By looking at the picture it seems as though I’m having a great time, which I was, but I was also terrified!! I was terrified because I was hanging about 200 feet in the air off the side of Hill Tower II.
So let me explain! This year, on Saturday, August 25th, I was able to participate in the Easter Seals Drop Zone at Hill Tower II and it was an incredible experience.
There was about 30-40 people that rappelled down the side of Hill Tower II which is 22 storeys or 230 feet high. Each person had to raise $1,500, which is the amount it costs to send someone to Camp Easter Seals. It was awesome to see so many people raise so much money for such an amazing cause.
Let me tell you about the day. I was almost the last person of the day to rappel, so throughout the entire day I was able to ramp up my anxiety when thinking about hanging off the side of the building. When it was my turn to go up, I considered chickening out but then I wouldn’t hear the end of it from coworkers, friends and family, so I couldn’t do that! I rode the elevator to the 22nd floor and then had to climb a ladder to get right up to the top. Let me tell you, the view was AMAZING!! There were a few people to go before me so again, I had time to really think about it and I once again, considered chickening out, but, I didn’t!! They hooked me up to two ropes (thank goodness) and had me step over the edge of the building, which even thinking about it now is making my hands sweat haha. Once I stepped over the edge of the building it was now time to lean back and put my trust in the equipment, which was not easy although the equipment is incredibly safe. The hardest part was over, now was the fun part. I started out not going very fast and then picked up speed as I got closer to the ground. Oh, and the view coming down was AMAZING as well. I never did look down though, that would have freaked me out, I just looked to my sides. Once I got to the ground, I wanted to do it again.
The whole experience of the day and rappelling was truly something I’ll never forget. And to see people, completely terrified to do it, come down the side of the building and get to the ground with a big smile on their face was so cool to see. In fact, one woman that was there had vowed to herself to try two crazy things a year, and this was one of those things. She was so scared, but did it and had so much fun and raised money for such an awesome cause. That really inspired me!
If you’re on the fence about doing it, I say GO FOR IT, you won’t regret it. Keep an eye out on www.thedropzone.ca for when registration goes open for next year and get out of you comfort zone. Unless this is your comfort zone and if that’s the case, you’re crazy!!