Rappel for Her 2017

July 15

1000 SW Broadway

Portland, Oregon 97205

Join Girls Inc. of the Pacific Northwest for the second annual Rappel for Her! Rappel for Her is Girls Inc. of the Pacific Northwest's fundraising event that challenges supporters to raise $1,250 or more to rappel 24 stories in honor of the girls that Girls Inc. serves daily. No rappelling experience is required, as the event partner, Over the Edge, provides trained professionals to make this event 100% safe.

Frequently Asked Questions

> WHEN WILL I RAPPEL?

The majority of our participants will rappel on Saturday, July 15, between 8am and 5pm. Friday, July 14, is reserved for sponsors and media.

Although the rappel itself will only last 10 – 15 minutes, you’ll need to set aside about two hours for Rappel for Her. 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. There will also be a time to celebrate and cheer on the other rappellers throughout the day!

> HOW MUCH DO I HAVE TO RAISE OR GIVE TO PARTICIPATE IN THE RAPPEL?

In order to rappel, each participant must fundraise or donate at least $1,250. Girls Inc. of the Pacific Northwest must receive the minimum $1,250 by 5pm on July 13. If by that time you have not reached the minimum and would still like to rappel, you will have the option to fill out a credit card guarantee form at the main event to extend your fundraising timeline to 30 days post-event. If the fundraising minimum has still not been reached by August 15, 2017, then the remaining balance will be charged to your credit card. All funds raised in this campaign are non-refundable and will be donated directly to Girls Inc. of the Pacific Northwest (including $25 registration fee).

Once registered, fundraising rappellers will receive a Welcome Packet stuffed with helpful tips, tricks, and ideas that will help you reach (and exceed) your $1,250 fundraising goal. Fundraising rappellers will also receive helpful email reminders and highlighted ideas through the fundraising period from Girls Inc. staff. We want you to succeed - please don't hesitate to reach out to Maeve (maeve@girlsincpnw.org) for support!

> 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 10-15 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.

> IS IT SAFE?

While the rappel seems risky, it is actually very safe! The rigging and harnesses Over the Edge uses is the same used for professional window washers. You will be wearing a full-body industrial harness and using an industrial descender to go down. Pulling a handle makes you go down, letting go makes you stop. You can control your speed to a certain extent. Should you go too fast, or should the equipment fail, the back-up device will engage.

Getting your weight off the roof and into the harness is the hardest part for most people. Once you’re over the edge of the roof, you can breathe easy, knowing that the technicians above and below you are there to help and can give you directions over the walkie-talkie attached to your harness. Don’t forget to stop and take in the amazing view! You can stop to rest, or switch hands if you need a break. Once you’re within 20 feet of the ground, your landing will be assisted by an Over the Edge staff member.

> CAN I PRACTICE BEFORE I GO OVER THE EDGE OF THE ROOF?

When you arrive on the roof you will have the opportunity to practice rappelling from a lesser height on a tripod. This will give you a chance to hang in the harness, find a comfortable position, and practice using the descender. You can practice a few times before heading to the actual rappel–most rappellers only need one practice round and are ready to go. The same safety procedures are used in the training as in the long rappel so you will be familiar with them when you get there.

> WHAT SHOULD I WEAR?

You’re going to be walking on and around the roof of a building, which is also exposed to the elements. Well-fitting sneakers, light hiking boots, or other closed-toed soft soled shoes are recommended. No sandals, slip-on shoes, slippers, flip flops, high heels, or steel toed boots will be allowed.

Wear long pants and a long sleeved shirt. 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. Shirts should be comfortable and without draw cords or embellishments that could get caught. 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 gloves and a helmet when you arrive.

> CAN I WEAR A COSTUME?

Costumes are encouraged and welcomed! They are subject to the same limitations as baggy clothing. Every attempt will be made to safely fit costumes around harnesses and helmets. As with shorts, it is ultimately the decision of the Site Safety Supervisor. Stringy, loose, or excessive costumes must be avoided. Head pieces that will not accommodate a helmet, obscure the vision, or are notably large or heavy will rarely be allowed.

> 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 at 1000 SW Broadway 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 THERE WEIGHT RESTRICTIONS TO RAPPEL?

Yes. Participants over 136.1kg (300lbs) are not permitted to rappel as they exceed the safe working load of the equipment. The minimum weight of a participant is 45.36 kg (100 lbs.).

> CAN PEOPLE WITH SPECIAL NEEDS RAPPEL?

Yes, people with special needs will be accommodated as long as it can be done safely. In the past people with intellectual disabilities, physical disabilities, amputees, and wheelchairs have been able to participate fully and have enjoyed successful rappels. Advance notice is required; for more details, contact maeve@girlsincpnw.org