Learn repelling techniques used in rock climbing in this free instructional outdoors video.
Now, I'm going to show you briefly how to rappel. We've got our anchor set up, we've got our rope running through it, I'm tethered to the anchor so that while I'm setting it up and standing by the edge of the cliff, I can't fall over. So we've got it all locked up here. I'm going to take the same belay device we used for the belaying and now I'm going to use it for rappel. So the way you do that is you clip it to your belay loop, take your belay device which is now a rappel device, you're going to take two bites of the rope, which is doubled up, take two bites of rope, feed it through, one through each hole in the ATC, and then clip both of those to your locking carabiner. Screw the gate shut; you don't want that coming undone. Now that I'm locked, I've got my brake end again, just like belaying, and that's what I'm going to use to lower myself slowly over the edge of the cliff. So now that I'm here, I know I've got myself locked anchor-solid, now I can undue this tether and lower myself slowly down. Just like lowering when you're belaying, you want to keep yourself perpendicular to the rock face, and just slowly walk down. It doesn't take too much energy to hold myself here. Just enough so that I can control my descent.
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