How to tie the Schwabisch Hitch Knot. The Schwabisch holds securely. This arborist friction hitch was first documented by seven-time International Tree Climbing Champion Bernd Strasser of Germany. The Schwabisch (pronounced "sway-bish") hitch is most commonly tied with a short (60-80 cm length) 8 -10 mm dia. line against 11-13 mm host life support lines and forms a "closed system". It releases much more easily than the tautline but not quite as smoothly as the French Prusik, and it grips reliably after descent.
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Schwabisch 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 opposite direction while tying a half hitch around other rope. This results in both tails exiting the knot together.
- Join eyes in front and clip together with a carabiner.