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A fascinating adventure story (The Sunday Times )
Combines the thrill of exploration with the quirkiness of those who chose it as their lives' work (The New York Times )
Impressive these amateurs were taking their lives into their hands every time (London Review of Books )
Invokes the spirit of Darwin, Audubon and Jacques Cousteau (Washington Post )
In writing and researching The Wild Trees Richard Preston mastered the complex techniques of climbing wild trees himself, techniques that are known by only 20 people in the world. In September 2006 he made the first ascent and measurement of the newly-discovered worlds tallest tree, Hyperion, in a rain-forest valley in Northern California. He has also climbed in the tallest forest canopy in Australia, the so-called Skeleton Forest on the Hume Plateau, Victoria, and in Scotland. He also climbs with his children, wife and parents in the trees near their home. His goal is to reveal people and realms that nobody has ever imagined.
Richard Preston, as well as climbing trees, is the bestselling author of The Hot Zone, The Demon in the Freezer and the novel The Cobra Event. A writer for the New Yorker since 1985, Preston is the only non-doctor to have received the Centers for Disease Control's Champion of Prevention Award. He also holds an award from the American Institute of Physics and there is an asteroid the size of lower Manhattan named in his honour.
I love this book soooo much , i only wish I lived nearer the redwood national park. Again , I must give book depository five stars for rescuing this highly ignored book.Published 18 months ago by jeff D
Interesting and enlightening.
I wasn't sure of the slightly "adventure novel" style at first but got used to it.
Took longer to finish than I thought. Read more
not as good as the hot zone but interesting none the less a group of individual setting out for a variety of reasons to study big tree in North AmericaPublished on 28 May 2011 by Timothy Wakefield