Wednesday, January 25, 2012

#51 Camels Hump (4083') VT August 2007

#51 Camels Hump via Burrows Trail, August, 2007

Mileage: 4.8 miles RT

Elevation gain:  2300'

Trailhead: The trailhead is located off of Camels Hump Road in the state park.

Lesson learned:  The peak is closer than it appears.

After hiking Mt. Mansfield on our Mountain Mommas third annual hiking weekend, I figured we would choose sightseeing or riding down an alpine slide the next day.

It was not to be.

The group decided to hike Camel's Hump instead. Rich and I had never hiked two peaks in two days and Rich was not excited about dragging tired legs up another mountain.  Marie and David had already hiked Camels Hump the year before so they went off for a ride in a glider.  We headed to the trail.

After a few minutes of heavy legs, muscles warmed up and we were on our way up, another moderate trail with easy grade, another beautiful day. When Marie and David climbed Camel's Hump the weather was very foggy and they could not see anything at the top.  We felt fortunate that we would be able to enjoy the views Camels Hump is famous for.

When we got to a clearing, Rich was spent - tired, hungry - and he said wouldn't go on. He rested on a rock and after chugging a Gatorade (at the insistence of his friends) he started feeling better.

Gatorade to Rich's rescue; the group taking a break before tackling the summit.
The summit. It appeared a lot farther away than it actually was. 

That is, until he looked up and saw the summit. It seemed miles away to him and his motivation sank. We dragged him off the rock and pushed him up the trail anyway.

Heading up the narrow path through the scrub to the summit.

 At first the narrow trail ascended but it quickly leveled off and the going got easy.  We were at the summit in no time!  The views were spectacular, more than we could have hoped for. Rich was glad for the push!

The group minus Marie and David. We will try to photoshop them in later.

 After a lengthy stay at the top, we headed down and that evening swapped adventure stories with Marie and David.  The weekend was one of my most memorable and I cannot wait to bag more peaks in Vermont. 
Wow. It truly is a camels hump!

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