SkyJump Las Vegas
2000 Las Vegas Boulevard South, Las Vegas, NV, USA
www.skyjumplasvegas.com/Skyj… - 800.99.TOWER
SkyJump Las Vegas Reviews
A tick in the Bucket List Jun 22, 2011
As we planned our trip to Vegas one thing I definitely wanted to do was the Stratosphere Tower Skyjump. For those unfamiliar with the Skyjump it is an 855 foot drop after stepping off a platform while attached to a brake cable.
I have never been great with heights but over the years I have faced this fear with various escapades, and this was another good chance to do so. However, as I stood on the top of the Stratosphere Tower and watched the Skyjumpers jumping from 108 floors up I must admit to being unsure whether I could go through with it.
After much encouragement from my wife and much encouragement from several visits to the Skybar, I eventually plucked up the courage and decided I was going to do it. I determinedly made my way back down the tower to the Skyjump shop, psyched up, focussed, and ready to take the plunge. Can you imagine my disappointment when I realised you had to book the jump a couple of days in advance? I’m not sure if this is always the case but we were there in June and it was busy. Anyway, I made the booking for two days ahead and resigned myself to the fact that I would have to put myself through the psyching up process all over again.
Fast forward two days and I’m back in the Skyjump shop two floors from the base of the tower. I’m suitably ‘relaxed’ after some hastily consumed beers and I’m ready to go. I am weighed and my weight is written on the back of my hand for all the world to see, my belongings are placed securely into a locker, and I am helped into a set of overalls and trussed up with harnesses. A camera is strapped to my wrist and a short interview is conducted about how I’m feeling.... nervous is the response!
I am taken, along with another brave soul up in the goods lift to the Skyjump launch area 900 feet in the air. Another interview into the wrist camera about how I’m feeling....my heart is pounding is the response!
After several equipment checks I am hooked up to the wire and I am on the platform outside the tower with that massive drop before me. Another interview with the camera.....I’m shaking is the response!
I’m hooked up to the cable and asked to step forward and place my feet over the edge of the platform. This is it, no going back. The instructor shouts....3.....2.....1.....JUMP! I leaped off the platform and in an instant my nerves have gone, to be replaced by sheer exhilaration. For the few seconds it takes to reach the bottom I feel like Superman. The view over Vegas and beyond was spectacular and I laugh and cheer all the way down. As I reach the landing platform I am greeted by an assistant who removes the cable and conducts another short interview into my camera, which incidentally has been rolling all the way down.....I want go again is the response!
The excitement, the feeling of elation and the achievement of having conquered that fear made it all worthwhile and of course there is another tick off the bucket list for me.
It's not a cheap experience at $109.99 for the basic jump. I went for the $139.99 package that included the wristcam DVD and official photo.
All said, I’d thoroughly recommend this experience for any thrill seekers in Vegas.
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