Rappelling Information

Abseiling , rappelling in American English, is the controlled descent down a rope; climbers use this technique when a cliff or slope is too steep and/or dangerous to descend without protection. Abseiling is used chiefly in British English, as well as in Australia and New Zealand.

Slang terms for the technique include: rapping or rap jumping , abbing , jumping, roping down, roping, seiling, snapling , rappling . The term rappel / rappelling is derived from the French language: French, recall, return, rappel, from Old French, recall, from rapeler, to recall : re-, re- + apeler, to summon.

The origin of the abseil is attributed to Jean Estéril Charlet, a Chamonix guide who lived from 1840-1925. Charlet originally devised the technique of the abseil method of roping down during a failed solo attempt of Petit Dru in 1876. After many attempts, some of them solo, he managed to summit the Petit Dru in 1879 in the company of two other Chamonix guides, Prosper Payot and Frédéric Folliguet, whom he hired . During that ascent, Charlet perfected the abseil.

Wikipedia, Rappelling, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rappelling (as of Apr 7, 2010)

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