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 Nelson
Summer Camp 2003


August 2 to August 9, 2003  -  Wallowa National Forest, Oregon

Obsidian Summer Camp in 2003 will be held in the Wallowa – Whitman National Forest in northeast Oregon at a well situated area located between the Eagle Cap Wilderness Area and the Hells Canyon Recreation Area.  We will be camping at Coverdale Campground on the Imnaha River, approximately 41 miles from Joseph, Oregon.  The Prospectus and Registration Form, available below, has all the details about Camp Nelson as well as information about costs, signing up, etc.  A Registration Only Form is available if you need extra registrations.  Registrations are being accepted after February 1, 2003.

Prospectus and Registration      Registration Only
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Coverdale Campground, Hells Canyon NRA/Eagle Cap Wilderness, Oregon
(NAD27) 45 deg 06' 27" North, 116 deg 55' 20" West
UTM Zone 11T 506130 easting 4994666 northing
Elevation: 4300 ft. (1310 m)
See a map of Coverdale CG

Camp Nelson Rally at April Potluck

The Camp Nelson Summer Camp Rally will be on Friday, April 25, 2003, at the Obsidian Lodge.  The potluck dinner will begin at 6:30 p.m., followed by information and slides of the Camp site, the beautiful Eagle Cap Wilderness Area, the Snake River Canyon, and surrounding countryside.  Both new campers and experienced campers alike are encouraged to attend this potluck to learn more about the Camp, to ask questions and to participate in discussions.  The Camp Nelson Booklet will be available to all registered campers at this Camp Rally.  Royal Murdock has again prepared a very informative booklet, including important information on travel routes, historical and geographical features of the area, safety precautions, and camp procedures.  He has also included a great summary of the many hikes that can be taken.

In addition, there will be pictures posted of the area, along with maps.  There will be order forms available for you to pick up if you wish to order maps or other information from the Wallowa Mountains Visitor’s Center in Enterprise, Oregon.

As you may have heard, Camp Nelson had a tremendous response.  Consequently, there is a very large waiting list, so your spot will be immediately replaced if the balance of your Summer Camp Registration fee is not received on or before June 1st.  If you paid a $20 deposit and are an Obsidian member, then your balance is $116; if you are a nonmember, then your balance is $146; and if you are a child age 6-11 years, then you would owe $46.  All children 5 years and under are free.

The balance of your Summer Camp Registration fee is due on or before June 1st.
If you have any questions regarding these amounts,
PLEASE contact Sharon Ritchie at
or call (541) 342-8435, before writing the check.

You are encouraged to come to the potluck even if you did not initially make the Camp Roster.  Every year there are people on the Camp Roster, who for various reasons are not able to attend, providing many opportunities for those on the Wait List to take their places.

If you need a ride to Camp Nelson or are willing to take passengers, please let Sharon Ritchie know.  In addition, there will be sign-up lists at the April Potluck, where you will be encouraged to sign up if you need a ride, or if you are willing to take some passengers with you on the ride to Camp.  Sharon Ritchie will coordinate the communication between these two lists of individuals.

 Remember: Mark Your Calendar
Friday April 25, 2003
Summer Camp Rally – Obsidian Lodge 6:30 p.m


Wallowa Mountains from Enterprise

Imnaha River at Coverdale CG

Coverdale CG

Coverdale CG - Kitchen/Dining Area

Hells Canyon

Seven Devils Mountains across from Hells Canyon

Don Doerr with Sacajawea Peak in background

Mountains in Eagle Cap

Helpful Links

 Hells Canyon NRA    Wallowa-Whitman National Forest    FS Pictures of Coverdale CG

Eagle Cap Wilderness      Joseph, Oregon    Wallowa Mtns A Natural History Guide

An Interesting Travelogue of the Area

Questions about Summer Camp?
Contact: Don Doerr - 484-4950 -



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