So today I headed to Olympic Way, home of Wembley Stadium. 1 Olympic Way to be exact! The home to Rays of Sunshine children’s charity, and the location for me to take a nice Saturday abseil.
After signing in, it was time to wait in the cold, waiting for my turn. After some delays and a chilli hot chocolate my time slot was called.
So it’s up the stairs to the first floor, a lift up to the twelfth, then one more flight of stairs take us to the utility room on the roof. Once kitted up in my harness, helmet and gloves, we stepped out on to the roof, attached to a safety line, where we all walked around to the side that we would lower ourselves over. Two by two, we were called forward, and then eventually, it was my time. The instructor connects me to my line, gives me a brief on the basics, then I am up on the ledge and lowering my self over the side-170ft up!
Over the ledge, feet set comfortably, there is only one thing for it-what goes up, must come down! Beginning to let the line out, I slowly start to walk down the side of the building, growing more confident with the grip I experience between the building – glass and all – and my shoes. Each step down, I let the line out a little faster, finding the stride and really getting in to the moment!
With growing confidence, the line moving through the harness at a fair pace now, I begin to bounce my way down the building-side. The floors are moving by, and all too quickly, I have run out of building, and am lowering myself the last few feet to the ground. Still, it was an amazing experience, all the better for raising a brilliant £287 for charity!
Think my next abseil will have to be off El Capitan! 🙂