Redwood climbs offered in March 2017
Tree Climbing Planet and redwood researcher guide individuals into crown of 200-foot redwood in the Santa Cruz Mountains
LOS GATOS, Calif. – Those fortunate enough to spend time in California’s majestic old-growth redwood forests know the awe-inspiring appeal of being surrounded by the ancient giants, though few have experienced the magic of the forest roof top.
This March, individuals will have the rare opportunity to go on a vertical hike into the crown of a 200-foot coastal redwood in the Santa Cruz Mountains. The three-hour guided climb will be led by Tim Kovar, tree climbing instructor and founder of Portland, Oregon-based Tree Climbing Planet and Scott Altenhoff, master arborist and retired redwood researcher.
TCPs annual event guide’s novice, and professional climbers, into an approximately 850-year-old redwood located on private property. “The landowner, who graciously granted us access again this year, shares our enthusiasm and passion for redwood education,” said Kovar.
The redwood canopy’s diverse ecosystem is often compared to that of coral reefs, taking several centuries to form into its current state. The decomposition of needles and fallen foliage on large branches create rich soil that supports thick moss mats and hosts a variety of flora and fauna.
Because of the delicate ecosystem, the climb is only offered once a year to a limited number of climbers to minimize the disruption of the tree’s natural cycle and to the inhabitants that call the tree home. Using specialized ropes and equipment designed specifically for canopy access, participants are guided safely into the forest canopy with care and respect to the tree and surrounding environment.
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