The Man Who Climbs Trees: The Lofty Adventures of a Wildlife Cameraman

by James Aldred

Meet the man who climbs trees for a living. Whether he's scouting out the perfect canopy shot for the BBC, or just looking for a little fun, James Aldred has climbed scores of behemoth trees. In this adventure memoir, Aldred carries us with him across the globe and up to the top of these towering forest titans as he recalls his most memorable encounters with trees and their inhabitants.

  • Format: Paperback
  • ISBN-13/EAN: 9780358090090
  • ISBN-10: 0358090091
  • Pages: 272
  • Publication Date: 05/21/2019
  • Carton Quantity: 24

About the book

“A book of heart-stopping bravery and endurance.”—Helen Macdonald, author of H Is for Hawk 


“The giant trees described by James Aldred are full of wonder, and his fascinating book is a story of real adventure.”—Peter Wohlleben, author of The Hidden Life of Trees 


If you’ve ever seen a natural history show with Sir David Attenborough perched high in a tree, it’s likely that James Aldred was responsible for getting him up there. As a wildlife cameraman for the BBC and National Geographic, James Aldred spends his working life high up in trees, poised to capture key moments in the lives of wild animals and birds. Aldred’s climbs take him to the most incredible and majestic trees in existence—in Borneo, Venezuela, Australia, the Congo, and many other exotic places. In this vivid account of memorable trees he has climbed, Aldred blends incredible stories of his adventures in the branches with a fascination for the majesty of trees to show us the joy of rising—literally—above the daily grind, up into the canopy of the forest.

About the author
James Aldred

JAMES ALDRED grew up on the edge of a 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, when he's not filming in far-flung countries, he lives in the west country of the UK with his wife and children.


“A vertiginous, white-knuckled adventure through some of the most spectacular forests in the world.” Washington Post 


“Truly, Aldred offers a feast for the imagination, one that will draw you back to the landscapes that you’ve loved and pull you forward toward new ones. This wide-ranging and beautiful book, brought to life with expertise, affection and respect, is not to be missed.” —BookPage 


The Man Who Climbs Trees is 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, author of H Is for Hawk 


“The giant trees, described by James Aldred, are full of wonder, and his fascinating book is a story of real adventure.”— Peter Wohlleben, author of The Hidden Life of Trees 


"Passionate and courageous, in his masterpiece of a memoir, The Man Who Climbs Trees, James Aldred reminds us that the sweet green world around us is as alive as any creature--and trees are wondrous individuals with deep truths to tell. This is a book filled with beauty, suspense and revelation. I loved it!"— Sy Montgomery, author of The Soul of an Octopus 


"James Aldred is the ideal guide to the unexplored realm hovering just over our heads—the world of the forest canopy. His writing is vivid, a feast for the senses. Even under assault by bugs and birds, Aldred remains imbued with an irresistible sense of awe for this aerial wonderland that few of us will ever see."— Michael Finkel, author of The Stranger in the Woods 


“A great read—incredible adventures and a dramatic new perspective from the arms of the world’s giants.”—Chris Packham, author of Fingers in the Sparkle Jar 


“To leave the dank darkness of the jungle floor and travel up to the sunlight of the 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, producer of 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