Girth Hitch

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A girth hitch is also known by several other names such as strap hitch, cow hitch, lark’s head, and lanyard hitch. This knot is used tying a sling to your harness in climbing. It is known that this knot reduces the strength of the sling and is not suggested for attaching two slings together unless the reduction of the strength is not going to impact the use of the slings.

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This knot is very simple to use and has been used in history for all sorts of purposes from helping to haul things onto ships to surgical knots. Some other uses besides climbing that this knot is used into today would be large cables that are being hung such as telephone and cable television cables. This knot keeps the cables from becoming damaged while trying to hang them. It is also the same knot used on luggage tags.

Girth Hitch

  1. Take the loop of the strap and place it around the harness rope.
  2. Take the opposite end of the strap through the loop.
  3. Make sure that the strap with the loop lies neatly against the rope.
  4. Then pull to make the knot tight.