July 28, 2010
North Shore Mountains, BC
This is an interestingly named peak in Cypress P. Park near West Vancouver. Dad, James Li and I summitted it on a hot July day via Howe Sound Crest Trail. We didn’t stay long on St. Mark’s Summit since our plan was to watch sunset on Unnecessary Mountain. The trail was easy to follow, but the grade up towards the south summit was steep. Dad was falling behind now and it was James and I marching up. We did get some nice views from the south summit, but we couldn’t see West Lion, so we continued to the north summit, which is higher. Because dad was not following, after some photos we quickly made our way back to the south summit, and we regrouped there. Sunset was on the way, and it was the time to soak in the views, rather than worrying about the descent.
After observing probably one of the best views I’d ever seen to date, we started the descent. None of us owned a head-lamp. However, we did bring up a mini flashlight, plus an iPod and a cell phone. It was hard to stay on trail near a couple rockier sections and dad almost brought us down a wrong way. Glad I made the call that we were off route. It took us a long time to get back on track, and we even considered bivying on the summit since it wasn’t that cold. Once on the trail, we took time carefully descending in dark, and it was already 1am when we made back to car. James’ mom was very worrying about our safety.