List of friction hitch knots

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A friction hitch is a kind of knot used to attach one rope to another in a way that is easily adjusted. These knots are commonly used in climbing as part of single rope technique, doubled rope technique and as 'ratchets' to capture progress on a moving rope, most typically in a mechanical advantage system such as a Z-drag. These hitches are a simple and cheap alternative to mechanical ascenders.

List of friction hitches[edit]

Knot Description Image
Adjustable grip hitch A simple and useful friction hitch which may easily be shifted up and down the rope while slack. Adjustable grip hitch knot.png
Bachmann knot Bachmann knot.png
Blake's hitch A friction hitch commonly used by arborists and tree climbers as an ascending knot. Blakes hitch knot retouched.png
Distel Hitch Distel hitch.jpeg
Farrimond friction hitch A quick release adjustable friction hitch for use on lines under tension. Farrimond hitch.jpg
French prusik (autoblock knot)
Machard Tresse
Valdotain Tresse
Icicle hitch A knot that is excellent for connecting to a post when weight is applied to an end running parallel to the post in a specific direction. Icicle hitch knot.jpg
Klemheist knot Klemheist.jpg
Knute hitch A knot used to attach a lanyard of small stuff to a marlingspike or other tool.
Martin hitch
Prusik or Prussik A friction hitch or knot used to put a loop of cord around a rope, applied in climbing, canyoneering, mountaineering, caving, rope rescue, and by arborists. Prusik.jpg
Rolling hitch (Taut-line hitch) Stopperstek.jpg
Schwabisch hitch
TK hitch

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