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Another awesome day, one of the best yet.  I was the first camper up at the Hump Brook tenting Area and on my way before 7:30 am.  Mentally tough to have to hike .8 mile on a side trail to get back to the LT.  By far the longest side trail that I have taken to reach a shelter or camping spot.

View of Camel's Hump

View of Camel's Hump

By 8:00 am I was on the trail and ascending the “Hump.”  I reached the summit at about 9:40 am and was in awe of the amazing 360°  view of the major peaks of the northeast.  You could see Whiteface and Marcy to the west; Sugarbush, Abraham, and Killington to the south; Franconia and Washington to the east; and Mansfield, Belvidere, and Owls Head (in Canada) to the north.  By far the best spot on the journey (so far). I really appreciate the fact that Camel’s Hump is owned by the state and protected from the ski industry that has built on so many of the high peaks in Vermont.  I stayed on top of Camel’s Hump for about an hour.  The trek down was not that steep but seemed to go on forever.

Camel's Hump Summit

Camel's Hump Summit

I reached River Road in Jonesville at about 3:00 pm. It is a three-mile road hike into Jonesville.  When I arrived I went to the general store and got a roast beef sub and a pint of Ben & Jerry’s Triple Caramel Chunk for dinner.  Real food sure hit the spot.  I then hiked up to Duck Brook Shelter, 1.7 miles north of Jonesville.  No cooking tonight! The water source at this shelter is a beautiful brook with a waterfall, looks like a nice place to go for a swim.  I thought that I had the shelter to myself, but a group of five from Wisconsin who I had chatted with this morning on the Hump pulled in really late.  In every way, a very fine day.

Hiked 12.8 miles today.

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