Around 8:30 a.m., Josh the dromedary,...


Wednesday, July 8, 2009: Around 8:30 a.m., Josh the dromedary, from Lempster, N.H., became the first camel to reach the 6,288-foot summit of Mt. Washington, after walking for more than five hours up the 7.6-mile Auto Road.

Accompanying the 4-year-old camel were handlers Chris Butler and Jennifer Bollay, two horses (Kidd and Riah), and an Irish wolfhound. They set off from the base of the Rockpile just after 3 a.m. in rain and fog, calm winds, and temperatures around 43 degrees.

After reaching the summit, mild-mannered Josh spent several hours posing for pictures with visitors before going back down.

In addition to traveling to New Hampshire’s highest point, Josh has also visited the state’s lowest point, Hampton Beach