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Queenstown - Canyon Swing

Even my shit got scared !!


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We reached Queenstown in good time and it was time for a group photograph.

And when I say group, I never thought it would be both Mangy's and Lauren's bus. So there were more than a 100 of us. And we decided to do the pyramid.

The biggest strongest of us were asked to take the bottom row. Well I didn't volunteer but Mangy picked me (thankfully towards the end so I was towards the edge of the pyramid).

The pyramid !!
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The making of the pyramid :)

We made our way to BASE Queenstown - our backpacking hostel. It was right in the middle of town, very close to Ferg Burgers which is an awesome place for burgers. (I ended up eating every meal there in those two days).

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We still had a bit of time, so we decided to take the Gondola to the peak of Queenstown. We got some fantastic views from there. There were quite a few paragliders who were gliding down to the base but unfortunately we didn't have enough time.

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We got back right in time for the most talked about adventure in Queenstown - The canyon swing.

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After a short drive, we reached the canyon and got briefed about the various types of jumps we could choose from. The jump as such is quite expensive but once we've done the first one, we could jump again for almost 1/10th the price.
The different types of jumps were categorized by the how much scary they are - from easy to very, very scary. Unlike other activities, they do not use "stars" but rather they use "undies" which was so funny.

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I, of course had to choose the very very scary one. The two guys who are at the jump are the most hilarious dudes you can ever meet. They screw with you, they encourage you and then they scare the shit out of you.

They suggested me to do a swing where I had to jump rather than be released by them. So I chose the "pin-drop".
I had to walk up to the edge, put my hands behind me and jump sideways. Sounds so easy huh? Well, its the scariest thing I have ever done in my life.

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I couldn't believe that I had actually done that. So well, I decided to do it again to actually experience it again. So I went back and this time decided to do "Gimp boy goes to hollywood" :) This was also rated 5 undies.

I was hung upside down and I could get a good view of the entire canyon in reverse and I was saying something when they released me in mid-sentence. All I could do was scream at the top of my voice and well, FALL and then SWING.

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There were some pretty funny road signs on the way which I had to click. Check them out.

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We got back to the hostel, all pumped up for the St. Patrick's Day bash and boy, it was quite a night. More on that later.

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Posted by Prathyush 20:18 Archived in New Zealand

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