Martin says, “Rappelling, or Abseiling, is the science of sliding down a rope…” Sounds simple enough, doesn’t it? Note the word “science” in the definition. There’s more to rappelling than that which meets the eye. It doesn’t have to be complicated, just correct.
I admit I haven’t been rappelling, but if my life’s literally hanging from a rope, I don’t want anything to go wrong. I’d want to know I can trust the harness, lines and knots. Making sure all is OK requires a certain level of skill, precision and knowledge.
A description of the book includes a brief excerpt to give you a flavor of the book. Here’s my abridged version of Amazon’s note about the author, Tom Martin.
“Tom Martin is an entrepreneur, writer, inventor, and outdoorsman. Much of his adult life has been spent in electronic research, and in the development of products ranging from burglar alarm systems to equipment for rappelling and rescue…A great love of the out-of-doors has led him to countless places in search of beauty and adventure…For many years, through hikes, campouts, and slide presentations, he has been sharing the joy of these adventures with boy scouts, girl scouts, and many school and adult audiences. His expertise in the art of rappelling has enabled him to train many firemen, police officers, and rescue squads in this lifesaving skill. His volunteer efforts have introduced a huge number of people to rock climbing, cave exploring, rappelling, and to a greater appreciation of the natural world in which they live…”