Camelback Final Writeup
What a hike! I still didn't summit but I sure had a great hike. It took me 75 minutes to get up to a point that was simply beyond my ability. It was a brutal vertical followed by about 30 feet of jagged rocks
and I was wearing tennis shoes more suited to running on a treadmill than they were scrambling up and down rocks. While I might be able to get up and then finish the summit, I wasn't sure I could safely
get back down.
Discretion is the better part of valor they say...
|Parts of the trail were wide, smooth, and well maintained. These were the sections were hikers |
pass. The only other opportunity to get around a slower hiker came when the slower hiker would sit down to rest.
|Just off the sides of the trail were some nasty drop-offs but some amazing views. Here, I'm just to the saddle of the mountain. From here I could see the airport and the hotel as well as points |
far, far beyond.
|End of the road--for me.|
|Is this really the trail back down?! Did I hike this on the way up?|
So, I didn't set the mountain climbing world on fire on either attempt but I got some great exercise, saw some amazing sights, and had a great time. I even met a group from Plymouth, Indiana up on the
saddle. I grew up just north of Plymouth so it was quite a funny coincidence.
It looks like the mountain got the best of me...this time. I'll be back one day and I'll get all the way to the summit.
Thanks for reading,