Sunrise, Camel’s Hump Sumit

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I’ve been spending a lot of time on two feet this fall. The single speeding and riding has been great – but as my health has improved I’ve really enjoyed getting around in the mountains on foot. I’ve been enamored with Camel’s Hump since moving to Burlington, where I can see it (and Mansfield) just about every day. After a few attempts earlier this summer I finally achieved a full moon and sunrise hike, and I brought along the camera for a time lapse.

Alarm was set for 3:30 am, but I awoke at 3. In the car by 4, at the trail head by 4:45.

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The new headlamp, a Petzl NAO with Reactive lighting was excellent. I was skeptical and had buyers remorse – but I am sold – a great light!

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Change in layers at the clearing by 6, summit at 6:20, just as the full moon was setting (and hiding in some clouds).

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Setup camera, made coffee, and watched the sun rise.

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The change in light was incredible.

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The morning light on the summit and in the trees just below the alpine zone was amazing.

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As I started to descend I watched the shadow creep across the Champlain Valley as I started down.

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This was an incredible start to my week.

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