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Friction hitch

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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 Single Rope Technique while climbing to ascend a hanging rope by alternately hanging on one friction hitch and sliding the other up. Friction hitches are also commonly used as ratchets to capture progress on a moving rope, to ensure that it can move one way (commonly up) but not the other. These hitches are a simple and cheap alternative to mechanical ascenders.

List of friction hitches

Warning: Though useful in other contexts, not all of the friction hitches listed below are suitable for climbing.


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