First auto racing, now tree climbing? Garth took a page from his own book and climbed a coastal redwood this summer, much as several characters from A Sudden Light also climb forest giants.
Michael Barnard from Rakestraw Books (Danville, CA) and climbing instructor Tim Kovar of Tree Climbing Planet joined Garth for his 200-foot-plus climb up an ancient redwood, using ropes and ascenders so as not to disturb the tree.
“I loved climbing in the afternoon with Michael and Tim,” Garth said. “That evening, back in my hotel room, Tim called me. ‘Have you ever seen a sunset from the top of a redwood?’ he asked. ‘Meet me at Grandfather in half an hour.'”
‘Grandfather’ is the name given to the tree they climbed, since there are many other young redwoods in the grove.
Garth met Tim and they climbed Grandfather again, reaching the top moments before the sun set over the Pacific Ocean.
“It was magical,” Garth reported. “There’s no other way to describe it. Sublime.”
See more cool pictures from the climbs on Tree Climbing Planet’s Facebook page.