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Apart from being edible—and delicious at that—dried spores were used as diaper rash "talcum powder" by the First Nations of BC. Spores were also found to staunch bloodflow when placed on a wound. At one time the brownish spores were used as a photographic flash powder. A large puffball can contain as many as 7500 billion spores. If each of these spores were to grow to maturity the next generation would form a fungus colony some 800 times the size of the earth.
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07
Feb
2007
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Shannon Falls E-mail
(6 - user rating)
Written by Brian Grover   
Route: Distance: Time: Level: Elev Change: Season:
Falls Bottom 2 km 45 min r/t Easy 75 m Year Round
Falls Top 4 km 1½ h r/t Moderate 385 m March to Nov
Access: See Getting to Whistler
Map: Squamish 92G/11

From the trailhead described above two additional routes lead to 335 metre-high Shannon Falls where tour bus after tour bus drops off its cargo of flash happy visitors. The first trail is just a single kilometre long and, after crossing Olesen Creek, leads to the bottom of the falls where most of the shutter bugs congregate. The second footpath also crosses the creek, just before the fork leading to the Stawamus Chief's first and second peaks. Continue climbing steeply to the top of the cascade 1½ km away. Very few of the bus-bound ever make it this far.

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