Have you ever stood in the window of a massively tall building and looked down only to worry about the horrific fall if something were to go wrong? The Stratosphere Las Vegas Hotel & Casino brings those nightmarish thoughts to reality. Atop the 1,149-foot-tall Stratosphere is a controlled free fall Sky Jump similar to base-jumping. Connected by a cable while wearing my snazzy jumpsuit and harnessed to the edge of the observation tower, I lept, or if you were actually there watching me, I closed my eye tightly and fell, off of the platform and prayed that the guide wire would keep me from slamming into the tower’s cement columns 855 feet below. With a view like no other, I fell from the top of Vegas!
Before the jump, we were prepped and suited up in Stratosphere’s custom jump suits and given a safety lesson. After a short elevator trip to the top of the Stratosphere Tower, we needed to decide who was going to jump first. Since it was my husband’s first “falling” experience, I offered to go before him and take pictures from the landing platform.
I was connected to a high-speed “descender” and led to the edge of the jumping platform.
Standing on a four foot platform 108 floors above Vegas was the most nerve racking experience of my life. The instructor asked me to step toward him and toward what looked like my death. The last step before I plummeted through the sky was the hardest. I needed to shut off my brain and simply listen to the instructions.
As the countdown began, 5-4-3-2-1, my goose bumps had goosebumps, my heart pounded in my chest, and the winds against my face screamed “Don’t do it you idiot!”
Here I go. I gripped my harness and edged my toes off the platform. That was all it took! The wind caught my legs and I was off into the skies.
My eyes were closed for the first 2 seconds then I felt the cable catch and a false sense of security came over me. The cable was my safety and although I was falling at about 40 miles per hour, I was secure.
Safely on the platform, I quickly regained my composure and grabbed the camera to get
photos of Darren’s jump. My hands were shaking so badly that I had to sit on the ground and rest my elbows on my lap to get a steady shot. The adrenaline was pumping so fiercely through my body that I could have been hit my a car and I wouldn’t even have felt it.
Skyjump is an adrenaline junkies quick fix. For only $100, I was given the ultimate view of Vegas through the highest controlled free fall in the world. All I needed to do was take a leap of faith and open my eyes.