Top 5 Extreme Adventures – #2 – Bungee Jumping

In the last few years, I’ve participated in the most extreme adventures that I could imagine.
Even my wedding day included a little bit of rock climbing and a trip up the trapeze ladder to swing my way into married life. You may have a different opinion of what constitutes an extreme adventure, but I’ve narrowed it down to my top 5 based on sheer fear, nervousness, excitement, and potential to crap my own pants.

Plunging into the number two spot is bungee jumping! 

Set deep in the San Gabriel Canyon, all guests meet at 7:30 am for a 5 mile hike over a rocky, rough trail that leads to the Bridge to Nowhere. The trail crosses a creek 6 times in up to three feet of water. This part of the journey alone is not for the faint at heart, but what awaits at the end of the trail is one of the most exhilarating, adrenaline pumping activities in the world: bungee jumping.

While standing on the edge of the bridge, steep canyon walls were rising about me. A short lesson was given on the bungee system and safety and before I knew it, I was up and about to go down. I climbed over the ledge; my sweaty hands gripped the rail, my throat was dry and my heart seemed to be pumping in my ears. Looking down at the raging water ten stories below, I heard the encouragement of the instructor as he began the countdown, “5-4-3-2-1-BUNGEE!”

I let go of the rail and star-fish leapt off of the tiny platform to a free fall. I found myself plummeting through the wind; the water and rocks below were getting closer and closer. Just when I thought I was getting too close to my impending doom, I felt the bungee cord begin to slow me down, but the journey was not quite over yet; a few feet shy of the water, I found myself being flung straight up toward the bridge and plummeting again and again and again with a series of bounces. With each bounce, a scream of excitement escaped my throat.

Once I finished bouncing, I was elated with happiness and adrenaline. Overcoming the initial, internal fear that numbs your body makes you feel like you can do anything. The sense of accomplishment is overwhelming. I wanted that indescribable, free-falling feeling to last forever!

The five mile hike out was conquered at an impressive speed. My adrenaline acted like a drug and I knew that bungee jumping would forever  hold a spot in my top five extreme adventures.

Read about the other Top 5 at:

http://lesleycarter.wordpress.com/2012/05/05/top-5-extreme-adventures-3-whitewater-raftingriverboarding/

http://www.bucketlistpublications.com/2012/05/03/top-5-extreme-adventures-4-sky-jumping-from-the-stratosphere-las-vegas-hotel-casino/

http://www.bucketlistpublications.com/2012/05/03/top-5-extreme-adventures-5-spelunkingcaving/

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65 thoughts on “Top 5 Extreme Adventures – #2 – Bungee Jumping

  1. So, when are you going to go free swimming off of South Africa’s great white shark infested waters with no cage or other protective gear? (I wouldn’t do it now, maybe 15 – 20 years ago tho!) – some feats that are man-made are just exercises in scaring yourself s@#$less, but attacking nature mano-a-mano is another thing altogether… maybe go camping with grizzly bears in northern BC? Great stories, always look forward to them!

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    • I’m nervous swimming with non-man-eating sharks in Laguna Beach. I think I’ll have to work my way up to great white sharks. 😉

      I lived in northern Canada for two years so I’m more familiar with bears.

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    • The hardest part is getting there. Once you’re on the ledge, you just turn your mind off, listen to the count down, and mindlessly jump!

      It is an amazing feeling. What is your most extreme adventure?

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  2. I was supposed to be doing this in June, but unfortunately, the place we were going to jump from, Navajo Bridge, is, for the current moment, off-limits. Oh well. Someday.

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  3. Weeee! You’re giving us encouragements to do that. But it hella looks scary. I don’t like the hike. Can I just scrape off the walking and just get on the ledge and start the process. Hehe. That walk will give me anxiety attack, for sure. 😀

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  4. Very cool – not sure if I have the guts, but I like the harness system you used better than the one around the feet. Have you tried both? I am guessing the harness system is easier on the body!

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    • I did try both. I did the foot jump in Switzerland and I actually preferred it that way.

      Honestly, I did hurt my neck a little on this jump at the Bridge to Nowhere and I don’t think I would jump that way again.

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  5. One of these days I will do this. WE have centre here on Vancouver Island (Nanaimo). There are no excuses for me.
    P.S .Lesley, did my blog site ever get listed on your Friends site?

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  6. Wow!! Your exciting depiction of bungee jumping makes even a paranoid person like me want to do it too! I love these kind of experiences … just only once I’ve conqured the fear of stepping off the edge!! 😉 The fear of what-might-be has always, in my experience, been 10 times worse than the actual event, which, like you say, leaves you pumped with adrenaline!! Well done you!! 😀

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  7. I do wish my spinal injuries would allow me to do that just one more time 🙂 Cool,beans my friend! 😀

    The DC

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  8. Hi – can’t seem to get my message through, so sorry if it repeats. I haven’t done any bungee jumping yet – and I’m thinking it’s not likely now – but you sure make it look like a great experience.

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  10. Wow, what an adventure! The pictures are over the top. It was a thrilling read.
    I wanted to thank you for visiting my blog and liking my post. I am honored. You have a great blog!
    Peace,
    Alexandria

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  11. I bungee jumped in New Zealand and it was crazy, mind-numbingly terrifying, but also exhilarating. I don’t think I’ll ever do it again, but it was a great rush!

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  12. Bungee Jumping is so much cool. Once I did jump of from the alexander tower in berlin. I also jumbed some more often from some Bungee Jumping Cranes. But jumping off from the Alex in Berlin was defenetly a higlight and not comparable to jumping of from a Crane. As the Alex is really high. But I never jumped of from a Bridge. That looks fun too!

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  13. I always wanted to do this. So happy you had a great time! Not sure I will ever be able to now, however. Blessings for sharing. I can live vicariously through you when I have to obey my limits. xo

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  14. After I had my third back surgery, I told my doctor that I thought a good bungee jump might just fix everything. She jokingly asked my husband if he’d like to put me in a psych hold at the hospital. I am terrified of heights but I admire people who are brave enough to do it. Sandy

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  15. Enjoying reading about your adventures Lesley! Especially this one, as bungee jumping as an extreme sport hails from where I am from, little ol’ New Zealand. I haven’t done it yet… You got great photos! Do you have any plans to do it again, maybe at the original spot where it first started to get big, in Queenstown NZ, off the Kawarau Bridge?

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  16. That looks awesome! I want to try that lol. I just love your blog! Very inspiring and fun to read. My husband and I traveled around Australia, New Zealand and Asia. My favorite activity would have to be white water rafting without a doubt! There’s nothing like flying straight down off a waterfall…except maybe bungee jumping. I’ve got to try it!

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  17. nice description actually inspiring everyone to do it.That must have felt like absolute freedom. May god be blessing you with all that happiness.
    May the moment come into my life soon.
    Amen.!

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  18. I have a dream to try this….. Are there any good places to do it in the UK?! I have sky dived once and it was the most amazing experience of my life… Bungee is a dream I have had for 20 years….never too late?!?!!?

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