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Klemheist Knot

How to tie the Klemheist Knot. The Klemheist Knot is tied by making a Prusik Loop with line or rope that is no more than 1/2 the diameter of the main, static rope. The resulting friction knot loop can then slide up the rope but grips when subjected to load. It can also slide down a line by gripping the knot itself with no load applied.

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Klemheist Knot


Klemheist Knot Tying Instructions

  1. Place a loop consisting of cordage no more than 1/2 the diameter of the main line behind the static line.

  2. Make a wrap around the static line with the loop on the right.

  3. Repeat two more times working from bottom to top.

  4. Feed left hand loop through loop on right.

  5. Pull left hand loop back over to left side of static line and pull down hard to set the knot.

  6. Grasp entire knot and slide up the static line. Load and grip the knot to the static line with weight to the loop.
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