"A team of climbers has completed one of the world’s longest abseils.
The feat saw the team abseil down a drop nearly three times as high as the Shard in London, on the El Capitan granite monolith in Yosemite National Park, California.
Experienced climber Amy Hinkle and her team made the descent using a specialist rope attached to the top of the 3,000ft rock."
So "one of the world's longest abseils" not "the longest". It's nowhere near the longest which I believe is still that from the summit of Mount Asgard on Baffin Island at around 5000ft.
What's the point of this abseil? It's just a stunt. When I was learning climbing there was no such thing as abseil hardware. You wrapped the rope around your body and used friction and balance and a little strength to get down. I remember abbing off a route in the dolomites because of a terrible electric storm. It took us a long time, much more than this 20 minute one 3000 foot given free rope. We only had the much shorter normal length ropes of the day. No-one offered us 3000 foot ropes, we obviously couldn't have carried it anyway. So they climbed up firstly, well they weren't carrying 3000 feet of rope were they? We carried ours up and it took so many abs to get down because of the short ropes.
In reply to a lakeland climber:
<It's nowhere near the longest which I believe is still that from the summit of Mount Asgard on Baffin Island at around 5000ft.>
Is that correct? More likely Mt Thor, I would have thought. I think that Asgard's highest elevation is the eastern one, at somewhere between 3,000 and 4,000 ft; but it's relatively low-angled, and would be a real pain to abseil. The much steeper west/northwest side is, I think, a bit shorter. And there's no easy way to the top of Asgard, which would either mean a substantial operation to get the kit up there, or use of a helicopter - which I think is outwith Park regulations. Obviously one might descend a route on the west side after a successful ascent, but that wouldn't be a single, continuous abseil - which I think is what this thread is talking about.