Abseiling descend. Photo: Anne Kristi Sørensen

You´re standing at the edge of a cliff. The view is breathtaking. You could have taken a break and found some inner peace. But that´s not why you´re here. You´re here because you accepted a challenge. Your friends are standing down below, cheering you on. Turning back is not an option. There´s only one thing that matters, and that´s seeing this through.

You take a deep breath and move a few steps closer to the edge. You look down, and the adrenaline suddenly bursts through your body like a bolt of lightning. This is madness, you think to yourself, while you give your instructor a crooked smile. “Ready?” she asks invitingly, and you suddenly get back your confidence. You turn around, and back off the cliff…

The hardest part is getting off the edge. You have to have complete faith in the equipment, because something tells you this is not natural! But soon you´ve descended a good few meters. Then you reach an “overhang”. Where do you put your feet? Everything feels awkward.

Then you get back in the flow again. You release a bit more rope. You dare to go a bit faster. You try to swing in the air. It is fun, and you start laughing. As you get to the bottom if the cliff, where your friends are waiting, it feels a bit like it is over a bit too quickly. A feeling of mastery wells up inside you. “Yes! I did it. I made it.”

What is abseiling?

The word comes from the German language. From the word “abseilen” which means to “rope down”. The definition is simple. It means to let yourself down, from one place to another, using ropes and other equipment.

Absleiling is a skill that is required in many professions and situations. Climbers use it to descend from the mountain. Workers use it in wood care, in the military, or on oil rigs. People are abseiling out from helicopters, on the facade of skyscrapers, bridges and dams ++.

It is even made into art by dancers who practice abseiling in their choreographies. They are dancing while hanging in the ropes, and the audience sees them from below. Just watch the video.

There are different techniques in abseiling. Climbers usually back down, but during Australian abseiling the participants are facing forward, or more correctly: downward.

If you are abseiling in nature, on a cliff, you might run into different terrain, such as slopes, overhangs, mountain shelf and vegetation. This makes the activity more demanding and challenges your motor skills and coordination.

Abseiling as a group activity on Ulriken.

Want to try?

Abseiling allows you to receive nature experiences in a new and exiting way. Contact us at Fjord& and we will organise abseiling as a group activity for you. 🙂


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