Participants: What to expect
This is not your typical rock climbing rappel! You will be wearing a full-body industrial harness and using an industrial descender to go down. You can control your speed to a certain extent. Should you go too fast the back-up device will engage. Getting your weight off the roof and into the harness is the difficult part for most people.
You will have an opportunity to practice your technique during training, and an OTE Technician will guide you through these first few steps. Once you’re over the edge, you will have a radio to communicate with your OTE Technician, but basically you are on your own. Don’t forget to stop and take in the view! It will take between 5 to 15 minutes to get to the bottom.
Rappelling can take more effort than some people expect, and you may find that your hands or arms get tired. You can stop to rest or switch hands if you need a break. If you keep your feet on the concrete/glass, it is easy to maintain the correct position. You won’t spin around or drift into the building. If you push off with your feet, you can bounce outwards. The further out you bounce, the more likely you are to lock your backup device.
On some buildings you will not be able to touch the building. You can maintain the correct position by sitting up in your harness as if you were sitting in a swing. An Over the Edge staff member at the bottom of the rope will help keep you from spinning. Once you’re within 20’ of the ground, your landing will be assisted by the Over the Edge staff.
Additional Participant Requirements are listed below:
Age Requirement: None, if a person is under 18 must have a parent/guardian on site
Weight Requirement: 100-300lbs