Brave the Blue

What is Bravest of the Blue?
Bravest of the Blue is the award-winning signature fundraising event, produced by the Rotary Club of Lexington, now in its fifth year, that sends participants rappelling 410’ down the side of the Lexington Financial Center (“Big Blue”), the tallest building in downtown Lexington.

What can I expect when I’m participating in Bravest of the Blue?
You will be wearing a full-body industrial harness and using an industrial descender during your rappel. To go down you will be pulling a handle, and to stop you will release the handle (push back). You can descend at your own speed, and stop whenever you wish. You will be anchored to a second back-up line, which uses a centrifugal brake, which will stop you, if you go too fast. Once you hit your goal, here are some of the rewards you can expect:

  1. A rappel slot reserved for you in the 2017 Brave the Blue event
  2. Use of a helmet Cam to capture your Bravest of the Blue experience
  3. An interview conducted by local media after you complete your decent
  4. Access to the Edger's Reception 
  5. A Digital Copy of your helmet Cam Bravest of the Blue experience
  6. Specially Designed Event shirt
  7. Commemorative lapel pin - Only Edgers Get These!
  8. and more!

What are the requirements to participate in this event?
1. You must raise a minimum of $1,000 (most folks do this through social media)
2. Due to equipment limitations, participants must weigh between 110 and 300 pounds.
3. By registering for this event, you are agreeing to allow the Rotary Club of Lexington the use of all event-related photography and video.

What if I am unable to raise the minimum of $1,000 prior to the event date?
$1,000 is the required minimum to participate. If you are unable to raise this amount by the time the event date, all donations made on your behalf will be considered as gifts and will be used to support the Lexington Rotary Club Endowment.

How do I book my rappel time-spot?
Once you have raised $1,000, a Bravest of the Blue team member will contact you to reserve your date and time.

What will the training be like?
When you arrive on site, you will be familiarized with the equipment you will wear. You will actually get into the equipment, and you will have the opportunity to practice rappelling from a self-contained apparatus in the training room. This will give you a chance to "hang in the harness", find a comfortable position, and practice using the descender. The same safety procedures are used in the training as in the long rappel so you will be quite familiar with them when you get do the actual rappel.

What should I wear?
You’re going to be walking down the side of a building so wear good shoes. Sneakers, light hikers, climbing shoes, something with a soft, light colored sole. No slippers, sandals, slip-ons, high heels, or steel toed boots. Wear long pants and a long-sleeve shirt. Athletic pants, tights, and jeans are also suitable. The harness goes around your legs, waist, and shoulders, so it is best to avoid anything too bulky. You will be given a pair of leather gloves and a helmet when you arrive.

Is there any experience required?
No previous rappelling experience is required for Bravest of the Blue.

What can I do to practice?

There is no real practice, except to get into a harness and get used to having it on your body. You will have no problem with the descender equipment. We use the newest version, which only requires you to pull down slightly on a handle to descend. Older equipment require you to squeeze a button and then pull down on the handle, which caused forearm fatigue. That is no longer the case. 

If you’d like more practice, go rock climbing. Not only does rock climbing strengthen your forearm, but also it allows you to hang in a harness. Although the harnesses we use are different, you will still get the idea of where you will be squeezed, and what muscles it takes to stay up-right. Get psyched. Tell your friends!

Can I bring my camera and phone?
Obviously, we do not want any objects dropped over the side. You will have use of a Sony Action Cam, provided by Sony, on your helmet, so your entire descent will be captured on the video. The wall of the building is reflective, so you will capture all of the surrounding scenery on your video. Your Sony Action Cam video will be uploaded to an online site where you can download it at your leisure. Of course, we provide the camera for your use, and we will upload the file from it for you to download, however, we cannot guarantee the quality of the video, since you will have the camera with you. We will turn it on for you at the top. After that wherever you look that is where the camera will point.

Sorry no phones on the roof.

If you have a proper mount for another action cam, you may use it for the descent, 

Can friends and family watch as I go Over the Edge?
Friends and other supporters are encouraged to come to the event site and watch you rappel down the building. A staging area for guests will be set up in the Base Camp on Mill Street. There will be video feeds of various portions of your rappel that they will see on the video screens in the Base Camp.  As you prepare to go "over the edge", from the time you mount the platform to begin your adventure, you will be on a live stream feed on Periscope. The live feed announcer will be asking you questions about the adventure and announcing who you are. Your Friends and family can see the entire happening and hear the audio on the Sony-Provided large flat-screen televisions down in the Base Camp. (Follow RotaryLexKY on Twitter and they can watch it on their phones, as well) 

Who should I contact if I have any more questions?
For more information on Brave the Blue contact us at info@bravetheblue.com

 

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