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Klemheist and Other Friction Knots

posted Mar 1, 2013, 11:55 PM by Ken Buscho   [ updated Feb 8, 2019, 5:03 PM ]
For SAR, the Prusik is probably the best known member of the friction knot family.  It is, however, a large family with members ancient and knew.  All have roughly the same purpose, to allow you to slide them along the rope when you want to, and then have them seize and lock when appropriate.  They all have to proponents and detractors, with some knots arguably better for some applications than others.

The most common members are: Prusik, Autoblock, Klemheist (shown to the left) and the Backmann Hitch.

A good discussion can be found at the Animated Knots Site under Klemheist, and the video