The Tree Climber’s Guide

The Tree Climber s Guide After I finished this book I alarmed my family by going into the garden and climbing the apple tree Damian Whitworth The Times One of the publishing sensations of the year For anyone who has ever fel

  • Title: The Tree Climber’s Guide
  • Author: Jack Cooke
  • ISBN: 9780008153915
  • Page: 192
  • Format: Hardcover
  • After I finished this book I alarmed my family by going into the garden and climbing the apple tree Damian Whitworth, The Times One of the publishing sensations of the year For anyone who has ever felt a little overwhelmed in a big city, or wanted to step out of the rat race for an hour or two, Jack Cooke will be something of an inspiration Robert Hardman, Daily After I finished this book I alarmed my family by going into the garden and climbing the apple tree Damian Whitworth, The Times One of the publishing sensations of the year For anyone who has ever felt a little overwhelmed in a big city, or wanted to step out of the rat race for an hour or two, Jack Cooke will be something of an inspiration Robert Hardman, Daily MailA wonderful cocktail of engaging writing, beautiful illustration and heartfelt appreciation for the natural world An essential oddity for any book collection.In this charming, witty and exquisitely illustrated companion, Jack Cooke explores the city through its canopy teetering on the edge of an oak s branches, scurrying up a Scots pine, spying views from the treetops that few have ever had the chance to see He takes us through the parks, over the canals and rivers and into secret gardens on his journey sometimes only ten foot above the street.Part guidebook, part meditation on the consolations of nature, The Tree Climber s Guide is as uniquely odd, alluring and motley as the trees themselves It is a journey into the tangle of bark and branches that surround us all and a welcome reminder that the best things in life are free they just sometimes require a step in the right direction.

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    1. If you are not living in UK (even worse, Northern Hemisphere), I don't recommend you to read the book. The author wrote about his experiences when he climbed each type of trees (as well as some guides/tips), so it was difficult for the reader who live outside the similar geography to enjoy his book to the fullest.

    2. Don't be fooled by the title. The author is NOT an arborist or professional tree climber. (Although he did admit a brief & failed attempt at being a professional arborist. Jack Cooke is an amateur tree climber, plain and simple. And, he foregoes using any technical equipment - no ropes, no saddles. In fact, he prefers to climb barefoot.The author is just passionate about climbing trees, particularly ones that provide unique views from their crown and/or are growing in unique locations. His b [...]

    3. I was annoyed with the author's frequent anti-technology references in the beginning, the standard "we spend too much time looking at screens these days to appreciate the natural world," which is just such a lazy and unimaginative way of thinking; the nature/technology binary is not a necessary or productive construct. However, I was delighted by the descriptions of his actual interactions with trees. The details he notices, and the fanciful way he narrates them, are enchanting. Read it for the [...]

    4. DNF at 26%. The beginning essays were interesting (if impossible to actually back up with science), but beyond that, this book isn't useful if you don't live in London (or the UK more generally, perhaps). And I'm still really sad that it's a misdemeanor to climb public trees in NYC.

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