Summit plateau

Italian Hitch

Italian Hitch also known as Munter Hitch, is a very useful knot, with a place in belaying, abseiling and backing up technical systems. It is tied in similar fashion to the Clove Hitch, so care must be taken that one has not been tied in error where other is needed.

When used as a friction hitch, maximum breaking is achieved when the live rope and dead ropes are parallel. For this reason the Italian hitch should be placed behind or up slope of the belayer.