Throw Away Your Prusik Loops!
I just recently started to learn how to climb, and I quickly became frustrated with using prusik loops for foot loops. The klemheist knot works better than the prusik, but all of that two-handed advancing gets to be tiring after a while. I looked around, and nobody seems to have tried the kind of foot loop that I'm going to show. I'm going to go out on a limb and coin it the St.Germain Foot Loop (yours for only $19.99 [while supplies last]). *ahem* Without further ado, here are some blurry pictures (I won't show how to tie it from scratch because I don't feel like untying this one...):
Start by tying an overhand on a bight just big enough for a bight of rope to fit through the hole.
Then, tie a tight distel hitch onto the rope with a figure 8 on a bight just big enough to fit your foot. With the tail end, tie another overhand on a bight, with a loop that's about 4 inches long.
Pass the foot loop through the eye on the tail,
Then pass the other loop under the hitch and put the foot loop through the hole.
When you step down, the distel locks, obviously:
And when you pull up, the second loop pushes the hitch up and advances the foot loop
I'm basically going for a rope-based foot ascender. You'll need to foot lock with the left foot to provide enough force on the down rope to pull the hitch up with the right foot, but I understand that that's an issue with mechanical foot ascenders as well, right? At any rate, it's much easier than fiddling with a prusik knot.
I just recently started climbing (with the generous help of moss [hey moss!]), and I'm trying to avoid using all sorts of mechanical gizmos. I don't know if there's a "market" for this kind of foot loop, but so far, it works for me, and it's easy to make and tie.
This is my first post (nice place you've got here!). What do you think? How would you improve this design?