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Thrill seeker’s bucket list: 50 experiences to try before you die part 5

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41. Rally drive, Sydney

 rallying in Australia

Somewhere there’s a brake, but don’t be concerning yourself with that.

Strap yourself into a competition-prepared, V8-charged Impreza WRX and let the Schumacher within express himself.

 

Those with driving experience can take the controls and get a feel for rally driving on a custom-designed course, after which the terror quotient cranks up again as a pro driver shows you how it’s really done. 

www.adrenalin.com.au; +61 (0) 2 8324 9999; eight laps of madness from US$260

 

42. Cycle the Death Road, Bolivia

 

cycling the death road Bolivia

Lemmings take on human form.

Ever since a new road was built connecting the same destinations, Bolivia’s “Death Road” has been all but abandoned by cars, leaving it to a few brave cyclists. 

 

The road connects Bolivia’s main city, La Paz, and the Yungas region. Some reports say it claims up to 300 lives each year.

But such is the beauty of the scenery through which it passes, thousands of people flock to ride this route every year. Just don’t go during rainy season, which is from December to February.

www.gravitybolivia.com; +591 2 231 3849; US$105 through Gravity Bolivia

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43. Walk a wing, United Kingdom

 wing walking in England

The plane has wings, she can walk, so why not?

Strap into the top wing of a vintage biplane and get swept through the skies at 220 kph. 

 

Originally a functional role during war time to aid in-air re-fueling or to transfer fuel tanks from plane to plane, wing walking is now purely a thrill seeker’s pursuit. And for those who like a face full of bugs. 

www.wingwalking.co.uk; US$800

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 44. Drive the Himalayas, India

 

Raid-de-Himalaya

Even if you make it, there’s no guarantee your car will.

What makes Raid-de-Himalaya different from other motorcar rallies? You have to drive above an altitude of 4,572 meters for two days of the five-day adventure.

 That turns this rally from one of pure driving skill, to one of intense endurance and physical and mental toughness as you battle oxygen depletion and icy cold temperatures.

www.raid-de-himalaya.com; +91 98160 25899; US$885

 

45. Surf Shipstern Bluff, Australia

 

Shipstern Bluff, Australia

When water goes bad.

Great white sharks, huge waves, difficulty in just getting out there — there are several reasons Shipstern Bluff is considered one of the most dangerous surf spots in the world.

 It was only when Tasmanian surfer Andy Campbell took up the challenge 1997 that the spot on the southeastern coast of Tasmania became fodder for big wave surfers around the world.  

www.wannasurf.com

 

46. Go cliff diving, Mexico

 cliff diving in Mexico

A Mexican wave is a matter of life and death for these guys.

Cliff diving — it involves big heights, high speeds, crowds of onlookers, and if you’re doing it properly, tiny Speedos. What’s not to like? 

 

This extreme form of getting into the water started in Hawaii and has now spread across the world. But it’s the divers in Acapulco, Mexico, that are most famed. Watch them from the safety of your restaurant, then sign up with the World High Diving Federation to train yourself up for a big splash. 

www.whdf.com; +41 91 796 1901; US$3.50 to watch the divers in Mexico

 

47. Rescue a hostage, United Kingdom

 hostage rescue event

This adventure takes no prisoners.

From the comfort zone of your couch in the living room to the danger zone of a live hostage extraction — witness how negotiations, intelligence gathering and finally rescue attempts take place with ex-U.K. Special Forces troops.

 

You also get to plan and execute your own assault. Picked up by armored luxury car from your chosen meeting point, you’ll learn about real-life events including the successful assault on the beseiged Iranian embassy in London before being dropped back home for a nice cup of tea and a lie down.

www.quintessentiallyescape.com; +44 (0) 845 224 2506 

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48. Go snowmobiling, Canada

 

snowmobiling in canada

Why not make it even more dangerous, and go the wrong way?

Bay Du Nord Wilderness Reserve in Newfoundland is the largest protected area in the province, offering miles of uncharted terrain for extreme snowmobiling.

 

It’s fast, it’s furious, it isn’t always safe, but that’s why we do it, right? The snowmobile season runs from December to April.

www.newfoundlandoutdooradventures.ca; +1 709 467 2744; US$204 for a day tour 

 

49. Climb some ice, United States

 

ice climbing america

Take your pick — and hold onto it for your life.

It’s a bit like yoga — constantly bending your limbs into awkward postures — but with a helmet, spiky shoes and an ax, inside a giant fridge. 

 

You need to be fit, you need to be nimble, and you need to be prepared for one of life’s most exhilirating experiences. Colorado offers some of the best ice climbing in the world.

www.frontrangeclimbing.com; +1 866 404 3721; US$120

 

50. Take part in a rodeo, United States

 rodeo

Rodeo — a whole lot of new ways to get hurt.

Another sport derived from a functional job, a rodeo, the naughty twin of cattle herding, will test your strength, balance and determination to impress that cute cowgirl in the stands. 

 There are various events, from roping and tying up calves, to barrel racing to steer wrestling, so if the thought of sitting on one of those bucking broncs for eight seconds turns you off, don’t fear. There are other ways to get hurt too. 

www.sankeyrodeo.com; +1 417 263 7777; US$100 for three-four days of rodeo school

Originally posted 2012-03-02 14:14:21.

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