Over the Edge FAQs

Who can participate in Over The Edge?
There is no age limit, but participants need to weigh between 100 to 300 pounds for safety reasons. Minors will need to fill out a form with parental consent to participate. ALL participants must complete the waiver.

Do I need to have rappelling or climbing experience to rappel?
Absolutely not! We will show you everything you need to know on the day of the event. After checking in and being fitted for your rappelling gear, all participants will receive mandatory training and have the opportunity to practice using the gear.

How much do I need to raise?
The fundraising minimum is $1,500.

What if I do not raise the minimum $1,500?
If you fail to raise the minimum requirement to rappel, the donations will remain with United Way of Greater Atlanta and you will not receive a rappel spot.

Can I participate if I have a disability?
This event is all inclusive, meaning that persons with disabilities are able and encouraged to participate. For persons with disabilities, please be sure to contact us and explain the nature of your disability at least 60 days in advance of the event so this information can be provided to the Over The Edge staff to ensure they have the necessary equipment required for Rappelers with special needs. Contact overtheedge@unitedwayatlanta.org.

How do weather conditions affect the event?
Safety policies and procedures will be strictly enforced to ensure the safety and well-being of all participants. In the event of adverse weather, Over the Edge Technicians will initiate a weather-related delay. In the event of significant weather delays on the event day, individuals unable to rappel due to unforeseen weather delays will have the opportunity to rappel on an alternate rappel date, to be determined.

  • RAIN – Typically an event can continue to operate in rain. When rain is so heavy that participants lose vision or some other unsafe condition exists, OTE Technicians will initiate a weather related delay until rain eases enough to continue safely.
  • WIND – In the event of sustained winds of twenty-five (25) mph, or gusts lasting twenty (20) seconds of twenty-five (25) mph, OTE Technicians will initiate a weather related delay. The event will continue once the weather conditions improve.
  • LIGHTNING – A weather related delay will be initiated if lightning strikes are within forty (40) miles from the rappel site. The event will continue once the weather conditions improve.

How many rappel spots are there?
76

How many stories will you be rappelling?
17 stories (216 feet)

What is the fundraising deadline?
May 29, 2020.You will have 30 days post-event to continue to raise funds up to your $1,500 minimum.

How do I get started?
Simply click the Register button on the Over The Edge fundraising website.
You may choose to rappel as an individual or as part of a team. All individuals must raise a minimum of $1,500 to secure a rappelling spot on the day of the event. A non-refundable $50 registration fee counts towards your raising goal.

If I receive donations by check, where do I mail them?
Please mail all donations by check to:
United Way of Greater Atlanta
ATTN: Accounting
40 Courtland St.
Atlanta, GA 3030

Please be sure to include a note to advise United Way staff that the money is being donated in participation with Over The Edge and who to apply the funds to.

Is the rappelling safe?
As with everything, there are risks. It is important that during the training session you listen to your rappelling instructors and follow their directions.
Every Over The Edge (OTE) event is set up as an industrial worksite and as a result, is compliant with all federal and state OSHA Fall Protection Standards and OSHA Federal and State Laws. Further, policies and procedures adhere to the best practices identified by SPRAT. This counsel is a strict regulatory body that has regimented guidelines and safety protocols that far exceed the OSHA, Workers Compensation and state labor codes. OTE has an impeccable safety record. All Over The Edge sites have highly trained industrial rope specialists, all of which are IRATA or SPRAT certified. Each event site has a comprehensive Site Inspection & Safety Plan completed, and if every potential risk cannot be mitigated, then the site will simply not be approved by our Operations Manager.

Can I rappel with a friend?
Rappel spots are reserved on a first come, first served basis based upon when you reach your $1,500 fundraising goal. While we cannot promise that you will rappel at the same time with a friend, we will do our best to schedule you for the same training time slot.

Can I wear a costume?
Costumes are allowed but are subject to the discretion of the Site Safety Supervisor. Every attempt will be made to safely fit costumes around harnesses and helmets. Stringy, loose or excessive costumes should be avoided. Head pieces that will not accommodate a helmet, obscure the vision, or are notably large or heavy will not be allowed.