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Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Ski for a good cause

Skiers on the route of the Camel's Hump Challenge.

Skiers on the route of the Camel’s Hump Challenge.

Backcountry skiers can contribute to a good cause by participating in the Camel’s Hump Challenge in Vermont on February 13.

At 4,083 feet, Camel’s Hump is one of the highest mountains in Vermont. In the annual Camel’s Hump Challenge, participants ski around the mountain on trails not normally open to the public.

Each skier must raise at least $125 from sponsors to take part in the event. The money will be donated to the Vermont Alzheimer’s Association. Fund-raising can be done online. Check the website for details.

The challenge is not a race. Rather, it’s a demanding backcountry tour through beautiful forests and glades, with elevations ranging from 2,500 to 3,500 feet. The fifteen-mile loop usually takes five to eight hours to complete.

I took part in this worthy event a few years ago and can attest that it is indeed a challenge, though an exhilarating one.

Phil Brown

Contributor Phil Brown was editor of the Adirondack Explorer from 1999-2018. When he isn't at his desk, he's usually out hiking, paddling, skiing, or doing something else important.

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