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Rappel Device

Definition of Climbing Equipment Word


Brian Shelton rappels down a granite face on The Wicked cliff in Colorado.

A rappel device controls your slide down the climbing rope.

Photograph © Stewart Green
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  • Rappel Device

    A metal device that is attached to a climber’s harness. The climbing rope is then threaded through the device and through a locking carabiner on the harness, allowing the climber to make a controlled sliding descent, a rappel, down the rope. See Belay Device for other uses.

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