Prusik Hitch Use the Prusik Hitch to secure a loop to a tight line. It slides when not weighted along a tight rope but jams solidly upon loading. Mountaineers use this knot to form footholds to help them climb a vertical rope. The loop needs to be made in rope or cord that is at most half the diameter of the main line.

Prusik Hitch

1. Make a sling of cordage (no more than 1/2 the diameter of main rope).

2. Tie a Girth Hitch around the main rope.

3. Pass the loop of the sling back through the center of the Girth Hitch three or four more times.

4. Load with weight to make sure it “bites”. If it slips add more wraps.

See animated Prusik Hitch below

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