A prusik hitch is commonly used in rappel systems or ascending ropes. The name comes from the hitch’s creator, Austrian Karl Prusik.
Appropriate Uses Rock Climbing and Canyoneering:
- Hauling Systems
- Ascending Systems
- Rappel Backup
- Load can be in either direction
- High Holding Power
- Can work for wet or icy ropes
- 4ft of 6mm nylon accessory cord (rated for climbing)
- Tied with a double fisherman’s knot with 3inches of tail
- Soft cord will grip the rope the best, stiff cord will be harder to work with
These are the steps to tie the Prusik hitch
-Set the loop on top of the rope.
-Pass the knot through the loop, around the rope. creating a girth hitch.
-Repeat this 3 more times
-Make sure the wraps of the Prusik lay flat and are well dressed (not crossed). They will not work if they are not well dressed.
-Pull the Prusik in each direction to ensure it grabs the rope. If it does not grab the rope, add another wrap.
*Always test friction hitches before using them. Never have any life support system rely on a single friction hitch