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When

VIP and Media day – September 23, 2016

Main Event – September 24, 2016

 

What time should I arrive to the event?

Participants should plan on arriving at the event as least 1 hour before your specific rappel time. You will be notified of your specific rappel time closer to the event day.

 

Where
Plaza Towers - 201 W. Fulton St., Grand Rapids, MI 49503

 

How tall are the Plaza Towers?

The Plaza Towers are 345 feet tall.

 

Is there an area for spectators?

Yes!  We encourage you to bring as many friends and family members to cheer you on. Unfortunately there will be no roof access for spectators; however, there will be lots of room for them to watch your descent from the ground level. 

 

Why  

All donations raised will go to Easter Seals Michigan to aid in continuing and developing Easter Seals Michigan programs and services such as fun day camps for children with autism, speech and language therapy, behavioral health services, independent living services and the caring for caregivers programs. All of these great programs and services help empower men, women, and children with behavioral, physical, or developmental challenges in the state of Michigan live independent lives.

 

How much money do I have to donate to rappel down the tower?

There is no maximum amount of money you can donate, however, the minimum amount of money you have to donate is $1,500 to secure your spot and be able to rappel down the tower.

 

What if I don't reach the fundraising minimum?

Rappel times are assigned in the order that the minimum is met, so even though registering reserves you a rappel spot, the sooner you reach your minimum, the more rappel times you'll have to choose from!

Participants will have until October 23, 2016 to raise the fundraising minimum, but all participants must have a commitment form with a credit card number listed by August 31, 2016 to guarantee a rappel spot. Participants that have already met the minimum will not be required to turn in a commitment form.  On October 24, 2016, any participant that completed the commitment form and has not met the minimum fundraising requirement will be charged the difference to their credit card.

 

What does the donation of $1,500 get me?

It gets you your spot in line to rappel down the Plaza Towers in downtown Grand Rapids!

 

What if I donate more than $1,500?

Extra incentives to enhance the rappelling experience

 

What if I want to donate but not rappel down the tower?

If you want to donate money but are too chicken to rappel down the tower, you can raise and donate money to gain VIP access to the “Chicken Coop” party.

 

How can I raise $1,500?

A couple ideas that can help you raise the $1,500 are:

1.      Create a fundraising page by visiting OverTheEdgeWestMI.com and registering for the event

2.      Send an email to your family, friends, and coworkers and be sure to include a link to your personal fundraising page so that they can contribute to your fundraising goal

3.      5 generous friends give you $50

4.      10 of your contacts give you $25 (neighbors, people from your local church, school, gym, club, etc.)

5.      5 friends give you $20

6.      15 Facebook friends give you $20

7.      20 coworkers give you $15

8.      Your donation of $100

9.      Your fundraising event raises $100 (or more! See below for ideas)

10.  Your company’s matching funds of $100 (better yet, see if they will match all of the funds that you raise!)

For more tips and ideas on how to raise the $1,500 visit our web page Here!

 

Where do I send my donations to secure my spot on the ropes?

Any donations can be paid in advanced by sending your donation check(s) to:

Easter Seals Michigan

Attn: Over The Edge

2399 E. Walton Blvd.

Auburn Hills, MI 48326

Or at check in the day of the event, any additional donations or any minimum s that have not yet been met, can be paid on site.

 

Are there any weight restrictions?

Participants must weigh between 110 – 300 lbs. to rappel

 

Is there an age minimum or maximum?

 

Is this safe?

Yes! Over the Edge takes great pride in their ability to make the event safe and fun!  All Over the Edge sites have highly trained industrial rope specialist, all of which are IRATA or SPRAT certified. Each event site has a comprehensive Site Inspection and Safety Plan completed. If every potential risk cannot be mitigated, then the site is not approved by their Operations Manager.

 

… Yeah... but is it really safe?

Yes! Every Over the Edge event is set up as an industrial worksite, which means that each site is compliant with every federal and state OSHA Fall Protection Standards and OSHA Federal and State Law. Furthermore, every policy and procedure Over the Edge utilizes adheres to the best practices identified by SPRAT.

 

What is SPRAT and IRATA?

SPRAT or Society of Professional Rope Access Technicians is a strict third party regulatory body that has regimented guidelines and safety protocols that far exceeds OSHA. Workers Compensation and State labor codes.

IRATA or Industrial Rope Access Trade Association is a third party certifying body. IRATAs primary purpose is to ensure that its members operate in a safe and professional manner.

 

What should I wear when rappelling?

Shoes: Well-fitting sneakers, Light hiking boots, or other soft soled shoes. No sandals, slip-on shoes, slippers, flip flops, high heels, or steel toed boots will be allowed.

Pants: Long pants, athletic pants, tights and jeans (the harness goes around your legs, waist, and shoulders, so it is best to avoid anything too bulky.)

Shirts: Long sleeve shirts that is comfortable, nothing with drawstrings.

*Many people choose to wear costumes for their rappel. All costumes will need to meet the same standards as listed above. Capes will have to be approved by the Site Safety Supervisor for the main rappel.

 

How long will the rappel down take?

We estimate that it will take about 15 – 20 minutes to rappel down the plaza tower, however, everyone is different and it might take a little longer to rappel down the tower, and that okay!

 

Do I need to bring my own rappel gear?

No, leather gloves, a helmet, and rappel harnesses will be provided when you arrive to the rappel site.

 

Will there be any training?

Yes! Training takes about 30 minutes and begins in the Staging area. This is where participants will be issued their equipment they will need to rappel and get into the gear. Harnesses and other equipment will be adjusted to fit each individual by a trained certified Over the Edge Technician. Training will include how to properly operate the descender and back up device, practice locking and unlocking the descender, and how to connect to the ropes and sit in their harnesses. Participants will also practice good rappelling position, where to keep their hands and feet during the descent, and how to use the radio to communicate with the technicians during the descent.

 

What is the most common complaint from participants?

The most common complaint from participants after rappelling is that their forearm got sore during the descent. The new device used alleviates much of the difficulty experienced in the past. Proper techniques like switching arms and the new device make a lot of difference.

 

What can I do to prepare for the rappel?

One thing you can do to prepare is go rock climbing at a local climbing gym. This will help strengthen your forearms and will allow you to get a feel for being in a harness. If a rock climbing gym is not near you, using a stress ball can help strengthen your forearms as well.

 

Am I allowed to use my phone or camera during the rappel?

Unfortunately, cell phones, cameras and other droppable items like keys and jewelry are not allowed. You will be required to leave these items with a staff member on-site. Helmet cams that operate hands-free are permitted if you have one and want to bring it. You must supply the mounting system. Go-Pro cameras are approved; all other will require preapproval. NOTHING GOES OVER THE EDGE WITHOUT OTE’S APPROVAL.

 

Can I control my descent speed?

Yes!  You can control your speed to a certain extent. However, if you go too fast the back-up device will engage.

 

What is the hardest part of rappelling?

Typically, getting your weight off the roof and into the harness is the most 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