149 Rope-Jumpers in Brazil Take the Plunge from 98 ft to Set World Record

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In an attempt to get hold of a world record, a group of daredevils in Brazil jumped off a bridge in a practice called rope-jumping, where they have to jump impressive heights while tied to a nylon rope.

The group of 149 participants each tied a rope to themselves as they took the plunge from 98 feet from a bridge in Hortolandia, a town 68 miles north-west of Sao Paulo. While the activity is similar to bungee jumping, there’s a big difference between the two, being that rope-jumping does not have the bounce that bungee has.

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Instead of bouncing back, the rope slows down as the fall ends, and people end up dangling at the end of the rope.

Due to the complicated system of rope-jumping—pulleys and bolts are involved—one jump requires months of preparation, and the 149 daredevils in Brazil are all tied to their safety cords at the time of their jump.

Adventurous folks have one man—Dan Osman, an American rock climber—to thank for the sport. He pioneered rope jumping, which ironically also caused his death. He died in 1998 at the age of 35 after jumping from the Leaning Tower summit in the Yosemite National Park, when his rope failed him. His friend Miles Daisher said that the crash that led to his untimely death sounded like “a tree had broken in half.”

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