At the End of Your Rope?
Have you ever wondered where the phrase at the end of your rope came from? According to a late friend and former mentor of mine, the phrase originated around the beginning of World War II. This friend had been an instructor responsible for training soldiers in mountain warfare/survival skills. One of the first lessons was to train the men to harness themselves to a rope and repel down a sheer cliff. The instructors stressed to the soldiers that they must pay strict attention to how much line remained beneath them.