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Friday, July 23, 2010

San Franciscans to Rappel from the Grand Hyatt (429 Feet Up) in Union Square

Posted By on Fri, Jul 23, 2010 at 12:15 PM

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If you happen to be walking through Union Square between 1p.m. and 4 p.m. today, we suggest you look up. Icky Rosborough just might be rappelling in a harness 429 feet over your head.

Several weeks ago, Rosborough, a 27-year-old technician for Radio Alice, took on the challenge of raising $1,000 for the Special Olympics through a non-profit called Over the Edge. When he succeeded, it meant he would also get to rappel down from the Grand Hyatt Hotel, a 38-story behemoth in downtown San Francisco.

Rosborough is excited -- maybe too excited. "I stood under the

building yesterday to get perspective," he said. "That was a horrible

idea."

Icky Rosborough
  • Icky Rosborough
Joining Rosborough will be 19 other members of the media who raised more than $1,000 for the Special Olympics. One of those people is Rosborough's friend from KTVU, John Sasaki.(Those who have only seen Sasaki on Channel 2 will be surprised -- not only is he unexpectedly hanging off a building, he's also really tall). 

Tomorrow, another 100 civilians who raised the required amount will begin rappelling the Grand Hyatt at 10 a.m. and continue through the afternoon. Be advised.

This afternoon, our sympathies go out to Icky Rosborough's father, who is having a birthday. Rosborough has promised to call as soon as he is down.

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