Safety harness prussic knot This happened to me yesterday

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  • November 27, 2013 at 9:19 am #608211 Back to Top REPORT

    Tim Pressler

    Age: 61
    Joined: 11/27/2013
    Location: Ohio
    This an unbelievable deer hunting story, but not about getting a deer.

    Yesterday morning I was going to hunt from my tree stand. I just got in the stand 20 feet off the ground and stepped to grab the rope to pull up my bow. However, it was dark there was nothing to step on and I rolled out of the stand. I wear a safety harness but the prussic knot did not grab. I sailed the whole 20 feet, all the way to the ground and landed on my back. As I was falling I kept waiting for the harness to grab. All I saw was the stand getting farther away. Then I hit and couldn’t believe I just fell out of my stand. After a quick parts check, I walked back to the house and went to the ER. I broke 2 ribs and that was it. My season is pretty much over, but I walked away from a fall that I should not have walked away from. I am very lucky. I still can’t believe I survived the fall. Devine intervention? I believe so.

    My tip: Check your safety equipment and make sure the prussic knot is holding as you climb if you use this type of safety rope! This happened so quick.

    Anyway, have a great Thanksgiving! I certainly am thankful that I bounce really good.

    Be safe and take care.

    November 27, 2013 at 9:29 am #608216 Back to Top REPORT

    Joined: 7/12/2004
    Glad you’re ok.
    November 27, 2013 at 9:29 am #608217 Back to Top REPORT
    Bow Drawn

    Joined: 11/14/2007
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    Thanks for sharing that story and glad you’re able to tell that story to remind us of staying safe. Absolutely agree with your point checking your safety equipment. {#emotions_dlg.mathews_nicethread}
    November 27, 2013 at 10:09 am #608227 Back to Top REPORT

    Age: 56
    Joined: 12/23/2008
    Location: IL
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    First glad your OK. Did the rope and knot slow you down a little?

    I use a life line and it utilizes the same knot.


    November 27, 2013 at 10:26 am #608234 Back to Top REPORT

    Age: 55
    Joined: 11/1/2008
    Location: Oregon
    {#emotions_dlg.mathews_doah}….wow…lucky lucky…..So happy you are alright!!

    Almost impossible for that knott not to catch…Have you checked it since?
    I am wondering if it has gotten so “formed” as to keep it from tightening…???
    Even if it was slipping because of the rope itself being slick the knott should have tightened to at least slow you some…

    Curious as to what you find went wrong with the rigging of your rope….


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    November 27, 2013 at 10:29 am #608237 Back to Top REPORT

    Tim Pressler

    Age: 61
    Joined: 11/27/2013
    Location: Ohio
    I was thinking that the knot worked partially to slow me down but if it had, it would have turned me somewhat to land feet first.  Maybe my backpack partially broke my fall. I haven’t been back to the stand yet, but a friend suggested that maybe the knot was looped over itself partially. It may have been due to the snow the previous night. I’m guessing, but just make sure you have the 6 turns and give it a pull as you slide it up.
    November 27, 2013 at 11:14 am #608242 Back to Top REPORT

    Joined: 7/15/2006
    Glad you are okay {#emotions_dlg.mathews_peace}

    Make sure the prusik rope is the appropriate diameter as related to the mainline. Also, I have seen some ready made prusiks that use very stiff rope which really needs a lot of effort to cinch. Too much imo. Also consider the kleimheist knot which is a variation of the prusik. It only cinches one way which is all that you need in a treestand application and cinches easier with less slippage.

    November 27, 2013 at 11:19 am #608243 Back to Top REPORT

    Joined: 9/26/2004
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    Good to hear that you are alright!!


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    November 27, 2013 at 11:30 am #608247 Back to Top REPORT


    Joined: 6/12/2006
    I always tie a knot at the end of my rope so if the prussic knot doesn’t catch, it will stop at the very end of the rope.  However, if you are using a lifeline, the end of the rope is the ground.  Just a suggestion, but a great idea for back-up protection and a reason to switch from the lifeline as soon as you get up to the top!
    November 27, 2013 at 12:17 pm #608266 Back to Top REPORT


    Age: 65
    Joined: 12/10/2009
    Location: Upstate NY
    What am I thankful for this year?  I’m thankful that you didn’t get hurt worse.  I know that you know how lucky you are.  Thanks.  A reminder on a safety issue is never a bad thing.  Good luck in your recovery.
    November 28, 2013 at 12:49 pm #608512 Back to Top REPORT

    Age: 64
    Joined: 7/21/2004
    Location: Ohio
    Extremely sorry to hear about your accident but more thankful that you didn’t have more serious injuries.

    I’m wondering if your safety line was frozen. Not sure where you’re hunting but around here (Southeastern OH), everything is iced up good. I wouldn’t trust a prussic knot on a frozen safety line.

    Recover well!


    November 29, 2013 at 8:46 am #608603 Back to Top REPORT

    Joined: 10/23/2009
    Location: Ontario, Canada
    Wow…I’m really happy that you’re okay (relatively speaking). That would be more than a little scary. As I’ve gotten older I’ve become much more safety conscious and for the past few years I always use the Fall Guy Retractor system. This way, I’ve got a safety line both ascending and descending from my tree stand.
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    November 29, 2013 at 2:13 pm #608651 Back to Top REPORT

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    Glad you weren’t hurt worse. I didn’t fall but sitting in the stand the other day I noticed my Prussic knot had slipped off the end of my safety rope. Further inspection revealed one of the loops of the prussic had come undone at some time and allowed it to loosen allowing it to slip over the knot. This was safety rope and prussic that came with my HHS harness.
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    November 30, 2013 at 10:25 pm #608828 Back to Top REPORT

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    Wow, thanks for sharing your experience and best wishes to you in your recovery.

    I’ve never tree stand hunted before, but all these horror stories are making me thankful I don’t.

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    December 2, 2013 at 9:49 pm #609138 Back to Top REPORT
    ChillR KillR

    Age: 35
    Joined: 11/21/2013
    Location: IL
    Real glad you’re ok, considering the situation.  I’m always harping on guys I know that don’t use safety harnesses.  That really stinks that you’re out there trying to be safe & have a fall like that.  Very easily could have been hurt much much worse.  I just switched to the HSS rope-style tree strap for my tether this season.  I have been checking that it grabs @ the start of every hunt…your story will help reinforce that idea!
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