Who invented abseiling?



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    The abseiling method was originally developed by Jean Esteril Charlet in the 19th century.  Charlet was a guide in Chamonix, in the Alps.  He first devised abseiling in an attempt to summit Petit Dru in 1876.  Though he failed, he continued to develop abseiling on his future attempts, and eventually succeeded both in summiting Petit Dru and in establishing abseiling as a method of descention on a steep slopes.

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