One of the most useful hitches you’ll come across is the Munter Hitch. This useful hitch goes by many names, such as the Italian Hitch, the Crossing Hitch and even Halbmastwurfsicherung (half clove hitch belay). It was popularised in climbing by a gentleman called Werner Munter hence the eponymous moniker.
Easy and quick to learn, the Munter Hitch is a very stable friction which rubs against itself and the part being hitched onto keeping good tension throughout. With practice you’ll be able to tie it in one fluid movement, but for simplicity we’ll show you the step by step method.
1. Cross the working end of the rope over the part you wish to hitch onto
2. Insert finger under the part being hitched to, hook the working end and pull through
3. After the first hooking you should have this configuration
4. Hook and pull again as shown
5. Make sure the working end pulls the friction together
6. If the working end pulls in the wrong direction it will cause the friction to open and slip