Ultimate Adventures: Sports were originally organized to encourage healthy group activities in communities and later expanded to the whole country population. Good performance and fair play within safety limits was foremost consideration. Now-a-days adventurism and thrill seems to have engulfed the new generation and they do not care about hurting themselves.
This trend is the climax of self satisfaction to achieve all at any risk, including one’s own life. This suicidal risk tendency is claiming hundreds of lives and thousands are left disabled every year, besides uncountable injured. No doubt big achievements lift the spirits sky-high and honors are bestowed. Only the living can celebrate the hard earned decorations. The precious LIFE is only ONE. Risking it in pursuit of hitting records, that are bound to be bettered soon, could only be termed emotional madness. To me, playing with limited Risk is THANKS-GIVING to our Lord our Creator.
List of Few Ultimate Adventures of the World
Big Wave Surfing at Ship Sterns Bluff – Tasmania, Australia
The Ship-sterns Bluff is situated very remote off the southern coast of Tasmania. It is reachable by boat or across wild terrain. This point break is extremely unpredictable as wave crash from above 8 feet to 20 feet. The expert surfers like Kelly Slater and Ryan Hipwood are often confused and swing dangerously close to the rock fields. The coast’s smaller black cliffs underwater pose big danger when surfers return from riding giant waves. Once committed, the surfers only concentrate on what is in front.
K-2, Karakoram Range, Pakistan
K-2 is admittedly more deadly than Everest. This remote peak (28251 feet/8611 meters) has very unpredictable weather and far difficult accessibility. The professional climbers say they face adventurous conditions every time. The recently devised trend is to descend by jump ski down. The famous ski guide Dave Watson skied down starting 800ft. (250 m) below the summit in 2009. Following his steps a Swedish, Fredrik Ericsson, died trying this in 2010. The downward hazards are fierce winds, avalanches and rocks below snow surface.
Wenger Patagonian Expedition Race – Chile
This is more of an expedition stretching over 350 miles (550km) and takes up to ten days travelling the remote and rough terrain of Patagonia. The teams of four racers each travel without any maps and navigate by satellite images. The course passes through high peaks in Torres Del Paine, Southern Continental Ice Field vast spans and very rough seas around Cape Horn. Racers climb mountain bike, trek and kayak and get very little sleep. The course changes every year.
Mount Everest – Nepal
Everest has been surpassed by hundreds of climbers since 1953. Despite the extreme hazards involved like bitter cold, avalanches, stormy winds and other uncountable challenges the rush to the peak is increasing. Now the blind and the amputees are also struggling to clinch a new record and to stand on TOP of the WORLD. Every spring sees new achievements.
Descend Into Active Volcano – Vanuatu, South Pacific
Geoff Mackley, an Australian adventurer recently led his group to perform a real daring feat of descending into a live volcano deep down. They descended about 650 feet (195m) into the Vanuatu’s Marum Volcano and saw personally the Earth’s explosive molten matter, in 2010. They wore heatproof suits and one of them came within 300 feet (90m) of the viciously boiling lake of lava and went unconscious. There are unpredictable and unfriendly gases, extreme heat, falling rocks and explosions splintering molten lava upwards. But they did it.
Hahnenkamm Down Hill Ski Race
In 1931 the race organizers opened a new most hair-raising ski course on earth. The two mile run descends 2800 vertical feet with bumps, heaps and off-camber turns that bluff the racers.
The successful participants reach speeds recorded 87 mph (140 km). World’s top skiers are now attracted to this Down Hill Ski Race. The extremely enthusiastic 100000 spectators crowd the full course length cheering their favorites.
Sahara Desert – North Africa
World’s largest Sahara desert stretches 3000 miles (4800km) across from Atlantic Ocean to Red sea. It is a great challenge for adventurers, who face dust-storms, thirst, intolerable heat, hostile tribes and wild animals, to mention a few. The explorers take a lot of survival gear as little help is available when something goes wrong. Days pass on the sand dunes without contact. The braver cross Sahara on foot or camel.
Kayak Waterfall – New Record – Washington, U.S.A.
Freefalls from high waterfalls are dangerous but seem irresistible by the young kayakers who shun the thought of being mortal. They derive their motivation from ‘this is possible and I can do it’. Tyler Bradt, who holds the 2009 record with a 3.7 second freefall over 186 feet (57m) at Palouse Falls in Washington. The experts say the participants should be convinced of getting hurt and believe in own immortality. The final conviction helps ‘I want to do it, because I can’.
EL-Capitan, California, U.S.A.
Mount Everest was first surpassed in 1953, attracting the attention of adventure prone people Worldwide. The tough and difficult El-Capitan was noticed rising above the Yosemite Valley, California. The huge rocky tower is twice the height of Empire State Building, New York. Warren Harding was first to target the rocky Nose projection at the top and ascended successfully in 45 days in 1958 without any route map. The next legend was Lynn Hill who made possible free climb in 1993. With the routes determined, the average climbers take about 4/5 days and more talented much less time. The hard rock has over 30 pitches and most picturesque cracks. El-Capitan is known as the birth place of climbing in U.S.A.
Seven Summits Climbing- All Continents
A unique trend is becoming popular to summit the highest peak in every continent. The masters of this sport are continually improving the challenges higher-up to keep alive serious climbing. This way the more coveted smaller peaks are also conquered to display mountaineering skills. Dick Bass and Pat Morrow clinched the first titles in 1985 and 1986. Potential climbers and skiers of ages from 17 to 73 years and from all countries are pulled by unseen mountain gravity.
Tell us, what are your ultimate adventures?