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How to tie a Prusik knot

How to tie a Prusik knot

Learning how to tie a Prusik knot is essential for many different situations. Climbers for example can not do without the not since it makes a variety of situations easier to handle. Campers and survivalists also make great use of the knot. The knot can also be used to make handcuffs out of rope or even better, paracord.

In the following segments you will find a few interesting facts about the knot, then learn how to tie it yourself. I hope this tutorial will prove as useful as you need it to be.

Fun fact: Prusik knots have little to do with Prussia. They were designed by an austrian named Karl Prusik. The knot is also featured in the popular Ashley book of knots.

How to use the Prusik knot

The knot is designed to provide ample friction upon the rope it is tied one. That friction in turn stops the rope from sliding. The Prusik knot is very different than most climbing knots due to the fact it can be used to get up and down a rope at the same time. Most climbing knots do not provide this luxury, since safety is the primary concern when climbing. This does not imply that the knot is not safe to use though. In fact Prusik knots are used to provide a quick way of securing yourself to a rope or cord to prevent a fall.

A very good characteristic of the Prusik knot is that it is very safe for use on the main climbing rope since it will not damage it like some mechanical guards.

Advantages of the Prusik knot

We have already mentioned a few advantages of the Prusik knot. Let’s see more of them!

  1. The Prusik knot will not damage your main climbing rope
  2. The knot is easy to make, can be done fast making it great for sticky situations
  3. It allows two ways (up and down) of climbing
  4. The knot is light and takes up little space in your equipment
  5. The cost of Prusik loops comparing to some rope grabs is negligible

All in all the knot is amazing. Easy to make, comes in handy and has few downsides. A downside of note is that the knot works fairly poorly when used in wet and cold conditions (which impacts the friction the knot generates).

Let’s learn how to tie a Prusik knot!

For making the Prusik knot you will need a cord to make the knot with and a cord on which you will tie the Prusik knot on. It is an easy knot that you will be able to master following the few steps featured below.

If you prefer video, Youtube has a great tutorial on how to tie a Prusik knot.


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