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Prusik hitch

Also known as

Prusik Knot, Prusik Friction Hitch

What is the Prusik Hitch?

The Prusik Hitch is a safe and easy to tie friction hitch that can be used for climbing.

The Prusik Hitch, what is it used for?

The Prusik Hitch has many purposes in climbing and outdoor activities. You can also use the Prusik Friction Hitch to hang a tarp in an adjustable way.


The Prusik Hitch was invented by the Austrian Alpine climber Karl Prusik.


Prusik is also the name of the cord often used to create friction hitches around climbing lines. Using a prusik even has its own verb: to prusik.