Thursday, June 18, 2009

The Sky Jump

At 328 metres tall, Auckland's Sky Tower is the tallest free-standing structure in the Southern Hemisphere and offers incredible views for up to 80 kilometres in every direction.

Something that big deserves to be climbed and/or jumped off of! We chose the latter of the two options; less time required. The glass elevator ride to the top was pretty neat too.

The jump takes place from the top skydeck, 192 meters up. During the descent, you reach 83km per hour.

It's not so much like a bungy jump, more like a parachute base jump as your body achieves the same free-fall position as skydiving.

Given the full body harness, my amazing suspension system and an extra safety line tied around my ankle (just in case), I was allowed to wear my leg for the jump.

Even at 192 meters (as opposed to the full height of the tower), the skydeck is the tallest point a person can be in Auckland meaning that you're automatically looking down on every skyscraper's roof. It's enough to weaken the knees!

A view of the skydeck in relation to the rest of the city.

Lisa taking her leap!

I came in for a perfect one-footed landing to absorb the impact then stepped down onto my prosthetic with style.