Rappelling For Dummies: A Guide for the Rest of Us!


rap pel \rə-ˈpel\:


1. To descend (as from a cliff) by sliding down a rope passed under one thigh, across the body, and over the opposite shoulder or through a special friction device

rappel noun
ORIGIN: from Old French rapeler meaning to recall, summon.

Equipment Needed:

Anchor: An essential piece of climbing equipment that is inserted into cracks and crevices for climber safety and stability. Here we recommend either cams or nuts, rather than rock defacing pitons.

Locking Carabiner: Buyer beware. All rappel devices are created equal, however some are more equal than others. It’s best to pick the more equal carabiner. That is one that has a locking or screwing mechanism.

Harness: This seemingly essential piece of equipment fits around your waist and legs in a snug, but hopefully not too snug fashion. Here comfort is paramount and chafing is  price paid for being cheap.

Gloves: A good pair of leather climbing gloves will allow the amateur climber to appear better than he really is. Essential.

Daisy Chain: No, I don’t know what this is either.

That’s it! Now you’re ready to rappel! Godspeed and good luck.


About Iaan Hughes

Iaan Hughes is a deejay on 91.3 KBCS in Seattle. He plays country & western music.
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One Response to Rappelling For Dummies: A Guide for the Rest of Us!

  1. Bruce says:

    Daisy Chain….What they place on your head when they lower you into your grave.

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