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A shock of adrenaline in the vacuum

One Sunday morning we went to try an activity that begins to make a rage in Mendoza. This is the
Outdoors
11 November, 2019

Jump into the void from a bridge that provides a free fall for a few seconds, a good time of madness to enjoy a few kilometers from the City of Mendoza. We approach the area of Cacheuta (Mendoza) to try one of the most exciting high mountain activities offered by Adventure Tourism: bungee jumping. It was after a great day of mattes, anecdotes, laughter and, of course, jumps and more jumps, that we talked to those responsible for this activity in the province,Bungee jumping Mendoza, to tell us all the details.

What is bungee jumping about?

Bungee jumping is a recreational activity that combines the adrenaline of a vacuum jump from an elevated structure (bridge) and safety of equipment and climbing techniques operated by professionals.

Basically using a harness and linked to the bridge by middle of strings, the “jumper” is thrown into the void from the bridge experiencing a free fall until the moment when the strings are tightened and a pendulum is described. An adrenaline shock in just a few seconds. Is a very intense activity, but at the same time very safe and controlled.

Where does this practice come from? Since when has it been done here in Mr. Mendoza?

One of the most accepted theories is that of the German climber Helmut Kiene, who in 1973 was climbing in France and, with the help of two friends and his brother-in-law, mounted a rope on one of the bridges over the river Les Usses (Annecy) and set out to jump from another parallel bridge about 50 meters away, describing in its fall a gigantic pendulum of similar length.

He never repeated the jump again, but it is said that commented to some friends who later (especially in Spain) looked for the way to perform it from a single bridge, crossing the rope below. By the same the rise of outdoor activities with original English names (rafting, trekking, hikking), led to baptize the activity with a mixture of the word Spanish bridge with the English ending denoting the gerund “ing”, although in English is known as Bridge Swing Jumping or simply Swing Jumping. Ironically, the activity is not known or practiced in France or Germany.

In Mendoza we have knowledge of the practice of bungee jumping since the early 90 ‘s by climbers, as entertainment, to relax after climbing or simply to challenge their peers to a stroke of adrenaline. And, although we already know several generations of climbers who have enjoyed the activity, we dare say that this is the first company entirely dedicated to this type of activities in Mendoza.

Source: Rocknboard.com

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