One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A method of ascending or descending a rope by means of two loops, each attached to it by a special knot tightening when weight is applied and slackening when it is removed, enabling the loop to be moved along the rope.
- ‘After an enjoyable prusik back up the pitch from the main chamber I waited for Alan to make his way up, and before we knew it we were back at the awkward squeeze ready for some fun!’
- ‘It's a nice prusik up - how could I ever have had the energy to stroll up it as a one-shot ladder climb?’
- 1.1count noun A sliding knot that locks under pressure enabling a person to climb using the prusik method.
- ‘The prusik is widely used as an ascending knot. The friction can be increased by adding a third turn. The prusik can cinch up tightly and the friction can be somewhat difficult to break after a load has been applied.’
- ‘The Prusik can slide along a rope when loose but tightens when weight is placed on it.’
verb[no object]usually as noun prusiking
Climb using the prusik method.‘a formula for how long slings should be for prusiking is hard to come by’
- ‘Pete started prusiking up the rope, but didn't get far before he had to stop for a rest!’
- ‘At the end was a chamber with a fixed line hanging from an aven, so Sam bounced on the rope a few times and as it was in good condition, we prusiked up.’
- ‘When we got to pitch 2 (Stink Pot I think), the top was much tighter than I had ever gone down on a rope and I really didn't fancy prusiking back up it, so I decided to let the others go on and have a rest.’
- ‘Once we were all safely back up to the bridge and Sam had de-rigged the pitch another group arrived at the bottom of the Dolly Tubs pitch (which I think they did on ladders) and sat for a while watching as Sam prusiked up the south-east pitch.’
- ‘The shaft of light was still blazing into the depths after we had prusiked (a rope climbing technique) and hauled our heavy tanks out through the narrow, circular cave entrance.’
1930s: from the name of Karl Prusik, the Austrian mountaineer who devised this method of climbing.
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