Some tours may just be a rock climbing tour where you start the tour at the bottom of the cliff or object you’re wishing to climb and vice versa for abseiling only tours, starting at the top of the cliff.
The question is which adventure should I choose? A rock climb or abseil?
The simple answer would be both if possible. Both of these thrilling adventures take a certain skill or mindset to be carried out and for me personally I prefer to kill two birds with one stone.
Rock climbing will use your physical skills, strength and will test your mental strength too where as abseiling does require skill although the mental barrier here is letting yourself casually fall down the cliff face.
Some people may feel nervous around heights and might not be sure if this adventure is for them. Well not to worry I too get extremely anxious and nervous around open heights and I certainly had doubts when I visited Port Vila Vanuatu where I had organised an abseiling tour.
For this abseiling adventure in Vanuatu we climbed the mountainside to reach the top of a 50 metre waterfall. So not only was I exhausted from the steep hill to reach the top, I was anxious about being 50 metres high and I had to deal with abseiling while a tonne of water was rushing down on top of me.
And even though I had doubts that morning about whether or not I should actually try out this experience, I made it to the bottom safely and wanted to go again and again.
The experience of both rock climbing and abseiling sure is thrilling and an adventure that will live with me personally for my lifetime.
Even though I feel the nerves around heights I want to take up this adventure a few more times and try it out in different locations but more important using both rock climbing and abseiling within the climb.
I’m positive that it will be hard to find an abseiling tour that will top the Mele Cascades in Vanuatu however I do want to head out to some areas near my home town and try it out again. The Blue Mountains is one of the places that offers these climbing adventures as well as many others including caving experiences etc.