Rappelling

Rappelling is a movement by the climber down the rope. It is used for descent through a rocky or otherwise impassable environment, where it is not possible to descend on foot. The essence of rappelling is a continuous uninterrupted movement along the rope during which greater friction occurs between the rope and either the body of the person, or most frequently a rappel device.

Rappelling can be accomplished along one strand of a fixed rope but in the absolute majority rappelling is conducted during mountaineering along a doubled rope, where the rope is bent in half and one strand is threaded through the ring of the rappelling station. This enables the rope to be pulled downward after rappelling. You should therefore rappel down a doubled rope if you want to take the rope with you for further use on the ground after rappelling. Of course, the maximum length of your rappel will then be only half the length of the entire rope.

The principle of pulling a double rope down after rappelling.

The principle of pulling a double rope down after rappelling.

It is practical to have this halfway point marked on the rope (e.g. marked with a marker or tape from the manufacturer of the rope). The reason is that if you have such a marked half of the rope set in the loop of the rappelling station, you have a guarantee that both ends of the rope are in the same horizontal line below you, and therefore the maximum length of a rope folded in half is available to you. Even if only one strand of rope fails to reach the ground, you will still be at risk of falling to the ground if the rappel device slides off this strand of rope! At that moment the rope would be loaded only on one strand, which would pull out of the rappelling station, in the same way as when you pull the rope down after rappelling.

The mortal danger of having one short end of a rope.

The mortal danger of having one short end of a rope.

More in e-book.

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

ISBN 978-80-87715-09-3

MMPublishing, 2013

Available for download from Apple iTunes (in the Books section).

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Another possibility is Google Play. This version is a simplified (as PDF).

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

ISBN 978-80-87715-14-7

MMPublishing, 2014

Available for download from Google Play.