M Italian hitch

A/so known as: Munter friction hitch, sliding ring hitch

This addition to the mountaineers' lexicon of knots was introduced in 1974, and it is the official means of belaying (that is, fixing a running rope around a rock or a cieat) of the

Union Internationale des Associations d'Alpinisme. The rope is passed around and through a carabiner and will check a climber's fall by locking up. Alternatively, the rope can be paid out or pulled in to provide slack or tension as required.

The major disadvantage of the knot is that it is easy to tie incorrectly.

The IIalia)i hitch is atl innovative chmbirrg knot used for belaying; its chief advantage being its means of absorbing the energy/ of a fall.

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