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Thrill seeker’s bucket list: 50 experiences to try before you die part3

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21. Go whitewater rafting, Zambia

 

whitewater rafting zambia

Lots of whitewater, and somewhere in there is a raft.

If you’re up this creek without a paddle you’re in trouble. The Zambezi River in Africa is rated Class 5; “extremely difficult,” just under “unrunnable.”

 

Its thundering rapids — nicknamed Oblivion, Overland Truck Crash and Stairway to Heaven — pull no punches. Just below Victoria Falls, you’ll be hit relentlessly by the raging waters and tested by precipitous drops and deadly whirlpools. 

www.orangeriverrafting.com; +27 (0) 21 853 7952; US$140 per person

 

22. Dine in the sky, worldwide

 

dining in the sky

High tea, anyone?

“Pull up a seat” takes on a new and literal meaning. You and 21 of your friends can eat dinner hanging from a crane 50 meters in the air.

 

Each meal takes around an hour, and going to the toilet can be a rather unsubtle affair as the whole table needs to descend if someone’s really needs to go. But this is one meal that’ll be memorable for other reasons. 

www.dinnerinthesky.com; +32 2 333 3810; US$420 per person

 

23. Climb Harbour Bridge, Australia

 

Climb Harbour Bridge, Australia

Up here, proposing suddenly doesn’t seem so scary.

More than 2,000 proposals have been made at the summit of the Sydney Harbour Bridge since the bridge climb service went into operation. And it’s easy to see why. 

 

There are various ways to get to the top of the bridge to view one of the most beautiful harbors of the world — The Express Climb (just over two hours), The Discovery Climb (3.5 hours up close with the engineering), The Bridge Climb (3.5 hours along the outer arch).

www.bridgeclimb.com; +61 (0) 2 8274 7777; US$185-305

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24. Swim with great white sharks, South Africa

 

swim with great white sharks

Just think of it as a roller coaster — keep your arms and legs inside at all times.

There are countless places where you can swim with sharks (50 of which are listed here), but one of the best is on offer in Cape Town. 

 

A Great White Shark Diving and Viewing trip from Simon’s Town can also include a visit to the Boulders Beach Penguin Colony.

www.cpepointtroute.co.za+27 21 782 9356; US$300 

 

25. Ride the London Eye, United Kingdom

 

London Eye

If you think it looks great on the outside, wait till you’re at the top.

Three million people can’t be wrong, can they? That’s the amount of people who have taken a ride on Europe’s biggest Ferris wheel each year.

 

The giant 135-meter tall icon is to London what the Eiffel Tower is to Paris. But much more fun to ride. Trips take about 30 minutes and provide spectacular views across the city. 

To take it up a notch go at night, when London’s lights spread out for miles around. 

www.londoneye.com; +44 (0) 871 781 3000; from US$27

 

26. Run the Wenger Patagonian Expedition Race, Chile

 

Patagonian Expedition Race

The most exhausting way to get a thrill.

There’s no better way to appreciate the Patagonian landscape than to swim in its freezing rivers, hike its hills, cycle its paths and climb and kayak your way through its 563 kilometers of rugged topography. 

 

Teams of four take up to 10 days to travel through the roughest and most remote corners of Patagonia. Racers can only use satellite images to navigate. The clock never stops and many teams take just a few hours of sleep over the duration of the race.

www.patagonianexpeditionrace.com; US$1,133-1,954

 

27. Wingsuit Fly, Switzerland

 

wingsuit flying

Is it dumb to jump out of a perfectly good plane? Maybe. But dumb is sometimes fun too.

You may not want to fly through a waterfallin your wingsuit as one guy did earlier this year. But just zipping this thing on and preparing to get as close to natural flight as is humanly possible will get your nerves jangling. 

 

The United States Parachute Association requires any jumper flying a wingsuit for the first time have a minimum of 200 freefall skydives. Click here for steps to be certified as a wingsuit flier.

Some wingsuit schools to look up once you’re ready:

Flock University —www.flockuniversity.org

Fly Your Body — www.flyyourbody.com

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28. Go ice swimming, Finland

 

ice hole swimming in Finland

Note the lack of women. Evidence that they’re the more intelligent sex?

Don your swimming togs, find a deep patch of frozen water, drill a hole and plunge in. That’s the protocol for this time-honored Finnish custom.

 

If the thought of plunging right into an icy hole sends shivers up your spine, heat up with a sauna session first. The freezing climes that you encounter afterward may be a slight relief. 

Watch a video of ice-hole swimming in Finland here

www.kuninkaantie.net

 

29. Run the Spoelana Naturist Race, Spain

 

nude run spain

How can so many naked people be such a turn off?

There’s a strict dress code for this race — a cap or hat on the head, sunglasses, socks, footwear and nothing else. Formally called Patxi Ros Trophy, the race was initiated by Patxi Ros, sports and naturism lover, in 1999.

 

In 2003 it was taken over by the Basque Country Naturist Club who used it to promote the naturalist way of life. 

Website: www.ene-naturismo.org

 

30. Paraglide over Neuschwanstein Castle, Germany

 

paragliding in Germany

Perhaps the best way to see a Disney fantasy.

Paragliding anywhere is going to be a thrill, but we were inspired by a video of a flight over the fantastical Neuschwanstein Castlein Germany. This building allegedly inspired Walt Disney as he was creating the castles of his cartoons.

 www.abschweb.net; +49 08367 598; US$160 per flight

Originally posted 2012-03-02 14:11:23.

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