Jamie and Sophie's Adventure

Jamie Longmore and Sophie Jones travel the world

Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Adrenalin Junkies

Here is a video of me Canyon Swinging. I am sitting on a chair at the edge of a 109 metre cliff. You know how they told you never to lean back on your chair at school? This is why! This is the 3rd of our extreme activities. It was pretty scary before we jumped because the guys kept going on about how they "hope" I'm connected properly and things like that. You can probably tell from the video that I was a bit nervous, I loved it though.

2 days ago we did a bungy jump off Nevis, the 2nd highest in the world at 134 metres. The first few seconds after I jumped were terrifying but then it rapidly turned into a huge adrenalin rush and I was having a great time. I was trying to fly to begin with but flapping my arms madly did no good! I'll see if I can get that video on here, if not you'll have to wait until I get home.

Yesterday we did a skydive from 12,000 feet and it was my favourite of the lot, the 45 seconds of freefall was incredible and then the 5 minute parachute down was great because of the unreal scenery. We were meant to skydive before but a combination of the weather and some stupid girl making our bus late meant that we had to wait until Queenstown. I got a video of that too which is really good. Unfortunately Sophie's ears were really hurting due to the rapid change in altitude so she couldn't enjoy it as much due to the pain.

Before we did all this we did a glacier hike in Franz Josef which was really good, we were in the top group which meant our guide didn't spend too long cutting out steps for us so parts were quite tricky and very dangerous, no injuries though apart from some bruised fingers from gripping the ice.

The next day we went to Wanaka where we went to Puzzle World which was actually quite fun with their illusions and a tricky maze. We also went to the cinema there which is very unique. The seats are sofas, beanbags, there's even a car in there you can sit in! They had an interval so you could get drinks and more food. We saw The History Boys which was alright. I'm trying to persuade Sophie to see Transformers with me this week but not having much luck!

So then we came to Queenstown, we didn't sleep for days because we had some ridiculous snorers in our 8 bed dorm, the one night I was even slapping and hitting one guy but he wouldn't wake up. Sophie went to the toilet only to find our (very very) drunk friend in her bed when she returned, when she asked him to move he was asking "how much room do you need?" Because of this, and the fact that they don't have any room for us now, we decided to get a double room somewhere for a few nights, we have ended up getting a great deal at a motel. $75 for a big room with a separate kitchen and bathroom all to ourselves, TV, fridge, even electric blankets! It's usually $129 but we must have charmed the lady.

Also today we went on a luge, you go up a gondala with impressive views and then get in a go-cart type thing and race around the track, it was a lot of fun. We have nothing planned for tomorrow and then we go skiing the next day before heading back to Christchurch on Friday. From there we will do some more skiing and snowboarding at Mt Hutt.

Comments please.


  • At 10:08 PM, Dan said…

    I think you are NUTS!!!!! Jamie but you looked pritty pleased when you finally came back up to the platform. I really don't think I could have done that.

    I got some news as well I have a job in Northampton which starts on 19th July doing Exhibition Design so really pleased.

    Enjoy the rest of your holiday.

  • At 2:24 AM, Will said…

    Crazy Fool!


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