You could take the stairs or maybe even the elevator to make your way down Big Blue, or you could go a different way, all to help a local non-profit.
River Bend Nature Center is having an event called Over the Edge to help raise money for their cause. And they hope you will face your fears and rappel down 12 stories of Big Blue in downtown Wichita Falls. Weber and Sage Gilbert are brothers who are participating in this event on Saturday and they say it’s not about the rappelling.
“It’s about the money for River Bend. We’ve been doing the summer camps before we even had memories,” Weber said.
“We’ve been going to River Bend since we were little. We’ve been going hiking since we were little like babies. We just loved going outside and all of that so helping River Bend is really what this is all about but going over the edge is a plus,” Sage said.
The boys say even though it is there first time, there are not any nerves.
“Not really. Just not going to look down,” Weber said.
“As long as nothing bad happens, I’ll be fine,” Sage said.
But their mom can’t say the same for herself.
“Probably tomorrow morning I’ll be very nervous for them. And as we drove up to Big Blue, kind of looked up and was like, that’s how tall it is. So, yeah I’ll probably be very nervous for them,” Catherine Prose said.
But one concern this weekend is with the weather. And that makes safety that much more important.
“The rain doesn’t affect our equipment. Obviously, if there is so much rain where it’s a slipping hazard or we can’t see then we are not going to rappel. But water in itself doesn’t weaken anything. We use the same safety equipment, same rope, same everything, and everything is rated to industrial standards,” Site Safety Supervisor Matt Jachowski said.
This is such a good event with the goal of helping the River Bend Nature Center further their educational mission.
Over the Edge is tomorrow September 22 from 9:00 to 5:00.