Forest Redwoods

Adventure Coast Redwood 8th

Continued from: Largest Coast Redwoods

 

Copyright 2009 - 2016 by Mario Vaden

 

2009 - Height 330.4 ft. - Diameter 16.5 ft. - Volume 32,140 cu. ft.

It was the 8th largest known until 2008 - 2014, when new discoveries started racking-up like cord wood in Redwood National and State Parks.

The 2009 data reflects information gathered by canopy scientist Dr. Steve Sillett and team. Adventure was also measured years earlier by Dr. Robert Van Pelt. He arrived at 31,170 cu. ft. and 334 ft. high. Van Pelt measured from ground level using a laser from 7 positions. Probably with Michael Taylor's assistance. Adventure was discovered in Prairie Creek Redwoods by Michael Taylor. It's one of several redwoods that have somereverse trunk taper. similar to Iluvatar in that regard.

When you look at this photograph, imagine canopy researchers sitting at the very top, among huckleberry shrubs growing up there; snacking on them. Described by author Richard Preston The Fire Caves of Adventure chapter of his book.

The trunk has 4 hollows called fire caves, following centuries of breakage, decay and fire within its 40 stem crown. At 180 feet the Upper Fire Cave is more of a cieling with canopy soil at it's opening. This redwood has a main trunk that is still 7' diameter at 250' high, where small huckleberry thickets are located. Near 290' a rare moss was found; slender straight-toothed moss or Orthodontium gracile.

Adventure's trunk has some reverse taper about 100 ft. above the ground, where it's girth was decribed to broaden back to a width similar to a diameter farther down the trunk near the ground. But it is not as big as I first imagined the way Preston wrote about it. Reviewing my photos of the upper trunk and stems, Adventure's main bole appears to be mishaped, comprised of various fusions. It's a nice looking coast redwood, but also reminds me of buying cashews in 5 lb. cans where options are whole nuts or bits & pieces. Both cans have 5 pounds of cashews, but the products look different inside. With Adventure, its pretty big when all the pieces are added.

Adventure has Methuselah's Beard lichen, visible from ground level. Among others are tube , black bloody heart and wart lichens. The Cladonia genus grows up there too. Some have bright red tips, very short, growing millimeters per year.

The trunk is almost 10' narrower than Lost Monarch. The photo below was taken August 10, 2008. I have been to it only once and have not returned in almost 8 years. I'm sure I will return eventually. Adventure's trunk may seem smaller than meets the eye. The diameter chest high is about 16 ft. wide, but with ferns and shrubs around, it seems more like a 12 ft. wide redwood at a glance.

 

Coast Redwood discovery Adventure Redwood

 

The Coast Redwood below is definitly not Adventure.

Its a redwood we discovered in Redwood National and State Parks in 2016. The base is similar width to Adventure's diameter. The photo was taken from up on a hillside, shot horizontal to avoid distorting the trunk. As you can see, there is little taper and the trunk is very singular, even above the height shown. Much different than Adventure's many bulges reiterations.

I thought these would make an interesting comparison since the base is similar width, but the trunks overhead are so different. The one below is called The Dark Horse..

 


Redwood Adventure in Prairie Creek compared to The Dark Horse