Powell Adventures: Rappelling!!!

Updated: Jul 20, 2018

Powell Adventures: Rappelling

According to Google, you can define rappelling as the following:




gerund or present participle: rappelling

  1. descend a rock face or other near-vertical surface by using a doubled rope coiled around the body and fixed at a higher point.”

What the definition doesn’t tell you is that rappelling is awesome, thrilling, one of my favorite things!!!! Here’s the cliff we rappelled in New River Gorge National River and Recreation Area in West Virginia.

Here I am with our wonderful guide, Bayer, from Hard Rock Climbing in Fayetteville, West Virginia. Someone who knows what they’re doing with the ropes is very important when rappelling!!!! It looks easy here, but there’s 80 feet of blank space beneath that rock face.

Here’s Jeff getting ready to go down the cliff. This is the hardest part because you know in your head the ropes and guide will take care of you, but your stomach is doing cartwheels!

Jeff at the very top.

Coming down….

... and down…..

...and down.

He’s only about 20 feet from the bottom now, so I think you got it.

Why do we like rappelling? For me, it’s the challenge of pushing myself and doing something a little risky. I have always loved the pictures of people dangling off a cliff in picturesque places, and I wanted to be one of those people. We went for the first time five years ago in Springdale, Utah, near Zion National Park. I was hooked. West Virginia was only our second time to rappel, but I’m already plotting my next adventure.

Now it's your Turn: Have you ever been rappelling? Tell us about your adventures! Got any questions or comments, email me at powellmaryellent1214@gmail.com.

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