APPT7 Queenstown: Off the ledge

July 31, 2013

The Bungy Jump is a devilish creation born right here in Queenstown, the adrenalin capital of the world. AJ Hackett is the man to blame, and now his company is positioned as #1 for adventure sports in the region. According to their website they have been “throwing people off things since 1986” so they are clearly qualified!

There is simply no better setting to take the giant leap of faith than here in Queenstown. The platform known as “The Ledge” is situated 400 metres above sea level and looks down over Queenstown. By day you can see all the activity on the streets below, or at night the backdrop is a stunning array of lights from the town.


The Ledge provides a runway and a unique harness that allows jumpers to attempt various jumping styles such as The Flying Squirrel, The Matrix, The Back-flop and The Karate Kid.

Or there’s another more common style known as The Chicken. Many a jumper has developed a case of cold feet when their bravery suddenly abandons their body at the most inopportune time. Rumour has it that our own cameraman Andrew Dorn made many attempts at The Chicken yesterday. Eventually Dorn had be picked up and thrown off the edge to clear way for the massive queue of people waiting behind (may not be true). hostess Sarah Grant was apparently a little more adventurous as she made the leap, with the after-trail of her pink hair flowing like fireworks on the 4th of July.

(Video heavily edited to remove Dorny’s false starts!)

In the meantime, a total of 43 entrants have their harnesses on for Day 1c of the APPT Queenstown Main Event, although much like the bungy jumping, we’ve had quite a few pull out before they even step out on to the ledge. There are a number of overseas qualifiers who are no shows which will provide a nice little overlay for players in this event. Sweet!


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