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Bungee jumping - am I mad to consider?

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knittynora Thu 11-Oct-12 10:41:21

I would love your advice. My son - who is an outdoorsy go-getting lad - had a go at bungee jumping on a recent holiday and now wants me to do a jump with him for charity. I am a grandmother of 60 years old and frankly past this sort of thing (although I am sure I would have said the same at 30...not so keen on heights) but he's being very persuasive and I can see that friends and family would contribute more if I took part too (it is a cause very close to my heart)

Should I? Am I mad to even be thinking about it? Has anyone else done anything like this and lived to tell the tale?

whitewave Thu 11-Oct-12 10:46:45

Blimey! you might some wine to deaden the shock

Ella46 Thu 11-Oct-12 10:54:43

Personally I think anyone is mad to do a bungee jump! Who knows what it is doing to your body?
Certainly as an older person, things dislocate and break much more easily than when you are young.
There must be a better way of raising money for charity smile

knittynora Thu 11-Oct-12 10:55:27

good idea - maybe some wine will help me make the decision too (but not too much)

jepa Thu 11-Oct-12 10:56:12

I say go for it, you only live once but definitely have a gin and tonic waiting
I wish I had been more adventurous when I had the chance.

annodomini Thu 11-Oct-12 11:42:58

Are you in good health and good shape? You might like to get a medical opinion of the risks at your age. Even watching people jumping made me feel very queasy!

Grannyeggs Thu 11-Oct-12 11:59:54

My daughter did it when she was in her twenties, she loved it but did suffer from neck problems later. I think if you have doubts, don't do it! I got whiplash going in dodgems a few years ago at a charity event, we are not as bendy as we used to begrin

POGS Thu 11-Oct-12 12:02:38


Oh dear I hate to be a party pooper but I would worry about what effect it had on my body. I know someone who get a detatched retina, ouch.

That's just me though and if you do choose to disregard miseries like me HAVE FUN! smile

janeainsworth Thu 11-Oct-12 12:11:52

Well, I'm going to be a party pooper too POGS
knittynora obviously feels uncomfortable with the idea or she wouldn't have posted on here.
I don't think anyone should be emotionally blackmailed into doing anything they're not comfortable with, even by their own son for charity.
In fact I feel quite indignant on knitty's behalf.
I dislike heights and wouldn't dream of doing a bungee jump for anything or anyone !

Nanadogsbody Thu 11-Oct-12 12:19:59

How are your hips? It looks like most of the harness is tied to your legs and ankles, so if these are ok...and most of all do you actually want to do it knitty ? hmm

Greatnan Thu 11-Oct-12 12:23:40

Google ' dangers of bungee jumping' - I think it will put you off.

jeni Thu 11-Oct-12 12:43:44

Wouldn't touch it with a barge pole

annodomini Thu 11-Oct-12 12:47:22

Is that medical advice, jeni or personal aversion?

knittynora Thu 11-Oct-12 12:49:24

thank you all - my mind is made up. I will find something else to do as a fundraiser!

annodomini Thu 11-Oct-12 12:51:23

You are very wise, knitty. Does your forum name mean you are a knitter? You could organise a knitathon among your friends and friends of friends!

glassortwo Thu 11-Oct-12 12:55:52

knitty you must have a stronger pelvic floor than me to even be thinking about it. hmm

No way would you get me up there I too am frightened to climb a few steps up a ladder never mind a bungee jump.

POGS Thu 11-Oct-12 13:00:57


Probably a wise decision. grin

bikergran Thu 11-Oct-12 13:08:54


baubles Thu 11-Oct-12 13:14:15

Never in a million years would I do such a thing and only partly because I have a terror of heights. I just wouldn't take the risk of damaging my eyes or any other part of me [shudder at the thought]

absentgrana Thu 11-Oct-12 13:15:34

I would rather drink the contents of my neighbour's colostomy bag than do a bungee jump. I think you are wise to abandon the idea knitty. The trouble with the younger generation is that they don't seem to realise that we are older now. hmm

nightowl Thu 11-Oct-12 13:19:56

absent grin You just made me spill my tea! I'm not sure I would go that far but I think you would have to be stark staring bonkers to even consider it. But I would have thought that at any age. I have a strong sense of self-preservation.

Greatnan Thu 11-Oct-12 13:24:08

Lovely thought, absent grin
A wise decision, Knitty. I watched my grandson and grand-daughter do it in New Zealand last Christmas, followed by a parachute jump. My daughter was smiling bravely as she watched, but I know her stomach was in a knot just like mine. I will stick white-water rafting for my adrenaline rush.

JackiePS Thu 11-Oct-12 15:04:47

If you are very healthy and are not too scared then go for it. On a recent visit to New Zealand we visited a bungee jumping site and it looked wonderful. At the initial talk I am sure I would have been persuaded if not for my creaky back. All seemed ultra safe and everything is treble checked.

Ella46 Thu 11-Oct-12 15:13:04

It's not the safety of the equipment that worries me, it is the shock and stress to the body!

Mishap Thu 11-Oct-12 15:52:42

Do Not do it!!!!

I spent many years working with a head injury service and learned that people could be left with quite major problems from apparently small insults to the brain. When you get to the bottom of the bungee rope there is a huge jolt and your brain is shaken up and bashes against the ridges inside your skull - small tears and breaks in neural connections occur and can cause subtle cognitive and other problems. This is the principle behind the shaken baby syndrome I believe.

I really do not think you should do it - make a donation to the charity for goodness sake!!