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Should I Try This?

Sat Jun 17, 2006 5:00 am

Lately, I have been seeing promotions for a fundraiser for Evelina Children's Hospital in London; this unusual fundraiser will involve abseiling (rappelling) down the side of Guy's Hospital Tower! All 469 feet down from the top of the building to the ground! They're asking for people to volunteer to do this (all in the name of raising money for the new children's hospital)!

I'm a student over here at King's College London, and my campus is the site of Guy's Hospital (which includes the world's tallest hospital building, Guy's Tower, at 469 feet).

I'm here in London all summer (through Aug. 9) because of a summer student research project I'm doing in the Craniofacial Development labs near the top of Guy's Hospital Tower.

Now the people at Guy's Hospital are running this fundraiser for Evelina Children's Hospital, where brave (or daredevil) people will volunteer to abseil, or rappel, down the side of Guy's Tower. They're calling for volunteers.

I'm thinking this would be a lot of (death-defying) fun, yet I also have a fear of sheer heights (including ladders)!

Should I gamble and try this?

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RE: Should I Try This?

Sat Jun 17, 2006 5:03 am

What's to gamble? It's for a great cause and it's insane fun. When my sister did something similar a few years ago, it helped her overcome her fear of heights. Go for it!
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RE: Should I Try This?

Sat Jun 17, 2006 5:07 am

Repelling is pretty safe and easy. Do it!
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RE: Should I Try This?

Sat Jun 17, 2006 5:53 am

WOW! That would be so awesome! Do it!
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RE: Should I Try This?

Sat Jun 17, 2006 5:58 am

Go for it. It for a good cause and you can get rid of your fear of heights
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RE: Should I Try This?

Sat Jun 17, 2006 6:05 am

You'll hate yourself if you pass this up. Rappelling is a blast and is safer than it looks. Just remember, getting over the edge is the hardest part. Once you're on the way down, its exhilirating.
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RE: Should I Try This?

Sat Jun 17, 2006 6:18 am

Quoting IAH777 (Reply 5):
getting over the edge is the hardest part

 yes  I was scared shitless the first time I had to go over the edge...

Quoting IAH777 (Reply 5):
Once you're on the way down, its exhilirating.

You aint kidding.

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