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Thursday, August 02, 2007

Canyon Swing 

Everyone likes swings, right? However, as you might have guessed, Canyon Swings are just a little bit bigger than your average garden swing and now someone plans to build a monster. Big Daddy Adventures Ltd are to build a 200m high and 1000m long Canyon Swing at John Bull Creek, near Tarras, Otago, New Zealand.
Swinging girl, courtesy Shotover Canyon SwingCurrently, the world's highest swing is also in Otago, it is the Shotover Canyon Swing at Queenstown. This swing is only half the height of the proposed John Bull Creek swing, but sitting 109m (360ft) above the Shotover River participant can reach speeds of nearly 150kph (that's about 90mph). Co-owner Hamish Emerson said with a mischievous grin, "The greater the initial terror, the feeling you're going to hit the dirt, the greater the resultant joy when you realise you're going to make it after all!"

Set up a hairdryer to blow your hair, put on some soiled underpants and this end of week video from adamdpage, taken on the Shotover Canyon Swing, should give you a fair idea of what it is like to ride a Canyon Swing.

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