Rappel for


Friday May 12th & Saturday May 13th


1 City Center Downtown Portland, Maine

Frequently Asked Questions


What is Over The Edge?

Over the Edge is a special events company that has run rappelling events for non-profit organizations throughout the world since 2003. Over the Edge takes care of all the technical aspects for the event including the insurance, professional staff, and state-of-the art equipment. They ensure all federal and state safety laws are strictly followed.

Over the Edge provides an unparalleled, unique event that generates front page news, raises thousands of dollars and provides participants with a once-in-a-lifetime experience!

When is the event?

There will be two different rappel dates:

  • VIP/MEDIA Day: Friday, May 12th, 2017
    • This afternoon of rappelling will be reserved for top fundraisers, major sponsors, and our media partners
  • Rappel For Rippleffect Day: Saturday, May 13th, 2017
    • This is the BIG DAY! A full day of rappelling for all those who raised over $1000 for Rippleffect!

Where is the event happening?

1 City Center,

Downtown Portland, Maine

How does it work?

Individuals: To go Over the Edge, participants must raise a minimum of $1000. The majority of fundraising is done online through our donation portal.

Teams/Companies: For every $1000 raised, someone gets to rappel. So if you or your company raise $3000, three people will get to rappel!

Is there a registration fee?

Yes, all participants must pay a $25 registration fee to begin the fundraising process. So, essentially the participant must only raise an additional $975 to go Over the Edge since the $25 fee counts towards your fundraising goal.

Who can be a Rippleffect Rappeller?

Anyone! However participants must be between 110-350 pounds to safely fit into the harness equipment and minors must have their waiver signed by a consenting parent or guardian.


What does the money raised at Rappel For Rippleffect benefit?

Proceeds from our Over The Edge event will go toward:

  • Increasing Rippleffect’s capacity to provide more scholarship opportunities for Maine youth.

  • Supporting and growing our community-based programs for schools and youth non-profits.

  • Providing year-round programs that build confidence, develop critical leadership skills, strengthen relationships, and grow participant’s appreciation for the outdoors through the exploration of Cow Island, the waters of Casco Bay, and the wilderness of New England.

I Have never raised funds for an event.  How do I do it?

Thanks to our online fundraising site which will go live by February 1st, you can easily share your Over the Edge endeavor with friends and family near and far! When you register through the website, you will be prompted to create your own personal fundraising Web page. You can add photos, upload videos, and change the text on the page to help encourage your friends and family to support your Over the Edge efforts to benefit Rippleffect!

You will not be in this alone! We here at Rippleffect, will be providing you with fundraising tips and support throughout the days and weeks leading up to your rappel.

How do I raise enough money to go Over The Edge?


You can collect “online” credit card donations by sending your friends and family a link to your personal fundraising page.

Collect cash/check donations:

You can also collect cash and check donations by using the form provided in the Rippleffect Rappeller packet. “Offline” donors should include your name in the memo line of checks, and checks should be made out to Rippleffect. We will enter these donations manually to your online account to accurately reflect the amount raised.

Have check donations mailed:

Cash and check donations can be mailed to Rippleffect up to 14 days before event day. We don’t encourage you to mail cash -- either drop it by one of our office, get a cashier’s check to mail, or turn it in on event day.

Before you know it, your friends, family and contacts will have helped you reach your fundraising goal and you’ll be rappelling down the side of a building!

All donations should be sent to the Rippleffect office at: Rippleffect P.O. Box 441 / Portland, Maine 04112

Are donations tax deductible?

Yes, online contributions and checks are tax deductible. Receipts will be issued to your donors This receipt can be used as support for a tax deduction.

What happens if I fall short of raising the $1000 minimum?

Minimum Fundraising Clause: Because this is an exclusive event with limited rappelling spot, each individual participant must reach the minimum $1,000 to go Over the Edge. If the minimum is not reached by 14 days prior to event day, to secure your spot on the rope you must provide a credit card that will be charged the remaining balance if minimum is not achieved by event day. Each participant will have up to 30 days post event to reach the minimum $1,000 and the credit card charge (if applicable) will be refunded.


Is going Over The Edge safe?

Absolutely! Over the Edge has never had a single incident or accident at any event since their inception in 2003. Every Over the Edge event is set up as an industrial worksite and as a result is compliant with all federal and state OSHA Fall Protection Standards and OSHA Federal and State Laws. Further to this, our policies and procedures adhere to the best practices identified by IRATA (Industrial Rope Access Trade Association) counsel. This counsel is a strict regulatory body that has regimented guidelines and safety protocols that far exceed the OSHA, Workers Compensation and state labor codes. To read more about safety, visit the Over the Edge site.

Who will be setting up the rappel gear and what qualifications do they have?

All members of the Over the Edge technical team are IRATA and SPRAT certified industrial rope access technicians. We also rely on the help of volunteers from local fire departments, SWAT teams and AMGA Guides to assist with the ropes. All have extensive training in areas like rope rescue and/or are instructors in rope rescue or climbing.

How old are the ropes? When are they inspected and by whom?

The Over the Edge technical team regularly orders new ropes. They are inspected by the OTE qualified technical staff at the start and end of each event. During the event, safety checks are performed for each person before they rappel, and every 2 1/2 hours the team re-inspects all the rigging.

Do I get to practice before the big rappel?

Yes! You will have the opportunity to rappel from a lesser height before you make your way to the roof for your big rappel. This practice rappel is usually done off a parking deck or other small structure. This practice session will help you get used to the harness, rappel device and technique for descending the building!