Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Camel's Hump Challenge?

The Camel’s Hump Challenge (CHC) is a 20km trek around the perimeter of Camel’s Hump (4083’), the third highest peak in Vermont’s Green Mountains. Elevation ranges from 2,500 - 3,500 feet and the trail passes through rugged terrain and a wide variety of forest types. Download the Skier Packet here.

Are there special considerations?
The CHC is long-distance cross-country Nordic skiing in a remote wilderness environment. It demands a high degree of physical conditioning and competence in backcountry skiing. To ensure safety for all participants, skiers must reach the mid-station by no later than 1:00 P.M. Those who do not will be escorted down the mountain via the Monroe Trail. Rides back to the start of the CHC will be provided.

Participation is at your own risk and all skiers will be required to sign a waiver of liability.  Skiers must be properly prepared and equipped for this backcountry tour with backcountry boots, skis and the appropriate clothing. There will be a sweep group following behind the participants. If for any reason you have doubts about your ability to make the full trip, please sponsor another skier or team.

What is the date of the 2017 Camel's Hump Challenge?
Sunday,February 19, 2017.
Registration/check-in opens at 7:00a.m.; after a short welcome, the start is at 8:00 a.m.

Is there an alternate date in case of severe weather conditions?
In the case of severe weather, the Camel's Hump Challenge would move to its alternate date of Sunday, March 12, 2017. Registered participants will be notified if the event is rescheduled. Up to date inforamtion will also be posted on this site.

Is there a limit on the number of participants?
The event is capped at 80 participants. The Camel's Hump Challenge passes through some rugged terrain and a variety of forest types. We want to ensure this beautiful and pristine terrain remains available for generations of skiers and hikers. Early registration is strongly encouraged to reserve your slot.

How long is the Camel's Hump Challenge route and how long will it take to complete?
The approximately 20km route takes 5-8 hours depending on the conditions and the ability of the skier. For seasoned backcountry skiers familiar with Vermont’s backcountry, the loop is comparable to the backcountry tour from Bolton Ski area’s cross country trails to the Trapp Family Lodge in Stowe. If, for any reason, first-time participants have doubts about their ability to make the full trip, the organizers suggest sponsoring another skier.

Is there an entry fee?
The Camel's Hump Challege is a fundraiser to benefit the Alzheimer's Association Vermont Chapter. The mininum fee for entry is $150. You can make the entire donation yourself or ask friends and family members to contribute to your fundraising efforts.

Where does the Camel's Hump Challege start?
The Camel's Hump Challenge begins and ends at the base of the Camel's Hump Nordic Ski Area trails in Huntington, Vermont. We are extremely grateful that they allow us to use their parking, facilities and trails to help run this event. If you have not yet been to their website, we urge you to check it out. They have a great network of trails and very affordable membership rates.

Where do I park? 
Parking is available at the "old" Camel's Hump Nordic Association parking lot, located at the top of Handy Road. Signs will direct participants to the appropriate parking areas. Map it. Parking is limited, carpooling is strongly encouraged.

How do I start fundraising?
The best fundraising efforts start by sharing your personal story about why you're participating in this event. You can share your story on your personal fundraising page by logging in to your participant center. Once your page is updated, share it with friends, family, and coworkers via email, social networking, and word of mouth.

How do I form a team?
Forming a CHC team is easy! From the homepage of the event, click "Register".  If you're a new participant, click "Start a Team." You will automatically become the team captain for your team. Then, ask friends, family and coworkers to join your team and the fight against Alzheimer’s.  If you are a returning participant, log in with your username and password, then chose to start a team.

What responsibilities does a team captain have?
Team captains are the heart of our events. As a team captain, you recruit your team of family, friends and coworkers, help them fundraise, keep them motivated and have fun fighting for a great cause in the process. You will also have access to a team fundraising web page and numerous tools to make your team a success.

Where does the money go?
The funds raised through this event benefit the care, support and outreach efforts of the Alzheimer’s Association. Funds raised through the CHC help to underwrite local programs and education outreach for Vermonters living with Alzheimer’s and their caregivers. See this page for more information on our fundraising standards.

How is the money collected?
Submitting donations to the Alzheimer’s Association is quick and easy.  Donations can be made online, by submitting a check or money order by mail and hand-delivering cash, checks or money orders to your local Chapter. 

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