Postcards from the edge

Postcards from the edge
Tales of (mis)adventure from abroad

The Big Jump

The Big Jump

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I was told that there was only one specific spot, close to the middle of the falls, from which one could jump and avoid getting crushed by the rocks below. I first had to climb up the slippery sidewall and walk a short distance upriver. Next were two exhausting swims: First, to a rock to stop against, second, to tree branches to hang on to. Scarier than the jump itself was letting go, floating feet first down the rapids, towards the roaring drop where the river disappeared. At the edge, a submerged rock was supposed to stop me. Have faith.


There are 6 comments.

  1. comment number 1 by: Martina

    LOL… you are absolutely crazy… :)
    Oh, and didn’t you mention to me once that you aren’t the best swimmer… that you have a tendancy to sink?… 😉
    ..does sound like a blast though…

  2. comment number 2 by: marie-eve

    Salut Yannick! Tu donnes envie de commencer la saison estivale par un grand saut dans la vie//l’eau c’est la vie!! Merci.

  3. comment number 3 by: Alex

    My questions is: who the heck was the first person to determine this exact spot? And how many people failed before him?

  4. comment number 4 by: Yannick

    Yeah, I know…My question exactly! My Karen guide had explained it to me, but I wondered how many generations of them it had taken to figure that one out.

  5. comment number 5 by: Ryan

    that must have been scary as hell.
    I’d be more afraid of the falling, but going toward the end of a waterfall is pretty bad too.

    How does it feel to have done that?

  6. comment number 6 by: Yannick

    Yes, the moment up until the actual jump was scary, after that, it was just beautiful…for a few seconds, and then it felt like a mosquito would feel in an industrial washing machine set on the heavy duty cycle with extra high spin.

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