Author(s): James Aldred
'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.' 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 and climbing trees. This book blends James' personal story, a love of nature and his fascination with the majesty of trees to create an engrossing narrative on the power of the natural world and the joy of rising - literally- above the daily grind, into the canopy of the forest.
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 tree-tops 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.