How do I Prepare to Rappel?
What to wear?
You’re going to be walking down the side of a building so wear good shoes. Well-fitting sneakers, light hiking boots, climbing shoes, or other 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 sleeved shirt. Athletic pants, leggings, 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. 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.
Cameras and Phones?
Sorry, no phones, cameras, etc. on the roof. Helmet cams are permitted if you have one and want to bring it
What Can I Do To Practice?
The most common complaint from participants after rappelling is that their forearms became sore during the descent. The squeezing motion required isn’t hard, but over a long time it can get tiring. Proper technique and switching arms makes a lot of difference, but using a squeeze ball once in a while doesn’t hurt either.
Go rock climbing! 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 from most climbing gyms you will still get the idea of what muscles it takes to stay up-right.