"There was never a dull moment on that high-scaling job. Something was going on all the time. If it wasn't one thing, it was another. One of the engineers that marked off the rock wall so we'd know where to drill slipped and fell a little bit. The story got out, and somebody wrote a big story about a man falling down through the air and a high scaler catching him and saving his life. It was really of out this world, the story they had. It couldn't possible have happened because a may couldn't catch a man out there. It would have broke a rope or something. He'd come down too fast. He would have been too heavy. Anyway, he didn't get hurt."

Joe Kine quoted in Building Hoover Dam (p. 147)