While some people love to spend their summer cooking out or tanning, others like to test their personal endurance and push the limits of their courage. For thrill seekers and daredevils, these 5 extreme adventures are a must-do this summer.
1. Bungee Jumping
One of the original extreme adventure sports, bungee jumping barely needs an introduction. Adorning a strong harness attached to an elastic cord, you jump off of a tall structure and allow the cord to yank you back up into the air before you hit the ground. This is a truly terrifying but exhilarating sport that should be done with extreme caution.
For those who love any sport that takes you out on the open water, kitesurfing should be one of the extreme adventures you take this summer. Kitesurfing combines surfboarding with flying a kite. While it may sound simple, the execution of it anything but. You hold onto a handlebar attached to a kite string that pulls you across the water while you balance yourself on a surfboard. Luckily, when you make mistakes, you’ll land safely in the water.
3. BASE Jumping
While many people avoid high structures due to a fear of heights, those who engage in base jumping are daredevils of the highest caliber. Base jumping is an adventurous sport that requires you to wear a wingsuit or a parachute as you jump from a tall, fixed structure like a building or a cliff. You use the wingsuit or parachute to slow your descent and guide yourself back to the ground. There’s a lot that can go wrong during this aerial sport, so be sure you’re coached by a knowledgeable instructor and follow all safety protocols.
4. Zip Lining
This adventure is definitely not for the faint of heart. Zip lining is a very popular sport in countries that attract tourists and adventurers. Zip lining is the act of attaching yourself to a pulley that’s attached to a steel cable suspended between two peaks or mounted on a slope. Once you’re attached to the pulley, you hold onto a set of handlebars and ride the pulley down the steel cable until you reach the end. During the ride, you’re suspended from the steel cable with nothing beneath you. It’s a terrifying but thrilling experience that grants you a bird’s eye view of the scenery below.
5. Mountain Climbing
No thrill seeker’s summer would be complete without taking a trip to a local mountain range to test the architecture of mother nature’s design. Mountain climbing is an adventure that will require nerves of steel, endurance, strength, skill, and the proper equipment. Although not many people have the nerve to tempt gravity and nature with such an adventure, those that do find that the view from the top is spectacular. And since so few people engage in mountain climbing, you’ll find serenity and solitude at the peak.