My Wild Tree Collecting Journey

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I want to start a thread to collect my stories and practices as I continue to venture into the mountains and collect wild trees. The mountains are wild and brilliant, and the aftercare is experimentation and knowledge gathering which keep me interested.
 
By far the most challenging collection of my adventure. Hiked in roughly 500 yards and 500 feet up into the Backcountry.

Passed up many interesting trees till I saw this one on the rock. Took a great deal of effort to saw through two large tap roots, on the other side is good size root pad filled with small roots.

Back home boxes up and on heat mats till spring time. Did my best intentions to minimize space for the roots and remove open spaces.

Key lessons:. Need to carry water and energy to keep up my strength. Battery powered saw would help, hiking sticks could be helpful coming down the mountain. Thick leather gloves and hind cover because RM Cactus are not great to grab or fall on.PXL_20221029_191716470.jpgPXL_20221022_164932930.jpg
 
One of these is pretty handy. I cut mine short and welded a T grip( harbor freight has the best price)
Good luck!
Looks like a sweet tree!
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Looks like you have a prime area for collecting some truly amazing specimens.

Might I ask where you are located and what zone you are in and where you went to collect?
 
Nice tree. Very interesting. Hopes it makes it. Curious what styling plans might be if tree survives🤔. 🤞🤞🤞🤞
 
Nice tree. Very interesting. Hopes it makes it. Curious what styling plans might be if tree survives🤔. 🤞🤞🤞🤞
No style plans for this tree yet.

Has several possibilities with the base and deadwood.
 
Looks like you have a prime area for collecting some truly amazing specimens.

Might I ask where you are located and what zone you are in and where you went to collect?
Colorado,
I live in zone 5b.
 
Here is a nice lodgepole pine from the same trip.
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i Haven’t collected anything but if you are looking for something lightweight to help with energy while out hiking way up there try gu gels.
 
i Haven’t collected anything but if you are looking for something lightweight to help with energy while out hiking way up there try gu gels.
Looking on Amazon now. Thank you for the recommendation
 
Here is a small spruce from the south Dakota area.

Looks to be an old tree when looking at the deadwood.
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I think a battery powered saw is overkill. Just get something like this: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001RD7LRO/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_search_asin_title?ie=UTF8&psc=1

Lightweight, cheap and will quickly cut through anything you have the strength to lug home.

I certainly would not trade my sawzall for a hand saw. Reciprocating saw is a very useful collecting tool. Worth every penny in my opinion.

I just have to remember to bring the extra batteries, isn’t that right @Hartinez 😬😬😬
 
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