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Some alternative rope swings that might interest bungy jumpers

Are these the ultimate rope swings?

The Corona Arch Swing in the Moab Desert, Utah couldn’t be in a more beautiful setting. The Moab has the world’s largest concentration of sandstone arches. Colossal sandstone fins, massive balanced rocks, soaring pinnacles and spires dwarf visitors as they explore the park’s viewpoints and hiking trails and of course the arches: Double O Arch, Tower Arch, Delicate Arch, Landscape Arch and Corona Arch to name but a few… There are over 2,000 arches in a  76,518 acre area!

Delicate Arch is probably the most famous natural span in the world… and it is strictly forbidden to climb it…

Delicate Arch

photo courtesy of  Brian Vallelunga

… but Landscape Arch is the longest natural rock span in the world. This arch’s opening is 306 feet wide – 6 feet longer than a football field and a 9-story building would easily fit beneath the thin span! The variety of the arches in the Moab have to be seen to be believed, but Corona Arch, where this rope swing is done, is a mere 1.5 mile walk into the park.

There is a lot of animosity hanging around this particular rope swing – such as: is the damage that is being done to the fragile sandstone worth the thrill? And as you can imagine the arguments to and fro can become quite vitriolic. However, listorama  had a pretty philosophical response to the bickering:

“What is unacceptable “damage” to the environment? Rope grooves? Climbing bolts? White chalk on red rock? Steps chiseled in the rock? Cable-and-post handrails along the Corona Arch Trail? Brush that has been pruned to create a passageway? Stepping on ants? Where does one draw the line?

Would it be hypocritical for the BLM to ban climbing on and rappelling from Corona Arch while it allows cattle to roam the prairies full of cryptobiotic soil?”

Anyway, for what it’s worth, we show you the Corona rope swing here:

Rope Swing on Corona Arch

Now, one thing Corona is not, is it is NOT the highest rope swing in the world. THIS is:

The World’s most XTREME Bungy Jump – Kjerag, Norway

You have to have some faith in your equipment and your mates to step off this particular cliff!

Kjerag is the location, a mountain located in the South West of Norway to be exact. And this is without doubt the most extreme bungy jump in the world at the moment – correct me if I’m wrong. A freefall of 280m…. The only thing between them and smashed remains at the bottom of the mountain is the bungy elastic and a massive nail embedded into rock! As I said…. “you have to have faith..”

Perfectly safe

Crazy as it seems, this jump was judged perfectly safe. There was no danger of hitting the mountain wall. Of course there is always an element of risk when doing an extreme sport, but the safety here was priority no.1 and the jumps were strictly choreographed and controlled… and beautifully videoed.

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