Fork Ridge Tuliptree- new eastern height record!!!

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

Post by Will Blozan » Sat May 07, 2011 8:34 pm

James,

Sorry- I see that you asked that question before... It is an old tree, probably 300+. We will core the surrounding trees and hopefully get an idea.

The pnuematic launcher is not a new idea- just a new application.

Will

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

Post by Will Blozan » Mon May 09, 2011 11:02 am

ENTS,

Check out this video from Aaron- it really gives an idea of how large the tree is!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-SXr9OfCsWM

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-SXr9OfCsWM

Will

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

Post by james loftis » Mon May 09, 2011 8:49 pm

Is that one monster piece of dead wood someone is standing on in that vid?! You weren't kidding, if that shook loose that could take out the whole crew, looked pretty solid though. Congrats, Will and everybody! Still jealous as I can be. I live right down the road from you boys and gal, drop a line so I can climb one with ya. Seiously, trying really hard not to keel over with jealousy.

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

Post by jamesrobertsmith » Mon May 09, 2011 9:24 pm

What an amazing tree! And what an amazing shot with that contraption to get the rope set on the first try! I'm impressed!

The photo looking down from the crown lets me know that I would NEVER climb like that. I'm not scared of heights, exactly, but I respect Mr. Gravity and don't wish to tempt him.

The crown of that tree is also impressive. What a mass of solid wood!

If I can find the time I need to start bushwhacking in the Smokies with an eye toward helping you guys locate big trees. Do you think it will unseat the Sag Branch poplar?

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

Post by mdvaden » Sun May 15, 2011 9:26 pm

What is the soil like around this tree? Stony? Just earthy?

The lower trunk looks more or less undamaged from the photos.

Does that forest get much in the way of ice storms to overcome, or just rain and snow?

Sweet find. If I read the miles right, looks like a healthy walk in there to spot this one.
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Re: Fork Ridge Tuliptree- new eastern height record!!!

Post by bbeduhn » Wed Jun 22, 2011 9:43 am

I hate that I wasn't able to join you on this. I wanted to bring this topic current to reiterate the question on how the soil was around the site. Was it rocky, etc.? The site seems to have many 13 foot cbh tulips. The soil must be of magnificent quality.

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

Post by Larry Tucei » Wed Jun 22, 2011 9:54 am

Will, and Company. Congrats on the Giant Tulip! 190+ Amazing! For years everyone questioned would Tulips, reach 200'. I think the anwser is obvious, yes! Larry

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Post by mdavie » Fri Mar 02, 2012 3:09 pm

A storm just passed directly over that portion of the Smokies; the weather service said it appeared to be a tornado. Fingers are crossed that the terrain worked yet again to protect the trees up there!

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

Post by morgan » Sat May 16, 2015 7:14 am

This was an awesome read. I just stuck a pic I took yesterday of a 130 footer on https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Liriodendron which is the wikipedia article on tuliptrees, and found your article here had been referenced regarding a record 191.9 foot tree.

Not sure I'd be comfortable climbing near the top of a 192 foot tree. Geez, you folks are dedicated.

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

Post by Will Blozan » Sun May 17, 2015 5:32 pm

Morgan,

This is a stout tree, not some young brittle whip. This strong structure allowed a secure tie-in point a full 175' up- a record that likely will never be exceed in the eastern US. I bet it is now 192.5' or so.

Will

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