Ladder fun for everyone!
Pretend that you're an international spy, working for a secret British intelligence agency, being chased by the most dastardly of all evil villains, your older sister. Now pretend your treehouse is a fast approaching helicopter, your only escape out of this rapscallion's treacherous lair. Here it comes. You run, your heart pounding and eyes fix to the descending rope ladder ahead. You reach a little bit further as angry voices vociferate out from behind. GOT IT! You pull yourself up and yank the ladder in. Mission accomplished. You saved the world again double O kid!
A challenging climb
Rope ladders are a neat little contraption that go hand in hand with any treehouse it's put in. They are delightfully quaint and have an aura of past experiences and forgotten times surrounding them. Just like how a treehouse is a simplified version of your home, rope ladders are a simplified form of getting up to where you want to be. Rope ladders are notorious for being tricky to climb up without an anchor. Though you'll get some great exercise, it takes some getting used to and can be quite frustrating, especially if there's going to be a slumber party. For safety sake, make sure to put down mulch to protect against any accidential tumbles.
One for yourself
Being that rope ladders are pretty uncomplicated in design, building one yourself is a snap. All you really need is rope, a few 2 X 3s and a drill. When buying rope, measure the height you want the ladder to be, multiply by 1.25 for the knots, add 6' or 3 feet for each end and multiply by two for both sides. Following this formula, a 10' rope ladder is about 37 feet of rope. Cut the 2 X 3s to whatever width you wish and drill a hole large enough for the rope to pass through. I usually prefer a 18" width and 1/2" rope. Tie the two ends of the rope to a pole or other horizontal object. Slide a single tread on and tie a hitch on both sides. Make sure to use a tape measurer and keep the ladder tight for each one, otherwise you can get croocked. I recommend a synthetic manilla rope and Thompsons waterseal treatment to make your ladder lasts as long as possible.