One of the more unique challenge events in Los Angeles (or hell pretty much anywhere) takes place tomorrow and Saturday at the
Library First Interstate Bank Liberty US Bank Tower downtown. It’s not every day one gets the opportunity to climb up the 1,500 stairs of the tallest building between the Mississippi River and New Zealand… although it’s probably pretty much every day you get the opportunity not to or to not want to.
But you should. Not only because it’s rare to gain access to such a landmark in this post 9/11 world, or that it’s quite the feat to do so, but also for the good cause it benefits. The Downtown YMCA’s Stairclimb to the Top will raise your heart rate while getting you to the highest point in the city and raising needed funds that will go to support the facility’s outreach programs. And while online registration is closed, you can still sign-up the day of the event (for teams it’s October 5; individuals October 6).
If you do, plan on arriving at the Y’s courtyard (401 S. Hope Street) to register at least one hour prior to your division start time, and bring the fundraising minimum with you ($100 for indivduals; $500 for teams). And here’s a tip while waiting around outside for your readysetgo: do not — repeat do not! — psych yourself out by looking up at the top of the tower. But for a better idea of what you might expect going up inside, at right is a condensed video I made during the climb last year.
Sure, it’s noisy, stuffy, tight and warm going up, but the sense of accomplishment coupled to the view from the roof a quarter mile up off the downtown deck makes it all worthwhile.