A Conversation for Bungy Jumping
Claidhamhair Started conversation Feb 10, 2000
Rope jumping, a derivative of bungee jumping has had growing popularity in the climbing community over the past several years. The best known pioneer of rope jumping is the late Dan Osman, who first became fascinated with the idea of jumping onto dynamic climbing ropes while doing stunt falls for the video Masters of Stone II: Hard Rock. In that video, he takes a fall of over 200 feet from the overhanging face of the Rostrum in Yosemite. He was amazed at how soft the catch was, despite the extreme length of the fall. Over the next few years, he developed rope jumping into a science, eventually doing jumps that exceeded 750 feet from a specially rigged Tyrolean traverse in Yosemite, as well as numerous jumps from bridges and desert arches. In all of these jumps, he used dynamic climbing ropes tied end to end and shock-absorbing anchors to soften his fall. Dan Osman died in 1998 when a knot in one of his ropes failed during an attempt at a 975 foot jump from his tyrolean strung to the Leaning Tower in Yosemite.
Lonnytunes - Winter Is Here Posted Feb 10, 2000
Yeeough, splat. Not a good look.
Cladhamhair, have you tried rope jumping yourself?
I did a jump from the Ohukune site mentioned in the bungy article. A bungy jump from a personal perspective can be found at http://www.h2g2.com/P203978
Dudemeister Posted Feb 10, 2000
At the Ottawa prison here they pioneered rope jumping last century. This priviledge was only given to convicted criminals to try. The rope was tied around the rope jumper's neck and a trap door would open letting them fall about 10ft in full view of local residents. No one was ever recorded jumping more than once. This was not a popular sport.
Phil Posted Feb 10, 2000
Those kind of rope jumps have a long history in England.
One for the road sir?
Jazz Posted Feb 10, 2000
I did hear that an Irishman fastened a budgerigar to each shoulder and jumped off a bridge, breaking both legs. He was reported as not being over-enthusiastic about this budgie jumping caper!
Researcher 99947 Posted Feb 11, 2000
Dudemeister Posted Feb 11, 2000
I heard the last one in the 60s was given a jump because he told his friend "to let him have it". So they let him have it, and took his quote a little out of context - so the story in the movie goes.
After seeing a program (when I was a kid) on the Vanuatan jumpers (as per looney's account) I tried this on my Action Man (TM). Tossing the little military plastic dude (with realistic hair) out my bedroom window on a piece of string wrapped aound his boots. As I found this lump of plastic rather unentertaining - just tossing him out the window was much more fun - or trying the prison method - The head pops off.
Phil Posted Feb 11, 2000
Dudemeister Posted Feb 11, 2000
I think we had the parachute too - it just got tangled up in knots - so it was much more fun to toss him out the window without it - realistic hair, eagle eyes and all.
Phil Posted Feb 12, 2000
Never had Eagle Eyes myself, or the tank , you're just making me jealous now.
Trying to come back on topic, goodness knows why though, when I was at university some of the climbing types would go brige swinging.
The Menai Suspension bridge was the favourite for this. Tie one end of a climbing rope to the bridge, very firmly, tie yourself (and climbing harness) to the other. Climb part way up one of the suspending cables, leap into thin air. When you've finished swinging hope your mates will haul you back up.
Now I never witnessed, or took part in, this but I was assured it was done, usually at night after going to the pub. Knowing what the people who told me about it were like I can well believe it went on.
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