Friday, October 7, 2016

Rappel vs Repel


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Twilight Rappel from the Eaglet Spire,
Franconia Notch, NH

I rappel, not repel! The words are easily mixed up and the misuse of Repel in place of Rappel is especially common.

Rappel
To descend a vertical surface, especially a cliff face, by sliding down a rope with a device that provides friction. 

Repel
1. to ward off or drive back
2. to cause aversion or distaste
3. to present an opposing force