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Abseil, or rappel in AmE, means “to descend using a rope”. Is there a word for “ascend using a rope”?

  • The obvious one is 'climb', is there a reason for not wanting to use that? – KillingTime Jul 3 '20 at 8:42
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    @KillingTime - By the same logic, why not just say “climb down” instead of “Abseil”? – Adam Jul 3 '20 at 8:44
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    You could use 'climb down' but with abseiling you're using gravity to drop down the rope, you can't use gravity to move up the rope so the activity is different. – KillingTime Jul 3 '20 at 8:57
  • Climbing up/down doesn’t necessarily imply using a rope. – Adam Jul 3 '20 at 8:59
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    It's just called ascending. You use ascenders – Phil Sweet Jul 3 '20 at 9:43
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Abseil is of German origin (infinitive: abseilen). The German antonym would be aufseilen. Since aufseil has not made it into the English corpus, use ascend which is also the translation that fits best for aufseilen. The device used for this action is called an ascender - as has been pointed out in the comments already.

  • What about bungee jumping and springy ropes in general? Are you ascending or merely rebounding? – Global Charm Dec 20 '20 at 1:14

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