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How to abseil

Abseiling is an essential skills for all climbers. Here we cover the basics. Check out our playlists for more info

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If in doubt, go on a course or hire an instructor.


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Glenmore Lodge - Making an

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Glenmore Lodge instructor Al Halewood demonstrates how to set up an abseil (rappel) safely and efficiently.

Get Out on Rock - Abseiling

An example clip from the popular Get Out On Rock DVD. In this section Libby Peter's talks you through the basics of Abseiling.

Abseiling from a scrambling route

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Glenmore Lodge instructor Derek Bain talks you through how to abseil either from the top of a scramble or to retreat part way through. Glenmore Lodge offer a range of summer hillwalking, scrambling and navigation courses from April to November and winter walking, mountaineering, avalanche awareness and navigation from January to March. We offer everything from complete beginner courses through to a multi-day traverse of the legendary Cuillin Ridge or even bespoke trips you've designed.

Kids Abseiling School Holidays like Never Before!

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Rock Climbing: How to Rappel

More accidents happen on rappel than any other part of climbing, so always take your time, make sure your systems are redundant and practice the steps before you head to the cliff. In this video, we show you how to set up a rappel extension, how to thread the rope through your rappel device, how to back up the rappel with a friction hitch and how to rappel down the wall.

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Rock Climbing: Cleaning a Top-Rope Anchor

Rock Climbing: Building a Top-Rope Anchor Using the Quad videos.

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Sea-cliff climbing essentials 3: Abseil, retreat and escape

Do you have the skills to access and escape from a sea cliff? Jay Jackson and Sam Percival show you how at Chair Ladder.

Trad climbing on sea cliffs is a very rewarding and adventurous activity. However, the dynamic nature of the coastal environment means additional challenges.

Tide and sea conditions can mean that the difficulty of a given route can change from day to day. Rock quality may be variable, fixed equipment unreliable and accessing or escaping from a climb can be significantly more complex than at an inland crag.

This series of films aims to raise awareness of some of the skills and techniques required to manage risk in these exciting, yet unforgiving, venues. We hope that you'll be inspired for your own coastal adventures!

Sea-cliff climbing essentials: a series of short films produced exclusively for BMC TV in association with AMI (the Association of Mountaineering Instructors).

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Edited and produced by James Mann


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Training Day | Climbing and Abseiling

We had a fun training day of climbing and abseiling with the guys from C.S.B.
Because of legal reasons airsoft rifles and pistols were used as a training tool.

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Producers: Ziga Polajnar - Samo R. Stergel - Jan Kok
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Rock Climbing - multipitch abseil

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Glenmore Lodge instructor Derek Bain takes you through all of the steps needed to safely complete a multi-pitch abseil. Glenmore Lodge offer a range of summer climbing courses from May to October and winter climbing from January to March. We offer everything from complete beginner courses through to bespoke guiding trips on routes of your choice.

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Abseiling the Blue Mountains in New South Wales | Backpacking Australia, Episode 4

Eric Hanson makes the move to the Blue Mountains in New South Wales, Australia, where he's hooking up with Mark from Blue Mountains Guides for a day of abseiling and rappelling in the Blue Mountains.

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Abseiling The Tower at 3xtreme

what a fantastic time we had at 3xtreme.
After climbing the vertical steps we descend 30 feet.
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Abseiling the Northampton Lift Tower

The fearless foursome take on the Northampton Lift Tower abseil to raise funds to #unlockcallum - this is how we got on!

Abseiling an overhang - Blue Mountains - Australia

Jeff abseiling an overhang at Yellowrock Lookout

Abseiling at Outdoor Adventure

An abseil session at Outdoor Adventure, Widemouth Bay, Bude, Cornwall. Walking from our centre grounds to our coastal 80ft abseil cliff - stunning sea views ending upon the beach.

Macrame Knot for Rappelling AKA Abseiling

WARNING: this anchoring method is advanced and should only be used by experienced mountaineers.
The Macrame Knot is great to have as an option on straightforward abseils off single anchors. It's use prevents tree damage that standard pull throughs cause. It takes a lot less effort to release this knot than to pull a rope length over an anchor and there is also very little friction to overcome. A further advanced application is that it allows more than two ropes to be tied together and then retrieved. This however requires the abseiler to pass a knot on descent.
It is also possible to use a sling (and optional MR) as an extension around the back of the anchor when there is an obvious risk of the rig getting snagged. The sling might then get snagged on pull down, but the rope would still pull through the sling. Perhaps another video would be useful to show this.

Abseil at Ballyhass Lakes, Mallow, Co Cork.

Abseiling at Ballyhass Lakes, Mallow, County Cork. This activity is great for team building, school tours, and Summer Camps. The natural rock face is 21m high with a permanent abseiling frame.

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Basic Rescue Abseiling

Abseiling The Lloyd's Building

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