Event Information

Altitude Shift is a once in a lifetime experience only available to the first 200 registrants. If you are interested in taking up the challenge and supporting Victorian children living in care, don’t wait – register now as an individual or grab a bunch of mates and form a team before we sell out. 

Altitude Shift will take place at the St James building on Friday, 28 and Saturday, 29 April 2017 from approximately 8am to 5pm each day. The building is located at 535 Bourke Street, Melbourne as is 27 floors, 113 metres or 370 feet tall.  

Confirmed participants will receive detailed information on event day procedures in the lead up to the event however, you will find some generic information on what to expect in the frequently asked questions below.

Can I really abseil safely off a building?

Our partners, Zenith Events have run many successful abseil events in Australia. They know how to look after a scared first time abseiler or a seasoned thrill-seeker to ensure you have fun and a great sense of achievement. Qualified abseil professionals from Zenith Events will be on hand at all times to monitor the pace of your descent and can slow you down if needed.

Do I need to have abseiling experience to participate?

Although previous experience may make you more comfortable on the day, it is certainly not a requirement for participation. The crew from Zenith Events will conduct a thorough briefing and training session with you prior to your descent and will take the time to answer all of your questions.

What is the safety record of Zenith Events?

100 per cent. Safety comes first and all Zenith Events staff have the knowledge, skill, experience and capacity to operate the technical side of the event. Furthermore, all equipment used at the event meets or exceeds standards including AN/NZS 1891 Parts 1, 2, 3 and 4 and AS/NZS ISO 31000:2009 Risk Management Principles and Guidelines. 

Are Zenith Events staff first aid trained?

All Zenith Events staff have been thoroughly trained in first aid and will manage any health and safety incidents according to standard procedures.

Is the event covered by insurance?

Altitude Shift participants are covered by public liability insurance policies maintained by both Zenith Events and Anglicare Victoria.

Do I need to be a certain age, height, or weight?

The only restriction is that participants must be aged 16 and over. Participants under the age of 18 will require the consent of a parent or guardian. Please contact us if you require a consent form.

Can a disabled person or those with health issues take part?

Most likely but please contact us prior to registering so that we can discuss your specific situation and needs. You may be asked to obtain a doctors certificate in order to clear you for participation in the event.

How do I register?

To confirm your participation in Altitude Shift as an individual or a team, you will need to complete the online registration, pay your $150 non-refundable registration fee and set up your personalised supporter page. From this point, the Altitude Shift event team will be in regular contact with you to provide you with event updates, additional information, fundraising assistance and support in the lead up to the event.

How many people can be in one team?

There is no limit to the number of people that may register in each team. The only requirement is that each team member will need to pay the $150 registration fee and the team total must incorporate the minimum fundraising target of $850 per person. For example, a team of four people must raise $3,400 and a team of 12 people must raise $10,200 in addition to their registration fees.

Do I need to sign a waiver?

Yes, you will need to download and submit a signed waiver form in order to be cleared for abseiling at the event. Signed forms may be emailed to altitudeshift@anglicarevic.org.au or posted to Altitude Shift, c/o Anglicare Victoria, PO Box 45, Abbotsford VIC 3067.

How do I fundraise?

Fundraising can be an easy and fun experience. We have compiled a range of resources and fundraising tips on this site to help make your fundraising experience more profitable and ultimately, more enjoyable. Please read through the relevant sections and don’t hesitate to contact us to discuss your fundraising at any time – we are here to help!

Can I give supporters a tax receipt for cash donations?

If your supporters wish to receive a tax receipt, please advise them to make their contribution online as this process ensures the generation of a tax receipt. Any cash fundraising takings may be deposited into your account and transferred using the online method.

What happens if I don’t reach the fundraising target?

When registering for Altitude Shift, you agree to meet a minimum fundraising target of $850 by Friday, 14 April. If you haven’t reached the halfway point of this target by the beginning of April, one of our event team members will contact you to discuss your fundraising plan, offer support and discuss your options. Most people reach their target easily, however, if you don’t, you may be asked to make up the shortfall or risk forfeiting your spot. 

What time should I arrive on the day?

Please arrive at the registration desk at the base of the St James building 30 minutes before your abseil. On arrival, our event and abseil staff will take the opportunity to ensure that all necessary paperwork has been completed and to conduct a thorough safety briefing and abseil training with you prior to your descent. 

How much time should I allow to abseil?

From arrival at registration to the completion of your abseil should take around an hour and a half. We do recommend that participants allow extra time in case delays are experienced due to weather and/or other external factors.

Can I choose my abseil time?

During registration, participants will be asked to nominate their preferred descent day and time. We will endeavour to allocate a time as close to your initial preference as possible.

If I am in a team can we abseil together?

The likely answer is yes however, we cannot provide an absolute guarantee that all members of a team will be able to abseil together. On the day up to four people will be scheduled to abseil at any given time. While we will make every effort to schedule you for your preferred time and keep your team together, factors beyond our control may impact upon scheduling. 

What do I need to bring?

We ask that you dress comfortably and wear rubber-soled shoes to protect the exterior of the building. If you plan on wearing a costume, bear in mind that our partners Zenith Events will have the final say as to the suitability of your attire and that any loose elements will need to be tucked into the harness. Headwear is not suitable due to the necessity of wearing a helmet and long hair must be tied back. Sunglasses and other eyewear are not permitted unless they are prescription and if worn, they must be secured by a retainer strap. We also enforce the emptying of pockets before ascent to the rooftop, as items such as mobile phones, wallets and loose coins can become extremely dangerous falling from a height and are thus not permitted.

Can I bring my friends and family along to watch my abseil?

Yes! The more, the merrier. We certainly encourage you to bring plenty of people as your support crew on the day to celebrate in your abseil challenge and achievement. Your supporters will not be able to accompany you to the rooftop, however they will be able to view your descent from the base of the St James building. Our event crew will announce your name as you begin your descent so that your supporters can easily spot you and follow your progress. 

Can I take photographs at the event?

We are more than happy for you to take photographs prior to and following your abseil. Due to safety reasons, we cannot allow cameras or mobile phones to be taken onto the rooftop as you prepare for your descent. We recommend that you leave these personal belongings with a trusted friend on the ground. Alternatively, we will have a bag check system available. Our professional photographers on site will capture each participant at least once and will be taking general event photographs throughout. These photographs will be made available to participants following the conclusion of the event.

Can I bring my GoPro?

GoPro and similar cameras are permitted for your descent however, if you wish to use these items you must bring with you all of the original connectors to assist the Zenith Events team in securing the camera to you or your helmet. If the camera cannot be secured appropriately, the Zenith Events team will not permit the camera to accompany you on your descent. Zenith Events reserve the right to make a final decision as to suitability of your camera on the day of the event.

What happens if the event is cancelled due to bad weather?

In the event that Altitude Shift is cancelled due to inclement weather in part or whole, all participants not able to complete their descents will be provided with another opportunity at a later date. An initial contingency date of Sunday, 30 April has been arranged if necessary and if this date is not suitable, alternatives will be decided between Anglicare Victoria, Zenith Events and St James and advised to participants. 

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