A scene strangely reminiscent of the Spiders & Flies episode from The Hobbit. Wrapped in webbing or dangling in nets, eleven sleepy dwarves struggle awake, photographed in this case by your intrepid hobbit correspondent. This camp was at around 65m in the world’s largest (by timber volume) flowering plant…
Find massive, 34m high red gum (Euc. camaldulensis) that was scheduled for removal due to a road-widening project near Bendigo in Victoria
Cut it in half vertically, reduce it to two sections (still over 30ton/section), and crane lift it onto two trucks
Transport it (on two low-loaders w/ 6 car escort) from Bendigo to Sydney. This involved closing a section of the Melbourne ring road, and blocking one side of the busiest interstate freeway in the country
Re-assemble the two halves to incredibly tight margins of error within an already constructed 6 storey high climbing frame
When complete, the whole tree had to be free-standing and self-supporting
ENSPEC were project managers for the whole job, and the climbing, cutting and rigging (and even some of the engineering!) was done by Joe Harris of into trees and Juri Megarrity of Aspect Tree Management. The tree now stands within 3 seperate levels of high-ropes challenges at SkyPeak Adventures in Parramatta.