The Distel Hitch is a very responsive friction knot popular with arborists. It tends not to jam or slip when set and dressed correctly. It can be used on main climbing line or on a work positioning strop. The Distel will only grip in one direction. If using a line without eyes you can tie a Double Fisherman's at each end to attach to a carabiner. It is important to descend slowly to avoid friction damage to the distel cord!
Distel Hitch Knot Tying Instructions
- Make four wraps around main static rope with a hand tied or sewn prusik or spliced eye split tail friction cord.
- After fourth wrap bring wrapping tail down and make an additional wrap at bottom of other wraps in same direction while tying a half hitch by tucking tail under itself in the front of the knot.
- Join eyes in front and clip together with a carabiner.