Commonly used for belay in climbing, the Munter hitch is a Munter friction with an extra turn.
We show the Munter hitch finished with a half hitch, which is how it’s most commonly used in floor bondage. Suspension riggers use a wide range of techniques to finish the Munter.
The Munter hitch is a good alternative to the round turn and two half hitches for tying off floor bondage.
It’s very commonly used to tie off vertical lines during suspension. It’s easy to tie under tension, resists jamming, and can be used to lower a heavy load in a controlled fashion.
If you need something even more sturdy than the Munter hitch, consider the Super Munter hitch.
1Go over and around the pole.
2Cross over the standing part.
3Go under the pole.
4Go back around the pole.
OPTION5aThe easiest way to finish a Munter hitch is to tie a half hitch around the standing part.
On its own, this isn’t secure enough to tie off a critical vertical line.
OPTION5bIf you like, you can tie a slipped half hitch instead.
This obviously also isn’t enough to tie off a critical vertical line on its own.
This knot doesn’t appear in ABOK.
The Munter hitch is a Munter friction / crossing hitch (ABOK 1818) with an additional turn.
Riggers commonly use the name Munter to refer to both Munter Frictions and Munter Hitches.