Rappelling #1

Mountaineering it a life long adventure.

As John Muir put it:

Walk away quietly in any direction and taste the freedom of the mountaineer.

Camp out among the grasses and gentians of glacial meadows, in craggy garden nooks full of nature’s darlings.

Climb the mountains and get their good tidings.

Nature’s peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees.

The winds will blow their own freshness into you and the storms their energy; while cares will drop off like autumn leaves.

As age comes on, one source of enjoyment after another is closed, but nature’s sources never fail.   — John Muir —

Rappelling #1

Of course starting out correctly is the first step, Good Training for example Rappelling.

Rappelling Tower built mostly with volunteer labor and donated materials. Myself and my team spent a couple of days teaching Scouts (almost 1,000) about the mountains, how to rappel, and letting them rappel from the three lane rappel tower.


You may ask “Why” spend time learning these skills from Hansen Specialities? Well, I believe there are a number of reasons: ♦Safety, we have many years of training, and experience. ♦There are lots of people who can teach you basic rappelling skills, but only a few who are really well qualified and capable of doing a good job. It’s the difference between “Yea, we went rappelling’ and “Wow, what a great experience!” ♦You’ll be well prepared to move onto the next skill level, and you will have a DVD to help you remember what you learned. ♦”We don’t do what we know, we do what we have learned.” That is another reason it is important to learn well the first time.

Rappelling into one of the deepest caves in the USA, over 1,000 vertical feet. Notice the light deeper in the cave (middle upper) This trip took us over 16 hours.

There a difference between someone that has shown you how to rappel (abseil) and someone who has a logically structured approach and who can communicate the skills in such a way that it is fun, easy to grasp, and who shares the principles with you so you can remember it more easily.

Rappelling Course #1

Rappelling over an overhang, into a cave entrance.

Rappelling is a great skill to have.  It opens doors to move onto more advanced skills, it is a great family and friend activity, and gives you skills to handle various survival and rescue situations, and builds confidence.

**Rappelling #1 is the starting point for learning basic rope skills.  From this point you can move onto a Rappel Master Certification, Rock Climbing, Industrial Rope Work (Towers, High Rise Rope Access, Arborist, Vertical Caving (Spelunking), Rope Rescue, and more

This course is taught during one evening (18:00-21:00) and part of a day (09:00 –14:00 +/- some):  We will cover an introduction to vertical rope gear, knots, belaying, Rappelling and Safety.

Required equipment:  Harness, Auto (TriLock) carabiner, Slot belay/rappel device, gloves and Helmet

Rappelling Course, including the above Equipment Package for details about joining a rappelling adventure fill out the form below.

From here you can move on to Rappel Master, Caving, Rock Climbing, Rope Rescue, Canyoneering, Industrial Rope Work, Caving,

Rappelling for fun, and it also is great for building confidence, and it can these principles can be used to accomplish many other things.

“”At the completion of this training you receive your Rappelling Skills #1 Certificate, required for moving onto Rappelling Master or Rock Climbing #1 Course.

Belaying is like most things, there are many different facets to them. Here are some ideas regarding belaying skills. Rope management and Shock absorption are two critical aspects. Fortunately, falls are not real common, although when they do occur you want to be ready.

Maintaining a good safety margin.

Climbing and rappelling has a good safety record. To maintain that you will want to attend formal training, from a skilled instructor.  Also it is tempting to not talk about things that can scare people, but it would be an injustice not to.  Risk is part of our daily lives, although some tend to ignore it as if it does not exist.  Doing so actually increases the chances of having a problem; and of course, the Hen-Penny and Ducky lucky approach, running around thinking the sky is falling, is also off center.   

Understanding the types of problems that can occur is the first step.  The next is planning your activity in such a way that you avoid those situations.  During my training I talk about and demonstrate ways to maintain a good safety margin.  One thing I do, that has kept me safe is to read about the potential problems, “BUT focus on ways to prevent them.

Situational awareness is a technique that assists us in doing that.  I actually teach a class on this subject, but in a nut shell, it is simply maintaining an awareness of things going on around you, and if there is something of concern we address it, kind-of like defensive driving.

Accidents in North American Mountaineering is a book that is published every year. Reading through it is interesting and it can help make you aware of how accidents can occur.  The write-ups usually include opinions as about what occurred, and how it could have been prevented.  It is a good read, well worth the time and money investment.