This is the story of a professional British tree climber, cameraman and adventurer, who has made a career out of travelling the world, filming wildlife for the BBC and climbing trees.
James's climbs take him around the globe, scaling the most incredible and majestic trees in existence- the strangler fig tree of Borneo, the monolithic Congolese moabi tree, the fern-covered howler tree of Costa Rica and the colossal mountain ash of Australia. On the way he meets native tribes and jungle cats, he gets stung by African bees and chased by gorillas, and he spends his nights in a hammock pitched hundreds of feet up in the air, with only the stars above him.
This book blends incredible stories of his adventures in the branches and a fascination with the majesty of trees to show us the joy of rising - literally - above the daily grind, up into the canopy of the forest.
'The wide horizontal branches stretched away from me to curl up like the giant fingers of an enormous cupped hand. I slid back into the centre of its protective palm and waited for my heart to slow. After a while the small herd of fallow deer I had been following emerged from the trees, carefully picking their way through the churned-up leaf litter to pass beneath me in the wake of the ponies. They had been there all along and I was immediately struck that not one of them appeared to have seen or smelt me as I crouched in the arms of the oak directly above.'
About the Author
James grew up on the edge of the New Forest and spent his teenage years exploring it. By fourteen he was building forest shelters and sleeping rough in the woods. By sixteen he was spending much of his time up in the branches. These days, he works in the treetops as a freelance wildlife cameraman for the BBC and National Geographic, regularly collaborating with top nature presenters and filmmakers. The Man Who Climbs Trees is his first book.
"A book of heart-stopping bravery and endurance, packed with astonishing-and sometimes gruesome-encounters with wild creatures. James Aldred is an old-school hero, and his thrilling recollections of a life of adventure driven by a love for trees will give you new reverence for the beauties and mysteries of the natural world. " * Helen Macdonald * "A great read - incredible adventures and a dramatic new perspective from the arms of the world's giants" * Chris Packham * "[A] delightful, endlessly fascinating book" -- Brian Viner * Dail Mail BOOK OF THE WEEK * "To leave the dank darkness of the jungle floor and travel up to the sunlight forest canopy is probably the natural world's most exciting revelation. James Aldred's wonderful book is as close as you will ever get to that experience, without risking the climb for yourself." * Alastair Fothergill, TV Producer for `The Blue Planet', `Planet Earth' and `Frozen Planet' * "A heady blend of daredevil ascents with a reflective wonder at the beauty of these living climbing frames" * Derek Niemann, nature writer and journalist *
Number Of Pages: 304
Published: 28th August 2017
Publisher: Ebury Publishing
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.5 x 13.5 x 2.3
Weight (kg): 0.32