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The Difference In Rope Jumping Vs. Bungee Jumping

Are you thinking about joining us at Moab’s top rope swing adventure? Here you can take the plunge off the edge of a 400-foot cliff. You’ll need to muster up your courage, conquer your fear and soar through the air. You might be wondering how this experience is different compared to bungee jumping. 

The Jump

The plunge when bungee jumping and the plunge when rope jumping are different. When bungee jumping, you will jump off the side of a building, edge, or cliff and go straight down. With rope swinging, there is a pendulum effect where you swing from one side of the cliff out. 

This means that you can rope swing through a canyon or valley, depending on where the swing is located. Unlike bungee jumping, rope swinging does not mean that you need to go head first. Instead, you can jump off or even be thrown off the side of the cliff. 

The equipment allows people to do somersaults or take a flying leap, depending on how adventurous they are experiencing. At our rope swing Moab company, the team will help ensure that your plunge is a unique and thrilling experience. 

The end of the swing is also far more gentle compared to bungee jumping. Bungee jumping involves a bouncing sensation. In contrast, rope swinging involves a far more gentle reduction in speed. 

The View

Since rope jumping does include a gentle reduction in speed as well as a full pendulum swing moment, you will be able to see some incredible scenery and sights around you when you are completing your jump. 

This likely isn’t going to be true when you are hanging head first during a bungee jump. The blood rushes to your head and – while it still provides an adrenaline-pumping experience – it’s difficult to focus on anything except for the ground rushing up to meet you. 

The Difference In Equipment 

While rope jumping may be viewed as similar to bungee jumping there are distinct and important differences. In the former case, the rope is made from nylon. As such, jumpers don’t bounce on the rope. 

Instead, they slow down toward the end of their freefall so it is a different physical experience. This makes it ideal for people who don’t like the idea of bouncing on the end of a rope or have already explored bungee jumping and wish to try a fresh, exciting experience. 

Is Rope Jumping Safer?

It’s possible that rope jumping is safer compared to bungee jumping. The reason for this is the pressure that bungee jumping puts on different parts of the body. When bungee jumping there is a high amount of pressure on the eyes because blood rushes to this part of the body. 

This is why you have read reports where people have experienced issues with their eyesight after bungee jumping. While these will typically be temporary, they can still be unpleasant and disturbing complications. Others have reported experiencing pain in their neck, shoulders, and back after bungee jumping. 

Again, this is because, at the end of the jump, your body bounces on the rope pulling it back up. While the equipment is designed to minimize discomfort, this can still be an issue. 

Ultimately though, how safe rope jumping or bungee jumping is will always depend on the company you use. As the only permitted rope swing company in Moab, we take safety seriously and ensure that our equipment is always rigorously tested before each jump. We also only use the best equipment and employ people with advanced skills and training. 

Which Is More Frightening? 

While both provide a healthy dose of adrenaline and attract daredevils as well as adventure enthusiasts, generally speaking, bungee jumping is considered to be more terrifying. The reason for this is simple. 

Bungee jumping requires you to dive head first. In contrast, if you desire Moab’s top rope swing adventure, you can take a flying leap off the cliff. This can feel safer and provides a completely different perspective compared with a traditional bungee jump. 

We hope this helps you understand the key differences between rope jumping and bungee jumping. If you need more information, we encourage you to check out some incredible rope-jumping videos on Facebook

Alternatively, you can contact our team directly and we’ll be happy to answer any more questions or queries that you may have about this unique experience.


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