Over the Edge: Rappelling Down the Midland Wilco Building 10/5/11
CBS 7 News
October 5, 2011
Midland, TX - Have you ever wanted to rappel down the side of a tall building?
Thursday you can, and at the same time benefit the Buffalo Trail Council Boy Scouts of America.
What better place to do it than The Tall City?
At first you may have your doubts, but rappelling down the side of a 307 ft. building is a good idea to many west Texans, when it’s done for charity.
Rappel Trainer Aaron Lennox says the company Over the Edge partner with non-profits nation-wide; The Buffalo Trail Council Boy Scouts of America will be reaping the benefits this time, as west Texans will be rappelling down the Wilco Building in Midland
"When they first step out on the ledge its exciting for them," Lennox said.
For $1,200 you too can go over the edge.
"Still shaking?” I ask Mayor Wes Perry, who rappelled Wednesday afternoon “Yeah still shaking," he said.
"You realize we could've lost a mayor?” I asked jokingly, “Yeah I know it, but it proves what kind of Mayor we have, he is crazy," Perry said.
"I’m about to go down, any suggestions?”
“Just enjoy the ride and do not look down," he said.
"Oh, I looked down!" I screamed while the Over the Edge team helped me to the ledge.
After more buckling, locking and self-motivation, it was my turn to go over the edge.
This building is 22 stories high and was once the tallest building between Fort Worth and Phoenix before the American State Bank was built.
After the initial scare, the ride down was breath taking.
"I wish you could see my view!" I yelled ten stories up to photographer, Megan Smith.
Like many obstacles the hardest part, was the first step.
Just call 432-296-1008 for more information.