This was my first winter hike and it revealed to me how fantastic winter hiking can be. Camel's Hump is Vermont's third highest peak; it is a very short but rewarding hike. I was impressed by the frozen trees near its summit, with their branches heavy from being encased in ice. Once at the summit, I could only stay for a few minutes as the cold and strong wind was difficult to withstand. Perhaps I wasn't as well prepared as I would later be for winter hiking. At one point, while going up and before reaching the tree line, my feet felt very cold and I even took off my boots to warm them up with my hands. I would later learn how to keep warm feet by understanding the principle of dead air. This principle explains why mittens are better than gloves for cold weather. The dead air is a space between heat (your hands) and cold where the air has no movement and can therefore prevent heat transfer from your hand/feet to the outside. The space between your fingers and the fabric of a mitten is usually wider than whit gloves, hence mittens have more of the "dead air" space.


For this hike, I followed the Burrows trail near the town of Huntington, which is perhaps the easiest way up to the summit. At the trailhead parking was a sign with postings. One of them warned of vandalism at trailheads and the importance of not leaving valuables in the car or at least not making them obvious and visible through the windows and perhaps empty out your glove compartment and leave its door open. Thieves have no qualms over inflicting hundreds of dollars of damages just to get 50$ worth of stuff.


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