There's this sweet white pine, not super tall but the trunk is massive, 11.5' CBH, then divides into three leaders at 35' or so, the tops of all three are in the 104' range. Found it about 4 years ago, looked like a lot of fun, been meaning to climb it. Finally decided to this afternoon. About a mile hike to the tree, got there around 3pm. As I approached I spotted a bowhunter in a tree stand about 20 yards past the pine. He didn't see me...yet. I was disappointed enough (or in denial) that I kept on slogging towards the tree before he finally noticed me. I walked closer had a brief chat about where the boundary line was between public and private land and then went back in the direction I came from. To drown my sorrows I went to a big old red oak in the same area. Always a challenge to hand throw into, it has rejected me in the past. By the time my line was set the sun was going down, climbed up and had a nice sit listening to a pair of great-horned owls calling back and forth.
Edit: went back to my tree measuring records, I recorded this red oak as follows 2/14/10:
Height: 91.4'. CBH: 11.7'
The height corresponds to the upper average canopy height in this particular section of woods with the exception of several white pine in the 104' to 108' range
DRT almost up to the first pitch around 55-60'
Big limb first pitch (this is where the crown starts)
Wiggled my way up a little further to watch the last of the sunset
Lichens and sunset
Don't think the hunter got a deer, didn't hear a thing from his direction except him clacking something together to attract a buck. Walking back out ran into a few deer in the dark about a quarter mile from where the hunter was.