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August 9, 2016Hitches

Knot of the Week Video: Go Hands Free on Belay with the Munter Mule

Knot of the Week Video: Go Hands Free on Belay with the Munter Mule

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On today’s Knot of the Week I’ll be covering the Munter Mule, which may look like an amorphous blob, but I assure you it’s a very handy knot to know. Using a base of the Munter Hitch, the Munter Mule is a quick way to tie off the Munter to go hands free during belaying or lowering operations.

Why would this be needed? Because the Munter isn’t auto-locking, meaning that if you let go of the break hand, that’s it. For this reason, it’s imperative to keep tension on the brake hand side of the line when tying and untying the Munter Mule. In the video below, I go through both tying and untying the Munter Mule to go back into a belay, etc.

Don’t forget that a key piece to the Munter’s success is a good pear shaped carabiner.

Munter Mule » Climbing Knots

(Strength: 4/Secure: 4/Stability: 4/Difficulty: 4See below for what these ratings mean.

Ratings

Strength/Security/Stability/Difficulty

Each knot will be assigned a rating from 1-5 (1 representing the lowest score) based on the following four properties:

Strength – All knots will weaken the strength of  a rope, however, there are knots that are stronger than others. The scale here will reflect how strong the rope remains with the specified knot.

Security – The security scale refers to how well the knot will stay tied, and resist coming loose under a normal load.

Stability – Stability refers to how easily the knot will come untied under an abnormal load (i.e. the knot being pulled in a direction it was not intended to) A lower score here represents instability.

Difficulty – The lower the number, the easier a knot is to tie.

Discussion

  • Mike_Adams

    Hey Brian,
    Thanks for the great video! I frequently recommend your KotW videos to newer members of my SAR team. I think it would be helpful to see this in action. Would you please consider demonstrating this while on-rope? Watching someone correctly transfer the load from their “muled” munter back to activly braking can be enlightening.
    Thanks,
    Mike

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