Tree Climber’s Guide, 4th Ed.


The Tree Climber’s Guide

The Tree Climber’s Guide is written as a text book for tree climbers and those wishing to pursue the Certified Tree Worker Program through the ISA (International Society of Arboriculture). The guide covers many areas of tree work which are not covered in other publications like the Tree Climber’s Companion (which focuses solely on climbing.) The Tree Climber’s guide does have chapters on climbing, but it also goes far beyond climbing techniques to cover tree pruning, health, rigging, cabling and more. See below for a chapter list.


  • Tree Health and Sciences
  • Safety
  • Ropes and Knots
  • Preparing to Climb
  • Pruning
  • Rigging
  • Removal
  • Cabling
  • Appendices

New Chapters to the Fourth Edtion:

  • Moving Rope Systems (MRS)
  • Stationary Rope Systems (SRS)
  • Climbing Equipment

Detailed Overview:

There are many areas of tree work which are not covered by basic climbing or knots manuals. The Tree Climber’s guide is excellent in that it covers a very broad range of tree work topics in a clear an concise manner. Each chapter has a list of important terms at the beginning and a workbook section at the end to help you test your knowledge of concepts in the chapter. The book is thoroughly illustrated by Bryan Kotwica who is a professional tree climber in addition to an artist, so the illustrations are very precise and accurate.


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