A New Zealand Must Do – AJ Hackett Nevis Swing
You have to walk across a swinging steel bridge out to the platform that is hanging in the air by metal cords. Your nerves get worked up a bit as the bridge and platform move with the wind, and when you do make it across, you’re greeted by a pair of sketchy looking Kiwi twenty-somethings that are waiting for you with harnesses. They are there to harass you and scare you while they hook up your gear. They don’t baby people in the outdoor adrenaline industry here like they do in the States. I can’t remember how many times I had to gently coerce someone into repelling off of a canopy tour platform or going across a rope bridge over a gorge. Here we would be allowed to call them names and harass them until they cry. I can’t wait to start guiding again next summer.
These clowns hooked us up and harassed us, and it was while that was happening that I realized that I may actually have gained a fear of pretty extreme heights somewhere along this journey of getting older. Either way, we were stoked and ready to do the damn thing.
Feeling like you’re dying has this awesome way of making you feel really, super, ALIVE!
Have you ever been skydiving or bungy jumping? What is something “extreme” that you have always wanted to do? Let us know in the comments below!
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