Definition of prusik in English:

prusik

Syllabification: prus·ik
Pronunciation: /ˈprəsik
 
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Climbing

noun

  • 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.
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    • 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?
  • 1.1 (also prusik knot) A sliding knot that locks under pressure, enabling a person to climb in this way.
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    • 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 (prusiks, prusiking, prusiked)

[no object] (usually as noun prusiking) Back to top  
  • Climb using the prusik method.
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    • 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.
    • 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.
    • Pete started prusiking up the rope, but didn't get far before he had to stop for a rest!

Origin

1930s: from the name of Karl Prusik, the Austrian mountaineer who devised this method of climbing.

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