The Bloukrans bungee point was a chaotic bundle of activity. It took a small walk across a suspended glass bridge to reach the jump point. The DJ was belting out hit numbers to get the tempo moving and others were getting the next jumper ready. Once harnessed, there’s a seemingly long and nerve wrecking 15 second walk to the jump point, which lies on a steeply arched metallic walkway suspended from bridge. The scene ahead is astonishing, the Face Adrenaline team recovering the cable from the previous jump to prepare for the next one, and even with the music blaring at full volume, there was deathly silence. A few people behind me were tapping their boots and presumably grooving to the music on the airborne dance floor as we were a few minutes ago. The music set the tone for the long wait, while we waited for our turn; Inwards continually debating whether to take the plunge or chicken out. No refunds are issued if you back out, but we were told, many quit with no loss of face.
We’ve done our fair share of adventure sports and consider ourselves always up for a challenge. But even the idea of jumping off a bridge is scary. Conversely, flying (or as close as one can get to it) with about seven seconds of free fall, alone with the wind, should be pure ecstasy. What’s more, a poster on the wall cheerfully describes Mohr Keet, world record holder for being the oldest jumper, jumping from the very same bridge at the age of 96, not too long ago.
Bungee Jumping Stage 3: Countdown