Scholars have said long back that there is a very thin border between the bravery & stupidity! You may not understand the fairness of this statement only until you get yourself acquainted with some of the most weird adventure sports that are practiced in reality by many adrenaline junkies across the world.
Although, the most of the people would find these extreme sports equivalent to an ‘Attempted Suicide’, the thrill & excitement that it offers is simply insane! There is absolutely no margin for error & even a single mistake is enough for setting the practitioner on his journey to the afterlife! There is only one condition- ‘Don’t Die’ & the winner is the one who lives after the accomplishment of the feat!
- Street Luging:
An advanced but deadly dangerous improvisation in skateboarding is something that gives rise to this eerie sport! This sport requires you to get atop a hill road that wriggles down to the ground level while taking some sharp & dangerous twists & turns. Once you make it to the top, lie flat on a skateboard which has to be long enough to accommodate your body & then, hurl yourself down the road!
Once you’ve started speeding downwards riding few inches above the surface, you will find the task getting more & more daunting as you negotiate every turn since you won’t have the luxury of a wheel or a rod at least to steer your ride & more importantly, no brakes to control your pace!
You may be riding purely on your luck since the drivers of the vehicles approaching from the opposite side may not always be so attentive to locate you rolling down uncontrollably at a ferocious pace! Even if you learn the art of dodging the vehicles, a slight loss of balance will set you tumbling over & over again, engraving your body with a multitude of severe bruises, cuts & may be, major fractures!
- Free Solo Climbing:
Although the rock climbing or the normal free climbing have a great history & respect among the other adventure sports, the slight modification in this form radically changes the point of view towards ‘safe adventure sport’ image of climbing! This newest trend in climbing mandates the climber to scale up the surface without using any safety equipment, not even a rope!
‘Free Solo Climbing’, which is often called as free soloing or only Soloing, is the form of free climbing where the climber starts ascending or descending the surface relying entirely on his limbs, concentration & climbing abilities. No protective gear such as harnesses, helmets or ropes are used & the height of the climb, on most of the occasions, reaches far beyond the safe heights for climbing, which means that a fall is an open invitation to the death!
- Extreme Ironing:
Ironing the clothes may not appear to be as intimidating task unless you burn yourself accidently by touching its hot bottom! While most of us prefer to iron our clothes while standing safely on the ground, there is a tribe of some insanely courageous people who prefer pressing their clothes while practicing some other adventure sports!
‘Extreme Ironing’ can take place anywhere under the sky- while doing any strenuous activity or standing on the most uncomfortable surfaces. People are seen ironing their clothes while climbing the rocks, on a tree top, on a tip of a cliff, or even while sky diving & snowboarding! Some of them have gone even further & have pressed their clothes while diving underwater!
‘Extreme ironing’ may not appear as challenging as the other sports in the list, still one can never ignore the danger associated with it if it is coupled with some wild adventure sport. Having said that, one has to admit that the ‘Extreme Ironing’ is perhaps the most sophisticated adventure sport of all since it gives you the joy of wearing a well-pressed shirt while indulging in some of the most extreme activities in your life!
A variation of tightrope walking, the ‘Slacklining’ involves walking on a stiff nylon rope tied between two points well above the ground. Although, it may not sound so terrible, it is not that easy either! Walking on a rope without anything but the body weight to maintain the balance tests your skills as well as helps in improving the flexibility.
Now the weird part of this otherwise sober looking sport is that, some folks who have the heart of steel, dare to walk on the rope to traverse the hellish valley between the two towering cliffs or the mountains!
- Ice Climbing:
A variation in the normal climbing, ice climbing refers to the protected climbing of inclined ice formations such as frozen waterfalls, rocks or cliffs covered with the frozen ice of flowing water. The climbers need to be professionally trained for such type of climbing as the water ice can be highly treacherous. Special climbing gears, including ice axes are required for ascending the ice formations.