Distel Hitch

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How to tie a Distel Hitch


Distel Hitch is a Climbing knot




Use a lanyard with two eyes at the each end. Wrap one end around the climbing rope to make two Half Hitches. Then continue around and through the top Half Hitch three ore four more times. Balance the lengths of the lanyard and pull it tight. Attach the carabiner. The Distel Hitch is a slide and grip knot used to ascend a climbing rope. It is tied using a lanyard with a slip loop in each end. Although any safe loop would be acceptable, each loop is usually secured with a Double Overhand around the lanyard.
The Distel Hitch itself is based on a Clove Hitch but the "top" part of the hitch includes additional turns that form the spiral of rope responsible for gripping the main rope. The Distel is designed for tension in only one direction, which makes it especially suitable for use in climbing, e.g., by arborists.

Video shows as "4 over 1" as "3 over 1" forming Distel Hitch with four complete wraps in the top section as the recommended initial format. However, writers also describe the Distel Hitch using three turns at the top a "3 over 1" arrangement. Experience and materials used will govern the choice. However, for safety, try the "4 over 1" first.


The video shows the Distel Hitch being tied from below. This serves to emphasize that its structure is based on the Clove Hitch - because that is what is first created. The experienced user will often start at the top. Either way, the knot should be dressed to ensure that the two ends are similar in length. Like other knots supporting critical loads, close inspection is appropriate to ensure that the hitch is tied correctly.
Advantages: Among these various slide and grip knots, the Distel Hitch is a recommended knot for the arborist and climbers: it is reasonably easy to tie; the length of the lanyard is not too critical; it provides a nice ride; and both ends take the load.

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