Don wrote:Having had a role in Park research permitting at Grand Canyon NP, I have a sense of some of the issues involved. As the young man said, these are biological entities, not just an achievement. I believe their research goals were valid. The questions that National Parks have to ask are many, but fall under the category of least impactful action (or could this activity been undertaken with less impact). I'm not sure that he needed to free climb, as I believe his 'forced friction' mode of ascending up bark 'ridges' would be detrimental if he weren't the only one to climb up that tree, that way. The environment that IS THE TREE is only recently being grasped and our increasing our knowledge of the tiny fungal growths on redwood bark, the epiphytical communities, etc., should precede our impacting it. He could have done that using the techniques of his coworkers, biologists themselves, who certainly had less impact than he did.
That said, I've eyed the bark of bigger redwoods and imagined such climbs myself...
The difference I caught wind of in the redwood parks, is the rangers / staff are trying avoid presentations or photos that involve climbing redwoods.
Probably because they have enough illegal climbers as it is, and they are trying keep from inspiring more people doing it, or even asking about it.
I heard that climbing permits now have a stipulation about photography or video not being used for commercial purposes. So I'm curious with the free-climb video having Red Bull's name added when I viewed it, if that was some relevant, or not.
The Santa Cruz redwoods may be a completely different permit office and philosophy than the parks from Humboldt Redwoods SP on up to Jedediah Smith Redwoods SP.
The scientific stuff in the video was good education. The rest the of the free climb seems more or less fun and adventure.