Waves Abseiling Sharon

  • Issue: July 1997
  • Designer: A. Berg
  • Stamp size: 20 x 25.7 mm
  • Plate no.: 311
  • Sheet of 30 stamps Tabs: 10
  • Printers: Government Printers
  • Method of printing: Photogravure


Abseiling is a technique involving the use of ropes for the purpose of descending from a high obstacle. It is an integral part of Alpine climbing, and serves the following purposes: to descend from a mountain or cliff at the end of a climb, to descend to the foot of a cliff in order to begin a climb, and to hike down gorges.

In Israel, abseiling has developed as an additional way to descend river-gorges on hiking trips, when abseiling is the only way for the hiker to overcome the dry waterfall obstacles.

The abseiler should be well-versed in all abseiling techniques including: knots, abseiling safety measures, and the manner of the descent. The abseiler is always strapped into a harness, the descender being connected to the harness by a carabiner.

The special abseiling equipment must meet strict international standards which take very high safety factors into consideration. The basic equipment used in abseiling includes a rope which is manufactured from composite nylon materials, and is plaited in a manner that ensures strength and durability. The carabiners and friction descenders are made of particularly strong, lightweight, aluminium materials.

Abseiling has opened new horizons to the hiker, and offers unique opportunities for hikes in special, inaccessible locations untravelled by the regular hiker.

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