National Geographic Channel Explorer "Climbing the Redwood Giants"
Climbing Redwood Giants tells the story of the worlds tallest living trees. Humboldt State Universitys Steve Sillett, the first researcher to explore the redwood canopy, is obsessed with monster redwoods. To say Sillett likes redwoods is like saying Edmund Hillary was keen on mountains or Jacques Cousteau had a fondness for the sea. Just when Steve Sillett thinks hes climbed and measured an unbeatably tall tree, another one turns up in a hidden valley of California and breaks the record. As Sillett investigates redwoods up in their towering crowns, National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence Mike Fay is charting the entire redwood range on the ground, step by step, on an epic year-long journey to get a sense of the past...and future of the worlds most awe-inspiring living things.
Love the photo. I bet it's not possible to see the entire tree like that from a single viewpoint. I like the casual poses of the various humans dotted about the crown. I guess you can do that standing on boughs large enough to hold a dinner party on
I think this National Geographic show was inspired in part by the best selling book, Wild Trees, by Richard Preston.
I just finished reading it. It was very good. Steve Sillett's success is also attributed to many other characters in his life including his very skilled climber wife, Marie (Antoine) Sillett. I highly recommend the book. It talks a lot about climbing safety and climbing technique. And of course, the importance of his research about trees.
The photo in the OP, is also available from National Geographic as a 6 foot tall print.
If I ever got one, I'd make my own frame though.
Fay, who was also featured in the magazine and show, had posted on some kind of blog either in the midst of his transect or shortly after finishing. I wonder if he went through more than one pair of sandals.