At the belay

Produced by New Zealand Geographic

As the caver gets close to the bottom of the 176-metre abseil, the relative weight of the remaining rope gets lighter and lighter. To avoid speeding up and plunging to the cave floor, the abseiler must compensate by wrapping their leg around the rope to create more friction, or rely on a  partner beneath them to apply tension to the rope and belay them down.

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