NEW Event Date: Sunday, February 6th
As you all know, we have been closely monitoring the weather for this weekend's event. As of this morning, the temperature at elevation with windchill looks to be consistently between -10 and -30 degrees on Saturday. Considering this forecast, we do not feel that we can safely host an event this Saturday where participants are going to be outside for 7-8.5 hours without the option to warm up indoors.
We understand that this may be an inconvenience to many of you, especially those traveling from out of town. To best accommodate all participants, we are going to move the event to the following day, this Sunday, February 6th. We hope that all of you are able to join us for the new event date and feel confident conditions will make for a great experience!
The Camel’s Hump Challenge planning committee, in conjunction with the Vermont Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association, is excited to announce the recipient of the 2022 Champion Award – Brad Moskowitz. The Champion Award, is presented to an individual, team or group that has provided major contributions to the Challenge during the 30 plus years of the event’s history. Brad will have his name forever etched into history on the side of the Challenge’s legendary Golden Boot Trophy.
" When I first heard about the Camel’s Hump Challenge I thought it sounded like a great winter adventure. A lifelong skier, I caught the backcountry bug after buying my first Telemark setup in 1994 and began exploring the majestic (and dangerous) terrain of southwestern Colorado. I moved to northern Vermont in 1999 and ski as much backcountry as possible while teaching outdoor education full-time at Northern Vermont University, and serving as a part-time patroller at Stowe Mountain Resort. Though I had skied several areas on the flanks of Camel’s Hump, the idea of circumnavigating the mountain with a bunch of other backcountry enthusiasts sounded pretty cool.
Since 2017, I have skied the Camel’s Hump Challenge (or some variation of it on those years it was cancelled), alone and with friends. The experience is cathartic – when skiing alone I push hard to challenge myself physically while reflecting on my brother, the struggles we all face in life, especially those contending with Alzheimer's, and the purpose of the event. At the same time I experience pure joy as I take in all that the mountains have to offer, and celebrate the gifts that enable us to enjoy our precious lives.
As I learned more about the CHC event, and discovered the true cause – to raise awareness about the devastating effects of Alzheimer’s and to support the Alzheimer’s Association of Vermont – I realized I had to participate. My grandmother died from Alzheimer’s, though she was in her 90’s and things progressed fairly quickly after a long life of mental acuity. The true devastation for me and my entire family was when my brother Scott was diagnosed with early-onset at just 50 years old. As a husband and father of three, his progressive deterioration created a cascade of difficulties for his immediate family, and rippled through all of us. He finally passed at the age of 58, in 2020, and my heart goes out to anyone who loves and provides care for a loved one who has Alzheimer’s, and especially those whose lives are taken way too soon from early-onset."