It’s time again. For what you ask? For me to download some more knowledge into your brain. Today, we’re talking Munter.
The munter hitch is, or at least should be, considered essential climbing knowledge. Without it, should you forget or drop your belay device, you’ll have a long and cold night waiting to be rescued. If you know how to tie this simple hitch, then you’re prepared to belay and rappel even if all you have is a locking carabiner. “But I’m not a climber!”, you say, “I’m a backcountry skier!”. Well, you silly hippie, I’ve got news for you: the munter is also a sweet tool for you! Be it cornice stomping, ski cutting, rappelling, or impressing girls, this baby will come in handy.
Below, I explain how to tie and use this hitch, as well as it’s applications in backcountry skiing. For those of you who are yawning and thinking, ‘I already know all of this’, well, I’ve got a treat for you down at the bottom.
Tying a Munter Hitch
Tying a munter hitch is something that you can do in the dark with your eyes closed if you have a little bit of practice. If you’ve ever tied a clove hitch, then you’re 90% there already, and you’ve probably accidentally tied a munter when you screwed up a clove hitch. Another name for the munter is the Halbmastwurfsicherung (obviously), which means ‘clove-hitch belay’ in German.