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Glossary

Glossary of Karst and Cave Terms

abseil
1. (n.) A controlled descent of a rope using friction obtained by either wrapping the rope around the body in a particular way or passing the rope through a carabiner or passing the rope through a descender [25]. 2. (v.) To do an abseil [25]. Synonym: rappel.