The Hardest Part
After demonstration, each participant is given the chance to put their hands on the ASAP and practice unlocking it. We also connect people to the ropes and allow them to sit in their harness.
This helps them to better anticipate the feel of being on the main rappel. We discuss and practice good rappelling position, where to keep your feet and where to keep your hands. This is sometimes referred to as the “L” position, feet against the building and level with your hips.
We also discuss the use of the radios that participants wear. These are mainly used for the participant to listen for reminders about unlocking the ASAP in the event that it becomes locked.Participants may use the radios, but generally do not.
Training takes approximately 20-30 minutes. Once training is complete, our participants head over to the Main Rappel.Our Ropes Staff will assist them while getting attached to the ropes. Then their gear and equipment will get a final check by a certified Over the Edge Technician to ensure that everything is correctly positioned prior to committing to the mainline.
Once the final safety check is complete, the participant is assisted with getting up and over the parapet wall and the rappel begins.
The time it takes to rappel is unique to each participant, however, we’ve estimated that a building of 200 feet takes from 10-15 minutes from the time someone gets clipped into the ropes until they are assisted off rope at the bottom. A few people take to rappelling like a fish to water and complete their rappel in much less time than that estimate, but a rappel may take much longer as some people need coaxing and support all the way to the bottom.