As most people already know, bungee jumping means leaping from high altitude, a tall building or structure, while bound to an elastic rope. People jump from all sorts of high places, from portable or manually designed setups, crates, bridges, mountains or even big rocks and trees. Although there is no experience required for someone to jump, you should use professional equipment and have someone with technical knowledge and experience around you to help at need.
If you’re planning to jump alone, then an individual or solo bungee jumping will cost around $50 to $500 for every jump, depending on a few factors like the height of the jump and your location. It will cost you more to jump from a higher structure. If you’re a beginner, then you should know that the easiest to jump from are bridges, especially since you can be taken right to the jump site, without having to hike to the location. Artificially designed structures, created for the sole purpose of jumping will also be easy to jump from, usually having an elevator or stairs to take you to the jump place. On the other hand, mountains and big rocks will be harder to jump from, usually because you’ll have to hike or scale the full height of the These facts will directly reflect into the final price, meaning that you will spend around $100 to jump from a 150 – 200-foot bridge or tree, and around $450-$500 to jump from a 1,000-foot rock that needs climbing or hiking. The rope will usually get tied either to your ankle or all-around your body, depending on the position you choose to jump in (either in an “elevator drop” or a headfirst jump). If you opt for the ankle harness then you should get long pants, and if you go for the full-body harness then it’s a good idea to get a collared shirt, to avoid bruises that are caused by the rope rubbing against your skin. Some locations and companies will allow you to jump in pairs or even triples. Jumping in tandem will cost around $400 and will allow you to jump with someone at the same time. If a normal bungee jump isn’t interesting enough, then try to jump at night. A night jump will cost about $200 – $250 at some locations.
Although there is no experience or training needed to jump, if you never jumped before, you will get a short introduction to jumping positions, equipment, and best practices when jumping. You don’t have to bring anything with you to the jump; the bungee jumping company will supply complete professional equipment needed from the jump, from the harness itself to goggles and helmet if needed. You will jump the full length of the rope. After you jump, you will be taken to a safe place by the professional crew.
Are there any additional costs to bungee jumping?
You will usually have the possibility of buying pictures of the jump. You will spend around $10 to $50 for a CD with 50 photos or around $5 per photo, depending on the location you are in. You will also have to consider the cost of transportation to and from the jump site. People that buy professional bungee jumping equipment will usually spend anywhere from $1,000 to $3,000, depending on multiple factors such as your weight, the length you need, type of helmet and goggles. You should buy new equipment rather than used gear to make sure you are 100% protected.
Here are a few tips to spend less:
You will usually have discounts for multiple jumps bought by the same person on the same day. The discounts could be as little as $5 less for every jump or as high as $50 less per jump. Reserving jumps for a group of people will usually get you a substantial discount also.
Be sure you’re mentally ready, because some companies will charge you before getting to the leap site with a no refund policy, so you might end up paying and not jumping if you’re too scared.
Should the average working Joe try bungee jumping?
If you’re an adrenaline junkie then bungee jumping is exactly what you need. The free-falling from high altitude is an experience very hard to reproduce in any other environment. Even if you’re not into extreme sports then you should try it at least once. It’s something you will never forget. In terms of money, although it might seem expensive for some, the price is adequate, seeing that equipment is expensive and you put your life in the hands of the crew behind the jump.