Hiking through the most challenging terrain or fidgeting with the monstrous waves of the ocean may surely check on your stamina & the will power, but if you really wish to feel the adrenaline flooding through your veins, there is no better alternative than the aerial adventure sports!
These extreme sports are not for the ‘easy-goers’, instead, the nature of these sports demands those people who have craze for the extreme madness & who are reckless enough to go beyond any barriers for experiencing the spine-chilling excitement & the nerve-wracking thrills! Have a look at the ‘Top 5 extreme aerial adventure sports’ which will surely give you goosebumps!
- Wingsuit Flying:
‘Wigsuit Flying’ is the extreme adventure sport that lets a human being to fly up in the air like a flamingo! A specialized suit, which creates a surface area with the drapery under the arms as well as between the legs, provides significant lift that can help the human body to float in the air. ‘Wingsuit’ flight normally begins with skydiving or Base-jumping & it ends with a parachute opening to land safely on the ground.
Where To Try: Some places where Wingsuite Base jumping, which is often called as ‘WiBASE’, is practiced are Chamonix in France, Monte Brento in Italy, Kjerag & Trollstigen in Norway & Lauterbrunnen in Switzerland.
- Hang Gliding:
One of the oldest & the most famous aerial adventure sport-the ‘Hang Gliding’, enables a person to glide in the air using a non-motorized, lightweight airframe sheathed with synthetic cloth. In its initial days, the sport was restricted to gliding only for a little while. However, the modern technology has enabled the glider to hover for hours at great height.
Where To Try: ‘Hang Gliding’ being one of the most famous adventure sports, it is practiced in a number of countries across the world. The Alps is the most loved destinations for the hang gliding & several European countries, including Germany, Austria, Switzerland, France, Slovenia, Italy etc. have splendid destinations for practicing ‘Hang Gliding’. It is also widely practiced in other countries such as USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Russia, India & Brazil.
- Bungee Jumping:
The insane act of the Bungee or Bungy Jumping consists of hurling from a tall structure while being tethered using a long elastic cord. Although on most of the occasions, the structure remains stationary, some dare devils won’t mind jumping from hot-air balloon or a chopper either! The structure from where the jumper leaps can be a skyscraper, a viaduct, a cliff or even a crane. An experience of ‘free-falling’ from a great height & then oscillating up & down as the cord recoils, make this sport insanely thrilling!
Where To Try: Alhough the ‘Bungee Jumping’ can be tried from any tall platform, there are certain places in the world which are more famous for the height reasons. The Macau Tower that has world’s highest commercial jump point (233 mt), is one of the most famous destinations for the ‘Bungee Jumping’. Apart from it, Kawarau Bridge in Queenstown, Souleuvre Viaduct in Normandy, France & Verzasca Dam near Locarno in Switzerland are also famous for their jaw-dropping ‘free-falls’!
One of the most reputed & an elite grade extreme sport- ‘Skydiving’ involves leaping from an aircraft & hovering freely in the air without any support & returning back to the ground by slowing down midway & opening a parachute in the final phase of the landing! Evolved initially from the deployment necessities of military airborne forces, ‘Skydiving’ is now performed as a recreational activity. The Hybrid Formations done midway while falling by the group of divers, is the most incredible part of the ‘Skydiving’.
Where To Try: The Swiss Alps, the Bayron Bay in Australia, Savile in Spain, Kamchatka Peninsula in Russia, Dubai, Fox Glacier in New Zealand, Mauritius etc. offer some of the best opportunities for ‘Skydiving’.
Very popular among the adventure junkies, the ‘Zip-Lining’ consists of traversing the distance using a pulley suspended on a cable which enables the user to propel from top to bottom of the angled cable. Generally used for accessing remote areas, ‘Zip-lining’ is practiced as a recreational activity to cross valleys or rivers & often make a part of the ‘Eco-Tourism’.
Where To Try: The forests of Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Florida, Vallarta, Sun City in South Africa are hugely popular among the zip-lining fanatics!