HANSEN -- Perched on a foot-wide slab of concrete
overhanging the Snake River Canyon, Dave Nevins looks
As a large truck full of sugar
beets drives by Saturday morning, the entire Hansen
Bridge shakes a little -- but not enough to shake the
smile off Nevins' face. The slender Boise-resident
simply leans forward slightly to keep his balance, to
keep himself from falling -- at least just
With his face to the road, Nevins can't see
the deep purple and brown rocks along the canyon wall.
He doesn't notice the water cascading halfway down the
south side of the canyon and plummeting into the chilly
The November breeze does little to
ruffle either Nevins' resolve or his blonde, spiky hair.
The man has something to prove: if I can do it, you can,
Having successfully managed his diabetes for
30 years, Nevins wants to show others with the disease
that they can lead a full -- if not downright
adventuresome -- life, too. His nonprofit organization,
No Limits, teamed up with Over the Edge Inc., to raise
money for diabetes by bungee jumping off the
"It'll go to getting people out there and
doing things," Nevins said.
Trever Alters, also
of Boise, was one of a dozen who gathered to take the
plunge and aid Nevins' cause. Also a diabetic, Alters
takes to heart No Limits' message.
"The goals are
to educate and promote a healthy, active lifestyle for
everyone with diabetes," he said.
became involved with No Limits, he has pursued those
goals for himself, taking up swimming and jogging. The
exercise has paid off, keeping Alters' blood sugar
levels stable and helping him "just feel
"It makes a huge difference," Alters
Alters, who has bungee jumped before,
laughed and joked with his fellow jumpers when his turn
to take the plunge arrived. Nevins asked Alters whether
the Hansen Bridge was high enough for him while Marcus
Rojas, of Over the Edge Inc., attached straps to Alters'
"Yeah," Alters said. "Actually, could you
give me another couple hundred feet?"
A line of
semi-trucks barreled across the two-lane bridge passing
within a few arms-length from where Alters sat waiting
to jump. Letting out a little whoop, Alters plunges
head-first off the bridge down to where the Snake River
weaves its way through Magic Valley. As Alters reaches
the end of the cord and swings under the bridge, he
allows another "woo-hoo" to bellow up the canyon
"That was great," Alters said. "Oh
First-time bungee jumper Bryan Jones
doesn't seem quite as enthusiastic or laid-back as
Alters while Rojas readied the Kendrick, Idaho resident
for his jump. Admittedly nervous, Jones had one last
"Has anyone ever soiled
themselves when doing this?" he said, with a
The smile evaporated as Rojas began the
"Five -- four -- three -- two --
one," Rojas shouts.
For about a half second,
Jones hesitates before doing the recommended swan-dive
approach, leaping face-first into the depths below.
Jones doesn't remember what crossed his mind in that
moment. But, he had plenty to say as the "rope-crew"
pulled Jones out of the canyon.
"That's one of
the coolest things I've done in my life," he said. "I
want to go again."
There's a first time for
everything, but Saturday wasn't Nevins' first time
bungee jumping. Having bungee-jumped 14 times before,
this was Nevins' first off the Hansen Bridge and his
first effort jumping backwards with the cord just
attached to his ankles.
"I've got to keep it
challenging," he said.
With little show, Nevins
high-fives Rojas and lives up to one more of life's
Times-News reporter Michelle Dunlop
can be reached at 735-3237 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org
|No Limits promotes both fitness and fun for
diabetics. To find more about the nonprofit
organization, contact Dave Nevins at (208)