Hi, my name is Ally, and I’m addicted to bungy jumping.
What can I say? This is an obsession, and I want more. It’s not terribly unhealthy, but rather gets your adrenaline pumping and blood flowing. Maybe it’s good for you? Don’t question me, just go with it.
There are some firsts you will always remember; For me, I was 10 years old when Mandy Moore was being a badass and bungee jumped off a bridge in Austria. She was surrounded by the hippie backpackers group called the Jumping Germans, who simply strapped her up and said ‘jump’. Of course, she didn’t go alone, her boyfriend went with her and they were wrapped up in a super cute hug. Even her response to why she did it is just perfect.
If you’re lost, I don’t blame you. This is a scene from the 2004 film Chasing Liberty, but it’s one I’ve never forgotten. Unfortunately, I realise now that a bungy doesn’t quite look like that and there would have been a few more rules/paperwork to sit through before being allowed to just ‘go for it’. Also, to my disappointment, she never really did the bungee jump; the film used dummies. If you’re curious, here’s the whole scene from the film.
After completing 2 bungy jumps and 2 skydives this year, it’s safe to say I like the extreme, especially if it puts me out of my comfort zone. Bungy jumping is definitely at the top of that list, and because it is easily accessible from Cairns, I’d be willing to go again before we leave… which I did, obviously.
I have now completed my third bungy jump. This one was different from my first two (back in April) because:
- I jumped during daylight
- Matt came with me
The scariest part of my first jump was not seeing where I was going, literally. It was nighttime, and apart from the bar and reception lights below, it was like jumping headfirst into a black hole. I was also with all my work colleagues, from Happy Travels, for a ‘team-bonding’ night. We had the centre to ourselves at the time, with an open bar and pizza. I call that #winning.
Luckily, this time the sun was out, and with only a few clouds in the sky, I saw everything in a new light. Climbing the tower, I had the most incredible view of Cairns and the Great Barrier Reef. That meant I could also better see the manmade lake under the bungy tower, the viewing platform and the few people eagerly awaiting for me to jump.
As it was a Tuesday morning, there weren’t many other people waiting to bungy or swing (surprisingly, more were just hanging out in the bar and watching the jumpers). I quickly registered, gave Matt a kiss and ran up the tower. The crew were excited to learn this would be my third jump with them, and we chatted about all the other places we wanted to bungy as they got me ready. They strapped the camera to my hand and it was time to select a song: I Don’t Like It, I Love It by Flo Rida and Robin Thicke.
I hopped over the the edge and took a deep breath. Standing here was scarier than I remembered. Maybe being able to see everything gave me a heightened sense of what I was about to do, and I could feel my heart beating hard. Before no time at all, the crew began counting down… 5, 4, 3, 2, 1.
I did a massive swan dive and jumped forward, headfirst towards the ground.
I screamed more this time than my first two jumps combined. I bounced up and down three times before being pulled into a small boat. The rope spun a lot and it left me feeling terribly dizzy, but I was buzzing and could have gone again right then and there.
Unfortunately, we didn’t have time for a second jump (I was really hoping to run off the roof), so Matt and I enjoyed a drink while waiting for my video to upload. I was shocked to find there was Rekorderlig Cider on the bar, and greedily had both the ‘passionfruit’ and ‘strawberry and lime’ flavours (which I shared with Matt). If you haven’t seen the video yet, stop reading and watch it now!
Would I jump again? That’s a silly question.
I’ve decided I want to conquer the 10 highest bungy jumps in the world:
10. Perrine Bridge, Idaho, United States – 148 meters (485 ft)
9. The Last Resort Bridge, Kodari, Nepal – 160 meters (525 ft)
8. Vidraru Dam, Curtea de Arges, Romania – 166 meters (545 ft)
7. Kolnbrein Dam, Carinthia, Austria – 169 meters (555 ft)
6. Niouc Bridge, Val d’Anniviers, Switzerland – 190 meters (623 ft)
5. Europabrücke Bridge, Innsbruck, Austria – 192 meters (630 ft)
4. Bloukrans Bridge, Western Cape, South Africa – 216 meters (709 ft)
3. Contra Dam, Ticino, Switzerland – 220 meters (721 ft)
2. Macau Tower, Macau, China – 233 meters (764 ft)
1. Royal Gorge Bridge, Colorado, United States – 321 meters (1,053 ft)
Looking at those numbers (especially the Colorado bridge) makes me bungy feel insignificant. Also, there are 3 AJ Hackett bungy sites in New Zealand that I’d like to add to my list:
1. Kawarau Bridge Bungy – 43 metres (141 ft)
2. Ledge Bungy – 47 metres (154 ft)
3. Nevis Bungy – 134 metres (439 ft)
Although Nevis is the highest bungy in New Zealand, the Kawarau Bridge Bungy is the country’s original bungy site. They are all located near Queenstown, and can be accomplished in a day! Challenge accepted.
Until next time (or the next crazy thing I do)…