Emergency rappelling

It could also help to use a listing of historic methods of rappelling. A number of these methods were used regularly in earlier times. Nowadays these rappelling methods are used only in emergencies where you find yourself after a series of unfortunate events in a situation without mountaineering gear, with only a rope available to you. This may be rather unlikely, but chance is inscrutable, and therefore it is a good idea to know and master several of these methods. First of all, if some gear has remained with you, you can make an improvised seat harness from a sling and rappel along a carabiner using a Munter hitch. It is necessary always to give this priority; rappelling along a Munter hitch with a less appropriately shaped carabiner is mostly safer than rappelling along a rope that is only led across the body. Of these methods the most prominent is the so-called Dülfersitz rappel, even though it isn’t by far the best.

Rappelling using the Dülfersitz rappel.

Rappelling using the Dülfersitz rappel.

Aside from this one you can rappel along easier and shorter rocky terrain or slopes down a rope wound around your arms. But rather than rappelling this is an improved version of going hand-over-hand down a rope. It is used only in easy, lower-risk terrain.

Arm rappel

Arm rappel

South African method

The South African method, also known as the double-rope or neoclassical method. It gained popularity primarily because the rope cuts less into the body when using this method. It can be used only when you have a rope folded double (when you are rappelling along two strands of rope). During rappelling, the more vertical the terrain in which you find yourself, the rope coming from above is shifted up to the underarm area and the crossing of the rope behind the back is shifted higher into a position where it supports the back well and provides resistance.

Assembling the South African rappel.

Assembling the South African rappel.

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Title Part 3Mountaineering Methodology – Part 3 – Belaying and Rappelling

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MMPublishing, 2014

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