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The fifth edition of this manual contains essential information about safe abseiling and leading abseiling activities in New Zealand. This manual is suitable for all outdoor enthusiasts, but is aimed especially at abseiling instructors. It is an essential reference for anyone trained to lead abseiling activities and is the perfect companion to recognised abseil courses in New Zealand. This edition has been completely revised by experts. It includes new photographs, revised illustrations and up-to-date information on current best practice and New Zealand outdoor safety standards. Topics covered in the manual include: - Ropes - Slings - Knots - Carabiners - Harnesses - Anchor systems - Abseil site set-up - Abseil instruction - Emergency procedures