This is not the June potluck, so don’t bring food.)  The Rally will include details about Camp Funkhouser including what to expect, what to bring, maps of the area, a slideshow of the area and a lot more.  You will be able to pick up your Camp Funkhouser Booklet at the Rally and ask any questions you may have.

About Summer Camp
Located in the North Cascades near Winthrop, Washington, this area on the east side of the North Cascades provides incredible hiking opportunities in varied scenic alpine settings.  This will be the fourth time we have selected this area for our Obsidian Summer Camp in the last 30 years.  Previous camps in the Winthrop area were Camp Kocher in 1989, Camp Harvey in 1996 and Camp Jacobsen II in 2001. Traditionally our Summer Camps are named in honor of the Board of Directors President and this year we honor Board President Laurie Funkhouser.

Some of the areas to see - photos from the 2001 Obsidian Summer Camp:

Fisher Peak from Easy Pass

View from Cutthroat Pass


Obsidians at Blue Lake with Liberty Bell and Early Winter Spires along the skyline

More questions about Summer Camp? Contact John Jacobsen -



Oh, the Places We Have Been

Strawberry Mountains
2014 Summer Camp - Eastern Oregon

Trinity Alps
2013 Summer Camp - Northern California

North Cascades
2004 & 2012 Summer Camp - Washington

Bumpass Hell, Lassen National Park
2009 Summer Camp
- California

Sawtooth Mountains
2008 Summer Camp - Idaho

West Yellowstone, Madison R.
2007 Summer Camp - Montana

Olympic Peninsula
2006 Summer Camp - Washington


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