Outdoor sports terminology: Abseil



Descending a vertical or steep terrain by means of a rope, a descender and a harness. In US English it is usually called “to rappel”.


To rappel (US), to rap

Additional info

Grammatical category: v. i.
Field: mountain sports
Source of the definition: Explore Translations

The word in use. Examples

“In a very diplomatic way I suggest to abseil and to continue the next day, because it would get dark soon and we would have plenty of time the next day…”.
Source of the example: Climbing Magazine

“To descend single- and multi-pitch routes, rappelling is an excellent option that gets you down quickly and puts minimal wear on fixed anchors.” 
Source of the exampleClimbing magazine

Other languages (ES, FR, DE)

Spanish: rapelar. Check Spanish definition
: descendre en rappel
German: abseilen

Source of terms in other languages:
Rock Creation Dictionary

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