Climbing is fun. But at the top of a route, everybody gets all serious. Which is good, because lots of accidents happen while rappelling. But that doesn’t mean it has to be all business. Have fun out there. But pay attention. It’s all fun and games until someone threads their belay device wrong and … well, you know, don’t do that.
Tip #1: Add some style to throwing the rap rope.
I mean really, as long as you don’t hit someone below you, you can pretty much do whatever the hell you want with your rappel rope. The worst that’s going to happen is it will get tangled, which, if you’re me, happens approximately 50 percent of the time on single-rope rappels and 100 percent of the time on double-rope rappels. Here are a couple of examples.
Tip #2: Add theme music.
Maybe you don’t take your iPhone in the wilderness, or on climbs. If you do, tell you what makes a rappel approximately 60% more radder: Music. Place your phone in a jacket pocket with the speaker end sticking out, and play one of these two songs:
Don’t own those two songs? Well, that’s no way to live. Here:
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