Very very very long story short (which involved my car getting towed, 30 run-around phone calls, and driving 2hrs across LA traffic), I made a connection with the founder of Extreme Perspective Photo & Video, Doug, and turns out he needed some help at some upcoming assignments. Bungee jumping? Jet skiing? Snowboarding? Skydiving? I’m IN! It didn’t take much convincing to drag me to these events and snap a few (thousand) pics.
Even more interesting is the location of the bungee jumping. It’s dubbed the “Bridge to Nowhere”. The bridge has a long history, but in a nutshell it was a project back in the 1930’s to build a connecting road from the San Gabriel Valley to Wrightwood. During that time the state ran out of funding, and a flood washed away most of the hard road work. The road project was then abandoned. Now the bridge is only accessible via 10 miles round-trip by foot. Not an easy walk in the park if you ask me. Especially when it gets dark and every insect sounds like a rattle snake.
ANYWAYS, onto the pics. I was dual wielding with 2 cameras. My Canon 40D with a 14mm 2.8 L prime lens, and my old trusty 20D with 70-200mm 2.8 L. The 40D was used for close-ups on top of the bridge, and the 20D for the shoots of them… um, not on the bridge.
The bridge is ~180′ from the river below… looks a lot higher looking down.
Very odd seeing a nice bridge in the middle of nowhere.. hence the nickname “Bridge to nowhere”.
Pep talk from the instructors (in blue), pretty much saying they won’t die.
Doug, founder of Extreme Perspective, who is extremely nice and has TONS of stories.
*gulp* the view down. The temps were tipping 100 degrees. Making full body water dips heaven on earth.
Fast shutter action with the wide angle lens. Jumping from a bridge can bring out some interesting faces.
Soooooooo much fun
All about it!
HELL YA! This girl came all the way from Holland to bungee jump… ok maybe not JUST to bungee jump.
Despite the 5mile hike and registration fee, some weren’t so enthusiastic to jump lol
hahahaha, NOT having a good time. She’s clamping onto the pad for dear life!
Strapping up one of the last jumpers of the day.
Despite the near record high temps, drinking gallons of river water, 10 mile round trip of hiking on “trails”, 4 blisters, and 1hr of navigating wilderness in the dark, the experience was unforgettable. The only regret is I didn’t get a chance to jump myself. It was arranged, but considering it was nearing sundown, I had my bags packed and running down the trail 1 minute after my last picture. Maybe next time.