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There are some jumping videos on YouTube, wonder if we could add one to the page --Benfulton 09:45, 8 August 2009 (EDT)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gEwKL6MA6vE


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Rooftop Quarry is by far one of the best in Indiana. It’s full of all kinds of quarry jumps from short to outrageously high and it’s a great place to relax ad get some sun on a hot day. Rooftop was made famous in the 1979 film “Breaking Away” and it’s been popular ever since. The quarry jumpers mainly consist of thrill-seeking IU students and townies and the occasional tourist.

Quarry swimming is all about the thrill of jumping off a high, rocky ledge into cool water. It tends to appeal to most young men and women who crave excitement. “You can’t jump off high ledges at the pools,” said Bloomington high school student Andrew Pickel, “and the quarries are free.” He goes to the quarries all the time during the summer with his friends to have fun.

The only problems with swimming at Rooftop are that it’s illegal since it’s located on private property, and it’s potentially dangerous. Rooftop, originally named “Sanders Quarry”, is owned by Indiana Limestone Co. and is marked with multiple “No Trespassing” signs. Police have been known to arrest trespassers and tow illegally parked cars. “If they think the property owner or police are going to understand their nostalgia, it’s not going to happen,” said sheriff’s deputy Jerry Reed. (HeraldTimesOnline.com)

Along with being illegal, the quarries are known to be dangerous pits, with underwater mining machinery and other hidden hazards. “It’s like something out of a cartoon,” said Monroe County sheriff’s detective Brad Swain. “You take a dive and smash into it” (HeraldTimesOnline.com). But what causes the most quarry injuries and deaths is the classic, 65 foot rooftop jump. Many men and women have been seriously injured or killed from hitting the water at such high speeds. If you don’t land feet first and straight, you’ll most definitely be injured or killed. People have suffered compression fractures, collapsed lungs, and multiple cuts and bruises just from the impact. Therefore, police recommend swimmers spend their summer days somewhere else like a pool or Lake Monroe.

It is inevitable that risk-taking thrill-seekers will make their way to Rooftop. There is risk involved in going there since it’s illegal and dangerous, but that just doesn’t matter to some Hoosiers. Quarry jumping is what they “crave” and most of them won’t let the safety and legal issues stop them.