Ray Benson (North Loop)

February 24, 2001

What do you get when you cross a planned four-mile trip that turns into an eight-mile trip with seven very accomplished Obsidian skiers? A tired trip leader! It was a beautiful, sunny day so after lunch at the North Blow-Out Shelter we decided to ski some more. We continued on the North Loop to Two Buttes cut-off then down the South Loop to Brandenburg Shelter and back out the South Loop to the Sno-Park. The views of Three Fingered Jack and Mt. Washington were spectacular with more and more clothes being shed as the sun warmed the day. We were on Intermediate and Advanced trails most of the day and had some fabulous downhill rides. Everyone arrived back at the cars exhilarated after a full day of skiing. This was my first time as a trip leader and I would encourage anyone who has not previously led a trip to give it a go. I'd say I experienced great enthusiasm and much support from the group since I fell more than anyone, including one moderately spectacular fall. The trip was enjoyed by George Baitinger, Craig Weinemman, Clare Tucker, Peggy Lee Mathes, Steve Johnson, Mari Baldwin, David West (who applied for membership after this qualifying trip), and your humble leader, Marilyn Kerins.

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