Top 5 Extreme Sports
Those seeking extreme sports are often describes as « adrenaline junkies » or thrill seekers. They want to extend the boundaries of their capabilities and test themselves. Society is divided between those who thing that extreme sports are irresponsible and risk injury or death and those who think that such sports are part of the need to push oneself.
Base-jumping involves leaping from a high structure or cliff or mountainside with parachute. The death rate is extremely high because the reaction time for pulling the chord of the parachute is far less than jumping from an aeroplane. One in 2,137 jumps result in fatalities and any error usually results in death. It takes danger seeking to a new level. This is quite apart from the risk to others from being hit by a falling body. Skydiving is a recognized sport, which has real danger potential, but the parachutist normally has a reserve chute.
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#2. Free Soloing
Free Soloing is climbing up a cliff face involves climbing without equipment and safety ropes. You depend totally on your hands and feet to cling to the rock face and pull yourself up. Whilst a short period of free soloing can help develop climbing technique a longer period of climbing like this produces a terrific strain on the climber as he takes the weight of his body on his hands and feet. Mountain climbing is already a dangerous sport but by removing crampons on your boots and safety harnesses, and ropes it invites almost certain death or serious injury.
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#3. High lining
High lining involves walking on a tight rope or wire suspended over a deep drop like a canyon or waterfall. Pictures of climbing over Niagara Falls recall the classical nature of this feat, which is related to circus high wire acts. The wire or rope is not stabilized and there is no safety net or balancing pole. Walking a slack rope or wire is far more difficult than crossing a tightened wire and the highline has no balancing pole. Nick Wallenda walked over a wire suspended over Niagara Falls in 2012 but he had a balancing pole and was not slack lining.
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#4. Wingsuit flying
Wingsuit flying is an extension of skydiving and usually takes place during a skydive before the parachute is opened. The suit has fabric under the arms and legs, which are supposed to give extra lift as the suit has a glide ratio of 2.5 meters for every meter. The wingsuit flyer normally unzips his wings to be able to reach the toggle and parachute controls. The suits are often referred to as batman suits, birdman or flying squirrel suits. Men have often tried to use wing suits to fly by jumping off the Eiffel tower and other high points.
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Creeking is an extreme form of white water canoeing and kayaking descending very low-level white water falls and slides. The canoes and kayaks are specially reinforced to withstand the pressures and give a higher performance and maneuverability to avoid obstacles like sharp rocks and outcrops. Creeking requires extra safety gear, which is not needed for kayaking such as bags to cushion impact and special facemasks as well as helmets. As well as first aid kits and repair kits. Creeking is usually carried out as a group activity and stowing supplies and survival gear can affect the boats performance.
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