245′ above Tacoma with Just One Way Down

It might seem crazy to step off the edge of a building, but when you’re doing it to house families in need, suddenly crazy looks a lot like compassion. Join Tacoma/Pierce County Habitat for Humanity on Friday, August 27 for the 2021 Habitat Challenge, and participate in our urban rappel.

Each participant (aka Edger) must raise at least $1,000 to earn their spot on the ropes. But we make it easy with a user-friendly online platform for you to promote your rappel to your friends, collect donations and track your progress. Registration is $50.

Please note that while no rappelling experience is required, Edgers must be between 100-300 lbs, have the ability to climb two flights of stairs and a short ladder unassisted, and possess the leg strength to step up to the roof’s parapet in order to rappel.

By going over the edge for affordable housing in our community, you make a difference. You help provide stability for a family; give a child her own bedroom; and provide a parent access to an affordable mortgage, easing the worry about keeping a roof over the family’s head.

Save the Date: Friday, August 27, 2021

For information about sponsorship opportunities for the Habitat Challenge, contact Tracey Sorenson.


Our 2020 event, set for September 26, has been cancelled due to COVID-19. 

The realities of a post-pandemic Tacoma would have severely compromised the rappelling event this September. Our venue partner announced they will not reopen until 2021 and, with limits on gatherings, our ground party would be eliminated. Without a roof to rappel from or friends to cheer us on, we pressed pause on the Habitat Challenge for 2020. We hope you’ll be back to support us in 2021 and, in the meantime, encourage you to check out our newest event: Beyond the Backyard, a new Habitat Challenge.