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Tree Climbing Books

We have compiled a selection of the best books on arborist work and tree climbing to help beginners and experienced climbers alike.

ISA Arborist Certification Guide

Arborists' Certification Study Guide 3rd Edition


A complete study guide developed for ISA Arborist Certification candidates. Chapters discuss significant arboricultural topics with nearly 240 illustrations and photos. This guide provides a comprehensive reference for arborists of all levels. A helpful index, a glossary of arboricultural terms, and a valuable list of additional resources ensure this study guide's unlimited usefulness as a foundation for all tree care professionals. Each chapter of the guide contains learning objectives, key terms for study, narrative with illustrations and photos, workbook section, challenge questions, sample exam questions, and suggested sources for supplementary information. Chapter topics include: Tree Biology, Tree Identification,Pruning, Tree Support and Protection Systems, Diagnosis and Plant Disorders, Tree Assessment and Risk Management, Climbing and Working in Trees, and more. Softcover, 222 pages, illustrations.

Groundie, by Jeff Jepson


Jeff Jepson's newest book, Groundie, walks the reader step-by-step through an arboricultural ground worker's typical day. From the shop, to the job site, all the skills necessary to becoming a successful ground worker are presented in detail in this 176 page book. Illustrated and easy to read, this is the perfect book for beginning tree workers.

On Rope

Recreational Tree Climbing: A Newcomer's Guide


60 page pamphlet on recreational tree climbing by author Dick Flowers. Covers the equipment, knots, and climbing techniques needed to climb trees for fun. Designed to give people who are thinking of starting to climb recreationally the info they need to have a safe, fun adventure in the tree tops.
60 pages, pamphlet, b&w illustrations.

The Tree Climber’s Companion, 2nd Ed.


Bestselling pocket reference covers tree climbing techniques, equipment selection & use, and provides instruction on basic methods of entering the tree, working safely, and getting back down. A great guide for beginners who want to get started with the safest and most modern equipment and techniques, or old-timers looking to learn some new tricks. This guide is one of the best sources for learning about the equipment featured in this catalog. Great for use as a training manual for new recruits. Spanish language version also available. Softcover, 104 pages, B&W illustrations.

The Tree Climbers' Guide, 4th Ed.


Learn how to climb safely and capably with the Tree Climber's Guide: 4th Edition. Written specifically from the tree climber's perspective, it details safe climbing and aerial tree work principles. The 4th edition has been updated to include three new chapters: Moving Rope Systems (MRS), Stationary Rope Systems (SRS), and Climbing Equipment, as well as 270 illustrations to help clarify and complement the text.

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TCIA Best Practices for SRT

TCIA Best Practices for SRT


Combining technical knowledge and industry standards, this guide covers new equipment and techniques for incorporating single rope technique in arborist work. Spiral-bound, 110 pages.

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Tree Climbing Educational Bundle #1

Tree Climbing Educational Bundle #1: Climbing


Get a leg up on your training and save money with these bundle deals on the best DVDs and books about tree work.

  • Tree Climber's Companion
  • Tree Climber's Guide
  • Working Climber DVD Series 1: Access & Movement Through the Tree
Tree Climbing Educational Bundle #3

Tree Climbing Educational Bundle #3: Mega-Bundle


This bundle combines both climbing topics and cutting & rigging topics for a full spectrum view of tree work.

  • Tree Climber's Companion
  • Tree Climber's Guide
  • Groundie
  • Working Climber DVD Series 1: Access & Movement Through the Tree
  • Working Climber Series Two: Cutting and Rigging in the Tree
  • Working Climber Series Three, Part 1: Felling the Tree
  • Working Climber Series Three, Part 2: Limbing and Bucking the Tree
High Climbers and Timber Fallers

High Climbers and Timber Fallers


Jerry Beranek's book preserves the history of the hardworking folks who made the West what it is today, and chronicles the change from old growth logging to second growth management. Lots of these jobs are incredible and have to be seen to be believed. This book is packed with stories, photos, and history from the last 35 years. A great read, with many full-page (9”x12”) photos.
303 pages, hardcover, color photos.

Wooden Hand SRT Booklet

Wooden Hand SRT Booklet


"Ten Arborists from around the world were asked to say something about SRT." The resulting texts were illustrated by Paul Poynier and hand bound in this unique booklet full of drawings, collage, and other art.

Contributions by Ben Rose, Charlie, Lawrence Schultz, Valentin Dresely, Sam Evan Turner, Marcus Undery, Eric Whipple, Taylor Hamel, Paul Poynier, and Kevin Bingham.

Potty PT Book


Using simple, stick person illustrations and clear, down to earth explanations of the health factors that play into how we move and why many of us have pain in our shoulders, hips, lower backs and other joints, Potty P.T. will help you change the trajectory of your physical health in those couple of minutes a day you already plan to spend sitting in your bathroom!

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