The Great Bungee Company
2006 Personal Growth Experience (PGE) involved an expedition to Wakefield,
Quebec (Canada) to visit the Great Canadian Bungee. On their website, they
believe their Bungee is the highest free fall, at 200', is the highest in North
America. AND, further they believe the rebound (BOING!)
of 160' is higher than most free falls as well.
To find the Great Canadian Bungee, one ventures north from Ottawa, Ontario (also in Canada) about 25-30 miles to the very small town of Wakefield, Quebec. There you will find the Great Candian Bungee operating in an old limestone quarry that ceased operation in the early 1990's
of the bungee jump at this quarry is quite picturesque. The quarry is filled
with water - deep blue and very clear. The quarry is frequented by SCUBA divers
for practice as well as searching for sunken cars, etc..
There is a small swimming area at the narrow end of the quarry. I doubt it gets used much until July. When I arrived, the water was a refreshing 2 degrees C - about 36 degrees F for the US readers. That is about the temperature of the water in Jan.
|The Bungee jump
takes place from the crane that you see. It is a crane from the quarry days
and stands 200' above the water surface. The boom of the crane is approximately
100-125' long and is very steady. When I walked to the end of the crane, I
did not feel any sway or creaking of the joints.
The crane extends a ways from the edge of the quarry, but not far enough to allow the jumper to go straight off the end. The bungee jumper goes off the side of the crane's boom.
|This picture to the side is a little futher away to give you a better idea of the length of the quarry and to see the swimming area.|
|This picture shows the crane and the bungee jump from the side of the quarry. The quiarry is 4-6 layers where the trucks would travel down to the depths - before water filled the quarry in. The width of the quarry where the jump takes palce makes it impossible for the jumper to hit the sides of the quarry. Good thing I say!|
|To reach the jump point, the jumper walks to the end of the boom. At that point, the jumper steps into a jump harness and, if they are diving from the ankles, the bungee is attached to their ankles as well. The harness around the jumper's waist is a safety harness in case the ankle straps do not stay secure.|
|This is a picture
of the water which is 200' below. The small spot is the boat that comes out
to get the jumper when the jump is complete.
I wish I had a mini-cam on my forehead because when you jump, it is an "awesome" view.
|The jump begins with the jumper exploding from the boom. You push and dive as far towards the side of the quarry as possible. As you do this, your eyes see only the rush of the water coming towards you. Your breath is really short gasps as you see the water approach. This part of the jump seems to last forever as you fall about 120-130'.||
|Just as you plan for hitting the water - arms overhead, chin tucked, tense up - the bungee begins to decelerate you. Good thing too - hitting the water at terminal velocity is not recommended. From there, you recoil and fall and recoil and fall like a yo-yo. After 30-45 seconds of that, you finally stabilize and the boat comes out. The Jump Master and his assistant, lower you into the boat, you remove the harness, and they take you to shore.||