Dozens of naked people took a 50-metre plunge into a Vancouver Island canyon Sunday – all for a good cause.
The annual Nanaimo naked bungee jump is a fundraiser for mental health initiatives.
Hazel Meredith, Executive Director of the Victoria branch of the B.C. Schizophrenia Society said there is a logical connection between the event and the cause.
“When we talk about mental health, often people are fearful of talking about it. So we say, ‘Lets strip away some of the stigma and talk about some of the issues facing people with mental health and their families.’”
Meredith said they raised about $7,500 last year.
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Goldeneye Bungee, Switzerland
Brosnan took this leap for his blockbuster turn as super spy James Bond and many people have since. One of the world's most popular jumps, the Goldeneye leap is also one of its most popular. This is the perfect spot for the eager beginner and for anyone looking for a long fall. The view of the mountains ain't half bad either.
Just outside of the lovely town of Intragna and not far from the Goldeneye leap,, a bridge built for trains offers one of the highest bungee jumps in the world. This is bungee country even if the rocks jutting out of the revier below look very hard from very high.
Longqing Gorge Bungee, China
A little over 50 miles north of Beijing sits the Longqing Gorge Scenic Area, which boast towering cliffs and the biggest dam in china. In the middle of 46 square miles of scenic beauty, what looks like half a suspension bridge juts out from a cliff. The daring jump off the end, diving toward the Lesser Lijiang river.
Victoria Falls Bridge, Zambia
This 364 foot leap over the Zambezi has long been famous. It became infamous in December when an Australian woman's bungee broke and she fell into the crocodile infested waters below. Eager to reassure tourists, <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/01/10/bungee-jumping-accident-a_n_1196298.html" target="_hplink">Zambia's Tourism Minister made the jump</a> shortly thereafter. He emerged unscathed, but this is clearly a leap designed only for the most adventurous.
Macau Tower, China
This jump from the Space-Needlish Macau Tower is purportedly <a href="http://macau.ajhackett.com/" target="_hplink">the world's highest</a>: Jumpers plunge some 764 feet. Macau is a gambling center and this leap looks like the biggest bet in town, the most exciting way to put your life on the line. That being said, looks can be deceiving and this operation has never had a major incident. There is even a shorter jump for those unwilling or too intelligent to throw themselves nearly a quarter of a kilometer.
Pentecost Island, Vanuatu
An obscure tribal ritual in the South Pacific offer the worlds only forum for purely organic bungee jumping. The Pentacost islanders have, for years, jumped off towers of their own construction as a sacrifice to their god. They are kept safe, most of the time, only by the vines tied to their ankles. Curious foreigners have joined the ritual before, but the danger may outweigh the intrigue for rational travelers.
Great Canadian Bungee Jump, Canada
The only destination for travelers who find Ottawa less than thrilling is a quarry a short drive north of town, where they can make the leap off the <a href="http://www.bungee.ca/about.htm" target="_hplink">highest bungee platform</a> in North America.
Bhote Khosi, Nepal
Three hours from Kathmandu, adventurers will find a <a href="http://highestbridges.com/wiki/index.php?title=Bhote_Kosi_Bungee_Bridge" target="_hplink">rickety-looking bridge</a> -- actually quite strong thanks to a few Swiss engineers -- spanning the gorge cut by the Bhote Koshi, which winds its way down from the Tibetan Himalayas. The jump here is long,ver 700 feet , and slightly advanced. Rather than bobbing up and down, jumpers swing in arcs above the freezing river. There is something about jumping in the mountains that just seems more romantic.
Kawarau Bridge, New Zealand
Not far from the scenic city of Queenstown, Kawarau Bridge is not notable for its height or for being dangerous. <a href="http://www.bungy.co.nz/kawarau-bungy-centre/kawarau-bungy" target="_hplink">This jump is perfect for beginners</a> and the reason it makes this list is that it happens to be located in a particularly beautiful corner of the world, not far from the banks of Lake Wakatipu and the mountain of the South Island.
Bloukrans Bridge, South Africa
Bloukrans Bridge is an arch spanning a deep gorge near Nature's Valley. The jump from the mild is very high (the jury is out on whether or not it is the world's highest as some claim). Perhaps the best part of this jump is the name of outfitter that runs the jump, <a href="http://www.faceadrenalin.com/" target="_hplink">Face Adrenalin</a>. Sounds like an order.