"An abseil/rappel is a controlled descent off a vertical drop, such as a rock face, using a rope. "Abseil" is the normal term in the UK, whereas "Rappel" is used in the US.
This technique is used by climbers, mountaineers, cavers, canyoners, search and rescue and rope access technicians to descend cliffs or slopes when they are too steep and/or dangerous to descend without protection... To descend safely, abseilers use a variety of techniques to increase the friction on the rope to the point where it can be controlled comfortably... Practitioners choose a technique based on speed, safety, weight and other circumstantial concerns."
Anyone can rappel
Rappelling is a somewhat scary yet exciting, empowering and exhilarating experience. It may seem like an extreme sport that requires great physical strength and elaborate training, but the truth of the matter is that pretty much anyone can rappel. Convincing your body and mind to lean over the edge of a cliff and making the first steps downward is always the challenging part but from there onward it is pure fun. With more than 15 years of experience in the field, our rappelling guides (officially trained and certified by Wingate Institute for Physical Education and Sports) have helped thousands of people to get a taste of this unique sport. Young and old, disabled or otherwise, we know how to help you feel confident yet at ease, and to lead you safely through this exciting and breath-taking experience.