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Dead Tree on Unnecessary # 7572

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Date: 2005.10.04
Vantage Point: From south of Unnecessary's summit

Caption: Interestingly shaped dead tree on the ridge south of Unnecessary

PhotoDescr: Ok, so here's my attempt at some type of "artsy" photo. I'm sure anyone who's hiked the Howe Sound Crest trail from Cypress to Unnecessary Mountain or beyond has noticed this tree as you approach Unnecessary. It is hard to miss. It struck me the first time I hiked this route as resembling some kind of petrified spirit, raising an arm to the sky, leaning back and just silently wailing or something. Maybe more so as you approach from the other side. Everyone probably sees something different, but it's a pretty interesting looking tree regardless! I took this shot as Brendan and I were making a hasty return to Cypress after aborting a planned climb of the West Lion due to snow on the route. I assume that some would've climbed it anyways, but we decided against it, Brendan being a first-timer, and I just didn't feel right about it. If it looks late in the day, it was. I think it was around 5 p. m. or so when I took this shot, and to top it off, I developed a really sore right knee during the descent from Unnecessary, which slowed me down for all the remaining downhill sections. Needless to say, it was well after dark when we finally got back to the truck, just about 8:15 p. m. Bringing a headlamp with me on all my daytrips finally paid off!

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