Cloaked in the snows of California’s Sierra Nevada, the 3,200-year-old giant sequoia called the President rises 247 feet. Two other sequoias have wider trunks, but none has a larger crown, say the scientists who climbed it. The figure at top seems taller than the other climbers because he’s standing forward on one of the great limbs.
Michael Nichols, NGM Staff. Mosaic composed of 126 images
Compositing: Ken Geiger, NGM Staff
Climbing team: Jim Campbell Spickler, Giacomo Renzullo, Cameron Williams, Nolan Bowman
Technical team: Nathan Williamson; Marty Reed, Humboldt State University (HSU)
Science: Steve Sillett, HSUOrder large-format prints of this photo at NationalGeographicArt.com