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Prusiks

posted Mar 1, 2013, 9:21 PM by Ken Buscho   [ updated Mar 1, 2013, 11:21 PM ]

A Prusik is a friction hitch, or knot put around a rope as an aid in ascending the rope, or as a safety knot.  It is named after the Austrian mountaineer  Dr. Karl Prusik, and often gets mispelled as prussik, prussick or prussic (after the acid).

It is tied by tying both ends together with a Double Fisherman's Knot (DFK), and then wrapping the resulting loop around another rope.  

For a description of the DFK, see The Animated Knots Page, or watch the video.

For a description of the Prusik, see this Animated Knots Page, or watch the video. 


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