• 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.


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


      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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