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Rappelling FAQs


What is Rappel for a Reason and Over The Edge? 

Over the Edge is the company providing the expertise for our Rappel for a Reason that will send 60+ participants rappelling down 36 E. 7th Street, a 26-story building in the heart of downtown Cincinnati, Ohio.

Rappel for a Reason will raise critical funds for the Aubrey Rose Foundation to help families with children with life-threatening medical conditions.

Is it safe?

Absolutely!  Every Over the Edge event is set up as an industrial worksite and as a result, it is compliant with all federal and state OSHA Fall Protection Standards and State Laws. Further, our policies and procedures adhere to the best practices identified by the Society of Professional Rope Access Technicians or “SPRAT”. This counsel is a strict regulatory body that has regimented guidelines and safety protocols that far exceed the OSHA, Workers Compensation and state labor codes.

Over The Edge has hosted over 500 successful events with over 25,000 successful rappelers.

Are Rappel spots limited?

Yes, very limited... only 60 spots are available.

How much do I have to raise or give to participate in Rappel for a Reason?

In order to rappel, we suggest each participant fundraise to reach $1,000. Aubrey Rose Foundation will be pairing up a patient that ARF will be helping with one of our rappellers so that each rappeller knows the reason who they are rappelling for and where their fundraising will be going to!

When do I Check-in to Rappel?

You must arrive 1 hour before your rappel time. Please register in the lobby of the building (36 E. 7th Street)  where a volunteer will greet you. At check-in you can provide any additional donations you need to meet the $1000 minimum. 

Do I need any experience to rappel?

No. Over The Edge/Rappel for a Reason will provide all the training the day of the event.

Are there age and weight restrictions?

Yes. Participants must weigh a minimum of 100 lbs. and must not exceed 300 lbs and age is 13 and above as long as the weight guidelines are met.

When will I rappel?

The majority of our participants will rappel on Saturday, July 15th between 9:00am and 5:00pm. July 14th is reserved for sponsors and media.

Although the rappel itself will only last 15 minutes, you’ll need to set aside about two hours. We will schedule you a rappel time and will ask you to arrive one full hour earlier so that you’ll have time to sign in, put on your gear, and get up to the roof. Your actual rappel start time may be slightly earlier or later than you were assigned, depending on the flow of participants throughout the day. And we’re sure you’ll want to stick around for a while after your rappel to celebrate and take in the scene!

Can I rappel at the same time as my friend or team member?

There will be two ropes for people to rappel down. Everyone varies in how long it takes them to complete their rappel (around 15 minutes). It is possible that you can rappel at the same time as your friend, however, since there are many people participating before and after you, and we have to make sure the flow of rappellers is equal, we cannot guarantee that you will rappel at the same time as your friend or teammate.

What do I wear when rappelling?

You’re going to be walking down the side of 36 E. 7th Street so wear good shoes.  Well-fitting sneakers, light hiking boots, or other soft soled shoes are recommended.  No sandals, slip-on shoes, slippers, flip flops, high heels, or steel toed boots will be allowed.  Athletic pants, tights and jeans are suitable. The harness goes around your legs, waist, and shoulders, so it is best to avoid anything too bulky. You can wear the AUBREY ROSE FOUNDATION + RAPPEL FOR A REASON T-shirt that you will be provided prior to the event.  Shirts should be comfortable and without draw cords.  Long hair should be tied back.  You will be required to leave droppable items like keys and cell phones, or jewelry that can get caught on things, with a staff member on-site.  You will be given a pair of leather gloves and a helmet when you arrive.  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.  If you have a question about what alterations your costume will need, please email pictures of your costume prior to the event so our staff can check it out!

How can I practice?

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.  Go rock climbing at a local climbing gym!  Not only does rock climbing strengthen your forearms, but also it allows you to hang in a harness.  Although the harnesses we use are different, you will still get the idea of what muscles it takes to stay up-right.  Get psyched!  Tell your friends. You’re one of a few special people who will be doing the rappel!

Can my friends come watch me?

Yes, we encourage you to invite your friends, family members and coworkers to join us on the LANDING ZONE on E. 7th Street to cheer you on as you rappel!  Unfortunately your friends and family will not be allowed up to the rooftop, as it is a restricted access area.

Are cameras and phones allowed?

Sorry, no phones, cameras, etc. on the roof of 36 E. 7th Street.    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

Will Media be there taking Photos? 

We expect this event to generate a lot of media exposure so you may see some reporters and cameras. If you would like to have a personal memento of the event, there will be professional photographers on site. You will receive a card at the event with information about how to purchase your photos..

I have never fundraised before. Can I get some help?

Yes, of course! A member of the Rappel for a Reason committee member will be calling/emailing you offering assistance.  We also have a "Rappeler Toolbox” page for tips, tricks, and worksheets to raise the funds quickly and painlessly. It is easier than you think!

If somene wants to write a check for a donation, where should they send it to?

Please send to, Aubrey Rose Foundation, 3862 Race Road, Cincinnati, OH  45211. 
In the memo line, please write the name of the rappeller who you are donating to.