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Unnecessary Mountain

This was my first long hike in 2010. The sky was obscured by a thick layer of smoke from forest fire. In that situation, the views would be limited, but not in sunset hours. So we decided to go to Cypress Provincial Park in afternoon and hike the Howe Sound Crest Trail. After watching sunset, we would head back in the darkness. This was my first trip with James Li. We went all the way to the north summit of Mt. Unnecessary passing St. Mark’s Summit, and watched sunset at the south summit of Mt. Unnecessary on the way back. In the darkness, it was way harder to negociate direction than I thought, even though we had a flashlight. As a result, we hiked in a very slow pace, and finally reached our vehicle at about 0:30am.
Cypress Provincial Park is located in West Vancouver, and belongs to the westernmost part of Northshore Mountains Region. The mountain range is Britannia Range, which has the highest peak, Mt. Brunswick (1785m) in this region.

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