Week 31: More Hitches
In week 2 we looked at 7 different hitches, these added a few techniques to the toolbox. Hitches, the family of knots that bind a rope to another rope or object, is a very wide family. Many of these have interesting properties and interesting variations.
The goal of this week is to expand our toolbox and explore the many possibilities of more specialized hitches.
- Day 211: Anchor Hitches – These hitches are used to attach to something as an anchor point. For example, the Y hanger is a technique to attach on two location at the same time. This can be used to spread the load on several points on the body.
- Day 212: Moving Hitches – These hitches can slide after having been tied. These are really practical when tying something that is likely need to be adjusted afterward, when the level of tension need to be at a great degree of precision, or just to have fun changing things without having to untie and retie
- Day 213: Grippy Hitches – These hitches allow to tie on slippery surfaces. It’s interesting how rope can hold on a slick dance pole.
- Day 214: Decorative Hitches – Some hitches create beautiful patterns and can be used to design a tie that is both functional and aesthetic.
- Day 215: More Inline Cuffs – We looked at the half hitch inline cuff in day 12, the cow hitch cuff in day 13 and a quick release cuff in day 14. There is more! Other knots can be used to create different cuffs. It is particularly interesting to create a cuff that doesn’t require tension to be stable such as the reverse Somerville bowline.
- Day 216: Frictions Hitches – Sometimes we want to have a pulley system with just a bit of friction to help us having control to prevent the rope from sliding too fast. The Munter hitch is a very popular hitch to use in those situations. Note that the crossing hitch is often named Munter hitch, but the original Munter hitch was designed to be used in belay systems like in this context.
- Day 217: Trucker’s Hitch – Unlike what the popular song may imply, the trucker’s hitch is a practical that isn’t difficult to achieve. We use the Trucker’s hitch to create an anchor for a pulley when we don’t have a better option for a change of direction.
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