Abseiling is an adventure sport that thousands of people around the world pursue. Some people feel it’s an extreme sport, whereas others would say it’s not as extreme as skydiving for example.
There’s no denying that little else in life offers the same amount of excitement and exhilaration. As you are reading this blog post, I am going to assume that you plan on going on an abseiling holiday quite soon.
If that’s the case, and you have never been abseiling before, today’s handy guide will share with you the essentials. You will learn all there is to know about preparing for an abseiling holiday.
Where do you want to go?
Most countries around the world offer abseiling adventures for holidaymakers. The reason I ask where you want to go is because the term “abseiling” gets called different things around the world.
By knowing the correct term for your desired destination, you will have an easy time organising your holiday:
- In Germany, abseiling gets called “abseilen”;
- In the United States, abseiling gets called “rapping” and “rap jumping”;
- In the United Kingdom, abseiling gets called “abbing”;
- In the Alps area of Europe, abseiling gets called “calata”.
When embarking on an abseiling holiday, I recommend buying and taking your own equipment with you. That way, you can be sure that everything is safe for use. Here are some of the things you need to take:
- Ropes. Without those essential items, you won’t be able to do any abseiling! Be sure to take some low-stretch ropes to use when scaling up any cliff or mountain faces;
- Anchors. You can’t assume that you can use trees and rocks as anchor points, so be sure to take things like nuts and cam devices with you;
- Descender. Used for easy controlling of rope as you descend an area;
- Protective gear. You should wear a helmet, gloves, boots and knee pads to prevent injury.
Make no mistake about it, abseiling can be a dangerous pastime to take up! We all want to assume that nothing bad will happen to us when we go abseiling, but no-one can guarantee that.
If fate isn’t on your side, it’s good to know that your medical and transport expenses will get taken care of. That’s why you need to consider buying extreme sports travel insurance before you go!
There are plenty of companies that offer this specific insurance, and you can usually arrange it on the Internet.
Before you go on an abseiling holiday, I recommend getting some training before you go. You can’t guarantee that you will get training “on the job” as it were.
Do a quick Google search to find abseiling training providers local to you. Trust me, it will be the best investment you ever made! Going on an abseiling training course is also fun, and you can make some good friends there too.
I hope you have found today’s guide useful. If you used these tips, feel free to post up about your abseiling experience. Thanks for reading!