Mike Forbes is the owner of RopeCraft, a small company in Moscow, Idaho dedicated to conducting real-world testing of systems involving rope of all kinds. Projects that involve sharp things, active fire, or another hostile environments are what he likes to pursue. Tillering Ladder 4 for the Spokane Fire Department is his chosen career and he serves on the technical rescue team as its lead rope, machine and US&R instructor. He has a passion for firefighter escape systems and is active in the nationwide community of firefighters dedicated to forwarding this technology. In his spare time Mike enjoys adventuring in the remote wild areas of Idaho with his wife and boys, working at a active fire lookout (Diablo Mountain in the Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness), exploring the trails behind his house via human power, and making metal form to his wishes in his shop.