Sequoia National Park | Nature Boom Time


[TICKING]CHARLIE: HEY, GUYS JUST ONE
THING REAL QUICK BEFORE WE GET STARTED HERE, THIS
IS NOT AN INSTRUCTIONAL VIDEO BECAUSE THAT
WOULD BE CRAZY. WE ARE NOT EXPERTS
AT ANYTHING, WE GOT HELP FROM A WHOLE
LOT OF EXPERIENCED, GOOD-LOOKING PROFESSIONALS
TO MAKE THIS WORK, LIKE MARK, AND JUSTIN,
AND DAVE, AND JED TOO. HE’S THAT KID ON THE RIGHT. SO IF YOU WANNA LEARN HOW
TO TREE-CLIMB LIKE US, TAKE LESSONS FROM THEM HERE. OH, SHOOT, IT’S TIME
TO START THE SHOW. LET’S GO![CLOCK ALARM][FIREWORKS].♪ ♪ HEY GUYS, THIS IS CHARLIE. TODAY, I’M ACTUALLY GONNA
TELL YOU A STORY ABOUT MY LITTLE SISTER KIRBY. SO, KIRBY’S PRETTY AWESOME
AND I’M GONNA TELL YOU WHY. WHEN WE PLANNED OUR EXPEDITION
TO VISIT THE COOLEST FOREST IN THE ENTIRE U.S. KIRBY
WASN’T SATISFIED AT FIRST. SHE DIDN’T JUST WANNA
VISIT THE FOREST, SHE ACTUALLY WANTED TO
TAKE IT A STEP FURTHER AND CLIMB THE TREES. SO, WE MADE SOME CHANGES,
GOT SOME EQUIPMENT, WENT TO CORNELL UNIVERSITY
TO LEARN HOW TO CLIMB AND WENT UP SOME PRETTY
INCREDIBLE TREES IN SOME REALLY AWESOME FORESTS. AND IT WAS GREAT AND ALL,
EXCEPT IT’S STILL WASN’T REALLY CUTTING IT FOR
KIRB ‘CAUSE YOU SEE, WHEN KIRBY DECIDES
TO DO SOMETHING, SHE DOESN’T DO
THINGS HALF WAY. SHE DOES THINGS WHOLE WAY AND
KICKS IN A EXTRA HALF OR TWO JUST FOR GOOD MEASURE. HERE ARE FEW EXAMPLES, ONCE
KIRBY DECIDED SHE WANTED TO RAISE CHICKENS, SO SHE SPENT
TWO MONTHS DESIGNING AND BUILDING A CHICKEN COOP IN OUR
BACKYARD WITH HER BARE HANDS. WHEN SHE REALIZED ALL THE
BEES IN THE WORLD WERE DYING, SHE INTERVIEWED THE BEST BEE
EXPERTS ACROSS THE COUNTRY. RAISED 15,000 BEES AND
HARVESTED 85 POUNDS OF HONEY IN ONE SUMMER. SO, YEAH, KIRBY’S
PRETTY INTENSE. SO WHEN WE DECIDED WE WERE
GONNA GO CLIMB SOME TREES, KIRBY DIDN’T WANNA
CLIMB JUST ANY TREE. SHE WANTED TO CLIMB
THE BIGGEST TREES IN THE ENTIRE WORLD,
A GIANT SEQUOIA. YEAH, A GIANT SEQUOIA WHICH
IS PRETTY NUTS BECAUSE GIANT SEQUOIAS CAN BE
UP TO 310 FEET TALL. THAT’S TALLER THAN
THE STATUE OF LIBERTY. KIRBY, BY COMPARISON,
IS ONLY 5’2 WHICH IS SIGNIFICANTLY SHORTER
THAN THE STATUE OF LIBERTY. SO THIS WASN’T GONNA BE EASY. AND FOR WHATEVER REASON JUST
CLIMBING TO THE TOP STILL WASN’T ENOUGH FOR KIRB. KIRBY DIDN’T WANT TO CLIMB TO
THE TOP OF THE GIANT SEQUOIA, SHE WANTED TO CLIMB TO
THE TOP, SET UP A HAMMOCK, AND SPEND A NIGHT THERE
LIKE SLEEP THERE OVERNIGHT AT THE TOP OF THE
GIANT SEQUOIA. SO, WE MADE IT HAPPEN. THE FIRST THING WE DID WAS
HIT UP OUR FRIENDS AT CORNELL TREE CLIMBING IN
BERKELEY UNIVERSITY WHO ARE STUDYING SEQUOIAS
IN CALIFORNIA. WE WERE ALL LIKE, “HEY,
CORNELL HOW’S IT GOING?” AND THEY WERE LIKE, “HEY
CHARLIE, WHAT’S CRACKING?” “ALL RIGHT, SO GET THIS,
KIRBY WANTS TO CLIMB A GIANT SEQUOIA.” “GO ON.” “AND SPEND THE NIGHT AT
THE TOP OF THE TREE.” “OH SHOOT,
THAT’S CRAZY, MAN.” “TELL ME ABOUT IT,
KIRBY IS THE BOSS.” “CAN WE CLIMB ONE
OF YOUR TREES?” “OH, FOR SURE CHARLES.” “AWESOME,” “SICK.” “COOL, COOL, COOL.” “ALL RIGHT, SEE YOU LATER.” “I LOVE YOU.” “AH COOL, THANKS, BYE.” OOH, SO WE CAME TO THIS PLACE
WHICH IS THEIR RESEARCH SITE JUST OUTSIDE SEQUOIA
NATIONAL FOREST. AND HERE, THERE ARE GIANT
SEQUOIAS ALL OVER THE PLACE. IT’S AMAZING. PEOPLE FROM CORNELL AND
BERKELEY CLIMB THESE TREES ALL THE TIME. FOR A STUDY THEY’RE
DOING ABOUT SEED CONES. THEY’RE DOING AN AWESOME
JOB ON SOME REALLY IMPORTANT RESEARCH OVER THERE. AND WHEN WE WERE WALKING
AROUND THE FOREST, KIRBY DECIDED THAT
THIS WAS THE BAD BOY SHE WAS GONNA CLIMB. WHY… BECAUSE IT’S
ENORMOUS AND WHEN KIRBY DOES SOMETHING, SHE
DOES IT RIGHT. SO, IT’S TIME TO
GET READY TO CLIMB. WHEN YOU CLIMB A
TREE THE WAY WE DO, ONE OF THE FIRST THINGS
YOU GOT TO DO IS TOSS YOUR ROPE OVER A BRANCH NEAR
THE TOP OF THE TREE. BUT THE TRICKY THING IS
IT’S REALLY HARD TO THROW YOUR ROPE REALLY HIGH. AND WE HAD TO GET
IT UP 300 FEET. SO, THIS REALLY
WASN’T GONNA HAPPEN. WE HAD TO FIGURE OUT
SOMETHING ELSE AND THIS IS WHY KIRBY IS BEEN
HAULING AROUND THIS CROSSBOW. HERE’S HOW THE
WHOLE THING WORKS. FIRST, YOU TAKE ONE OF
THESE ARROW THINGS AND THREAD IT WITH A
FISHING LINE. YOU PULL BACK THE BOWSTRING,
LOAD IT, AIM AT A BRANCH, AND LET HER LOOSE. WHEN YOU FIND YOUR ARROW
ATTACHED THE FISHING LINE TO A BIGGER LINE, USE
THE FISHING REEL AT THE FRONT TO REEL
IN YOUR LINE. ATTACH A BIGGER
LINE TO YOUR ROPE, PULL THAT ONE IN AND JUST
LIKE THAT AFTER A FEW KNOTS, YOUR LINE IS READY TO GO. SO, NOW IT’S TIME
FOR KIRB TO CLIMB. THE FIRST THING
SHE DID WAS CLIP HER ASCENDERS TO THE ROPE. SO, THIS IS AN ASCENDER,
IT’S WHAT ATTACHES YOU TO YOUR ROPE AND KEEPS
YOU FROM FALLING. COOL, COOL. SO NOW IT’S TIME FOR KIRB TO
GET ON UP THAT GIANT SEQUOIA. GAME ON MAN, GIDDY
UP, LET’S ROLL! INSIDE KIRBY’S ASCENDERS
ARE SOME CRAZY SHARP TEETH POINTED DOWNWARDS. SO, THESE NIFTY LITTLE
TEETH LET YOU SLIDE YOUR ROPE UP
BUT NOT DOWN. YOUR ASCENDERS ARE
ATTACHED TO YOUR HARNESS WHICH HOLDS ALL YOUR WEIGHT. SO TO CLIMB, ALL KIRBY HAS TO
DO IS MOVE HER ASCENDERS ONE AT A TIME UP THE TREE
AND SHE’S ON HER WAY. THIS WHOLE THING REQUIRES
A LOT MORE CHOREOGRAPHY THAN YOU MIGHT THINK. SO, IF YOU WATCH KIRBY
ATTACHED TO YOUR BOTTOM ASCENDER, IS A LOOP OF WEBBING
THAT YOU PUT YOUR FOOT IN. SO, FIRST, YOU STEP INTO
THAT FRONT LOOP AND STAND UP. AS KIRBY STANDS UP, SHE ALSO
PUSHES HER TOP ASCENDER UP THE ROPE THEN SHE SITS
DOWN AND CAN PULL HER BOTTOM ASCENDER
UP THE ROPE, TOO. BY SITTING IN HER HARNESS AND
THEN STANDING UP IN THAT FRONT FOOT LOOP, SHE CAN PUT ALL
HER WEIGHT ON EITHER HER TOP OR BOTTOM ASCENDER. WHEN ONE OF THE ASCENDERS IS
FREE, IT CAN MOVE UP THE ROPE. SO, IT’S A LITTLE CONFUSING
TO MANAGE BUT KIRBY GOT THE HANG OF IT PRETTY QUICK
AND SOON ENOUGH SHE WAS MAKING HER WAY UP TO THE
TOP OF THIS ENORMOUS TREE. KIRBY HAD TO DO THIS FOR A
LONG TIME TO MAKE IT UP THE ENTIRE TREE
ABOUT 80 MINUTES. IT WAS LIKE COMPLETING AN
HOUR AND TWENTY MINUTE FULL BODY WORKOUT;
IT’S PRETTY TOUGH. WHILE ALSO DODGING BRANCHES
AND DANGLING HUNDREDS OF FEET IN THE AIR. IT’S TIRING, IT’S HARD, AND AT TIMES IT’S PRETTY
FRIGHTENING, TOO. NOT TO MENTION THE FACT
THAT WE DID THIS IN THE MIDDLE OF A THUNDERSTORM. THAT IS THE MOST
DEFINITELY THUNDER, JUST KEEP AN EYE OUT. BUT KIRBY DOESN’T MAKE
IT LOOK TOO BAD BECAUSE AS WE’VE ESTABLISHED,
SHE’S THE BOSS AND CAN DO PRETTY MUCH EVERYTHING. AT THE TOP, ALL THAT WAS LEFT
FOR KIRBY TO DO WAS TO FIND A NICE SPOT WITH AN EXCELLENT
VIEW OF THE VALLEY BELOW. SET UP HER HAMMOCK AND
GET SITUATED FOR A WONDERFUL NIGHT
AMONGST THE TREES. TREES ARE ALL OVER THE PLACE
IN THIS WORLD AND THERE’S STILL A LOT WE DON’T KNOW
ABOUT THEM ESPECIALLY ABOUT EVERYTHING IN THEIR CANOPIES. TREE CLIMBING HELPS HER BUDS
AT CORNELL AND BERKELEY LEARN A LITTLE BIT MORE ABOUT
WHAT’S GOING ON UP THERE, SO, SOME SCIENTISTS WORK IN A LAB,
OTHERS WORK UP IN THE AIR, DANGLING FROM A
HALF-INCH ROPE. BUT IT’S ALL WITH THE
SAME GOAL IN MIND. TO FIGURE OUT WHAT’S
GOING ON OUT THERE. SO, SOME MIGHT CALL IT
CRAZY, OTHERS MIGHT SAY IT’S INSANE BUT TO KIRBY,
THE WORLD BEATER, IT’S JUST ANOTHER
DAY ON THE JOB.[FIREWORKS].

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