Camel Hump, VT - June 20 2011I'm starting counting summits on June 20 2011. This is the first hike of the series. What a glorious beginning! Let's see how many I can collect in the next 12 months! :)
Camel's Hump is Vermont's third highest mountain (4,083 ft) and one of the oldest mountains on Earth! A BEAUTIFUL summit with great views and nice rock ledges at the top!
The access road was badly damaged by recent storms so we had a little extra hiking to do to the trail head. We went up Monroe Trail to Hut Clearing, a little busy and crowded on such a beautiful day but all worth it, as the views from the top were spectacular!
I loved the descent path we took towards the South over the summit to Alpine Trail, with the exposed rock, a little sense of adventure going down this way during a very windy afternoon. I LOVED standing at the top and leaning into the strong wind, closing my eyes and pretending I was flying... What a thrill!
This was my b-day present from my Love, who took about half the photos below, a great choice to celebrate an awesome age and the beginning of a new relationship!
After the hike, we spent the evening on Champlain Lake waiting for the sunset, and enjoying the show put on by a Mamma Mink busy carrying her baby Minks from one side of the shore to another, over the rocks. Quite the entertainment!