It was a fabulous day at Alder Creek Grove in the Sierra Nevada Mountains as 23 people gathered for the first day of a week-long tree climbing trip to collect and archive the genetics of some of the oldest, largest, and perhaps most important trees on earth – the coast redwoods and giant sequoias. May 22 was a day to get organized on the mountain and to give those who hadn’t climbed a giant sequoia before in their life a chance to do so. It was a once-in-a-lifetime bucket list item check-off for many who participated!
Included in the group gathered were professional tree climbers along with a support group of many others. The weather was clear and sunny early in the day, with clouds and fog mid-day, and then sun returning later in the day.
Professional climbers set up ropes to climb a 220 foot high giant sequoia. It’s the one on the left in the two photos above. This tree was not the largest around, but it was well-positioned to have a 16 people climb the tree, 15 of whom had never climbed a 220 foot high sequoia. Here are some photos of people ascending and descending the tree using an “elevator” technique.
Below, the peanut gallery, watching the ascents and descents:
May 23 more serious climbing will be done by the professional climbers, as they will be climbing the legendary Amos Alonzo Stagg tree within sight of the tree that was climbed today and gathering clone material to create a new crop of sequoias with the DNA of the Stagg tree. Here are a few photos taken while visiting the Stagg tree on May 22.
Many more photos and videos were taken of people and trees. A few selected ones are shown below.
When you’re looking at trees like this, all you can do is look up in awe.
I was one of those traveling up to the top of the 220 foot high tree.
Getting closer to the top 200 feet above the ground . . .
Finally arrived . . .
What an amazing experience! Here are a two images I snapped while at the top of the tree.
For more photos and video clips of people who ascended to the top of this tree, click on the “Pics and Clips from 200 ft up” button on the right below.