Attention DTLA thrillseekers! Want to rappel 25 stories down the side of building in Downtown Los Angeles? Here’s you chance. The charity Shatterproof is once again hosting the Shatterproof Challenge in DTLA. To participate, you need to raise $1,000 to help the charity’s fight to end the stigma and suffering of those affected by drug and alcohol addiction, and then you get the experience of a lifetime (and Facebook and Instagram photos to prove it).
I’ve taken part in the Shatterproof Challenge the past two years. It was an amazing experience. The first time I was not nervous at all, well, until I got up on the roof of the Sheraton Hotel, then I was terrified. When it was my turn to rappel, I almost chickened out, but I had already told everyone I was doing it so I couldn’t turn back… and I’m so glad I didn’t. The second time was a lot more fun, but still a bit terrifying.
You are strapped into a harness with double safety latches. There is a back-up safety rope, so even if one rope breaks, you will be fine. It feels like forever to lower yourself the first few floors, but once you get comfortable with the ropes, the rest of the rappel is almost enjoyable (LOL). Once you are on standing on the street below (and your legs stopped shaking) you will be so glad I did it. I can’t wait to do it again this year.
This year’s Shatterproof Challenge is happening Wednesday, July 19th at The Bloc shopping complex on 7th Street between Flower and Hope Streets. Click here for more information and to register. Even if you are too chicken to rappel, come out and cheer on the participants.