16 miles of hiking • 5000' elevation gain • 1 night

My good friend Kevin and I carried snowshoes and skis respectively up to the Benson Plateau, hoping we might be able to make it out near Chinidere mountain. The weather Friday was pretty awful—temperate with high humidity—making the hiking extremely moist. I expected there'd be less snow up there, expecting to find at least a snow-free patch to sleep. Instead, we slept on an 8 foot snowbank at the headwaters of Ruckel Creek.