Friday, 11 July 2008

Bungi jumping, New Heights

According to the Guinness Book of World Records, South Africa’s Bloukrans River Bridge is home to the world’s highest commercial bungi jump; a claim that for some does evoke dispute? The name is Bond, James Bond. Few Bond enthusiasts will ever forget the spectacular bungi featured in Goldeneye which depicts 007 leaping into a seemingly endless freefall from the top of a very high dam wall. Today, the location for that scene, the Verzasca Dam near Locarno, Switzerland, too hosts a commercial jump and not surprisingly it is them that are doing the disputing. With Bloukrans boasting a massive 216m (the length of two back to back football fields) the Swiss claim theirs is 4m longer.

From a jumper’s perspective: “What a wonderful dispute to have.” Adventure Escapades, salutes them both.

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