They say the hardest part is leaning back over the side of the building. Trusting the ropes. Trusting the reassuring words of your talented guide. From experience, I can confirm that the first step in rappelling down the side of Tacoma’s Hotel Murano was pretty scary.
But once that part was over, my feet firmly planted against the building and my hands a little more comfortable with controlling the speed of the ropes, the thrill of the descent and the stunning views of the city more than made up for any initial fear.
It took a little over five minutes for me to rappel 245 feet earlier this month during one of the Pacific Northwest’s most extreme fundraising events in recent memory.
This year’s 2018 Habitat Challenge, supported by Over the Edge, saw 54 people make the plunge and raised more than $95,000 for Tacoma/Pierce County Habitat for Humanity. Each “edger” committed to raising at least $1,000 prior to the event.
Participants included current Habitat homeowners like Denise Nicole, a local mother who now lives in a Habitat home she herself helped to build.
“I feel like Habitat gives you a hand up,” she said in a statement on the Tacoma organization’s website. “With hard work, and dedication, and teamwork, I have a house. Habitat is a blessing to my life. I am so fortunate I was selected for the program.”
All Tacoma/Pierce County Habitat for Humanity houses are ENERGY STAR certified and are constructed using a variety of green building practices and features.
Donations for Habitat Challenge are still being accepted here.