Taking a rappelling trip abroad? Consider travel medical insurance from HCCMIS!
You stand looking over the edge of a cliff. Some hundreds of feet down you can see the bottom. You turn your back to the drop, grab hold of the rope, and lean back. You can feel the nothingness on your back as you teeter there – balanced on the arches of your feet. You take one step backwards and then another. Before long you make it to the bottom.
Your love of rappelling is leading you on a trip across the world. Purchasing travel medical insurance, like Atlas Travel® from HCC Medical Insurance Services (HCCMIS), can help you have peace of mind as you shimmy down cliffs far from home. With travel medical insurance, you are helping yourself avoid the high medical bills that can result from rappelling accidents.
While many insurance companies charge extra to cover extreme sports, Atlas Travel insurance includes coverage for rappelling injuries that occur while abroad at no additional charge. We offer several different Atlas Travel plans depending on your destination for rappelling and how many are in your group. Atlas America® is designed for those whose travel incudes the U.S. or Canada. If you are traveling outside of the U.S., we have Atlas International® insurance. Traveling with a group? If you have 5 or more in your group, you should check out Atlas Group® for a discounted rate!
Best Rappelling Destinations in the World
Rappelling is something that can be done almost anywhere in the world, but some of the best locations around the world to rappel may surprise even beginners. If you are looking for the perfect destination
for your next rappelling vacation overseas, try one of these destinations!
1. Costa Rica
Costa Rica offers rappelers a variety of types of rappelling including waterfall rappelling, tropical rappelling, and canyon rappelling. Pure Trek Canyoning offers a rappelling option which includes three waterfall rappels and one rock wall rappel in a rainforest canyon with a guide.
2. Coorg, Bagalore
Coorg is an excellent location for rapelling. Located at 1525 above sea level, Coorg is filled with challenging peaks including the Pushpagiri, Tumbe Male, Tadiyandamol, Kote Beta, and Brahmagiri.
3. Verdon Gorge, France
Located in the Provence Region, a short jaunt from Marseilles, is the Verdon Gorge. Ther Verdon is considered to be one of the most beautiful canyons in Europe and offers many opportunities to go rappelling.
Rappelling Basics: Rappelling Techniques around the World
Before you head down the cliff, learn a little bit about the rappelling basics and different rappelling techniques that are practiced around the world:
- Australian Rappel - In this style, rappellers descend facing down.
- Tandem/ Spider Rappel - Usually done in rescue situations, two climbers are on the same belay device in this style.
- Simul Rappel - Two climbers are on the two strands of the rope that runs through the anchors. It is important that the two maintain the same speed as they descend.
- Counterbalance Rappel - In this style, a climber uses the weight of another climber to counterbalance his or her weight.
- Classical - This style is the most dangerous. Climbers do not use any mechanical devices including harnesses and hardware. The climber simply uses a rope tied around the body.
- South African - Similar to the classical style, South African rappelling uses two ropes instead of one, which makes it safer and provides more support.
Let HCCMIS Be Your Anchor
You would not go rappelling without first setting an anchor to tie your rope through, even if you are doing classical rappelling. In the same way, you should not rappel without having insurance. When you purchase Atlas Travel insurance, you get some great coverage that may just come in handy while abroad. At HCCMIS, we are experienced and efficient in handling international medical emergencies for our members. We have many years’ experience caring for our members while they are on overseas adventures and coordinating their medical care in different languages and across borders.
Benefits of Rappelling Coverage
- Online quote, purchase, and fulfillment so you get the coverage you need in 5 minutes or less!
- Up to $1 million in coverage for eligible injuries or illnesses
- 100% coverage for eligible injuries and illnesses outside the U.S.
- $500,000 in Emergency Medical Evacuation coverage
- No copay for emergency room visits for injuries, physician visits and hospitalization
- Prescription medication coverage
- Emergency ambulance transport coverage
- Physical therapy visits
- Crisis response coverage
- Personal liability coverage
Key Benefits of Atlas Travel® insurance from HCCMIS
|Covered Benefits||Provided With Atlas Travel insurance|
|Guaranteed Acceptance||Yes: No medical underwriting is required for eligible individuals. See the Description of Coverage for full eligibility|
|Coverage for pre-existing conditions||Partially: Up to $100,000 lifetime for eligible medical expenses for the acute onset of a pre-existing condition. See the Description of Coverage for more details.|
|100% coverage for accidents and injuries outside the U.S.||Yes: We will pay 100% of eligible medical expenses after the deductible, up to the overall maximum limit of the policy. See the Description of Coverage for more details|
|100% coverage for accidents and injuries inside the PPO||Yes: For eligible expenses within the PPO Network. See the Description of Coverage for more details.|
|Sports coverage at no additional charge||Yes: Coverage for eligible injuries or illnesses related to sports activities. See the Description of Coverage for limitations.|
|Emergency medical evacuations available 24/7||Yes, $500,000 in coverage regardless of policy maximum.|
|Complete online enrollment capabilities & immediate fulfillment||Yes: Selecting 'Yes' to online fulfillment when purchasing will ensure your policy information will be available to print once your application has been processed and your credit card approved.|
At HCCMIS, we understand the stress of planning a trip, which is why we offer 24/7 customer service that can help you find the right plan or answer any questions you may have about an existing plan. We also offer a number of travel assistance services that you might find helpful: pre-trip destination information, emergency cash transfers, medical monitoring, assistance in replacing passports and other travel documents, and many more! You can learn more about these and our other services by visiting our Customer Services page!
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