If fruit or honey trees are too big around at the base to climb, people sometimes make rope ladders of heavy-gauge rattan stretching between a smaller, climbable tree and the upper branches of the target tree. They throw weighted fishing lines across a fork in the target tree and then pull the rattan across, tying both ends securely to the smaller tree. Here some men have made a rope ladder to the upper part of a tree that produces large pods of edible seeds, like giant beans (Parkia speciosa). Two men can be seen climbing the rope ladder (center right) by grasping the two ropes with their hands and between their toes.
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Fruit trees -- Malaysia -- Kelantan., Batek (Malaysian people) -- Harvesting., Aring River (Malay)