Ascent of Camels Hump in 1994-10

Climber: G. Ringle

Others in Party:Judy Muns
Date:October, 1994
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Camels Hump
    Elevation:4080 ft / 1243 m

Ascent Trip Report

In October of 1994, my friend Judy and I decided to go to NE to see some fall foliage that we had heard so much about. With neither of us having been to this region before, we decided that Vermont and Lake Champlain would be a good destination. After driving all night from Fredericksburg, VA we arrived at Grand Isle State Park for tent camping. We then shifted our base to Mt. Philo State Park. On a whim, we decided to do a tough hike and Judy had heard of Mt. Mansfield and Camel's Hump. We decided to do the Hump.

After getting directions from a local store clerk, we found the head of the Monroe Trail and began our ascent. It wasn't terribly cold at the beginning, but once at the summit, I felt as though my ears would fall off. It was incredibly windy and cold, but clear as can be with one of the most wonderful views I have ever seen. But, I found myself hiding downwind behind some boulders to protect my flesh. I definitely will return someday to do this hike again, with better clothing!
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:2600 ft / 792 m
    Round-Trip Distance:6.8 mi / 10.9 km
    Route:Monroe Trail
    Trailhead:Parking Area at Camel's Hump Rd.  1480 ft / 451 m
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail
    Weather:Cold, Very Windy, Clear

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