How to Tie a Prusik Knot

A Prusik knot or triple sliding hitch is a friction hitch used to put a loop of cord around a rope so that the rope can be climbed. It's mostly used in climbing, canyoneering, mountaineering, and caving. [1]The Prusik is a slide-and-grip knot and for best results, apply load evenly in both directions. [2]

Steps

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    Take a cord (or Prusik loop) and form a bight (loop) underneath the rope you want to append it to.
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    Loop the cord over itself and over the rope. Pull it through. Make sure that the rest of the cord goes inside the bight.
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    Repeat the previous step 3-5 times, depending on the thickness of your cord.
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    When you're satisfied with your loops, bring the rope through the bight one more time, but this time – instead of pulling the cord through – tighten it.
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    Pull it in various directions to add tension to the rope:
    • Applying downwards tension allows the knot to keep tight.
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    • No tension lets the knot slide loosely up and down the rope.
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Things You'll Need

  • Cord or Prusik loop

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