The Best Precautions To Take Before Abseiling


Abseiling, which is also known as rappelling, is a famous activity that is done by tourists in places with hills. It is a simple technique of going down a hill slope using rope that makes you reach the ground quickly. The activity is also helpful for people going on adventurous trips in such areas where simply walking down a hill slope is not the best option. Abseiling comes very handy to mountaineers, climbers, cavers and rescuers in proceeding with their activity with ease. Rope access technicians often use this activity to access the places that cannot be reached easily in big industries for various critical reasons, like construction, maintenance and inspection.

It has become a very popular activity for tourists due to the thrill and sense of adventure it provides. Even though it is a very efficient technique of moving down from a hill, this activity can be very risky. However, you must take the best precautions possible to avoid any mishap. A slight slip can lead to great damage and can be life-threatening. Here are some of the precautions that you must consider before abseiling.

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The Best Precautions to Take Before Abseiling
The Best Precautions To Take Before Abseiling

Check The Anchor Before Abseiling

In most of the cases, there are fixed abseil points available on the anchor for a smooth movement. There are two equal bolts with a sling around a fixed object that stabilises the rope. You must always check the bolts, webbing and the chord carefully to check for any breakage then the result can be life-threatening. The abseil anchor must consist of two bolts that must be 0.38 inches in diameter or preferably thicker. These bolts must be well placed in solid rocks that can carry your weight. You must also not forget to examine the rings to check if they have any rusted grooves and then apply the carabiner.

Attaching Yourself With The Anchor While Abseiling

In order to be safe, it is very important to attach yourself with an anchor properly. The entire team must attach themselves with the anchor while chaining the abseils. The best and general way of doing this is to clip it to the anchor with a screwgate and then girth hitch a strong rope through the belay loop. The area of the bolted abseil anchors where the two bolts are not joined can be attached by using two slings with a separate screwgate. Always make sure not to step over the anchor when it is only attached with the sling.

The Best Precautions to Take Before Abseiling
The Best Precautions To Take Before Abseiling

Tying The Ropes

This is one of the most crucial steps that cannot be neglected. You can abseil the rope with one or two ropes. Try to get the middle of the total length of the rope(s) onto the anchor will be a safe measure. If using a single rope, then make sure to abseil it and feed one end to the anchor. Then holding the two points of the rope, pull it until the middle point is at the abseil point. If using a couple of ropes then tie them together and continue the mentioned process.  

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