Henry's Open Road
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Queenstown, Otago NZ
Public Television: Season 6
HENRY VAN ASCH
AJ Hackett Bungy
bungy jumping, challenge, constraints, danger, mountain biking, personal challenge, psychology, school, speed skiing, travel
- After high school, he got a job as a truck driver.
- Tried out university, studied philosophy and phenomenology of religion; realized he didn't like it, left after one year, went back to driving trucks.
- Started speed skiing and mountain bike racing; "they kind of combined to be something I was interested in: air, force and gravity."
- Moved to Europe where he met A.J. Hackett; together they co-developed the modern bungy.
- Gained recognition after Hackett bungy jumped off of the Eiffel Tower.
- Says that bungy jumping is a personal challenge; it comes down to how you physically and mentally deal with perceived danger.
- Believes bungy jumping creates a point of intense focus that doesn't happen very often: everything opens up after you decide to jump.
- Says like in life, if you think about the risk of bungy jumping rationally, you'll know it's safe, but you still have to ready yourself to take that risk emotionally.