How I Jumped Off the Euromast and Survived

Last week I was on the Internet (wasting time, as usual) and I found out about this: abseiling and the zip wire of the Euromast.

I knew about the Euromast, and I knew that you can go abseiling there (abseiling meaning “a vertically controlled descent down at an independent climbing rope”). One of my classmates at the Dutch course I took (ja, I took a Dutch course!) did it and showed me some pictures.

The zip wire was something new for me. Well, not the zip wire itself, but the zip wire at the Euromast. Anyway, I don’t know why, but I tought “This is something I could do”.

The thought “I can do it” soon became “I want to do it”, then “I book it” and finally “I’m going to do it”. Since yesterday I can say “I did it!”.

So here’s how it went.

The zip wire at the Euromast is available every last Sunday of the month, from May to September. At the end of August we’ll probably be travelling, at the end of September we might be moving (but that’s another story), so we had to decide between the last Sunday of June (yesterday) and the last one of July. Why wait the end of July, if you can do it in a week? So we booked our descent for yesterday around 1:30 p.m.

I had less than a week to think about it, imagine how it would go and get scared. I looked at the pictures on the website, I even found some videos on YouTube, and it didn’t look that scary to me. Yes, you’re practically falling from 100m, but you’re all tied up, it lasts just about 15 seconds…it’s not a big deal, is it? So, I wasn’t feeling scared. I actually almost forgot about it, until Friday or Saturday.

The weekend approaching reminded me that we had something programmed for Sunday. That “something” was falling from 100m at a 100km per hour speed!  And I started having second thoughts, maybe it was better not to go, not to do it. But there was also another voice inside me saying “Come on! You’re afraid? So what?! Just do it!”.

Saturday night I even had a dream (nightmare?!) about it. I don’t remember exactly what happened in the dream, just that after taking the elevator to go up, I had to wait for one hour or so before my descent. And I think the most you wait, the most you have time to get scared!

Luckily, I think that it took just 15-20 minutes from the moment we entered the Euromast, paid the tickets, signed the disclaimer (“If something happens to you, it’s not our problem”) and the moment I actually went on the zip wire.

We arrived at the zip wire point and a big guy that looked like Mr Clean welcomed us saying something in Dutch. Ehm, can you speak English? Right now my brain is going “Aaaaahhhhh!!!!”, I don’t think I can speak Dutch, or speak at all for that matter.

I was then harnessed, and hooked on the  zip wire. There were two other guys there, one of them started explaining me what to do and what was going to happen. He told me to sit on the edge of the railing, facing outwards, slide down a little bit and stand. He told me that they were going to count to 3, then I had to bend my knees and I would start falling.

Well, I think he said those things. I guess a part of my brain was actually listening! The other part was going “It’s freaking high up here!!! I don’t want to do this anymore!!! What was I thinking!?!? I’m going to have a heart attack!!! I want my mom!!!”. Pretty brave, uh!!

Anyway, I obediently did what the guy told me to do, and even if I almost wanted to scream “I don’t want to do it!! I don’t want to do it!! I don’t want to do it!!”, all I could say (ehm whisper) was “I’m kind of scared…”. Yeah, right! Kind of scared, that’s kind of an understatement!

He was very nice and told me not to worry. It was perfectly normal to feel scared, it was even a good thing, and I was not the first one to feel like that. OK, if you say so…

Too late for second thoughts. One…two…three…bend your knees!

And whoosh! I started falling. Fast. And faster.

For about 4 seconds I was literally breathless. I don’t know if I closed my eyes. For sure I was not looking around me, at first. Then I started realizing that I was suspended mid air, descending fast. I thought “I did it! I’m here and I’m doing it!”.

Whoooo!!

Yes, I screamed a bit. A little, liberating scream.

After just a few seconds, I arrived at the landing spot where there were other guys who helped me land safely (but still in a clumsy and awkward way!) and took me off the zip wire.

I then waited for M. to make his landing, and we went back up to return harness and hooks, look at the pictures they’ve taken of us, and then enjoy the view of Rotterdam from the Euromast in a less adventurous way. Even though another crazy thing happened…but that’s another story, maybe another time.

So how was it after all? Scary, that’s for sure! But a great experience, and a good way to test yourself, see what you’re capable of, overcome your fears, and be thrilled with an adrenaline rush!

Before doing it, I thought that I would have enjoyed it  so much that I would have wanted to do it again. Well…no! At least not in a short time, I guess. I did enjoyed it very much, but I’m still feeling scared when I think about sitting on the edge, bending my knees and falling…

I’m proud of myself. I think I needed it to forget my insecurities, and see that even if something looks scary, you just have to try and go for it.

Count to three and let yourself go!

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88 thoughts on “How I Jumped Off the Euromast and Survived

  1. I am terribly afraid of heights. I’m not so sure I could ever overcome this fear. I guess I’ll just have to live vicariosly through brave people like you.

  2. I’m with Rufus – I think you’re very brave. Don’t know if I could ever do that, so I’m glad you shared it with us. Love that little scream you let out!

  3. Brava! I’m a zip line fanatic. Love that you did it off the Euromast and appreciate even more that recount your adventure here and added some good photos.

    Congrats on getting “Freshly Pressed” as well. 🙂

  4. That is nuts!!! LOL You are very brave to do that. They are doing something similar to that on Toronto’s CN Tower.

  5. Congrats on overcoming your fear and going for it. You’re an inspiration to all of us out here who are thinking, “I could never do that.” And congrats for being Freshly Pressed, too!

  6. Facing your fears and being Freshly Pressed – what an awesome combination! Good for you for doing it. I don’t think I would have gotten to the “I could do that” stage so wouldn’t have made it up to to the top. Yikes! Nice story.

  7. Wow! Just wow. If I ever get the chance to travel when I’m older, I will have to try that, just to see if I could break my fear of heights. Nice pictures as well, and congratulations on getting Freshly Pressed.

    • @Gigi – thanks for referring me to this blog! 🙂 and posting my link here.

      @noisesandsweetairs – thanks for sharing your story, it’s truly inspirational. It must feel so good to overcome your fear. Were you more afraid of the process of getting all strapped up, the feeling of falling and the height or were you more scared of the outcome – the possibility of something going not according to plan? 🙂

      • Hi ACW! I’m happy you liked my story. What scared me most was the feeling of falling, and the height also! 🙂
        I think that in general the most difficult thing is to decide that you’re going to to something. Then once you’ve started, everything looks easier.

  8. wow so glad you did it, brave couple that you are, i would love to do it, ive done abseiling but i would love to do this, i am going to share this with a very very brave friend of mine as i know she would love to do this (after recently doing her first ever bungee jump).

    great story 🙂 well done again and well done for being on FP

  9. I am *very* sure that I could not do this! I hate climbing ladders, so can’t imagine what I’d do if faced with zip-lining from 100 meters up! Very brave of you, congratulations on looking your fear in the eye and making it blink.

  10. I would love to go down a zip wire if I ever get the chance. Couldn’t really call myself brave for it, though, since I’m freakishly crazy about heights and anything fast (as long as I know it’s safe). But I know others are not like me. I really admire you for getting past the fear and doing it. A real character builder, it is. Congrats! 🙂

  11. Way cool! Good for you for being brave enough to go through with it! We have zip-lining around where I live (Western MA, U.S.), but nothing like the Euromast! Cheers!

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  13. I could never dare!!
    I was on top at the Sagrida Familia in barcelona and freaked out LOL! Hights are not my thing, even though it seems liek it looks fun when you did it. Never heard about the euromast before 🙂

  14. awesom post! I remember attempting a Bungee jump once in a fair, a height of 200 metres. I was all for it until I was standing upon the narrow plank suspended platform and my family looking like bacteria below me. my brain started screamin- i will be killed i want to go back and then, the platform dissapeared beneath me.
    Free fall is awesom. And the last part where i hung upside down was bad.
    Loved this post.

  15. Looks like fun! Didn’t know about this being available, next time in Rotterdam might try to get a ride! Do they take the photos or did a friend help out?

  16. How brave Analise! I’ve been working on conquering a 20 foot rock climbing wall – it took me three months of practicing until I could climb up and let myself down, and you did all of this in just one try. Hurray! Plus, you got Freshly Pressed – what a day.

  17. I’ve done the CN tower as well. There is also a glass floor in the cable car across the blue mountains near sydney, but never have I wanted to be on the outside of either, nor have I wanted to be on a wire. I got sweaty palms thinking about it.

  18. Loved it! I love a good adrenaline rush! I just faced a big fear this weekend and went hang gliding, so I can really relate! Good job not talking yourself out of it!!

  19. That looks really cool, I have to try that out sometime. You should try out bungy jumping in New Zealand it’s pretty extreme as well. I went to one where it was the longest bungy jump in the world with a lake at the bottom its located in Taupo, New Zealand.

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