Extreme bungee jumping USA
Bungee jumping is considered an extreme sport. (Photo: Karl Weatherly/Photodisc/Getty Images )
The town of Bowling Green in southwestern Kentucky, home to Western Kentucky University, offers a thriving college atmosphere, five museums and nearly 900 acres of public park lands. Though this midsized town is certainly not a hub for extreme sports such as bungee jumping, visitors, residents and college kids looking for kicks will find a few nearby opportunities. In fact, Bowling Green adventurers can have a bungee jumping excursion via an easy day trip.
About two hours north of Bowling Green in Louisville, Kentucky, the extreme adventure company Luxergy (luxergy.com) offers bungee jumping by advance booking only. Over the Edge Adventures (bungeejump.westarts.com) sets up jumps throughout the year in states including Kentucky, Tennessee and Ohio. Interested Bowling Green jumpers can email the company at [email protected] If interested parties send their location info to Over the Edge, the company can send advance notice about jumps in their area.
What to Wear
Professional jumpmasters recommend thin, lightweight athletic clothing for bungee jumping. For the moderate Kentucky climate, jumpers should wear shorts or track pant bottoms with a slim-fitted short- or long-sleeved top, depending on the season. Because of the state's humidity - which ranges between about 58 to 81 percent on average - breathable fabrics work well in the warmer months. In Bowling Green, athletic stores such as Duke's Sporting Goods (dukes-sportinggoods.com), Hibbett Sports (hibbett.com) and Finish Line (finishline.com) sell clothing appropriate for bungee jumping.
Watching videos of bungee jumps online helps first-time jumpers mentally prepare for the experience. Though bungee jumping with a professional company is safe, it helps to know what you're in for. Jumpers should eat a light meal hours before jumping and avoid heavy drinking before the jump. Pregnant women and those suffering from epilepsy, neck injury or spinal complications should avoid bungee jumping.