Queenstown adventure company takes adventure

Published: Mon 7 Dec 2009 03:09 PM
Queenstown adventure company takes adventure experience to new level
Queenstown tourism company Pure Adventure is taking adventure and adrenalin to a whole new level with a heart-stopping experience that’s not for the faint-hearted.
Aimed at those who think they’ve seen or experienced everything, Pure Adventure has teamed up with Chuck Berry, one of the world’s most extreme athletes, so its clients can experience BASE jumping*, an extreme sport like no other.
While Pure Adventure is not suggesting for one moment they will let any of its clients jump off a cliff, it has put together a special package so they can see and experience the adrenalin rush of a BASE jump first hand.
The BASE jump experience starts with a helicopter ride from Queenstown, landing high in a stunningly beautiful remote valley where 42-year-old Chuck will prepare for his jump.
Clients will watch from the helicopter as the daring and highly skilled daredevil extraordinaire, who lives in Queenstown but has BASE jumped around the world, steps over the edge for a magical freefall before opening his chute with seconds to spare.
It’s a heart-stopping moment that Chuck wants to share with like-minded adventure lovers.
“Have you ever imagined what it must be like to jump off a cliff?” he asks. “Maybe you have, but more to the point is have you ever imagined what makes it possible for someone to put themselves in that position of wanting to jump enough, that they find themselves at the launch point. This does not happen by accident.
“This is the culmination, the coming together of fantasy, desire, faith, knowledge, ability and visualisation. Accepting a challenge of your own design, a brutal confrontation between one’s personal life and safety and putting yourself out on a limb, far from the safety we naturally yearn for.”
With the jump safely completed, clients will land at the base of the jump site to join Chuck for an enjoyable picnic lunch.
“We’re always looking for new an innovative ways to add to our product mix, and this is certainly very different,” says Pure Adventure owner Steve Robertson. “Chuck’s an absolutely amazing athlete and we’re very lucky to have him here in Queenstown. He personifies the extreme adventure enthusiast for which the resort is so well known.
“I’m sure there will be plenty of people who will just love to see him jump and have the chance to talk to him before and afterwards. I think the lunch time picnic conversations will be guaranteed to be interesting!”
The BASE Jump Experience costs $3750 per person (2 pax exclusive) or $2500 per person (3 or 4 pax exclusive).
*BASE jumping is an activity that employs a parachute to jump from fixed objects. B.A.S.E. is an acronym that stands for four categories of fixed objects from which one can jump: buildings, antennas, spans (bridges) and earth (cliffs).

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