Extreme Sports from around the world

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Postby manga2read on Thu Apr 24, 2014 10:36 pm

For something like an extreme sport, the person in the above post probably needed a custom travel insurance coverage plan so that she would have herself covered. Now her friends and family will be likely turning to online fundraising efforts to collect donations to pay those bills.
General advice for travellers crossing borders is to have their doctors fill out the travel insurance form-remember, insurance companies will check the information if you submit a claim or ask for permission to get medical help while in another country.

Did you read that a BASE jume occurred off the Burj Khalifa in Dubai? The threesome planned/trained for three years and had sponsorship by a resort. I cannot think of how the landing was planned.
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Re: Extreme Sports from around the world

Postby ice cream on Fri Jul 18, 2014 6:53 pm

"I love to suffer," says extreme surf photographer Chris Burkard. That much is clearly evident from his incredible portfolio (see photo gallery below left), built up from shooting surfers as they ride waves in some of the most extreme places on the planet. The California-based photographer hikes glaciers, dons wetsuits and routinely gets slammed by his subjects (unintentionally) as he tries to get as close as possible to the action.

http://www.cnn.com/2014/07/18/travel/ar ... ?hpt=hp_t4

I love the cold, but this is extra extreme, over the top and just plain crazy. Has this one had his head read lately, if not he may need it.

Frostbite from surfing would be no laughing matter, worse if you fall in and are covered in freezing water.
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Postby rodeorope on Sun Aug 17, 2014 3:02 pm

French police are investigating the death of a 35-year-old Australian BASEjumper following an accident in the High Alps on Sunday.

French authorities say the man fell to his death after jumping from the summit of the 2525-metre Brévent near Chamonix, a haven for the adventure sports community. Brévent neighbours Mont Blanc, Europe's highest peak. Rescue workers found the man in a wooded area at the base of the summit. They said it was likely he died on impact.

http://www.smh.com.au/world/australian- ... 0575d.html

Very scary stuff. The adrenaline is the reason to take up the sport, but is it worth your life? Unless one can wear a parachute when trouble hits, there is no safety net and
takes the extreme sport to the deadly level.
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Re: Extreme Sports from around the world

Postby rocks on Fri Oct 03, 2014 8:30 pm

Tightrope walker Nik Wallenda says he'll wear a blindfold next month when he crosses from one Chicago high-rise building to another.

The 35-year-old daredevil plans two Chicago tightrope walks to be broadcast live on the Discovery Channel on Nov. 2. The first walk will stretch more than two city blocks on an uphill 15-degree angle from one high-rise to another above the Chicago River. The second walk will go from one of Chicago's two Marina Towers buildings to the other. Wallenda said Friday that walk will be done wearing a blindfold. Wallenda has walked across the Niagara Falls and the Little Colorado River Gorge in Arizona, near the Grand Canyon, in the past two years.

http://www.ctvnews.ca/entertainment/bli ... -1.2037667

This takes extreme to a whole new level of craziness. No safety net and it doesn't say if he will be tethered to stop him from falling to his death. Life is too short and this is
not worth possibly losing your life over. It's bloody nuts.
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Re: Extreme Sports from around the world

Postby musicrock on Sun Jan 11, 2015 11:35 am

rocks -
Tightrope walker Nik Wallenda says he'll wear a blindfold next month when he crosses from one Chicago high-rise building to another.

Without a tether is just a death wish waiting to happen. Even with a tether its crazy and has he even considered how his kids would react watching dad take a fall from that height?


A base jumper has completed what is believed to be New Zealand's biggest base jump, with a vertical drop of almost 2km. David Walden, 45, stepped off a rock on the north shoulder of Mt Avalanche in the Mt Aspiring National Park, near Wanaka.

He dropped 1840m and landed 4km away, crossing the Bonar Glacier as he flew at terminal velocity of 150km/h. Mr Walden jumped with a wingsuit and landed with the assistance of a parachute two days before Christmas.

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/artic ... d=11385022

"You fly down over a glacier, and over a frozen lake, and over a huge waterfall, over a forest, and over tussocks, and you land on one of the beautiful flats, next to a river. There are a lot of nice things about it. It's not just about making the biggest jump."

2 km is 1.2 miles straight down and that is beyond nuts, crazy, insane. Either he has an overload of guts or incapable of fear, because just looking straight down would be scary enough, but to jump off it and head straight down is a new level of insane.

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