Sign In:

×

Last Step!

Please enter your public display name and a secure password.

Plan to post in the forums? Change your default forum handle here!

×
×

How to Build a Fixed Anchor & Rappel Off a Cliff

Starting to get into the world of ski mountaineering? Even normal backcountry outings can benefit from some basic rope skills, but as you advance up the ladder and start tackling more complicated terrain, knowing how to rappel down hairy terrain–a cliff or an icy choke in a chute, for example–becomes super important.

Stay as safe as the TGR pros do by keeping an eye on our entire lineup of Safety Week content.

Here, International Pro Riders' Workshop instructor Lucas Merli demonstrates how to set up a fixed anchor off a sturdy tree, and how to safely rappel off that anchor over a cliff. 

DISCLAIMER: we should note that while this video provides an introductory overview to a rappelling setup, it is not intended to provide enough information to qualify you to head out and do the same thing on your own. We strongly advise gaining professional, in-person instruction before adding ropes to your backcountry game.

Cover photo courtesy of Shane Treat.

From The Series: TGR Safety Week

Play
READ THE STORY
A$AP Ferg’s Crew & Burton Snowboard Legends Take on Aspen
Up Next Snowboard

A$AP Ferg’s Crew & Burton Snowboard Legends Take on Aspen

A$AP Ferg’s Crew & Burton Snowboard Legends Take on Aspen

Then drop them on the slopes in Aspen? Nothing short of mellow shredding, insane fun, teaching moments and an overload of talent across the board.  This little BTS of the day from Burton is guaranteed to make you smile with a stacked squad of Mark McMorris, A$AP, Selema, Luke Winkelmann, Jake Canter, Zeb Powell… (Does it get any cooler? Can we hang with this bunch?) Also, Zeb doesn’t look too bad in a TGR mask if we do say so ourselves! Let the good times roll and watch it

Play
READ THE STORY
​VIDEO: Carson Storch + Jaxson Riddle Mix Dirt and Snow
Up Next Bike

​VIDEO: Carson Storch + Jaxson Riddle Mix Dirt and Snow

​VIDEO: Carson Storch + Jaxson Riddle Mix Dirt and Snow

Living in a mountain town means the fun never really stops, especially during the overlap of seasons, when ripping on dirt and snow are possible on the same day (or even at the same time). For a few weeks in the spring, Snowshoe, West Virginia can be shared by riders looking for both dirt and snow. So of course, Carson Storch invited his buddy Jaxson Riddle, and snowboarders Sean Fitzsimons and Luke Winkelman to shred a custom-built snow and dirt track to celebrate the changing of the

Play
READ THE STORY
VIDEO: What Inspires TGR Photographer Nic Alegre In the Field?
Up Next Ski

VIDEO: What Inspires TGR Photographer Nic Alegre In the Field?

VIDEO: What Inspires TGR Photographer Nic Alegre In the Field?

To award-winning TGR photographer Nic Alegre, countless different ingredients need to come together to create a shot that truly has the power to inspire. For him, the goal is to create the best art possible, and that requires athletes to perform, conditions to line up, and gear he can rely on, like f-stop’s camera bags. When composing a shot, his first priority is capturing light - and capturing it in a way that makes the athlete secondary to what’s going on in the environment. Ultimately,