The prusik hitch is the friction hitch that every rope guerrilla should know. It’s tied with a loop of accessory cord and serves as a “soft” rope grab, gripping when under tension but able to slide when the load is released. It grabs in either direction and makes a great point of connection when working on a horizontal safety or restraint line.
Use the prusik hitch in a variety of applications; hauling, rescue, banner rigging, ascent/descent – the list goes on. The prusik hitch (developed in 1931) remains a tried and true alternative to the mechanical rope grabs to which it gave origin. It’s simplicity, many functions, low weight, and low cost make it irreplaceable.
- Easy to tie
Learn to tie the prusik hitch here.