Thursday, Dec. 27, 2012 | 6 p.m.
Those who’ve wondered what it takes to climb the stairs to the top of the Stratosphere can find out while benefiting the American Lung Association.
The annual Scale the Strat event drew a record 400 people this year, climbing 1,455 stairs to raise $130,000 to fight lung diseases in Nevada.
The next climb is set for March 2 and is limited to the first 600 registrants. Registration is available online at ScaletheStrat.com. The fee is $50 with a $150 pledge to the American Lung Association.
Participants may register as individuals or as a team. There is a discount for those signing up before Dec. 31.
It is virtually impossible to be anywhere in Las Vegas and miss the Stratosphere. It towers 1,149 feet above Las Vegas and is the tallest observation tower in the United States. The casino itself is 55,784 square feet and contains 950 slot machines, 120 game tables and 2,427 hotel rooms.
Of the hotel's 2,427 rooms, 909 were recently remodeled into Stratosphere Select rooms.
The Stratosphere is mostly known for its rides at the top of the tower. The Big Shot, located at the 113th floor, torpedoes riders up 160 feet using compressed air. X-Scream is a teeter-totter perched at the top of the observation deck — if that wasn't scary enough, the coaster arm flings the riders out 27 feet over the edge of the tower. Guests looking for something more sedate can just hang around the 107th floor and simply look at the scenery.