Extreme sports around the world
If you are fond of extreme things, check out this top ten of the most extreme sports practiced around the world. Would you have the courage to try? We start with:
Base jumping: Without a doubt, base jumping, and more specifically, proximity flying and wingsuit flying, is the most extreme sport of all. Returns a mortality rate of 1 death every 2,300 jumps. It is estimated that in the last 30 years almost 200 people have died practicing this sport.
Free-solo: Free-solo or solo-integral climbing is one of the most extreme activities in the world of sport. It consists of ascending rock walls without using any type of belaying, only using cats, a magnesera and the ability to climb. Although, in most cases, free-soloists choose well-known and compact rock routes, there have been climbers who have preferred to climb unknown and melting rock routes (sandstone). The current greatest exponent of this aspect of climbing is, without a doubt, Alex Honnold. In this case, 1 person dies for every 27,000 promotions.
Street Luge: It consists of sliding down roads with many curves and a steep slope, up on a kind of slightly longer skateboard deck made of aluminum. Athletes travel just 5 centimeters above the ground, reaching speeds of up to 180km / h. Although they are equipped with a helmet and a special suit, the slightest mistake can have tragic consequences.
Mountaineering: It is one of the most extreme sports. Mountaineers are often exposed to heights at which the human body is not prepared to survive. At that altitude, even the most prepared mountaineers can find themselves in serious trouble. The famous altitude sickness is one of the most common risks, including frostbite, brain and lung edema, hypothermia, corneal burn or pneumonia. Annapurna has the dubious honor of being the most dangerous mountain in the world, with a mortality rate of 38%, that is, more than one death for every three ascent attempts.
Heli-Ski: It is the sum of the terms 'Helicopter' and 'Sky'. And as the name suggests, it's about jumping from a helicopter into mountains of virgin snow. It is common for skiers or snowboarders who practice it, they are forced to jump up to 20 meters to overcome a rocky area, and in some cases, as it is not very compact snow (powder snow), they cause avalanches in their wake.
Cavern diving: In this type of diving, intrepid divers explore underwater caverns, in most cases, at considerable depth. The risk of practicing it lies in the darkness of the caves, the high atmospheric pressure to which athletes are exposed or the possible attacks of hypothermia and problems in the oxygen cylinders that they may suffer. There are approximately 7 fatal accidents a year in this modality.
Skydiving: Despite advances in modern technology and the development of jumping technique, skydiving remains one of the most extreme sports out there. Specifically, it maintains a rate of 1 death every 75,000 jumps.
Tow surf: It is about surfing waves over 8 meters high, in extreme weather conditions, such as storms or blizzards. The greatest danger lies in being buried by tons of water, dragging the surfer up to 10 meters deep, where the underwater currents make it impossible for him to return to the surface.
Extreme rafting: Also known as white water rafting, it is the most extreme modality of this sport. In it, athletes cross whitewater, with eddies, waves and large waterfalls. These types of rivers are considered practically impossible to navigate, reaching category V, and even VI. A blow against the rock, or a prolonged immersion can be fatal for practitioners.
Freestyle Motocross: This variant of motocross is based on performing jumps, pirouettes and stunts aboard a motocross motorcycle. The pilots manage to chain true virguerias on top of their extreme machines. Although, they are protected with a helmet, boots, elbow pads, knee pads, chest and back protectors, etc; violent landings can cause serious injury to riders.