Brian French

Hometown: Portland, Oregon

When he was 10, Brian's mom grounded him for trying to create a forest in his bedroom by bringing in pots of ferns, cedars and pines. Seven years later he discovered that he could make a living climbing trees as an arborist. At 22 he became one of the youngest certified arborists in the country.

"As I matured, I realized what I truly wanted was to be near the tops of the forest," he says. "Measuring champion trees has helped fulfill that childhood dream."

Because of his love of trees and his passion to conserve them, he now spends most of his free time on Ascending the Giants. His respect for the environment has helped shape one of the project's primary objectives, preserving the integrity of these majestic giants and sharing the knowledge gained from the experience.

"One of our goals is to increase relationships with all trees," he says. "We hope to inspire people to both climb and protect them."

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