1. Chris Reinholt removing a large douglas fir in Boulder Canyon. The owner of this tree said that her father wrapped a cable around the trunk and then anchored that cable to the mountain side to ease her mothers fear of the tree falling on the house. Unfortunately, the cable was never removed and over time it girdled the tree causing its decline. I counted about 150 rings on this tree.

    June 2014. Photograph by Landon Painter

     
  2. Alex Morray having some zip line fun in Louisville, Colorado.

    May 2014. Photograph by Landon Painter

     
  3. Isa and I spotted this ponderosa pine while on a hike near Buena Vista, Colorado. The large boulder behind must provide this tree with runoff water because the mountain slope around was primarily piñon and juniper forest.

    April 2014. Photograph by Landon Painter

     
  4. Angie Jenson, owner of Terra Firma Forestry, invited me to the beautiful Arkansas Valley (and San Luis Valley) for some tree work this last week. Angie and Jess are pictured here with two willow stumps in downtown Saguache. Towering over the school playground, these trees were very exciting and challenging to remove; greenhouses will soon fill the space.

    Thanks to everyone at Terra Firma Forestry. It was a fantastic week of tree climbing.

    April 2014. Photograph by Landon Painter

     
  5. Chris Kupka ascending into his first big willow tree in Niwot, Colorado.

    February 2014. Photograph by Landon Painter

     
  6. Chris Reinholt removing a leader from a large plains cottonwood. This tree is located at Ya Ya Farm and Orchard, home of the best apple spice doughnuts ever. The barn was built in 1892 and I imagine the tree was planted around that same time.

    February 2014. Photographs by Landon Painter

     
  7. This white pine has supposedly been leaning ever since a truck backed into it in the 1940’s. Unfortunately severe root decay has caused the tree to lean even more in recent years. Chris Reinholt is pictured here working it down.

    September 2013. Photograph by Landon Painter  

     
  8. Adam Peters removing an engelmann spruce in Boulder, Colorado. 

    February 2013. Photograph by Alex Morray

     
  9. Vincent and Carolyn Tolpo, owners of the Shawnee Mountain Gallery, have inspired me to be a little more artistic with my photographs. Here I am removing a storm damaged ponderosa pine in Shawnee, Colorado.

    January 2014. Photograph by Malinda Painter

     
  10. Tyler Edmondson with the second largest pear tree in Colorado.  This tree is pretty cool and is located next to the Rocky Mountain Bird Observatory office at Barr Lake state park.  Check it out.

    December 2013.  Photograph by Landon Painter

     
  11. Near Kebler Pass, west of Crested Butte you will find this engelmann spruce– the tallest I have climbed at 124 feet.  This area has some of the most well developed stands of spruce and subalpine fir in Colorado.  I am not the only one who thinks this for near the road are signs of selective timber harvesting - read large stumps. In the first photograph, I am standing where the original top broke out and a new leader appears to be growing vigorously.  We could not have picked a better day to climb; the quaking aspens were showing their fall colors and the air was crisp. We passed the night and packed the tent in the rain after Vinotok. I hope to explore this area further because I’m sure there are larger and taller spruces out there.

    Circumference: 117” Crown Spread: 46’ Height: 124’ National points: 252.6

    September 2013.  Photographs by Malinda Painter 

     
  12. This ponderosa pine in Raymond, Colorado might be the largest in Boulder County.  Located between a road and a house with a wood pile around the base, one would not expect this tree to be so large and healthy.  The road and the house are not conducive to healthy root growth and wood piles attract insect infestation. At some point in history there were power lines connected to the trunk demonstrated by the embedded conductors.  The homeowner saw a photo of the tree in 1948 and it looked pretty much the same.  This ponderosa resembles one you would see in Oregon rather than the front range of Colorado.   The branches were so large all the way to the top that it made for a fantastic climb. 

    This is one of the trees that inspired the creation of Colorado Tree Climbers. 

    Ponderosa pines are often called cinnamon bark pines due to how red the trunk becomes upon maturity.

    Circumference: 148” Crown Spread: 46’ Height: 97’3” National points: 256.7

    May 2013.  Photograph by Malinda Painter

     
  13. By no means a national champion, this douglas fir is impressive for Boulder County. Located at the base of the second flatiron it receives ample runoff. I first noticed this tree years ago while rock climbing and have always wanted to measure it.  

    Circumference: 107” Crown Spread: 52’ Height: 86’ National points 206

    May 2013. Photographs by Malinda & Landon Painter

     
  14. Landon Painter finishes trimming a green ash just as the snow arrives in Boulder, Colorado in January 2013. Photograph by Adam Peters 

     
  15. Landon Painter removing a ponderosa pine near Sugarloaf Mountain in March 2013.  Photograph by Landon Painter