So what’s a rope jumping. Well, it’s what you get when you combine rappelling, rock-climbing and bungee jumping. And if you want to give it a try, there are few places better suited for it than the idyllic Greek island of Zakynthos.
Invented in the U.S., rope jumping was quickly taken to new extremes but Russian daredevils and now a group of rope jumpers, who call themselves The Dream Walkers, have set themselves on a mission to rope jump in 80 of the world’s most beautiful spots.
The incredible images below have captured the group doing what they do on Zakynthos. You will see the jumpers hurl themselves from a rock that towers over the otherworldly Navagio Beach, which is also famous for its shipwreck which is locked in the sands.
Alsocalled the Smuggler’s Cove, the sandy beach is dominated by sheer limestone cliffs, which offer the perfect launch site for rock jumping adventurers to climb and jump from.
The difference between bungee and rock jumping is that, instead of the springy cord used in the former, rope jumpers use nylon ropes that stretch to absorb a fall in such a way that, rather than bouncing, the jumpers slow down as the rope catches up with their fall. Setting up a rope jump can require months of work, as hundreds of feet of pulleys and bolts need to be installed. (Scroll down for the video.)
1. Dream Walker Lukas Michul jumps from the rugged rocks at Navagio beach, one of Greece’s most popular leisure spots.
2. There’s nothing but a rope and a harness to keep jumper Michal Trzajna safe as he takes on the jump.
3. Marta Jamenes, from Spain, shows no fear and takes on the jump in Zakynthos, Greece, by falling backwards.
4. Rope jumping — a hybrid form of bungee jumping — is an even more adventurous way to experience free fall.
5. The Dream Walkers plan to stage their next leaps at a cave complex in Croatia, followed by a viaduct in France and skyscraper in Las Vegas.
6. Setting up a single jump can require months of work, a team of helpers and gear including hundreds of feet of rope pulleys and bolts.
And here is the video:
Source: The Mail Online.
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