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VT / Prusik Terminology

Discussion in 'Tech Tips and Gear' started by hatchetation, Oct 11, 2017.

  1. hatchetation

    hatchetation

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    In another thread, I started to derail with a question based on something said ratagonia said, wanted to move the conversation:

    I've wondered about this myself... Any idea how the cordage came to be called a VT? Seems unique to canyoneering, though the same thing has happened in rock climbing with the equipment taking the name of the usage / knot most commonly tied with it. ("prusik" , "autoblock")

    For what it's worth, in arboriculture it's usually a "hitch cord" or "friction hitch cord" - probably because there's such a wide array of hitches in use. Feel free to borrow the terminology. ;)

    @hank moon brought up the Bluewater "VT Prusik" product - is that where it comes from?
  2. ratagonia

    ratagonia

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    Rich Carlson developed the VT prusik (product) with Bluewater, specifically to be used for the Valdotain Tresse knot, for canyoneering and general rope rescue applications.

    Tom
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