A Double Finish on a Single Hump. Camel's Hump 11/19/16
BobC and I finished the NE67 on Camel's Hump last Saturday.
Just a quick back-story. I did Old Speck in May of 2012 saying crap, I just started
another list. Then That was the end of that. The rest of 2012 and most of 2013 was
spent working on finishing the NH200. After finishing that, and 52WAV I said,
"No more lists". Fast forward to March of 2015, on a whim, I drove up to Rangeley, ME
and did Saddleback and The Horn. The main reason I broke down was simple, I needed
ideas for hikes. And as we all know, when in doubt, do a list.
So let it be written,
so let it be done.
After doing Saddleback and The Horn I asked Bob if he wanted to get it done too because I
was going for it. So after doing Saddleback and the Horn, he only had 3 more than me. I figured
I could catch up so we could work on the rest and finish together. Of course I thought I'd
be writing this last November but as most know, a broken ankle set me back a year. But
with the aid of some great weather last summer and fall, it came down to Camel's Hump in VT.
Now I would have bet the farm that once it was time to grab this last peak, we'd be cursed
with bad weekend after bad weekend. Months worth was my guess. But the weather gods
smiled upon us last Saturday. I did the entire hike in short sleeves and shorts under
Bob and I were joined by Brian (New Hampshire). We waited until we all were in the same
car to pick the route. A traverse would be out since we took 1 vehicle. We looked for a loop
but the best we could come up with was a lollipop.
This was the route: Monroe Tr., Dean Tr. Long Tr. to Montclair Glen Lodge. Long Tr. to the
summit. Then the Long Tr.From the summit, continued on the Long Tr. to Hut Clearing. Then
back on the Monroe Tr. to the parking lot. I think all toll, it was about 7.5 miles.
Gorgeous woods down low.
Taking a left.
More great woods.
Should be a pond here but totally dry. Heading to those ledges evintually.
Going to check out Montclair Lodge.
I smell views.
East from lower ledges.
A profile along the way.
Climbing, with Ethan Allen watching.
The Hump in sight.
It's getting good. Wouldn't want to do this section when it's icy.
Where's Waldo? (Brian)
A couple of Long Trails Double Bags
to celebrate with. Fitting.
Few shots from the summit.
Even though the temps were great, it was windy as hell, and a little crowded. So we heading
down a ways to have lunch. This works.
All good things must end so off we went on our descent.
As one might expect, the shaded north side had some ice.
Wish I brought my skates. Hut Clearing.
3.1 miles to victory!
And Done!!! NE67 in the books!
One might ask why do a great peak like this in stick season. Bob and I were contemplating waiting
until winter but there was no way we could pass on this day. Just to nice of a day to pass on.
Thanks to Bob for making this short, but awesome journey more enjoyable. And thanks to Brain.
At least one of our, "friends", joined us for the finish. Click Pik 4 Pix