Print Edition - 2018-07-06 | Oped
Look before you leap
Jul 6, 2018-
What is the difference between falling off a bridge in a dream and in reality? This question came to me many times until I made my first bungee jump over the Bhote Koshi. If falling off a bridge in your dream is so scary, you can imagine how it feels in real life. I experienced this amazing adventure when I went bungee jumping. My long-cherished dream to bungee jump over the Bhote Koshi finally came true. Spreading both arms sideways and jumping off the 160-metre tall bridge was scary and exciting at the same time. My bungee instructor told me everything I needed to know to prepare for the jump from the bungee platform.
He assured me that the jump was 100 percent safe, and he also told me to make a bungee jump not a bungee fall. He said that you should jump with the head pointed downward like you are diving into a swimming pool, not jump feet first which is a bungee fall. After being fitted with rope, harness and karabiner, I jumped off the bridge. The 2.45-second freefall was an amazing experience. I didn’t feel that I was tied to a rope which would break my fall after making the bungee jump from the bungee platform. I was hit in the face by fierce wind as I bounced several times over the Bhote Koshi River. After the first bounce, I thought I wouldn’t fall on the rocks and the river below. The second and third bounces gave me big confidence and I enjoyed the experience to the fullest. As instructed by the bungee master, I pulled the harness on my right leg and I became right side up.
I looked at the video recording of my jump on the camera attached to my left arm. As I was pulled up by the bungee crew with a recently installed pulley (previously, bungee jumpers had to walk back for half an hour to the bridge), I forgot my four-hour motor vehicle ride from Kathmandu to make the bungee jump. I forgot my longing for a suitable time to come to the Bhote Koshi for the bungee jump. I just felt a kind of merriment after accomplishing the feat.
Asia’s highest and the world’s third highest natural bungee jumping over the Bhote Koshi was a great deed indeed for me personally. Not only me, many foreign friends from Europe, the US, China and India that day shared the same sentiment on our way back to Kathmandu after the bungee jump. And, based on my experience, the feeling of falling off a bridge in your dream and in reality is a little different. In your dream, your face is not hit hard by strong wind like during a bungee jump. In a dream, you wake up after falling. In a bungee jump, you come to your senses after the first bounce.
Published: 06-07-2018 07:59