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Anyone looking for a weekend of adventure is welcome to participate in the Abseil for Charity event in May at Canary Wharf. In addition to providing sponsored thrill-seekers with the chance to get an adrenaline rush, proceeds will benefit the English Federation of Disability Sport. The EFDS remains one of the leading organisations available for disabled people who desire to become active in physical activities or sports throughout the country.
Whether experienced in the sport of abseiling, or never having taken the plunge, qualified professionals will be on site to lend a hand and provide instruction. All of the necessary equipment will be provided. Event sponsors stipulate that individuals wanting to join in on the fun be at least 18 years of age.
While Abseil for Charity may be the first time that some experience the thrill of descending from a height, the sport originated in 1879. After reaching the summit of the Petit Dru, guide Jean Charlet-Straton perfected the means of using ropes to make the journey back down. The idea came to Charlet-Straton years earlier. However, experimentation and practice finally produced the desired result.
Also known as rappelling, the activity entails making a controlled descent down a steep incline using special gear. While many enjoy abseiling as a sport, the technique is also commonly used in a variety of land and sea rescue operations. Industry technicians might use the method for accessing hard to reach areas of a building, or other structures, for the purpose of construction, performing inspections, maintenance or repairs.
- Ropes - Some situations require static rope that minimises stretching and thereby reduces bouncing.
- Anchors - Depending on the location, an anchor might involve attaching the rope to a boulder, a tree or a spring-loaded camming device.
- Descenders - These devices are a type of braking system that create friction, which provides control off the rate of descent.
- Climbing Harness - The most common type of harness is worn around the waist and may also secure the pelvis region.
- Helmets - Protect in case of collision or falling objects.
- Gloves - Protect the hands from friction or collision.
- Boots - Some type of sturdy footwear that may also feature gripping devices.
The Abseil for Charity event takes place just minutes away from our ACE-FX currency exchange bureau. When planning on travelling anywhere in the world to embark on an abseiling adventure, stop in and see us for the best exchange rates in the country. We strive to provide our clients with the best foreign exchange rates possible on any given day. Regardless of where you plan to go, we have the currency you need.