Blakes hitches 4:2 or 5:3

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1 year 5 months ago #138276 by lee737
Blakes hitches 4:2 or 5:3 was created by lee737
In my reading recently as we prepare to start this sport, I've read and watched a lot on Blake's hitches, seeing they are mostly tied with a 4:2 loop count. I'm working my way through the 'At Home' course (very good), and note in the video that the 5:3 version is recommended, with no reasoning as to why this is the case.
Can anyone explain the difference to me? Please.
Lee

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1 year 5 months ago #138277 by patty
Replied by patty on topic Blakes hitches 4:2 or 5:3
Hi Lee,
The extra wrap in the Blake's 5-3 provides more friction on the rope, which makes it a "slower" knot. This adds safety on the descent.
Patty

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1 year 4 months ago #139309 by Greenluck
Replied by Greenluck on topic Blakes hitches 4:2 or 5:3
Think of the 5/3 as a semi-truck, sturdy, slow and doesn't handle very well.

The 4/2 is closer to a compact car, nimble, fast and handles better.

Using an eye to eye hitch cord and hitchclimber would be closer to a exotic sports car.
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