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Registration open for this summer's programs.
Letter from the Bondi's

Thank you to all our guests and those who kept the faith and were rewarded with a winters worth of snow in a 3 week period of time in February.  Epic nordic skiing and endless fun in the snow have now transitioned to early spring bird song and a seasonal break from the innkeeper action for the Bondi family. The trail groomer just drove by, so skiing isn't quite done yet, but we truly are excited for the upcoming activities of spring and summer.  See below for more information...

contact info: 509/996-2334;
In This Issue
  • Letter from the Bondi's
  • Up and Coming
  • Reflections
  • Employees Corner
  • Testimonials
  • Resident Wildlife
  • Local Roots
  • Mica's Musings

Up and Coming This Summer!

All our upcoming seasonal programs and registration information are listed on our website's Upcoming Events page.  Make sure to refresh your browser to see the most up-to-date info on our site.

Kidz Summer Art & Nature Day Camps
When:  August 5-7  Habitat! Habitat!
              August 12-14  Native Flowers, Plants, Leaves &Trees
              August 19-21  In the Garden

During August, 7-12 yr olds are invited to join art teacher Deirdre Cassidy and biologist Kim Romain-Bondi for one to three sessions of nature-based art camps and summer fun at the Basecamp! 
Cost:  $90/session, includes art supplies.

Click here to see our poster and brochure to find out more details on each camp; call or email the North Cascades Basecamp with questions or to register 509.996.2334, 

Vertical World Rock-Climbing:  Mazama Outdoor Camp
When:  August 18-22, 2014

For new and experienced climbers 10-16 yrs of age, this overnight camp features four days of outdoor climbing, outdoor games and activities, and transportation from/to Seattle provided by Vertical World Climbing Gym in Seattle, and lodging/ food provided by the Basecamp for camp participants. 

For more information, see their brochure link here, for registration contact Vertical World - Seattle Office  206.283.4497, or email

Methow Endurance's Women's Running and Yoga Retreat 
with Alison Naney

When:  October 2-5, 2014

Join Alison for a fun-filled weekend of
mazama_trails.jpgchanging leaves and crisp, sunny days.  You'll enjoy guided trail runs in groups based on level and distance, technique instruction, injury prevention and strength session, daily yoga and nutrition discussion. 

For more information or to register, see Methow Endurance's website link here

Fall Colors in the Mountains : Watercolor Retreat with
Paula Christen

When:  October 23-26, 2014

Come experience watercolors focusing on
solid basic skills using the autumn landscape for inspiration.  Paula's retreats are for  beginners as well as the experienced watercolorists; Three full days of instruction, demonstration, and critique, as well as individual time to paint, good food and companionship. 

For more information, rates or to register, contact Paula at or 509.996.2598, or register online here.  For more info on accommodations, please contact the North Cascades Basecamp at 509.996.2334 or


Thank you to all our Community Soup and Presentation Series Speakers.  We had amazing presenters who shared their energy and naturalist passions with our Mazama Community, both inside the classroom and outside in the elements.
  • Connie Mehmel
  • Methow Valley Poets Sam Lucy, Linda Robertson, Danica Ready-Kaufman, Bo Thrasher, and Ken Bevis
  • Jeff Lewis
  • Alexis Billings
  • Robert Wielgus
  • Tom Campion
  • Gene Shull
  • Kip and Celeste Roberts 
Thank you also to all our Thursday night guests- we wouldn't and couldn't do these without you! 

Methow Valley Elementary School 2nd Grade: 
Ecosystems Field Day

The North Cascades Basecamp hosted the 3rd annual Ecosystems Field Day, where 2nd grade students spent a day at the Basecamp learning about how animals adapt to our winter environment.  Students used snowshoes to explore tracks and animal signs, dug burrows in 7 ft berms of snow to simulate  subnivean (under snow) habitats, and played games learning about adaptations and locomotion.  See our Blog to read about the fun and photos of the day - click here.  

Keep updated on our  Blogsite- RECIPES to find recent delights from the Basecamp kitchen, such as our Baked Oatmeal recipe.

Thank you to all our new and returning guests at the Basecamp.  There are far too many of you to name, however an extra thank you to groups and organizations that filled the house over the winter months. 
  • Yakima Cascadians
  • Washington Ski Touring Association
  • Seattle PEPS
  • Univ of Washington Auxiliary Tuesday Trekkers
  • Seattle Mountaineers
Basecamp is a perfect venue for activity groups (year-round) for up to 24 guests, so please spread the word...


"I don't know how to say how amazing this place is.  You have given us an amazing trip, a time to bond, and the best relaxing vacation ever!"
~xxxoo - B

"What a wonderful place! Thank you for fun, warm hospitality, great food, interesting conversation-and a super book shelf!"

"Steve and Kim, the ancient lady skiers had a ball again! Thanks"

Employee's Corner

We are saying goodbye to two of our employees as winter comes to a close.  You may see Jackie a bit in Mazama as she continues to work with the Pacific Crest Outward Bound School.  Alec is still searching for his perfect adventure this spring- with many opportunities in mind.  We will miss them here at the Basecamp, and wish them luck in their upcoming journeys.
Deirdre is staying on with us for the coming summer months.  Her vibrancy and meals this winter will continue for the coming year, and her artistic skills will be a wonderful addition to the Basecamp's summer programs.

We also welcome two new interns Raechel Youngberg and Joey Nishida for the coming spring.  Their enthusiasm and ideas for work at the Basecamp shined through in our discussion to bring them on board.  Welcome!


Resident Wildlife

Crazy thing happened the other day when a long Moose in the Methow Valley this winterstilt legged moose walked down the River Run trail, hesitated at the Basecamp trail ski bridge, then continued ambling up the Rattlesnake Cuttoff trail.  No eye-witness pictures of the culprit, but the 2' deep hoof prints in the ski trail lasted a few weeks until the trail groomer filled them in!  Tracking was easy- the moose came down from Driveway Butte, meandered around Arrowleaf, then apparently directed down valley.  Moose are often noted around Mazama, but are still considered visitors.  Maybe some day we will count them as residents!  Moose photo is by Kathie McMillen, taken from our local Methow Valley News.
Mica's Musings

What kind of winter was that?  December was bare ground, crunchy thin snowpack, and single digit temperatures- even my mega-coat was a challenge for warmth (tough love for my family when part of the septic line froze!).  January brought meager snow, ice in the driveways, and gray inversions- I still got attention from the many die-hard skiers starting and finishing at our trail-head.  Then February brought nearly 10' of snowfall in ~3 weeks!  My winter leisure spots went from thin skiffs of dirty snow to billowy drifts of cave-like proportions overnight!  Can't complain about all the giddy keep-the-faith skiers, fresh daily groomers, and sore-armed snow shovelers!  Now March Madness- I can roll in the snow on one side of the yard and soak up sun in the grassy tree wells on the other.  I hear bird song and chased a squirrel yesterday... as they say, all's well that ends well! 


Local Roots at the Basecamp 

Thompson's Custom Meats

Chris Thompson and family run Thompson's Custom Meats in Twisp.  They are well known locals who sell all natural/all local pork, lamb, chicken, grain and grass finished beef, smoked meats, and seafood products at their full service custom cutting and USDA retail store on the Twisp-Carlton West County Road.  Their breakfast sausage, homemade bratwurst, and country bacon are featured often at Basecamp. Our kids Amelia and Emmet eat more than their share of Thompson's teriyaki beef jerky, too!  Thanks Thompson family! 

SNOW! We'll see you next year!


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