Originally Posted by -1-
Man, I live a boring life. Sorry, but I can't compete with you guys with all that excitement. NR4L - I swear, I'd die of a heart attack if I tried bungee jumping. How many times have you tried it and what was the first time like? I'm falling and I can't stop..... ****
the 2 jumps i would consider REAL bungy jumps were the one above off a bridge (actually the 1st comercial bungy jump site in the world)
And the second was this one below 134m (440ft)
Well, how to describe it... One thing about bungy and skydiving is that you do not get the "Falling Feeling" in your gut. So nothing like a rollercoaster at all. My first real jump was the Nevis 134m. The highest bungy (though i think S Africa i think might have beat it last year with 500ft if i'm not mistaken)
Here is a picture from the booklet they gave us.
They strap you up, and then you hop to the ledge. (as your feet are now bound and you can not walk) That is where the truth about yourself comes out. My thought before jumping "WHAT THE HELL AM I DOING.." followed by "No guts no glory" and i was off. That step forward was like nothing i ever felt before. Body goes into overdrive...one deep breath and you start seeing the ground coming closer, and realize... hey this is awsome!!! but when's the damn thing going to pull up! The 134m drop was SOOO LONG! Then it yanks you up... you fly a hell of a ways up, bounce around a few more times.
Since this bungy was off a cable car in a cliff, you have to then do a Rambo move and lift yourself from hanging upside down by your legs and pull a release handle. Now mind you while you are haning upside down you are secured by your belt over your shoulders and legs. The pull handle is a big red thing and once you yank it... it just unsnaps your legs and they drop causing you to swing now on your belt harness
Between the bridge jump and the 134m, i think the truely more adrenaline rush one was the Nevis... It is just a fright looking at it from the side. Never mind at the ledge. But the Bridge jump was more mix of fun and well downright terrifying at the end. The guy asked me how deep i wanted to go... so i told him to send me swimming (ya know, do it right) So the guy instructed me to jump hands forward, as i was going in deep. And tuck my head just before the water... else my face would of been splattered.
As i already did the highest, this was no biggy in terms of height. But then i didn't really think the fact that i was actually going to be hitting a surface on the way down was so bad. So the crowd was cheering as the idiot in boxers, in the middle of winter, was about to jump into some really COLD WATER.
I get up there, jump. Feels fine, till i saw that dark water coming my way... and for that split sec. in your head... it clicks... HOLY CRAP I AM ABOUT TO HIT SOMETHING. You see that water coming, and its not pulling you up... once again one deep breath before the plung, and that water's temperture knocks the living hell out of you, and as you get pulled out, you scream to be happy that you are alive
Sorry for all the reading... but there is just NO way to describe all this shorter.