Fork Ridge Tuliptree- new eastern height record!!!

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Re: Fork Ridge Tuliptree- new eastern height record!!!

Post by James Parton » Tue May 03, 2011 12:16 am

Will,

Do you have any idea of the age of the new record tuliptree?
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Re: Fork Ridge Tuliptree- new eastern height record!!!

Post by Larry Tucei » Tue May 03, 2011 10:02 am

Will, Wow! That is one beautiful Tulip. Congrats to you and all who were involved in the find and the climb. I have no doubt that Tulip reached 200' in the past. We all have discussed this in the past. I also think White Pines would have reached 200. Again Congrats to all, that is totally way cool! Great report and great photos to! Larry

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Re: Fork Ridge Tuliptree- new eastern height record!!!

Post by James Parton » Tue May 03, 2011 12:51 pm

Larry,

Tuliptree and White Pine are certainly the rulers of the Eastern Forest. At least where they are present.
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Re: Fork Ridge Tuliptree- new eastern height record!!!

Post by eliahd24 » Wed May 04, 2011 9:11 pm

Anybody know how tall the Chinese species of Liriodendron can get? Sure would be neat to find out...

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Post by Steve Galehouse » Wed May 04, 2011 10:06 pm

eliahd24 wrote:Anybody know how tall the Chinese species of Liriodendron can get? Sure would be neat to find out...
I've not seen the species, but horticultural references( Hillier, Rehder) I've read state it to be a much smaller tree than our native species; Rehder says to 16 meters.

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Re: Fork Ridge Tuliptree- new eastern height record!!!

Post by eliahd24 » Fri May 06, 2011 6:14 pm

Wow- that is a LOT smaller.

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Re: Fork Ridge Tuliptree- new eastern height record!!!

Post by greenent22 » Sat May 07, 2011 3:35 am

fantastic!

wow!

and to hit 24 characters min!

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Post by mdavie » Sat May 07, 2011 2:33 pm

It was certainly a great experience to get into that tree, to see where it was growing and wonder how it's survived so well. That area is wonderful, and there's still more to see. It's interesting to think of what else may have been around in years past. This is one of the last large areas of old-growth with sheltered topography, rich soils, and high rainfall. Outside the Smokies I doubt there is any place quite comparable. Inside the park there are parts of Bradley Fork, Cataloochee, Cosby, Maddron Bald and Greenbrier, and many second-growth forests in the park are also jamming with height and productivity. I'm sure there would be a number of other places throughout the mountains that would be impressive if they hadn't been (or weren't still) disturbed. We are looking over table scraps, but I can't really complain. The only real drawback was the widespread ghastly death of hemlocks across the watershed, which I gotta say, does still put quite the damper on things. Most of my photos came out mediocre, because I was too busy either climbing or being overwhelmed. But I'll post a few, along with a video of the throwline being launched into the tree:
http://vimeo.com/23409842
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Re: Fork Ridge Tuliptree- new eastern height record!!!

Post by Will Blozan » Sat May 07, 2011 3:38 pm

Mike,

Awesome! I didn't realize you got the line shot on film. Thanks for posting the photos, and of course being a part of the team.

Will

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Re: Fork Ridge Tuliptree- new eastern height record!!!

Post by James Parton » Sat May 07, 2011 8:30 pm

Will,

Your pneumatic launcher reminds me of the homemade paintball shotgun my brother has. It uses a compressed nitrogen or CO2 tank though. It also reminds me of the Polish Cannons ( Tater Guns ) we built as kids. They used lighter fluid and would shoot a projectile of the right weight and size outta sight. They sounded like shotguns when you set them off!

Any idea of the age of that record giant?
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