“Once you have tasted flight, you will forever walk the earth with your eyes turned skyward, for there you have been, and there you will always long to return.” – Leonardo da Vinci.
Bungy jumping. It’s one of those things that doesn’t really ever seem to get easier – no matter how many times I jump, instinct takes over, trying to prevent me from taking the leap. There’s no challenge quite it – nothing I’ve ever experienced that requires mind to conquer matter to the same level – but also nothing that sees you walk away feeling so elated.
Why Bungy Jump in the First Place?
The feeling of a bungy is incomparable; it’s totally different to sky diving and unlike anything you’ll experience in normal daily life. The emotions you experience over the course of the jump vary from absolute fear to unabridged joy – it really needs to be experienced to be believed.
What Does Bungy Jumping Involve?
When you arrive at your jump site, you’ll be weighed, briefed and harnessed up. The majority of jump sites now connect you to the bungy rope in two places – at the ankles and again by body harness and the truth is, when using a reputable provider, bungy jumping is incredibly safe. Whilst waiting your turn to jump, your nerves will no doubt mount, culminating in the moment when you stand at the edge of the platform. Hooked onto the bungy cord, the surprising weight of it may tug slightly on your feet but don’t hang about to think about it.
As the countdown begins, try to calm your mind and regardless of how you’re feeling, jump on the first instruction to. Chances are, you’ll be afraid – go with it, it’s all a part of the process.
What Can I Expect from my Jump? When the Time Comes, Will I Actually be Brave Enough to Jump?
If you put your mind to it, absolutely. Over the years I’ve watched over a hundred people I know take the ultimate leap of faith (I used to run tours where many clients would jump) and the one thing I have learnt is that anyone who decides they want to, can.
As you stand on the edge, remember, your mind and body will conspire against you. Chances are, you’ll second guess every desire you had in the first-place to jump and you’ll feel your bravery melt away as your nerves get the better of you.
This is absolutely normal. Feel the fear and jump anyway. You can do it! Remember, the jump itself is safe, it’s just a matter of overcoming your instincts – and boy, it is worth pushing through.
Are you Crazy?
Possibly! In all seriousness though, I love the sense of accomplishment after completing a jump. From my very first jump (at 23 years of age) to this, my 13th bungy (and that’s not to mention the times I’ve thrown myself off buildings and dropped from canyon swings), I’ve always found them to be challenging. Bungy jumping it the supreme example of mind over matter – though I know jumping is 100% safe, there’s always a little moment when my body resists.
Push through it though; that’s what life’s all about.
“A ship in harbor is safe — but that is not what ships are built for.” – John A. Shedd.
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A massive thank you to HighGround Nepal for having us along as their guests. You don’t want to mess around with safety when undertaking something like a bungy jump and these guys are the real deal. Professional, friendly, supportive and fun, they take care of all the important work so all you have to do is make the final jump. If you’re in Pokhara when they’re offering the full-moon jump, try to check it out too – we jumped during the day to check out the stunning scenery but saw the photos of the night jumps and they looked amazing!