If you’ve ever been rock climbing or abseiling, you’ll know that they can be quite a thrill. They can also be pretty daunting. Sure, you could play it safe and never consider partaking in either of these activities, but where’s the fun in that? All that’s needed to remedy any resistance inside of you is a swift bolt of courage via a pep talk from a friend (or from yourself to yourself) or a moment of silent contemplation. Whatever works for you, you know?
With the grand outdoors as the setting, why wouldn’t you want to try it?
What is Abseiling?
If you’re unfamiliar with the concept of abseiling, it’s essentially the opposite of rock climbing in that you scale down a rock or cliff face while grappling a rope. The rope is coiled around your body and attached to a point at the top where you begin your descent.
When you first peer down to the bottom from your starting point it can be quite scary, especially if heights are not for you. However, once you take the bold first step off the ledge, you’ll quickly realise what a joy it is! There’s nothing quite like the feeling of freedom you feel when you’re up there. Just you, the rope, and the rock.
We Know What Rock Climbing Is, Right?
The activity of conquering a rock formation with your bare hands has been around before it was even called rock climbing. We’ve all done some form of it at some point in our lives, whether officially or not. The thrill of navigating a solid rock formation might be lost on you, however, as the old saying goes, “try before you deny”.
The great thing about rock climbing is that it can be done indoors as well as outdoors. Outdoor rock climbing, however, is where you’ll get to experience the wonders of nature as you traverse a rock face. Rock climbing equipment stays the same between the two types of climbing, with the important bits and pieces as necessary indoors as they are outdoors. Some of these pieces of equipment include climbing ropes and a harness, carabiners, and a belay device for safety.
As with the above-mentioned equipment, rock climbing shoes fall under the absolutely essential category. They’re unique to climbing because of their tight fit, rubber sole, and thin material. They’re made this way for one reason; grip. You simply wouldn’t be able to climb effectively with normal shoes or even bare feet. You’re welcome to try it, but we don’t recommend it.
Where To Rock Climb & Abseil in Cape Town
If we’ve done a good job in this article, you might be roaring to climb the next rock you see, or look up where best abseiling in Cape Town takes place. Not to worry, we’ve got you covered there, too. You’ll find both activities at Klein Tafelberg, situated just 2 hours outside Cape Town, above the sandy plains of the West Coast Sandveld. Rock climbing in Cape Town never looked so good!