7. It’s an accessible sport to almost anyone in any age category.
You don’t need to be fit, experienced or young to do this, but you do have to be adventurous and, according to Cotton, slightly crazy. “Gravity will be pulling you down, so it’s not very physical,” he says. “It’s more of a mental game. Overcoming the mental part of it will likely be the hardest bit.”
8. You’ll get the best bird’s-eye view of the city.
From the top of the skyscraper you can enjoy a fantastic panorama from Central to Tung Lung Chau – picture the city’s soaring skyline spread below you, with rolling green hills on one side and the shimmering harbour on the other. “But the best thing about it is that the glass reflects the view,” says Cotton. “It’s as if you’re encased in the landscape.”
9. 10-15 minutes adventure makes you never be the same again.
It’s a long way down from the rooftop at the 69th floor, but as Cotton points out, gravity takes over, and once you find “that sweet spot on the abseil device” – a belay device to limit your speed – you will go steadily down. The descent will be split into two sections, with a mid-way station at the 36th floor to change ropes. In completing a successful abseil, confidence levels are boosted as you feel a sense of achievement.
10. You’ll be a real hero.
Heroes are heroes because they help others. With HK Verticals 1000, you’ll also be helping young people from Hong Kong while rappelling down the building like Spider-Man. “Funds raised from the event will support them to take part in our adventurous, confidence-boosting programmes,” says Cotton. “So you won’t be the only one moving out of your comfort zone – you’ll also help others step outside theirs.”
Find out more and sign up for this once-in-a-lifetime adventure here!