On September 6th, I’ll probably doing the craziest thing that I’ve ever done in my life, when I throw myself off the top of Calgary’s biggest towers, all for a good cause. Okay, maybe “throwing myself off” is a little bit more dramatic than I mean it to be, I guess some people are calling it rappelling.
Last night, I had my training night for the Easter Seals Drop Zone and I’m still buzzing from excitement. The session took place at the very top of the Crux Climbing Gym in North East Calgary and it was absolutely exhilarating. Before we descend down an actual skyscraper next month, Matt and the rest of the climbing gym crew were assigned the task of teaching us two things: how to rappel and why we shouldn’t be scared! Both are rather momentous tasks.
The practice rappel that we did was just about 72 feet. Definitely nothing to shake a stick at, but really it was peanuts when you think about the fact that the actual rappel down the Sun Life building will be more than five times that (or 30-storeys!)
Looking down from the top of the gym, it was really scary. But honestly, once I got in my harness, I felt totally secure. I mean, yes, it’s going to be completely different to be on top of a building, on a potentially rainy and windy day, but when will ever get a chance to do this again, especially while helping out a charity like Easter Seals?
All the funds raised for the event are going towards providing life changing mobility equipment like power wheelchairs, star lifts and communications devices. We will also be helping to send kids with cerebral palsy and burn survivors to Easter Seals Camp Horizon, where kids overcome challenges, they never imagined possible.
Now that I’m all trained up, I seriously can’t wait for September 6th! It’s going to be amazing.
I’d love for you to take a moment and make a donation on my Drop Zone page. If you wanted to, here is the link!