Hermanus - Abseiling For Beginners at Gearings Point

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According to Percy Tours Spokesman – Percy Heywood, abseiling is a great sport that requires no previous training or even experience. But, says Percy, you had better then have a good company that “knows the ropes” so to speak.

The idea is to scare yourself stupid by dangling from a cliff face on a piece of rope. Much worse than bungee jumping, which is over in a few seconds. You also hope that someone at the top gets all of this on camera, otherwise what’s the point?

You need a rope, lots of it, a harness to attach you to the rope, and a stopping device.   Percy Tours provide all this gear, the instructor and the large vertical cliff face. All you need do is practice the following response to the question “what are you doing?” Answer “Just hanging around”, and remember, it’s not what you say, but how you say it.

To make the whole exercise much more interesting Percy recommends the Hermanus Old Harbour at Gearings Point which is a perfect spot for learning the art of abseiling, as it’s not too high (about 20 metres) and has marvelous views across Walker Bay and between June and November there will be Southern Right Whales splashing about too!

So while the professionals set up all the ropes correctly, strapping them to something extremely solid, heavy and large, like big metal hoops struck into massive pieces of concrete, you put on your harness to make sure it as comfortable as possible, a helmet and a pair of gloves, while smiling like a Cheshire cat, and or wondering why you didn’t stay in bed a little longer this morning?

As you might guess, this activity is best done with many others, so corporate team building events are perfect for this.

Ok, it’s your turn, you approach the cliff edge slightly nervously, turn around so that you have the cliff drop behind you and strap yourself onto the firmly secured rope at your waist harness. Also you attach a hand grip to the rope which acts as your brake. You then gingerly venture over the edge, with your legs out straight horizontally and feet on the vertical side of the cliff and your body at a slightly horizontal position too.

Here is where co-ordination is important. As you spring off with leg thrusts, you release the hand grip and as you descend and come back towards the cliff face, you clench the hand grip to stop you falling any further. This you do until you are at the bottom of the cliff face.

With a huge smile on your face and a new found faith in your rope, you zoom back up to the top of the cliff, eagerly awaiting your next turn.

Abseiling is a sport that can be done nearly anywhere that has a vertical cliff face, and Hermanus has a few!

To book your Abseiling experience contact Percy Tours. Tell them you heard about their abseiling tours from us.

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