Ascent of Camels Hump on 2011-02-05

Climber: Austin Black

Others in Party:Will Leith
Meg R
UVM Soccer
Date:Saturday, February 5, 2011
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Camels Hump
    Elevation:4080 ft / 1243 m

Ascent Trip Report

From Backpacker magazine, January 2011, “The climb to the 4,083-foot, tundra-clad bald of Camel’s Hump is a Vermont rite of passage.” It seemed to also be a rite of passage for Vermont dogs, as nearly every other party had their four-legged friends with them. I met up with Will, Meg, and Meg’s friends in Burlington, and headed down to Camel’s Hump with blue skies. I had decided that it would be best to take the Monroe Trail, as it was rated only moderately difficult, and Meg’s friends hadn’t done much snowshoeing before. We parked in the winter lot, and set out later than I would have desired just before 11. The trail had been broken since the fresh foot of snow that we got earlier in the week, and Will and I took turns leading the group up. We were surprised to be ahead of the soccer girls, and made sure to never get out of earshot. We made decent time, arriving at the summit around 1:30. It was windy and beginning to cloud over by the time we arrived, but we had an excellent view none the less. We headed back down and stopped at a wide point on the trail for a quick snack. We descended in good time as well, returning to our cars at about 3:45, just as it began to lightly snow. This was my first real hike with my new mountaineering boots, which I found that I had not broken in nearly well enough. They proved to be very warm, dry, and breathable, but left my feet a bit sore by the end of the day. Overall it was an excellent hike, and I look forward to doing more Vermont peaks.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:2683 ft / 818 m
    Distance:7 mi / 11.3 km
    Route:Monroe Trail
    Trailhead:Winter Lot  1397 ft / 425 m
    Quality:5 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Snow on Ground
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles, Snowshoes
    Weather:Cool, Calm, Partly Cloudy
Ascent Statistics
    Time Up:2 Hours 15 Minutes

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