This past weekend, me, my husband, and some friends did our first bungee-jump with Bungee America, and we were not disappointed!
My #1 tip is to go with the 6am group! Here's a couple reasons why: 1. There's still plenty of parking in the lot at that time. And after a 10 mile hike, at the end of the day, you might not want to walk another mile or 2 just to get to your car, that's parked past the lot.
2. Its not that hot yet during the hike (important if you're going in the summer). We started the hike at 6:30 am and had shade until 9:30 (when we got to the bridge).
3. The group to bungee is usually smaller. We had a group of 20& didn't have to wait at the bridge for very long.
4. You can get back to your car by 1-2pm (instead of 5pm, if you go with the 7am group).
Bungee America sells the $5 Adventure Pass for parking or you can go to any sporting-goods store & purchase it beforehand. The pass is important if you don't want to get a ticket!
Bungee America was very professional in all aspects, but were very fun & approachable. When you arrive, you have to sign about 4 pages of waiver forms & you get weighed. Afterwards, the hike starts right away. The pace of the group & the difficulty of the hike is intermediate. You cross the stream a couple times. It was August when we went, so the water was only ankle or knee-deep at most.
I recommend to wear:
1. Hiking boots or shoes
2. Non-wicking socks
4. Lots of sunscreen
5. Breathable hiking shorts and/or your swimsuit underneath your clothing (if you want to take a dip in the cold stream, during the hot hike)
I recommend packing:
1. A camelpack for water
2. Gatorade, electrolyte packets, and/or fuel gels
3. Sandwiches & dry snacks
4. Extra clothes & flip-flops to wear at the bridge while you wait for your hiking shoes to dry.
Now on to the Bungee...
Bungee America told us they have had ZERO accidents. When we got to the bridge, they gave us a little information about the history of the company, their safety standards, & the equipment they use (and manufacture themselves). Then they taught us how to put the harnesses on. Ron (the owner) & Chris were very funny, friendly, & helpful. Anyways, there are 3 weight categories: Under 135, 135-180, and 180+. The lighter jumpers go first. All jumpers get a helmet. One Bungee America employee will check you & then a 2nd one will check you. You can only go barefoot or with shoes (no socks) on the platform. Once you go over the "invisible wall" & onto the platform, they count 1-2-3...and you jump! For beginners, there's the "backwards starfish" and the "forward superman." For the qualifiers, there's the "elevator drop" and the "lumberjack." They let you add more jumps, if you want. They also take "walk-ins," in case you were just hiking in the area & decided to bungee last-minute. A photographer is also there to take pictures of each jumper & the photo package is $25. Oh, yeah, there is also an "out-house" restroom at the bridge, that is available to Bungee America customers only. You can refill your water bottles at the bridge.
The jump itself, was not scary at all! It was so fast, I didn't even feel the drop in my stomach! But the recoil bounced me around pretty good! For a couple minutes, you get to swing back-and-forth and enjoy the wind and the view!!:):)
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