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  • Also called Prussik or Prussic knot, a friction hitch used in climbing, canyoneering, mountaineering, caving, rope rescue and by arborists to grab a rope. The term "Prusik" is used to describe the knot, the loops of cord, and the action itself (to prusik). Named for its inventor, Austrian mountaineer Dr. Karl Prusik, the knot was introduced in a 1931 Austrian mountaineering manual for rope ascending; it was used on several mountaineering routes of the era to ascend the final summit block of a peak; where a rope could be thrown over the top, one side anchored, and climbers could attain the summit by prusiking up the other side of the rope.

    January 14, 2008