Jumping Into Canyons + Go Go Goa, India
Publication: RidiculouslyExtraordinary.
Posted by Ryan Neal
Jumping Into Canyons + Go Go Goa, India
Publication: RidiculouslyExtraordinary. Posted by Ryan Neal

Last weekend I was in Queenstown, NZ. To some it's considered the adventure capital of the world. Sweet. I like adventure.

But Queenstown has something for everyone, adrenaline junkie or not. Luxury hotels? Check. Sweet hostels? (The Last Resort, best hostel ever.) Check. Amazing scenery? Parts of Lord of the Rings were filmed in the surrounding areas. Check. Water sports? Check. You get the point, it has everything.

My main reason for coming to New Zealand was specifically because of Queenstown. More specifically, the Nevis 134m (440ft) High Wire Bungy.

Australia was always on my list of places to visit. New Zealand wasn't until I learned about Nevis sometime early this year.

Upon arriving in Queenstown I learned about another really fun activity. The Shotover Canyon Swing. It's 109m (358ft) high with a 60m (197ft) drop and a top speed of 150kph (93mph).

I decided to book the Canyon Swing for Saturday since it was windy and not a particularly nice day. I wanted to do the Nevis jump on a clear sunny day, and Sunday's forecast was perfect.

Canyon Swing Videos (yes, I was nervous, as you can tell):

Sunday I headed to Nevis. Unfortunately, I stupidly bought the DVD instead of the USB stick (wasn't thinking, must've been the adrenaline) so I won't have the video digitized until December.

Nevis was a really fun experience. I'll leave it at that until I have video to share. ;)


A few people have noticed that my sidebar has been updated with a slight change of plans. I had planned on going to Singapore/Thailand in January, but now I'm going to India.

Why India?

To learn how to build guitars with a luthier.

I've been wanting to do that for a long time. When I was in 9th grade I built a guitar that barely played and sounded like crap. I didn't give it another shot. Until now!

India isn't exactly known as a guitar building mecca. But that doesn't mean it's not full of skilled craftsmen.

And I love Indian food.

And the weather is great.

And it's about $3k cheaper than doing the same type of course in the U.S. :)

I'll be in Goa for a month or two.

Then, assuming I don't fall in love with India, I'll head to Thailand.

Been to India or Thailand? Sweet! Let me know your experiences.


I wrote this from the most beautiful place I've ever been in my life. Lake Tekapo, New Zealand. Thanks to Eszter, a CouchSurfer I met in Sydney, for insisting I visit here.

Lake Tekapo New Zealand