A leap into the unknown

ODT reporter Joshua Walton takes on the Nevis Catapult in the Nevis Valley yesterday. Photo: Supplied
ODT reporter Joshua Walton takes on the Nevis Catapult in the Nevis Valley yesterday. Photo: Supplied
When asked if I wanted to be one of the first people to experience A J Hackett Bungy's new ''Thriller'' ride, I leapt at the chance.

All I knew as I headed up the rugged road to the Nevis Valley jump site was that I was in for a unique mix of height, flight and speed.

I would be lying if I said I wasn't feeling jittery as I approached the launch platform yesterday morning ready to jump, after seeing a few other people being propelled 150m across the valley as if they were in a human slingshot.

I had skydived before but never completed a bungy jump, so to be slowly winched up to see the surrounding valley and its rocky floor almost 150m below was pretty terrifying.

But being launched out into the middle of the valley - reaching up to 100kmh in 1.5 seconds - was like being woken up with a cold, hard slap.

The two coffees I downed before the jump had not prepared me for the utterly thrilling experience.

Spending the next couple of minutes dangling on a cord in the beautiful valley was blissful until I felt some gut-wrenching bumps as I was winched back up to the jump platform.

It is safe to say I won't forget my ride on this new addition to A J Hackett's already impressive list of attractions.

 

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