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DistelMark Adams (Arborist News, April 2005) wrote, "Arbor lore is that a climber named Uli Distel attempted to tie the Schwabich but neglected to change the direction of the split-tail when he made the turns above the bridge. It turned out that this configuration worked well for climbing, and the knot was given the name Distel."

Unlike the Taut-line Hitch, both ends of the split-tail are connected to a carabiner in the climbing system.

The performance of any ascending knot depends on the diameter, material, construction, and condition of both the main line and the ascender knot sling material. It may also depend on exactly how one ties the knot. Your knot’s performance can easily differ from mine.

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