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Vermont 4000 Footers: Mansfield & Camel’s Hump (Day 1)

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Vermont has 5 peaks over 4000 feet all located in the Green Mountains with 4 peaks affording spectacular 360-degree views of the Green Mountains, Lake Champlain, the Adirondacks, and the White Mountains.

VT 4000 Footers (north to south):
1. Mt. Mansfield – 4,393’
2. Camel’s Hump – 4,083’
3. Mt. Ellen – 4,083’
4. Mt. Abraham – 4,006’
5. Killington Peak – 4,235’

We will be hiking all 5 peaks in 2 days. Only 2 peaks are on the same ridge (Mt Ellen & Mt Abraham), and the separate peaks require over a 2-hour drive from the northern most peak (Mt. Mansfield) to the southern most (Killington). The 2-day hike measures a total of 28 miles and 10,000 feet of elevation gain.

Day 1 (Mt. Mansfield & Camel’s Hump) - 10mi, 4300' ascent:
We will hike Mt. Mansfield, the northern-most peak, then drive 1 hour south to hike Camel’s Hump.

Mt. Mansfield – 5mi, 2,100’ elevation gain
Parking at Sunset Ridge Trail:[masked], [masked]

Map & Route: https://drive.google.com/open?id=1ozvk1WPGoizPy3imm0--8DEoAOCVje2t (save to phone)

GPX File: https://drive.google.com/open?id=18YphZcOYeHHmjHMazKlFS-8cW_NDhPpg (import into GPS app/device)

Camel’s Hump – 5mi, 2200’ elevation gain
Burrows Trailhead:[masked], [masked]

Map&Route: https://drive.google.com/open?id=1WLplZgvIn_sVCUYI6QJRjDd_vRh4SuyU (save to phone)

GPX File: https://drive.google.com/open?id=1YKs2wIG8DEC3JA8elHY5MlozvPhg7piY (import into GPS app/device)
Tip: Email the GPX file, then download it to your phone’s GPS app (e.g., GAIA)
The GPX file understates the mileage but is a good navigational tool.

Sunrise: 7:12am
Sunset: 4:14pm

This is for advanced hikers only. Only experienced, self-reliant hikers in strong physical condition should go on this hike. Expect winter conditions. You MUST have microspikes and snowshoes to join this hike.

Everyone will initially be placed on the waitlist. I reserve the right to save spots for people I know I can rely on to show up and be prepared.

Required gear:
Hiking shoes, non-cotton moisture-wicking clothes, insulating jacket/fleece, waterproof jacket/shell, hat, gloves/mittens, spare wool socks, extra food & water, working headlamp & spare batteries, related map & compass and/or GPS app with trails downloaded, microspikes, snowshoes, first aid, sun protection, fire starter, emergency blanket/bivy sac. Trail crampons and ski goggles may be helpful on steep, icy terrain and above treeline, respectively.

NOTE: You are responsible for bringing appropriate gear, supplies, clothing, first aid, and lights. You should review topographic maps and trail features carefully; understanding topography of any hike is key to your knowing where you are, where you're going, and how to get back.

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