Access the Edge is a signature fundraising event that sends participants rappelling down the side of the Ambassador Hotel building in downtown Wichita, Kansas. Not only is it a once-in-a-lifetime experience, but also raises money for a great cause – Project Access.

Yes, absolutely! Over the Edge company has never had a single incident or accident since their inception in 2003. Every event is set up as an industrial worksite and is compliant with all federal and state OSHA Fall Protection Standards and OSHA Federal and State laws. Their policies and procedures adhere to the best practices identified by IRATA (Industrial Rope Access Trade Association) counsel — a strict regulatory body that has regimented guidelines and safety protocols that far exceed the OSHA, Workers Compensation, and state labor codes.

Date: Thursday, August 29, 2019 and Friday, August 30, 2019

Ambassador Hotel

104 S. Broadway

Wichita, KS 67202

The event is limited to 70 rappel spots. To Access the Edge, individual participants must raise a minimum of $1,000. The majority of fundraising is managed online through our donation portal. Click “REGISTER” on our website to create your personal fundraising page on FundRazr.

Anyone who has met their $1,000 fundraising goal and weighs between 100 and 300 pounds is eligible to participate. For those under the age of 18, a legal guardian must sign a waiver to be eligible. We can accommodate almost all special needs. However, we will need to know the details of the needs to properly prepare. Please contact us at TriciaPetz@cphcp.com to plan your special needs rappel.

Yes. All individual registrants must pay a registration fee to start the fundraising process. The registration fee of $50 is counted towards your $1,000 fundraising goal, so you will only have to raise $950. Registration fees are non-refundable, even if you do not secure a rappelling spot.

Click here to register. There is a $50.00 registration fee which goes toward your overall fundraising goal. You must raise a minimum of $1,000 in order to participate, but don’t stop there! Set your goal higher so Project Access can reach more people.

Two or more individuals that sign up under a team name and have raised $1,000 are considered a team. If teams have multiple members and raise $1,000, only one person will be allowed to rappel. If you raise $2,000, two people can rappel, etc. There is no limit to the number of team members you have, keeping in mind there are only 70 spots available for the event.

Event organizers will do their absolute best to schedule your teammate’s rappels as close together as possible. Please keep in mind scheduling is on a first-come, first-serve basis and it may not be possible to schedule everyone in subsequent order. Please also note that at most events there are only two ropes on event day, so even if you are scheduled together, it is not possible to have more than two individuals rappel together at the same time.

Please email questions to Tricia Petz at TriciaPetz@cphcp.com. Please include your name, phone number and email address.


Please arrive one hour prior to your rappel time at your event location. Project Access volunteers will be onsite to direct you and take you through the staging area to training and then your rappel!  After you have successfully completed your challenge you are free to watch other rappels or leave the event.

From registration to rappelling, your thrill of a lifetime should take approximately 1.5 hours. The actual rappel will average 10 minutes but could be as long as 20+ minutes depending on the individual’s rappelling pace. Afterwards, you are welcome to stay and cheer on other participants!

Typically Access the Edge can operate in rain. When rain, lightning, wind or heat become extreme, the event will be delayed at least 10 minutes from the last observed strike or sound of thunder or until the conditions ease and are deemed safe by event personnel. Event organizers will reach out to all participants if weather affects rappel time. Once you have signed up for your rappel, we will notify you in case of a full day rain delay. 

You’re going to be “walking” down the side of the building so wear good shoes. No sandals, slip-on shoes, slippers, flip flops, high heels, or steel-toed boots are permitted. Wear long pants and a longsleeved shirt. The harness goes around your legs, waist and shoulders, so it is best to avoid anything too bulky. Long hair must be tied back. You will be given a pair of gloves and a helmet to wear while you rappel.

Many people choose to wear costumes for their rappel. All costumes will need to meet the same standards as listed above. Capes will have to be approved by the Site Safety Supervisor before you rappel. If you have a question about what alterations your costume will need, please email a picture of your costume to Access The Edge event staff so they can check it out and provide approval.

For everyone’s safety, we do not want any objects dropped over the side of the building. Therefore, you are not allowed to bring your phones or cameras to the roof. Family and friends are encouraged to take pictures from the landing zone area. No personal Go Pro cameras are allowed on the roof or during your rappel. We will provide your Access The Edge video to you after the event.

No prior rappelling or climbing experience is necessary. When you arrive on site, you will be given instructions on how to use the equipment. Certified team members train you on the equipment, ensure the gear fits properly, and attach you to the rope. You’re always in radio communication with a rope technician and as you approach the bottom, a team member will help with your landing.

Supporters are encouraged to attend the event and watch you rappel down the building from the Landing Zone. Unfortunately, friends and family will not be allowed on the rooftop, since only those with safety harnesses and anchors will be admitted.


100% of the funds raised through Access the Edge will benefit Project Access. For more information, please visit http://cphcp.org/ or call 316-688-0600.

You can collect online credit/debit card donations by sending your friends and family a link to your personal fundraising page after reserving your spot to Access the Edge.

The fundraising deadline is August 19, 2019. 

Participants must raise the minimum $1,000 to participate in this thrilling opportunity. All donations are final and a refund will not be issued if you do not hit the $1,000 fundraising goal. If you don’t make your goal, we encourage you to come out to the event Thursday, August 29 and Friday, August 30, 2019 to cheer on our edgers!

If you don’t reach the minimum of $1,000 by August 19, and you still want to rappel, you may provide a credit card to cover the balance to secure your spot to Access the Edge. All funds raised are tax deductible donations benefiting Project Access and are nonrefundable if the minimum fundraising goal is not met.

Yes, online contributions and checks are tax deductible. Project Access will automatically issue your donors a receipt for their gifts. This receipt can be used as support for a tax deduction. 

If you receive donations in cash or check form, please collect donor information including first and last name, address, city state, zip and email. In order for cash and check donors to receive a receipt, Project Access must enter the donation offline. Rappelers can drop off or mail donations and donor information at Project Access, 1102 S. Hillside, Wichita, Kansas 67211. Receipts will be mailed to donors as soon as the Project Access receives the donation and accurate donor information.

Donations by Mail:
Check donations can be mailed to Project Access, 1102 S. Hillside, Wichita, Kansas 67211.
Checks must include the rappeler’s name in the memo line.
Be sure that checks arrive at Project Access by August 19 to secure your spot. Any funds you received in excess of $1,000 can arrive after the event. You may also turn in additional donations at check-in on rappel day.

Online Donations:
All online credit card donations will automatically generate an electronic receipt. You may also let donors know that Project Access tax ID is #48-1200868.

All donations submitted to Project Access are nontransferable and nonrefundable and will go directly to the cause as if you had participated.

Project Access will add any donations they receive in your name to your online fundraising page. Please make sure that your information is included when sending your donations to Project Access. Please keep in mind these donations take longer to process. Be sure to get them in early, so they are included in your fundraising goal by the August 19 deadline.