I had the honor today of being catered to in a magnificant old growth tree climb at Montgomery woods CA.
Gerry B. hosted the climb. Some weeks ago we went to the grove and set a chaser thread. Came back today and pulled a looong kernmantle line up into the lower canopy.
Gerry told me the line is 280' long. Well the rope barely reached the ground when pulled through (140') to the first real limbs!
I climbed up, well struggled up really kinda out of shape, and got into the canopy when I could hear yelling down on the ground. Turns out the Ranger came up and cancelled everything. I couldnt hear her and accidently turned off the radio. (thats my story and I am sticking to it)
Climbed up to about 20' from the top. It got realy brittle and knowing the Ranger whas down there I didnt want to drop any dead limbs/twigs so I stopped. This tree towered over the entire grove.
This tree stands ubove the rest by at least 40'. Making the overall height of the tree in the neighborhood of over 300' easy.
I came down after awhile and talked with the ranger. She seemed cool just wanted to teach us that it was illegal to climb trees on Fed. land. Took down my name and stuff and that was it.
When I came down Gerry said to taake out the single line Kernmantle rope. But I wanted to let another climber in the tree so I said I was tired (not too far off the truth) and to let another climber go up. Musta irritated the Ranger some but she didnt let on. mY friend Juline made the climb and it really showed how out of shape I am in cause he really flew up the rope in half the time it took me to do it.
This climb was hard. I had to thow with my throw line two times the whorls were so far apart. And that is using my long flip lines.
It was a great day for me I just wish I could have shared it with the other climbers who showed up.
The tree is so stout, the limbs so massive I kept thinking of the story of Iron John, one strong unbeatable man who worked the railroad. In my mind I will thinkk of this tree with this name.
THANK YOU GERRY!
Maybe over time we tree climbers can get the same permission that rock climbers have to climb rocks. After all no damage is done to the trees...
Until that time I will keep on climbiing