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Jun 18, 2015

Chris Sharma Free Climbs A Redwood Tree

Chris Sharma Free Climbs A Redwood Tree

In a quest to return to his climbing roots and to advance the understanding of California’s giant Coast Redwoods, Chris Sharma recently embarked on an unprecedented free climb in a Northern California forest glade. Using only his hands and feet and protected from falls by a rope and harness, Sharma collected valuable data from a soaring Redwood, located in a city park in Eureka, to measure tree water status as an indicator of how it has been affected by the current severe drought. Red Bull worked closely with two UC Berkeley Tree Biologists in preparing for and executing this project.

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Chris Sharma climbs a Redwood tree in Eureka, CA, USA on 18 May, 2015.

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Chris Sharma prepares to climb a Redwood tree in Eureka, CA, USA on 18 May, 2015.

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The view up a Redwood tree in Eureka, CA, USA on 18 May, 2015.

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Chris Sharma climbs a Redwood tree in Eureka, CA, USA on 19 May, 2015.

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Chris Sharma climbs a Redwood tree in Eureka, CA, USA on 19 May, 2015.

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Chris Sharma climbs a Redwood tree in Eureka, CA, USA on 20 May, 2015.

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Chris Sharma poses for a portrait in Eureka, CA, USA on 20 May, 2015.

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Chris Sharma's hands, seen up close in Eureka, CA, USA on 20 May, 2015.

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Chris Sharma climbs a Redwood tree in Eureka, CA, USA on 20 May, 2015.

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Chris Sharma climbs a Redwood tree in Eureka, CA, USA on 20 May, 2015.

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Chris Sharma visualises his path up the Redwood tree he is about to climb, in Eureka, CA, USA on 18 May, 2015.

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Chris Sharma climbs a Redwood tree in Eureka, CA, USA on 18 May, 2015.

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