The Most Extreme Adventures Nature Has To Offer
Extreme athletes don't go on a Sunday stroll to test their limits. The world's highest climbs, the deepest dives, and the roughest rapids are just a few of the extraordinary adventures they go on. These expeditions are not for the faint of heart and call for high levels of athletic prowess and the mastery of extremely specific abilities. The severe exposure of this red rock climb, which is perched on a 200-foot cliff above the Colorado River, results in one of the most challenging rides in existence. Near an area where three riders have perished, bikers pass a sign warning them to dismount or risk a fatal plummet. This difficult trail is around two miles long and drops 1,050 feet with an average slope of 23%. The "Magnificent 7" trail system in the Moab region concludes with this excursion.
Though scientists are revising their estimates of Mount Everest's height this summer, it is widely acknowledged that it is the tallest peak in the world even though it does not have the highest base-to-apex vertical. You'll need to go to Denali in Alaska for that. The 20,310-foot summit of North America's highest mountain is reached after an almost 18,000-foot ascent from the mountain's base. Expect Arctic weather, glacier travel, crevasses, temperatures as low as -35°F, and gusts gusting at over 100 mph along the route.
Over 90% of parties attempt the West Buttress route, however others prefer to walk in through the Muldrow Glacier or follow the West Rib route. The climb typically lasts three to four weeks.
This 186-mile journey is one of the toughest walks in the world, with 48,000 feet of uphill travel and 11 passes above 16,000 feet. The trip entails camping at a height of more than 16,400 feet, so don't anticipate a relief from the altitude at night. The Snowman Trek is a 25-day journey over rough, high-altitude, remote terrain. There are some versions available. Due to the snow conditions and difficulties with the altitude, many people start the trek but fail to complete it. But not everything hurts. Intrepid hikers will be enchanted by the high-altitude Himalayan beauty, which includes passes like Gangla Karchung La, Jaze La, and Rinchenzoe La.
The Eagle's Nest cave complex, also referred to as the Grand Canyon among divers, has stunning scenery with tunnels that are over 300 feet deep. It is close to Weeki Wachee Springs State Park in Florida's Chassahowitzka Wildlife Management Area. The Eagle's Nest caves are so beautiful, yet they also attract many divers to their demise. Since 1981, at least 10 people have passed away here, and the area was abandoned from 1999 to 2003. This is an extreme expert-only dive, and its isolation and great depth increase its hazard.
Travelers to La Grave take a cable car up to a height of 10,500 feet before skiing down mainly unmarked terrain while skirting crevasses and cliffs with the possibility of avalanches. This isn't your typical resort; it's full of steep chutes, cliffs, and couloirs that will keep elite double-black diamond off-piste skiers daydreaming for years to come. You can find yourself at the bottom of a chasm if you're not careful because most of La Grave is unlabeled and unpatrolled. The use of a knowledgeable guide is strongly advised.
The Inga Rapids of the Congo River have only been successfully kayaked by one team; many others have died trying, including an entire team of seven in 1985. With speeds of up to 1.6 million cubic feet of water per second, Steve Fisher and his team, which included paddlers Tyler Bradt, Benny Marr, and Rush Sturges, were successful in kayaking the world's largest rapids in 2011. They narrowly avoided failure in their endeavour and chronicled their adventure in an 80-minute documentary titled Congo—The Grand Inga Project. The team had to deal with water moving at 30 mph, waves 40 feet tall, massive hydraulics, whirlpools, and waterfalls, as well as the enormous burden of securing access in a country with a volatile political situation. Fisher's efforts earned him a nomination for National Geographic Adventurer of the Year.
Vietnam's Son Doong Cave, a World Heritage site, is so large that it has its own climate, river, and jungle. It is located in the Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park. According to the British Cave Research Association, this cave is the largest in the world since it is more than 2.5 miles long and has sections that are more than 600 feet tall. The limestone cave, which was first discovered in 2009 and is a part of a network of about 150 caves, features enormous natural skylights, vegetation where ceilings have collapsed, swiftly moving water, limestone cave pearls, and a 262-foot-tall stalagmite (the tallest in the world). To get to the cave's mouth requires a six-hour jungle hike, and only one tour operator, Oxalis, is now permitted to host visitor expeditions.
In order to break a record, slackliners Guilherme Coury, Rafael Bridi, and Pablo Signoret hiked to Aiguille Dibona in the French Alps in 2016. At an elevation of 3,000 meters (9,842 feet), the group established the record for the longest highline by rigging a 656-foot-long slackline between two summits. They had to carry in packs (weighing up to 90 pounds) with everything they needed to film, including a drone and GoPro cameras, as well as their climbing equipment, webbing, camping gear, food, and other supplies. Their effort was made more difficult by a combination of high wind and low oxygen levels at altitude.
The waves in this isolated area of southeast Tasmania are at their highest thanks to South Pole storms from the "furious 50s." Surfers go to this spot to catch sets of 20-foot waves, but getting there is difficult; either a long hike or a long boat ride are needed. The walk became considerably riskier in 2017 when a neighboring cliff partially crumbled due to erosion and advers weather. Surfers must descend "stairsteps" created by unexpected waves created by the Southern Ocean swell while keeping a watch out for great white sharks.