What is abseiling?

Abseiling is the term used to describe descending on a rope while controlling the speed and progress of the rope through friction against a descending device. Abseiling originated as a way for climbers to descend to a climb or return to the start of a climb if no other way down was possible. It is also a common practice in other sports including caving and canyoning.
There are 2 main environments in which abseiling can occur, natural or artificial surfaces.

What is the difference between abseiling on natural and artificial surfaces?

  • Abseiling on real rock surfaces up to 50m 
  • Uses natural anchors such as boulders and trees or artificial anchors that are placed in rock surfaces 
  • Uses both ropes and metalware to rig abseil lines
  • Uses harnesses and helmets as personal protective equipment
  • Abseiling on artificial structures such as walls and purpose built structures. Height is limited by the structure.
  • Uses only artificial anchors constructed in the wall or abseil structure.
  • Uses both ropes and metalware to rig abseil lines
  • Uses harnesses and helmets as personal protective equipment
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