Chris Sharma free climbs a redwood

There are lots of Hollywood movies these days about humans with supernatural powers.  Then there is Chris Sharma, who is a real human with real superhuman powers, and you can read about it all over the Internet if you haven’t already.  Chris recently climbed a 253-foot (77-meter) redwood tree in California with only his bare hands and feet.  And I mean no branches.  He just climbed by holding onto the bark.

Chris Sharma clings to a redwood.  The black rope is for safety only, meaning he didn't use it for ascent.
Chris Sharma clings to a redwood. The black rope is for safety only, meaning he didn’t use it for ascent.

Let me help put this into perspective.  First, most trees you find in a forest near you are only half that tall.  I have only been 250 feet up a tree a few times.  Second, when I climb a big tree it takes a ton of gear: a crossbow to shoot a line over the tree, special ropes and harnesses, carabiners, ascenders.  It takes an expedition-sized backpack just to haul that stuff in there, and a Sherpa would be a nice addition.  Sharma?  He just climbed the damned thing.

Please check out the video below.  If that doesn’t get you high on tree climbing I don’t know what can.  When you are able to clamp your mouth shut again and wipe the drool off your shirt, you can Google “Chris Sharma climbs a redwood” for more photos and stories.

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