Going 'Over the Edge'

Posted at: 07/10/2013 7:52 PM | Updated at: 07/10/2013 10:46 PM
By: Brittany Falkers

Wednesday night Superior Street in Downtown Duluth was bustling with people enjoying Duluth's annual Sidewalk Says.  But nine stories above, Good Morning Northland Anchor, Brittany Falkers was preparing for the drop of a lifetime.

The Over the Edge event happens Thursday, but before the main event Falkers, a first time rappeller, got a preview. 

It all started with the equipment.  Trained professionals are on site to help participants gear up, literally, for the nine-story vertical walk down Superior Street's Sellwood Building.

The Over the Edge staff is there to make sure that everything goes smoothly, participants are having fun, but most of all that every safety precaution is taken.

"We've been setting this site up all day.  We've inspected it and inspected the building to make sure it's all going to be a good and fun event,"Safety Supervisor Scotty Deputy said.

Participants will get several safety checks before even going up on the roof and also before going over.  There is also a training session participants go through before taking the plunge.  It makes it easy for event the most inexperienced rappeller, such as Falkers.

But if you're still a little nervous about going Over the Edge, Deputy has some words of encouragement for you.

"It's safe, because we make it safe and if you come out here with a good attitude and you're willing to try some things you might not be very comfortable with at first, you're going to have a good time," he said.

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