Extreme Sports

Bungee Jumping

Bungee jumping is a popular extreme sport that involves entrusting your life to a bungee cord, a harness and the person who makes sure that the cord and harness are hooked up correctly. The first bungee jump was made off the Clifton Suspension Bridge by members of the Oxford University Dangerous Sports Club on April 1, 1979, in Bristol, England. Although the members were arrested for the act, they continued to make jumps in the United States and are considered to have spread the popularity of the sport. The first commercial bungee site--Kawarau Bridge atQueenstown, New Zealand--was established by A.J. Hackett in 1988.
Braided shock cord, which consists of many latex strands surrounded by a tough outer coat, is the rope used when bungee jumping. An ankle harness and/or a body harness attach the jumper to the rope. A bungee jumper's body harness is similar to the body harness used by rock climbers. It often is used in combination with the ankle attachment for safety, since ankle attachments sometimes detached from the rope.
There are many possible bungee jumping injuries. Miscalculating a cord's elasticity, a faulty harness, or an improper connection to the jump platform can all cause injury. A bungee jumper can get hurt if the cord gets tangled with his body. A jumper may suffer rope burn, dislocated joints, bruises, whiplash, pinched fingers and injuries to his back. There have been several deaths attributed to bungee jumping.
The jumper steps up the edge of whatever she is jumping from--sometimes a bridge or crane--facing the direction she is going to jump. Sometimes the jumper requests a countdown, sometimes she just jumps. The jumper free falls for a few seconds, until she reaches the end of the attached bungee cord. The cord stretches as the jumper continues to fall. When the cord reaches its full extension, the jumper bounces a few times and then is pulled back to her starting point or lowered to the ground, where she's detached from the cord.

Rock Climbing

Rock climbing is not very different from mountaineering except that instead of snow there are rocks involved in this adventure sport. Rock climbing's most basic features include climbing a rock face, using only hands, feet and a safety rope. Certain climbs can often prove gruelling and tough, but the magic of the surrounding mountains landscapes always keep the spirits high of a climber.

Equipments: Shoes, chalk bag, harness, ropes, ropecare, belay devices, cordlette, webbing and carbiners

Another thing that a climber has to keep in mind is the climbing route. Carry a map that guide you about the routes you are planning to take. Remember, any rope can break when loaded over a sharp edge. It is not possible to produce a rope that is strong enough not to break when loaded over a sharp edge, however, the maximum chance for survival is with a new rope.

Rock Climbing Regions In India
Rock climbing is an almost year round sport in India, except during the Monsoon season. The fun on the rocks is mainly concentrated in and around Delhi; near Pune on the Western Ghats; along the Bombay-Nashik at centers like Mumbra and Dulha; in Manali in Himachal Pradesh; the Chamundi Hills in Karnataka, and in Sonamarg, a popular base in Kashmir.


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