For regular people, sports have a way of getting the adrenaline pumping. But for adrenaline junkies, lawn bowls, cricket, and even American football aren’t enough.
If you really want to get your heart rate up into the 200s, you have to believe that you’re in some kind of danger. Here’s what some of the craziest people in the world do to get their kicks.
No, not “creaking” which is what your floorboards do in the middle of the night: creeking, as in “up the creek.” Creeking is a type of whitewater kayaking, but taken to it’s most extreme. The actual kayaks used in creeking are deliberately reinforced because of the tendency of creekers to sail themselves off of the top of rocky waterfalls and through jaggedy, rocky rapids. Creeking is essentially about finding all the places that regular kayakers won’t go and then riding them anyway. Getting sucked under the water by the force of flowing water isn’t something to be avoided – it’s all part of the fun.
If you care about your life, base jumping is one extreme sport you might want to avoid. According to the data, there’s one death for every 2,317 jumps. That might sound like good odds, but remember, you can easily do 2,500 jumps in a couple of years. Base jumpers end up in all sorts of trouble, suspended from buildings, antennas, and bridges. The difference between base jumping and skydiving is the fact that with skydiving, you’ve got a lot more time to think and to open your parachute. Base jumpers have a habit of jumping into open gorges, mistiming the opening of their parachutes, and going splat on the canyon floor below.
It’s sad that we don’t all have jetpacks we can use to travel around on land. But not to worry, you can still enjoy the experience of flying without wings at sea. Water jetpacking has taken off in popularity recently. It’s fun, not too dangerous, and relatively cheap. It works by sucking up water from the ocean and then using powerful thrusters to keep the wearer hovering above the water. Experiences usually last around 10 minutes, and jet packers say that it really does feel as if you are flying. It’s easy for water jetpacks, like regular jetpacks, to get out of control, you expect a few splashdowns into the water.
What is volcano surfing? It means climbing up the to the top of a volcano (hopefully not active) and then surfing down on something that looks a lot like a snowboard. Obviously, since the boards are gliding over bare rock, volcano boards are reinforced with steel and Formica. Beginners usually like to sit down on their boards as they make their way down the side of the volcano. Experts stand up.
Caving is scary enough thanks to the extreme claustrophobic environment. But cave diving takes that to a whole new level. Not only are you hundreds of feet underground, but you’re also underwater, making this a sport that is not one for the faint-hearted. Small changes in the underground current can spell disaster.