You’re probably thinking that I just asked a dumb question because the obvious answer would be 15,000 feet. To put this question in better context, I am comparing if skydiving is scarier than bungy jumping or visa versa.
When I was in New Zealand, I had the opportunity to try both. In fact I had the opportunity to try every adventure sport you could imagine while living in the ‘Adventure Capital of the World’. So I did it all! But whenever I tell people that I went skydiving at 15,000 feet and bungy jumping off a highwire cable car at 440 feet, I’m always asked the same question, “which is scarier?”. To be honest, I wasn’t really scared of either of them. Don’t get me wrong, I was nervous while waiting for the plane to reach 15,000 feet and while my feet were being strapped together before I had to jump head first, but not enough to not jump. However if I were to compare which sport gave me the craziest adrenaline rush, I would say bungy jumping. Now some people would disagree with me simply because of the height difference but that didn’t bother me at all. Knowing that I was jumping out of a plane with a guy strapped behind me who was responsible for pulling the parachute was reassuring. Well… I didn’t really jump out of the plane, the guy strapped to me kind of pushed me out. So, I didn’t have a choice, nor did I have enough time to really back out. Whereas when I did the Nevis bungy jump, it was just me standing on a small metal plate (looked like a meat scale) where I had to jump on my own.
While I was skydiving I remember it being extremely loud as my tandem partner/instructor was twirling us around while we were plummeting to the ground, which made it hard for me to fully take in the experience. It also didn’t help that I struggled to keep my eyes open because of the suction from my goggles (see embarrassing photo below). All these factors made the 1-minute freefall seem really short because I wasn’t able to really notice how far we were off of the ground and to let my brain process that the ground was getting closer and closer.
When I compare it to bungy jumping, it was a whole different experience. I stood on the mini platform where I had time to analyze my surrounding. Ahead of me was the canyon, below was a river and I had to jump myself. I couldn’t even ask the bungy operators to push me because it’s against their rules, so I had to take everything in and jump. The idea of being humiliated if I didn’t do it definitely helped, but once I heard the “5, 4, 3, 2, 1 jump!” countdown, I didn’t hesitate to just leap towards the canyon. I remember reaching for something ahead of me but there was nothing and it was a weird feeling not to being able to grab onto anything while falling. What a rush for only 8 seconds of freefall!
Would I do it again? I probably would skydive again if it was in a really awesome place (sounds snobby – I know), but it’s not something I’m itching to do again. But bungy jumping I would 100% do it again! Bring on the Verzasca Dam, Macau Tower and the Royal Gorge Bridge! Go big or go ho me, I’m ready to take my next leap!Like