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 Ė August 5, 2016

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. 

Here are some web sites to explore:
  Methow Trails:
Methow Valley Ranger District:
Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest:
  Winthrop -

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 donít 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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