Ray Benson Circumnavigation

February 26, 2005

This trip was begun at Albertsons Parking lot on 57th and Main in Springfield. The night before Dick and I had decided that we would brave the snow conditions whatever they were. Arriving at Ray Benson Snowpark there was about three feet of snow along the road. We started at the North Loop Trail, and the conditions were very icy. As we went along the ice softened up and by the time we stopped at Island Shelter, conditions were much improved. The first people we encountered were at the South Shelter. The snow around the ridge behind the shelter was marginal at best, but we never had to take our skis off. We finished up on the south side of the South Loop and on back to the Snowpark to the car. I have skied worse conditions, but not much worse. The hearty souls on the trip were Dick Hildreth and leader Bill Johnson.

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