Optimum Abseiling: Beginner Basics
Nothing comes close to the satisfaction of reaching the summit. You’ve worked and worked and your muscles burn and the sweat drips in your eyes and it stings. But it’s OK because that means you have achieved success at something that required you to put your grit and heart on the line. What a rush! But the thing non-climbers don’t understand is that the trip up is only half the journey. Once you’ve reached the summit, you’ve reached the halfway point in your journey.
Tips for Safe Abseiling
Many non-climbers fail to recognize that abseiling in real world conditions can be an anxiety-inducing affair. Experienced climbers who have had to abseil outside of the safety of a course or a gym know that safety is the most crucial part of the process. If not executed properly, things can go terribly wrong in a heartbeat. That’s one of the biggest reasons why experienced climbers tend to have a general dislike for abseiling. There is no back-up system and the process is easy to get wrong. That’s why attention to detail is so important. A little planning can go a long way towards minimizing the risks associated with abseiling. Here are a few things to keep in mind while abseiling.
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Practice Makes Perfect
You have likely heard before that practice makes perfect. We hate to be contrary, but this isn’t technically true. If you are practicing doing something poorly, then you won’t be anywhere close to hitting the perfection mark. We’d like to amend this old adage: Perfect practice makes perfect. It’s important when you are starting out to ensure that you are getting the basics right before moving on to more advanced techniques and situations. If you have never abseiled before, don’t bite off more than you can chew. Start at ground level down a shallow slope, then move on to a small cliff or overhang when you have a better-than-good grasp of the basics.
The Right Equipment for the Job
With abseiling, you shouldn’t be willing to cut corners when it comes to the equipment being used. The equipment you’ll need will vary based on the location and the type of abseiling you will actually be doing, but there are three items that are common across those variables.
Rope is an essential piece of abseiling equipment (yes, we know this seems obvious, but stick with us). Climbing novices may not be aware that the term “rope” actually encompasses an extremely wide range of materials. It doesn’t so to simply pick a rope without considering the diameter, the length, middle marks and bi-patterns, UIAA specifications, stretch, sheath slippage, and sheath proportion just to name a few. If you are unfamiliar with the different features and aspects of climbing rope, we recommend educating yourself before heading out into an uncontrolled climbing environment. While climbing with Optimum Experiences, we will answer any questions you have and ensure you have the best tools while you climb and abseil with us.
Learn and Grow With Optimum Experiences
Abseiling and rock climbing are rewarding and encouraging activities for kids and adults alike. Many people find that once they get started, they are hooked for life! The benefits are worth your time, from encouraging health to challenging yourself to push past obstacles. If you are a part of an organization like a business, school or church, you’ll find that abseiling can encourage team building skills that will carry over into other aspects of your life. Interested? We knew you would be. Give us a call today and book your next adventure with Optimum Experiences at Fitzroy Falls.