Splicing 101 – Tips and guidelines
Rope splicing is an old skill passed down to arborists from the days of tall ships on the high seas. Like knots, splices were a rite of passage and often served to separate the old salt from the landlubber. Today, splices permeate the arborist marketplace. A rope’s ability to be spliced and in what configuration are often major factors for deciding which rope to climb or rig on.
Ease of splice, compactness and loss of overall line length are but a few considerations. Splices have some distinct advantages. Their ability to retain 90 percent or more of the rope’s ultimate strength, their ease of use and trimness, or lack of clutter, at a connecting point, whether it be log or harness, all make splices appealing to the modern arborist.