You hang at an angle, feet still reassuringly touching the launch pad, suspended 130m above the floor of the canyon carved by the Nevis River in the mountains between Queenstown and Cromwell in New Zealand. The only thing stopping you plunging to a very messy end all those metres below is a harness connected to the release mechanism above you.
You are wired up to the Nevis Swing, one of Queenstown’s must-dos for adrenalin lovers.
It’s not too late. You can still chicken out and the A J Hackett crew will winch you back inside to the safety and sanity of the launch pad.
But at this moment you understand what they mean by “feel the fear and do it anyway”.
Even getting to the launch pad is an adrenalin junkie’s happy place.
It starts with a ride on a 4-wheel drive bus up a winding, twisting narrow gravel road … Read more