The Hitch Climber is the single most popular pulley for organizing a hitch system, thanks to the 3 holes which streamline the system, and open up additional tie-in options for advanced uses. Grab a Hitch Climber set and get the pulley, oval carabiners, and hitch cord all in one go.
Match up the prusik diameter with your climbing line: 5/16" prusiks will work with 7/16" ropes, 3/8" for 1/2", and 9mm prusiks will work with either.
The Hitch Climber pulley has many uses! It can be used for slack tending, generating mechanical advantage for rescue and gear hauling, not to mention improving work positioning systems. See the Hitch Climber's Guide PDF under the technical tab for more ideas. Smooth contour and rounded edges are easy on rope and carabiners alike.
Available in the original Hitch Climber, or the Hitch Climber Rapide which runs on sealed ball bearings.
Hitch Climber - PUL120-R (red), PUL120-G (titanium/grey)
Hitch Climber Rapide- PUL129
Rated: Excellent Review by: JT
“It's a little pricey for a micro pulley, but there are good reasons for that. The build quality is top of the line. If you've used other pulleys and thought, "I wish this edge was curved," on the hitch climber, it's curved. If you've thought, "I wish the cut was a little cleaner on this edge," on the hitch climber, it spotless. If you've thought, "You'd think they woulda made the holes a little smaller so my 'biners aren't flopping all over place while I'm trying to climb".....well you get the picture. It can be used 500,000 different ways (or I'm convinced it can be as I seem to imagine up a new one every week). My recommendation: Buy two of them. You'll end up using the second one sooner rather than later and not because the first one wore out either. This pulley is just too handy to only have one on hand (pun intended). ”
Rated: Excellent Review by: TheHerring
“I was weary of the price at first, but after watching Nice-Guy Dave's video demonstration it became obvious to me that the Hitch Climber is the way to go.
“The way your friction hitch and climbing line connect to the pulley allows the tension in your climbing line to straight line the pulley and keep it from flopping all over the place. This makes for a much cleaner and more efficient setup.
“I was also pleased to discover that the Hitch Climber is highly effective at self-tending when foot locking the tail on a DdRT ascent, there is no need to use your hands to advance the friction hitch. Because climbing line tension holds the hitch climber in position the friction hitch gets sucked into the hitch climber all on its own as you advance. The fit and finish are excellent, the pulley runs smooth, the edges are all rounded, and there is very little free play when you open the pulley to install it on your climb line.
“One additional consideration that is not advertised as much as it should be, is that the hitch climber requires a spliced eye climbing line, a large connection knot at the carabiner could interfere with the operation of the friction hitch (a rather dangerous situation). ”
|Made in||:||Wales||Average Strength||:||5,400 lb (24kN)|
|Max Rope Size||:||1/2”|
|Dimensions||:||3.75” x 2.75”|
The Hitch Climber is like having a rigging plate combined with a highly efficient pulley. DMM created this pulley to be the center of your friction hitch system, and it has many other applications. The Hitch Climber can help organise carabiners, reducing the chance for cross-loading or poor positioning. While climbing, a second climbing rope or flipline can be attache tot he third hole. The Hitch Climber also has rescue and hauling applications. Check out the “Hitch Climbers' Guide to the Canopy” under the technical & safety tab for More Information and setup diagrams.
The Hitch Climber pulley should only be used with spliced-eye climbing lines, as there is a risk of a tied knot interfering with the friction hitch. See manual below.Hitch Climber's Guide to the Canopy
Treemagineers have produced an excellent guide to some of the advanced uses of the Hitch Climber pulley.
Hitch Climbers' Guide to the Canopy
The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) has released the ANSI Z133 safety requirements which apply to arboriculutral operations.
The full ANSI Z133 safety requirements are available on our tree care standards page.