Pin It
Favorite

Over the Edge 

click to enlarge Inlander staffer Jordy Byrd gives a terrified smile as she dangles from the Bank of America building. - YOUNG KWAK
  • Young Kwak
  • Inlander staffer Jordy Byrd gives a terrified smile as she dangles from the Bank of America building.
I thought I was going to pee my pants. The truth is, I may have. Just a little. Last week, I rappelled down the Bank of America Financial Center, Spokane’s tallest building. The annual fundraiser for Special Olympics Washington lets lucky supporters who have raised at least $1,000 (and us media folk) to rappel 20 stories and 264 feet down the mostly glass and concrete building.

The air smelled like hotdogs from the vendor below on Howard Street. While practicing in the parking garage, I asked my instructors if anyone had ever vomited, peed, cried or passed-out during the descent. They said they’ve only seen a few alligator tears. Little did they know I downed a Red Bull just before my turn and my knees were already starting to buckle.

On top of the building, Spokane looked more beautiful than I remembered. The rusty orange and red brick buildings seemed almost ancient. With some coaxing from the instructors, I made my way over the edge of the roof and then slipped, fell, and splattered against the wall like a bug. I got back up. I tiptoed slowly down the building and searched for a blissful state of nirvana amidst the sunshine and afternoon breeze.

Visit specialolympicswashington.org for more information.

  • Pin It

Latest in Arts & Culture

  • United by Song and Dance
  • United by Song and Dance

    A local powwow aims to bring people together across ethnicities for a colorful cultural celebration
    • Aug 25, 2016
  • Float On
  • Float On

    To find an hour of glorious silence, I had to enclose myself in a tank full of salt water
    • Aug 25, 2016
  • BASEBALL | By The Numbers
  • BASEBALL | By The Numbers

    Dogs, dingers and dastardly Diaz stuff
    • Aug 25, 2016
  • More »

Comments

Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

Today | Sun | Mon | Tue | Wed | Thu | Fri
Lance Sinnema and Scott Kolbo

Lance Sinnema and Scott Kolbo @ Saranac Art Projects

Fridays, Saturdays, 12-8 p.m. Continues through Aug. 27

All of today's events | Staff Picks

More by Jordy Byrd

  • Halloween City
  • Halloween City

    Marijuana-inspired costumes for stoners
    • Oct 22, 2015
  • Farm to Pipe
  • Farm to Pipe

    Locals Canna House opens in Spokane Valley
    • Oct 1, 2015
  • Social High
  • Social High

    A Spokane company launches a new cannabis-focused social media platform
    • Sep 24, 2015
  • More »

Most Commented On

  • Float On

    To find an hour of glorious silence, I had to enclose myself in a tank full of salt water
    • Aug 25, 2016
  • WEB | Interactive History

    Riverfront Park lovers gain an invaluable resource
    • Aug 18, 2016
  • More »

Top Tags in
Culture & Food

Food


for your consideration


last word


Opening


Beer


Readers also liked…

  • Home Away From Home
  • Home Away From Home

    Spokolonia gives Spokane's Polish community a chance to unite
    • Jul 29, 2015
  • Both Sides of the Lens
  • Both Sides of the Lens

    An exhibit at WSU examines why we take photographs
    • Jan 28, 2015

© 2016 Inlander
Website powered by Foundation