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The Companion is one book written on the subject of tree climbing. Keep in mind that one book is just that, ONE book, written by one person. You could write a book too, and there would be terms and techniques in it that others may have never heard of, understand, or agree with.
...this book is considered by many to essentially be the \"Bible\" of tree climbing.
As oldtimer mentioned, this book is geared toward arborists and helpers - serious tree climbers. Does that mean we shouldn't have fun doing what we do?
Well, the book is pretty biblical -- just read the preface
\"As Climbers of trees we live precariously, with a real need to practice safe climbing Techniques\". Speaking from personal experience: It only takes one mistake to hurt a climber seriously. Being there done that.
...but I don't \"worship\" the trees, I climb them.