I ran an Abseil Event for Macdonald Hotel chain last week, doing the 12 days of Christmas via abseil down the front face of their hotel opposite Windsor Castle. The aim of the abseil event was for 12 abseilers to complete the abseil down the front face of the hotel with festive music playing for the crowds to sing along too, bringing to life the 12 days of Christmas. The event was for the local people in the towns advent calender (more info here) but it was also a great way to generate marketing interest in the hotel chain as four local papers turned up to capture the action.

I had done the site visit a few weeks prior and myself and Choire were rigging off the roof of the hotel with the take off being from the balcony of room 406. Something a little bit different for an abseil event with the participants having to walk through a lovely hotel suite to get to the abseil in all there gear.

Abseil Event

We gave ourselves plenty of time to setup the abseil event during the day, then participants started arriving at around 4:45 pm for a briefing at 5 pm. The 12 abseilers were from the local area such as the town mayor, Windsor and Eton town center manager and such like. We had rigged a practice abseil in the lower level car park so that after kitting people up they could have a go at abseiling on the flat and receive some coaching. We then took the abseilers up through the hotel, into a free hotel room next to take off point were we had tea and coffee setup and another practice abseil inside the hotel room.

Abseil Event

At 6:15 pm with music playing and people singing the first person descended and kicked off the abseil event. It took 45 minutes to get everyone done the abseil line and there was a great cheer when each person reached the bottom of the rope. I was sending them off from the top and Choire – one of my instructors was receiving them at the bottom of the rope. It was a great surprise to find out that the queen, her majesty had sent her official photographer along to snap some pictures. Choire managed to get some lovely posing shots for the queen – i do hope she liked them.

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The abseil event was a big success getting Windsor hotel into the papers and giving everyone a good time. If you want us to ran an abseil event or something similar with your company then get in touch here.

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Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year