Rappelling (a.k.a. abseiling (UK) or “rapping”) is a critical skill technique that every new climber must learn and learn well. Rappelling is often the only way to down from a route.
Even when there is a down climb, the descent can be dangerous or full of loose rock and bad paths. Rappelling is quick and very safe if done properly.
Nevertheless, more people are injured and die from rappelling every year than from climbing. Unlike climbing, there is no second person belaying you. Once you go over the edge, you’re on your own, making rappelling something to take very seriously.
Here are a two key points to always keep in mind when rapping: