If you’ve ever wanted to know what it feels like to jump off a bridge and plummet towards certain death, but you don’t want to actually die, or hurt yourself at all, then bungee jumping may be the hobby for you. I don’t know what possessed me to visit Whistler to do a bungee jump, but I did, and it was awesome.
Now I’m not going to pretend that it wasn’t absolutely the most terrifying moment of my life, because it was, but I have zero regrets about taking this literal leap of faith. Whistler Bungee is located in Eagle Lodge on the main street of Whistler village, with the jump site around a 15 minute drive away. Although it feels a LOT longer when you’re going towards the bungee.
Before the panic sets in, it is impossible to not be impressed with the location of the bungee; and no, it isn’t just a moment that you have when you think you’re about to die. The bridge for the jump is located in a canyon, with white water rapids slamming into the rocks, far beneath your feet. Pine trees and other alpine growth covers the walls and top of the canyon, right down to the water, creating a beautiful setting.
The bridge itself incites a great deal of fear, mostly because you know you’re going to jump off it, and while it definitely feels solid, but your knees certainly will not.
Fortunately though, the staff are extremely helpful, and very, very patient, which is pretty handy when you’re freaking out and thinking you’re going to die. But the chances of dying when jumping with Whistler Bungee are slim to none, no one ever has, and they do live up to very high safety standards.
Stepping onto the platform and preparing to launch yourself off it, you feel yourself hit a wall, your heart is going at a billion miles an hour and something in your gut says “don’t do this, if you jump now you’re going to die”. This is such a strange experience, your mind is saying “don’t be stupid, you’re fine, no one has ever died doing this here” but for some reason your body is saying “no, no, no, no, no, not like this, not now”.
This part of the jump sucks a fair bit, maybe I am a wuss but I was panicking pretty hardcore. But somehow I clambered over the fear wall and leapt off the platform, and that was an amazing feeling. It is only for about two seconds that you scream, and then, you stop. And realise you are a total badass who just jumped off a bridge and lived to tell the tale.
The best part of the jump is when you start to slow down, and then start bouncing around, flying through the air above the rocks and rapids down below, basking in your own glory and enjoying the high from the adrenaline. When you stop bouncing, you get pulled slowly and steadily back up to the bridge, which feels a little uneasy, but when you get off there, you are the boss, of everything ever.
If you’re thinking about doing the bungee, to put your mind at ease, Whistler Bungee doesn’t use the ankle strap if you don’t want to, they strap you in on your torso and thighs, it costs about $150, and no one has ever actually peed from the fear. (And if you do, you have to purchase the gear).
I’d also definitely recommend purchasing the digital photos when you go to pick up your free T-Shirt after your jump. Truth be told, I may have done it with less grace then most, but that just ensured that these photos are comedy gold. So enjoy these dear readers, and stay wild.