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What does the HMS mean?

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What does the HMS mean?

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Halbmastwurfsicherung. Mouthful, isn't it? Also known as the Munter Hitch or the Italian Hitch, it's a link in a belay system that can be reversed with a wide enough 'biner, like this one.

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HMS - Halb Mastwurf Sicherung (from German language) - it means half clove hitch belay. The sign HMS or H in a circle on a carabiner indicates that this carabiner is designed to be used with this kind of knot for belay or descending. The HMS carabiner is always locking and is generally oversized and pear-shaped one.
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