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Prusik knots are useful in emergency situations as they can be used for both climbing up a rope (out of a canyon) or down a rope (rappelling) without the use of someone else as a belay.

How would I go about properly tying a Prusik knot.

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I've used the first two steps a number of times. Is there much benefit to the additional loops? –  Timothy Strimple Jan 25 '12 at 17:20
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Friction I could see, but the weight is still being put entirely on the two ends coming away from the knot. Thanks! –  Timothy Strimple Jan 25 '12 at 17:30
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