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.

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.

WesSpur recommmends in-person training from a professional source!

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11/7/2023 11:22 pm

Well done

by Samantha

This book is super easy to follow, even for stuff you are not already familiar with. It is pricey, but it is well put together and very educational.