Author Archives: Base Camp Anchorage

Diana Z Performs at Base Camp Anchorage Hostel

It was a beautiful sunny day for live music from Diana Z.  A local song writer and singer, Diana Z was Born in Toronto Canada but has made Palmer, Alaska her home.  Diana performs in several festivals and music venues throughout Canada and the US and released her debut album in 2007 “All I Want” which is on the soundtrack for the “Moon Point” movie.  

Watch the video below of Diana performing one of her new songs about saving Alaska’s salmon.   Thank you Diana for performing at Base Camp Anchorage hostel.   Our summer music concerts connect our community with friends and travelers visiting Alaska.  You can learn more about Diana and purchase her music on her website at


Hiking and Packrafting in Alaska

The Brooks Range in Alaska is the Northernmost extension of the Rocky Mountains spanning 700 miles.  It’s remote location draws the more adventurous of backcountry travelers to explore it’s rivers and mountains.  In July of 2017 Iwan Eicher and Christian Schlappi from Switzerland stayed a few days at Base Camp Anchorage hostel to prepare for their journey.  Over two weeks they hiked through mountains and packrafted through multiple rivers all the way out to the Arctic sea.  To document their trip they brought one of their drones along.   Take a look at some of their captivating footage.  

Iwan has come to Alaska several times to explore the backcountry.  We look forward to his next visit.  

Dan Bigley performs at Base Camp Anchorage hostel

Throughout the summer, various artists from in and out of state performed at our hostel.  Music has a beautiful way of bringing people together and fostering positive social exchange.  As part of our last music concert of the season we were heartwarmed to have Dan Bigley play for us.    

Dan Bigley describes his style of music as somewhere between “acoustic cosmic roots and Americana jam”.  He weaves his personal journey and lived experience throughout his songs.    As a bear attack survivor, Dan was left blind after being mauled by a grizzly bear in the summer of 2003.  His art tells the story of courage, wisdom, and love.  

To learn more about Dan’s inspiring journey visit his website at His book “Beyond the Bear”  can be purchased here.  Thank you Dan for sharing your music and your story.  Below is a video of Dan performing one of his songs at our hostel.  

Jake Schlapfer Performs at Base Camp Anchorage Hostel

On a festive Thursday evening friends and guests came together to listen to Jake Schlapfer perform at our hostel.  Jake is well known in Alaska as a paragliding instructor who offers both lessons and tandems in the local mountains.  He has spent a good part of his life in Alaska and enjoys sharing his knowledge of the sky and his music.   Take a look at our video of Jake playing at our hostel.  If you want to learn more about paragliding in Alaska take a look at his website at

J Wagner Performs Live at Base Camp Anchorage hostel

A big thank you to J Wagner for performing at our hostel.  We enjoyed getting to know J personally and hearing his stories.  He currently lives in Austin TX and comes to Alaska every summer to share his music.    He was raised in the deserts of New Mexico and was a one time park ranger for Joshua Tree National Park.  His music often draws from this desert landscape and many of his songs “If I Go, I’m Goin”  have been covered by other artists like country artist Bart Crow and appeared on the TV show, Californication and Teen Wolf.  He co-writes often with his long-time friends Gregory Alan Isakov and Ron Scott. Their collaborative work lead to their song “Suitcase Full of Sparks”  being featured on NBC’s show, The Blacklist.  

To listen to his music visit his website at

Take a look at a video below of him performing one of his songs at our hostel.  


Jonathan Bower performs at Base Camp Anchorage hostel

Jonathan Bower, a longtime Alaskan musician and songwriter, teaches creative writing at the University of Alaska.  Many of his songs are beautifully told stories of Alaska.  His recently released album “Hope, Alaska” was embraced with raving reviews.   Many thanks to Jonathan Bower for performing at our hostel.

To hear Jonathan Bowers music go to his website at

Take a look below at Jonathan playing one of his featured songs “Nina Simone” in our newly built tipi.  

Raph Shapiro Performs at Base Camp Anchorage Hostel

Base Camp sends much love and appreciation to Raph “Odell” Odell Shapiro for performing live at our hostel.  A singer and songwriter from the east end of Long Island, NY, Raph now wanders the countryside playing his guitar with his sweet dog Joni. He’s a lifelong performer with a history of Shakespeare and rhythm tap dancing in his past.  We had the honor of having Raph play a set for our hostel guests, often including them in the singing, telling stories on how he writes and the craft of his songwriting.  Some of his songs were inspired by close friends and his journeys throughout Alaska. To listen to Raph’s Americana rhythms both solo and with his trio band, Odell Fox, visit: or find him on Spotify!

Here’s a video of Raph performing live at our hostel 

Emma Hill Performs at Base Camp Anchorage Hostel

Alaskan born-and-raised musician and songwriter Emma Hill and her co-writer/musician Bryan Daste performed at our hostel this past Wednesday.  It was a beautiful golden summer evening shared amongst hostel guests and friends.  Creating a welcoming positive community is at the heart of our mission and music is the perfect ingredient to bring people together.  

Emma was raised in the tiny village of Sleetmute in west-central Alaska and now lives in Anchorage.  Many of her songs draw upon her life experiences and passion for the natural beauty of the Alaskan wilderness.  In our effort to share the talent of local musicians we will continue hosting performances by local artists throughout the summer.  Here is a video of Emma and Bryan performing their new release “Denali” for us.  You can hear more of Emmas albums and music on her website at


A Taste of Alaska

For adventurous spirits, the yearning to explore lies deep within.  When Alaska crosses their path, many heed it’s call.  Two and a half years ago Andrew arrived in Alaska and his passion for the outdoors is mirrored through the lens of his camera.  Below is a video of some of his recent work.  You can also see Andrew’s photographs of Alaska at