James Aldred is an EMMY award winning cameraman, adventurer and professional tree climber who has made a career out of travelling the world, filming wildlife for the BBC and climbing trees. It’s a career choice that has inevitably presented a few dangers along the way, including being chased by gorillas, stung by African bees and dive-bombed by an aggressive monkey-eating harpy eagle while filming high up in the Venezuelan canopies.
But for James, whose love for nature began early on in his life, the rewards of working in the wild make it all worthwhile. After all, who else can profess to having safely transporting Sir David Attenborough to the 200-foot treetops of Costa Rica, Borneo and Thailand during the filming of BBC1 show The Life of Mammals?
Come and enjoy an inspiring evening with James as he introduces his memoir The Man Who Climbs Trees, revealing the extraordinary stories of his adventures across the globe as he scaled the most incredible and majestic trees in existence.
James will be in conversation with writer and naturalist Helen Macdonald, whose Bestselling novel H is for Hawk is under development for the big screen, and who writes about the natural world for the New York Times.
Author: James Aldred
Event name: The Man Who Climbs Trees: James Aldred in Conversation with Helen Macdonald
Date: Tuesday Oct 24th. 2017
Royal Geographical Society
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'A book of heart-stopping bravery and endurance' -- Helen Macdonald
'A great read – incredible adventures and a dramatic new perspective' -- Chris Packham
'[A] delightful, endlessly fascinating book' -- Daily Mail BOOK OF THE WEEK
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 for the BBC and climbing trees with people like David Attenborough, Chris Packham and Helen Macdonald.
James's climbs take him to breathtaking locations as he scales the most incredible and majestic trees on the planet. On the way he meets native tribes, gets attacked by African bees, climbs alongside gorillas, chased by elephants, and spends his nights in a hammock pitched high in the branches with only the stars above him.
This book blends incredible stories of scrapes and bruises in the branches with a new way of looking at life high above the daily grind, up into the canopy of the forest.