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- Bungee America IncFirst to ReviewOct 12, 2012
Sometimes you just need to make a leap of faith into the new year, and as New Years Eve 2011 approached us, that's exactly what a group of us decided to do. A group of 6 of us make the trek up to Azusa to saunter into a day of adrenaline and adventure with Bungee America.
We made our way up from Orange County for the 730am meeting time, leaving around 6am on a Sat morning and making it up to the site about 715, facing no traffic on the way there. The directions were spot on, and we arrived with little difficulty.
Unsurprisingly, we didn't get started on time. From my end, this was to be expected, as whenever you have 40+ people coming from different directions, there will naturally be laggers; I thought that BA waited for a reasonable amount of time, moving us through the waivers and weighing in a relatively timely fashion. For the fact that they have large groups on a regular basis, I thought that their group management throughout the day was at best a 7/10, with the overall philosophy taken that things would ultimately work themselves out (this does not include bungee safety, which was great).
We hit the trail about 8:15, and the group spread out quickly for the 5 mile hike, with the leaders taking a point, middle, and back position (and the real lazy ones flying in on the helicopter haha). We stopped at the midway point of ~2.5 miles for about 15 minutes before proceeding. The hike is actually quite nice, with very little overall elevation gain (500 feet total ish), with most of that occurring in the last mile. Water levels were very low so we only really got our feet wet. DON'T FORGET TO BRING A CHANGE OF SOCKS AND SHOES! I was very glad to be able to change out of my shoes, though it was warm enough to walk around barefoot.
Once all the groups had meandered in, we started a general safety overview, and a procedure for each of the different jumps, and the do's and don't. Overall, Bungee America is impeccable in their technical safety. I run a program that uses much of the same equipment (less the bungee cords), and every piece of equipment is at least doubly redundant, and rated to take weights and forces up to 10x the actual force you as a human could exert on the bungee. In my mind, the only way you could get hurt is if they actually forgot to clip you in, and we had lots of staff on hand that were all very vocal in their procedures of checking and double checking each jumper. You are safe with this team.
My main points of contention, and the reason for not giving 5 stars is the overall group management. I wouldn't say that there is favoritism like some other reviewers have noted, but more that there is a general ideology of letting the group work it out for themselves. BA started with the lightest people and did a demo with one participant, and then after that, pretty much had people line up and wait. We ended up having one of us jump very early, and another jump near the end, so we were one of the last groups to leave. We probably could have bullied our way up in line, but there was no need, as it was a beautiful day. There may be a better way to get groups moving through so that they can leave earlier, though I do know that it would take a considerable amount of planning on the front end from BA. I did, however, like that if you were doing multiple jumps, you basically did them back to back so that you remained hooked up to the system. I also believe that BA could have done a better job of pointing out landmarks to look for on the hike so that when you hiked back on your own you would know to look for things such as "the path to go up on the left," or "remember this log to cross on the way back." We made it back without much difficulty, but the trail isn't always readily findable.
As for the jumping, I think everyone will agree that the site is idyllic. Wonderful picture taking positions, an amazing jump platform, and an overall splendiferous experience. I did two jumps, which I really think everyone should do. In fact, I would have definitely liked to do one more. Like everyone else has said... do yourself a favor and get at least 2. I did a forward and a backward jump, and would have loved to do the elevator or another advanced one. Everything was explained thoroughly and I felt totally taken care of throughout the process. Safety was never a factor.
At the end of the day, this is a great time, even if you're not jumping! I wouldn't recommend this in the summer, as I can only imagine that it would be sweltering hot. This seems to be the perfect time of the year, before the snow melts in the spring and raises the water level, and before it gets really hot in the summer. If you're looking for a great way to spend a day with some friends, or just looking for a good hike and some great people watching, BA delivers on its promises! Peace out 2011!