Polly Wogg Rappels Off 15-Story Building for Special Olympics [PHOTOS & VIDEOS]
Rappeling off a 15 story building was unlike anything I’ve ever done before. It’s a lot harder and longer than bungee jumping. For that, you just close your eyes and jump, and it’s over in 30 seconds. To rappel, you have to focus and work at it. Most importantly, you have to know where the brake is. And learn to keep your feet under you. That was the hardest part for me. At least they let us practice on the small wall before sending us out over the edge.
By the time I hit the ground I was light headed and a little shaky. I remembered all the instructions on how to rappel but apparently forgot how to breathe.
ConFROGulations to Mike, a state trooper, who rappelled alongside me. It wasn’t until we got to the end I found out he was scared of heights. No wonder he wanted me to go first.
Each window on the way down had different signs. Either a sign telling you what floor you were on or wishing you good luck. The folks on the 9th floor at Leatherstocking had their window open and a man walked by just as I hit their floor. They all took out their cameras and cell phones to take pictures while I hung in mid air. Fran even shared her picture on our facebook page. Thanks Fran.
A round of applause for all the people at the Special Olympics ‘Over the Edge’ event who checked, re-checked and checked again, to make sure everything was hooked up and working properly. And an even bigger thank you to everyone who donated, making us the top fundraiser with $1526.00. Way to go! We couldn’t do it without you.
So would I do it again? Maybe, but not today.