I'd never done abseiling before, but, in for a penny, in for a pound I agreed, and a quick Groupon later his wife had located, and treated me to, an abseiling taster with Large Outdoors.
We loaded into his Gentmobile and headed off to Teggs Nose.
Something else it has is an abandoned quarry fitted up for abseiling, which is very handy.
The weather that day was cold-ish, but dry, with snow on the ground and the air was as clear as gin.
On the walk up to the Abseiling spot we were treated to a wonderful vista of the snowy peaks deliniated all round by the bare, grassy lower ground.
The group consisted of about 3 instructors and eight victims, so there was ample opportunity to check on proceedings. When our turn came the Gent went first. I was careful to remove his camera and car keys (just in case...I didnt fancy getting standed on Teggs Nose...) before he took the leap.
Still, once I'd scramled onto the edge, positioned my feet on the ledge just below the dropoff, leaned back into a sitting position (over 60 feet-ish of screaming death) it all went very smoothly. Second time around, when I trusted the rope a bit more, and was feeling a little more devil-may-care I actually started to lean back into the harness, and of course this is what is actually required.
As I found out if you don't lean back you cannot use your feet and end up grinding yourself across the rockface.
This is actually something I'd like to try with my Vibram FiveFingers, as I suspect they would be awesome for feeling the crenellations of the rockface.
Finally - back on Terra Firma
|And here you can see the tiny, pathetic, terrifying drop in all its absurdity!|
|Gloves next time!|
In the spring I'm hoping to have a crack at climbing on The Roaches, so abseiling will definitely something I'll be coming back to!