Hitch Hiker 2
The Hitch Hiker 2 is a popular, steel hybrid device which tends and assists your friction hitch in both SRS and MRS climbing.
HH2 advances smoothly and engages instantly when weighted, with easy slack tending. A stopper knot is tied on one side of the “dog bone” at the top of the device, then the hitch tied as normal. The tail is passed back through the dog bone and a second stopper tied.
The dog bone tends the hitch on ascent. The pressure of the dog bone and carabiner on the rope takes some of the pressure of your body weight off the hitch, which is what lets you climb on your friction hitch in SRS. When the HH2 is weighted, the dog bone and carabiner press into the rope for additional friction.
The Hitch Hiker 2 is sold with a steel carabiner and 4' of 9mm hitch cord. You can buy extra hitch hitch cord to experiment with different configurations. 8mm hitch cords will work best on 11mm (7/16") ropes, while 10mm hitch cord is suited for 12-13mm (1/2") ropes. 9mm hitch cords such can be made to work well for a wide range of rope diameters.
Features & Benefits
- Use your friction hitch in SRS
- Smooth ascent/descent
- SRS (SRT) compatible
- MRS (DdRT) compatible
- Manufacturer: RopeTek
- Made in: USA
- Minimum rope size: 11.5mm (7/16")
- Maximum rope size: 13mm (1/2")
- Material: Steel, aluminum
- Tensile strength: 40 kN (9,000 lb)
- Prusik slips at: 1,150 lb
- Dimensions: 4 1/8" x 2 1/8" x 7/8"
- Weighs (Hitch Hiker 2 only): 275 g (9.6oz)
- Weighs (with Carabiner & Cord): 545 g (1.2 lb)
Ratings & Reviews
An proud owner !
by Man on a tree -
Love it . It's quiet . Holds you good.
But heavy but it's SOLID like A ROCK!
Good for single and doubled rope climbing
by John -
I use this almost every job. I got it with 9mm RIT and it is still working well since 2016. I can climb single line with it attached as a chest ascender, leave it that way in canopy or transition to harness bridge ring for work positioning. I also climb it traditional doubled line attached to harness bridge. It works very well. It is heavy, but I find the strength, durability, and versatility worth the weight.