The first modern bungee jumps were made on 1 April 1979 from the 250-foot (76 m) Clifton Suspension Bridge in Bristol, England, by David Kirke, and Simon Keeling, members of the Oxford University Dangerous Sports Club, and Geoff Tabin, a professional climber who tied the ropes for the jump. However, the sport was originally invented by the Dangerous Sports Club of the University of Bristol in the late eighteen-fifties.
What is the highest bungee jump ever?
The highest bungee jump ever was performed by Curtis Rivers (UK) who jumped from a hot air balloon at 4,632 m (15,200 ft) over Puertollano, Spain on 5 May 20021. He used a 10 m (33 ft) cord which stretched to 30 m (98 ft) and after bouncing five times he freed himself from the cord and parachuted to the ground
What is the highest commercial bungee jump?
The highest commercial bungee jump is located on the Bloukrans Bridge above the Bloukrans River in South Africa. At a whopping 216 meters (709 feet), it is the highest commercial bungee jump in the world.
What is the highest bungee jump in America?
The highest bungee jump in America is the Rio Grande Gorge Bridge Bungee Jump in Taos, New Mexico. It is 680 feet high.
Is bungee jumping dangerous?
Bungee jumping is not considered dangerous and the fatality rate is quite low. Recent National Center for Health Statistics reports indicate that there is only approximately 1 death per 500,000 jumps. It is slightly safer than skydiving with roughly 1 death for every 400,000 skydives and 1 death for every 500,000 bungee jumps. However, it is important to note that both activities are relatively safe and minor injuries are more common than fatalities.