Abesailing


  • Abesailing , is a popular sport which involves using ropes to descend slopes or cliffs that are too steep to be able to climb down unassisted.

  • It comes from the German word - "abseilen" which means - "to rope down".

  • It is a dangerous activity, particulary for learners and those that choose to go alone.

  • The ropes are the most important part of this activity, as they must be able to bear the weight of  the abesailer.

  • These ropes can get jammed or sliced by sharp rocks.

Safety Equipment:-

  • Climbing Helmets
  • Boots
  • Gloves
  • Elbow Pads
  • Knee Pads
  • Low-Static Ropes
  • Climbing Harness
  • Friction Hitches


  • Absailing can also be incorporated into other sports, such as:-


      Rock Climbing:-
      Climbers may use this to either return to the base of a climb or to reach a new route.

      Canyoning:-

      Canyoneers may use abesailing techniques to travel down cliffs or waterfalls when it is not possible to either hike or jump.

      Caving:-

      Cavers may use this to reach underground pitches.

      For the true abesailer the enjoyment is all about the ongoing climb and descent, over and over again.

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