“It may be truthfully said that the ability to perform efficient work in a tree is based firmly upon a thorough working knowledge of rope, knots, splices, hitches, and climbing technique. No tree worker can be considered skilled unless he possesses such basic knowledge and knows how to apply it properly.
Real skill with rope comes only with proper instruction and constant practice and cannot be obtained merely through reading. It is hoped, however, that this bulletin will serve a useful purpose in explaining some of the fundamentals of rope, knots, and climbing, and that it may be helpful up to a certain point in actual practice.”
– A. Robert Thompson, Forester, National Park Service
Ropes Knots and Climbing – National Park Service 1955
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