Living Life to the Extreme
YOLO. It’s a saying used every so often. Although recently popularised, people have been abiding by it since the old days. One of the ways to do it is to live life to the extreme, including your travel adventures.
With that in mind, here are three of the most extreme activities you can try across the globe. Needless to say, these are not for the faint-hearted. The dangers will be mentioned as well so as to let you know what you’ll be getting yourself into if you choose to participate in any of these nail-biting pursuits.
Cliff Diving at Horseshoe Lake, Alberta, Canada
What makes cliff diving really hazardous is that the only safety gear you get to wear is a life vest, and sometimes people don’t even wear one at all. It’s also tricky given that you have to land as perpendicular as you can relative to the water surface. Land flat and it’s just like hitting the pavement.
That said, Horseshoe Lake is a popular, or perhaps infamous, cliff diving spot in Jasper National Park of Alberta. There are different cliffs of varying heights to jump from, but the highest is 80 foot. It’s certainly one of the highest cliff jumps around, apart from the ones we witness the Red Bull professional cliff divers launch themselves off on television.
Horseshoe Lake is a renowned spot because lots of non-pro jumpers take on the 80-foot jump and injure themselves in the process. According to Fitzhugh, two jumpers broke their backs after diving in 2012. To make matters worse, there are no warning signs at the top of the cliff.
If you think you can handle it, consider yourself warned.
Bungee Jumping at Royal Gorge, Colorado, USA
The Royal Gorge Bridge sits at more than 1,000 feet above ground level.Travelling Post states that it’s considered the world’s highest bungee jump. The jump covers 800 feet.
The Royal Gorge Bridge was the highest bridge in the world for more than 70 years, before losing the title to Si Du River Bridge in China, which sits over 1,600 feet above ground level. Travel and Leisure mentions that the title holder changed again to Beipanjing Bridge which is also in China and it’s more than 1,850 feet above ground, but you can’t bungee jump from those two yet.
Bungee jumping involves an upward tug when you hit the pull-back point, so that great degree of force that it causes has been known to injure people in the process. The rush of fluid to the head will also result in a sudden increase in blood pressure in your eyes’ and blood vessels so some jumpers experience temporary vision impairment after the activity – although this rare.
Sky Dive over Mount Everest
Forget about conventional skydiving this time. Since we’re talking about extreme activities, this is the ultimate skydive for adrenaline junkies. It’s an extreme adventure from start to finish.
Before you can board the chopper, Forbes explains that you’ll have to get through days of trekking first to reach the base camp. Then you fly to 23,000 feet above sea level to make the drop, with the surrounding mountain range including Mount Everest as your scenery. How’s that for an extreme combination?
The only catch is that the prices are steep as well. Solo and tandem jumps start at USD $20,000 and $25,000, respectively. But considering you’re paying for a priceless experience and basically your life and safety, those rates are fairly reasonable.
Extreme twists to certain activities seem something of a evolution of many sports. People raced cars, but then felt they weren’t fast enough. Unsatisfied with engine capacities, more powerful ones were built to race and, subsequently Formula One was born. There are all sorts of extreme sports, not to mention extreme games. Bikes were used to get from A to B, but why stop there? Let’s take our BMX’s and do some extreme tricks and deaf defying jumps.
Moving indoors, video games are fun and relaxing especially in the casual genre, but now games like Slingo have spawned alternative versions and spinoff titles that have become popular such as Slingo Extreme for a faster-paced entertainment. RPG’s were immersive and addictive for many, but then they were deemed relics so developers made ‘hardcore’ RPG’s like Baldur’s Gate. Those are just few examples of taking things to a whole new level and represent the evolution of a ton of different industries.
There’s something about living life on the edge and some people can’t stop themselves from living this particular lifestyle. Even if sometimes these pursuits entail added dangers such as the mentioned aforementioned, they’re also equally rewarding. I’d have to agree, there’s no experience comparable to taking a plunge from the top of a cliff, a bridge, or the highest yet, an aircraft. Life is for living, after all.