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Chris Sharma climbs giant redwood tree

Chris Sharma has spent the last decade living and climbing in Catalunya, Spain. The region is home to some of the most vicious climbs, and only a few miles away from Barcelona, where Sharma’s new climbing gym is located.

But the climber recently returned to his native California to complete a different type of climb: a giant Redwood tree.

“For me, climbing has always been about reconnecting to that playful side,” Sharma said. “It can be so serious. You put your heart and soul into a hard rock project. But it’s also good to take a step back and remember that this is supposed to be about having fun.”

It doesn’t get more playful than climbing trees, but this project required the help of experts. Two Redwood experts joined Sharma to help choose the perfect tree (and apply for permits).

Sharma finally chose a route up a 77 meter tree, and spent three days projecting. In the end, Chris wasn’t able to redpoint the entire route (which he gave an estimated grade of 9A). But that wasn’t really the point.

“For me, climbing has always been about reconnecting to that playful side,” Sharma said. “It can be so serious. You put your heart and soul into a hard rock project. But it’s also good to take a step back and remember that this is supposed to be about having fun.”

Images: Keith Ladzinski

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