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
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
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
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
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
Methow Valley Ranger District:
Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest:
Interactive Forest Map and Downloadable Topos
Washington Trails Association:
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
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
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:
More questions about Summer
Camp? Contact John Jacobsen -
Oh, the Places We Have Been