Jul 10, 2006 08:42 PDT 


Chris Atkins and Michael Taylor have been systematically search all old-growth redwood forests for tall trees over the last few years. They have measured 131 trees over 350 feet tall. Last year one of these trees (Stratosphere Giant)broke the 370 foot barrier.

On July 1st, while scouting in a remote area within Redwood National Park, they found a grove of what they thought were tall trees. Being a major bushwack, they had only laser and no tripods. On Friday, they returned with Steve and I in tow, four lasers, three tripods, etc. to see how tall these trees were and if they were other contenders.

We first bushwacked up a sttep ravine to the tallest they had seen, which took us an hour to go about 700 feet through the dense brush. We set up on one side of the ravine where the top was visible and then crossed the ravine with the prism to near the base of the tree. The tree has a live, vigorous top and is located on a steep side slope about 60 feet above the creek. The tree is 374.3 feet tall!

Nearby are two dead-topped trees, one 371.2 feet tall and the other 363.4 feet tall.

So, in a single day, the two tallest known trees in the world were measured. Even more significant than that, the previous height record was shattered by 4 feet! That achievement has not occured for nearly 70 years!

Without a doubt, this was the most significant day in history when it comes to tall tree measuring - and I am super-stoked that I was there to see history made!

I am still completely baffled at how these trees could be so tall while on a steep slope so high above the creek, when all of the other tall trees are on flats! Just amazing!

What this also means is that large areas that were once considered not able to produce tall trees will now have to be considered.


Helios    374.3
Icarus    371.2
Daedalus 363.4


Bob Van Pelt