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.
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.