All About Rappelling
Rappelling is a climbing technique that allows you to do a controlled descent down a rope from a cliff or mountain. Learn here all about rappelling and the essential climbing skills you need to learn to safely rappel.
6 Essential Rappelling Skills
Rappelling is skill-based. Learn here what the six essential climbing skills you need to know to rappel safely and efficiently.
Essential Rappelling Equipment
Here is a list of all the essential equipment that you need to rappel off your newest climb, including ropes, rappel device, anchors, slings, harness, gloves, and daisy chain.
What Can Go Wrong Rappelling
A lot can go wrong when you're rappelling off a cliff since you're totally dependent on your equipment. Learn here why rappelling is dangerous and how you can be safer rappelling.
Using Your Brake Hand
The cardinal rule of rappelling is: Never Let Go With Your Brake Hand. Learn here about using your brake hand to create more friction when you rappel and how your brake hand makes all your rappels safe.
How to Toss Rappel Ropes
It is important to learn how to properly and safely toss your rappel ropes off from the top of a cliff. If you do it wrong you can end up with rope tangles, your rope snagged on flakes and in cracks, and a big mess. Learn how to properly coil and toss your rappel rope and be a happy climber.
Build Safe Rappel Anchors
Rappel anchors are an important element for safe rappelling. Bad anchors can fail and lead to dire consequences. Learn how to use existing rappel anchors and how to create new rappel anchors if you have to retreat from a route. Also follow my rappel anchor tips for safety and what you need to carry in a rap anchor kit.
Never Trust a Single Rappel Anchor
Read this analysis of a rappelling accident at the Garden of the Gods and learn why you should never trust a single rappel anchor.
Watch for Loose Rock When Rappelling
Rappelling is one of the most dangerous aspects of climbing. Loose rock is found on ledges and faces when you rappel down a cliff. Learn how to avoid loose rock when rappelling and when you pull your rappel ropes.
4 Knots for Rappelling
If you're out climbing and need to rappel off the cliff, here are the four best knots to tie your climbing ropes together.
Why You Should Use Stopper Knots
Why should you tie stopper knots in the ends of your rappel ropes? Because they can save your life. Read this accident analysis about a rappelling mishap on Pywiak Dome at Tuolumne Meadows in Yosemite and learn why stopper knots keep you safe when you rappel.
All About the Autoblock Knot
The autoblock knot is an important climbing knot used as a safety back-up on a rappel rope.
How to Tie and Use an Autoblock Knot
Learn how to tie and use an autoblock knot, an essential safety knot used in climbing and rappelling.
The Carabiner Brake Method
How do you rappel if you drop your rappel device on a rock climb? The best way to get down is by using the carabiner brake method. Learn all about the carabiner brake including its advantages and disadvantages so you'll know how to manage in an emergency situation.
How to Rig a Carabiner Brake -- Emergency Rappelling Method
Learn how to rig a carabiner brake so you can safely rappel off a climb if you accidently drop, lose, or forget your rappel device.
Black Diamond ATC-XP Belay Device
Review of Black Diamond ATC-XP Climbing Belay Device
5 Ways to Die Climbing
Climbing is a dangerous activity. The good news, however, is that most climbing accidents and deaths are preventable since they are caused by human errors. Learn about the 5 ways that most climbers die--lead climbing falls, loose rock and rockfall, solo climbing without a rope, rappelling, and in bad weather and lightning--and how to prevent becoming a climbing statistic by following basic safety tips and using good judgment.
4 Ways to Descend Cliffs and Mountains
Once you climb to the top of a mountain or cliff, you need to get back down safely and efficiently. Climbers descend off cliffs and mountains in four different ways--hiking down, downclimbing, rappelling, and lowering. Learn more about the four types of descents and how to evaluate terrain for the proper descent.
How to Pull Your Rappel Ropes Down
How to pull your rappel ropes after descending from a rock climbing route.
Simul-Rappelling Makes for a Speedy Descent
Simul-rappelling is when two climbers rappel down separate strands of the same rope at the same time to save time on their descent. Simul-rappelling is, however, dangerous and only experienced climbers should simul-rappel. Learn about simul-rappelling and how to avoid safety issues.