Rappelling and Rope Climbing

March 16, 2009

Saturday, we met a friend of ours, Dave Berman, near Conkle’s Hollow, in Hocking Hills, Ohio, for day of rappelling and rope climbing.  It had been since last June that we had rappelled with Dave, and we were looking forward to it.

I realize it wasn’t nearly as humid as last year, but the hike up to the top of the plateau was nearly as bad as I remembered it to be.  Last year I was winded and worn out just getting up on top.  This year, the hiking pace was faster, so we were still breathing fast, but the recovery was much much quicker… I attribute that to the CrossFit workouts we’ve been doing for the past month or so at the gym. (My workouts since early January are chronicled in a separate blog “Quest for Fitness“).

Once we got to site, Dave started setting up the ropes.

After Penny took a rappel down, I went over the cliff.

One of the things that we tried this year was rope climbing with a North American style “ascender” system.  This was fun to get a feel for how the components of this particular system worked.  I felt like I had danglies all over me though.  We also got to watch Sarah using more of a European-style ascender to practice going up and down with.

Here’s our new friend Sarah as she descends over the top.

Here’s Penny getting instruction from Dave on how to climb the rope and feed it smoothly through the ascenders.

I got my turn at ascending too and had a great time doing it!

This was a great day!  Hiking, rappelling, and ascending rope…. and we’re looking forward to more of the same!  Hopefully we can synch our schedule with Dave’s a bit more this year!

This is the kind of beauty and nature that’s hard to enjoy just sitting on a couch!

There’s a some more pics from the day in our Facebook album.


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  1. […] trip over for some rappelling to a beautiful area of Ohio.  I’ve chronicled it over on our Great Outdoor Adventure […]

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