If you thought that bungee jumping and skydiving were adventurous and extreme sport activities, then you definitely need to think again. The term ‘extreme sport’ is actually used to refer to activities that involve a high degree of danger and risk. These activities not only challenge people physically but also psychologically. Extreme sports are the ones which cannot be done just by anyone on the planet and require some real guts, planning, physical stamina and willingness to take on the risk. Out of the many extreme sports, there are some which are just a little bit more dangerous than the others. We bring to you a list of the top 7 most extreme sports in the world:
Running with the Bulls
Several towns and villages across Spain conduct ‘running with the bulls’ activity every year which has to be one of the riskiest and scariest sports or extreme activities in the world. After all, what could be more dangerous than running in front of angry bulls? This is a popular event for which people travel from all over the world. The one who doesn’t give up in the middle of the race and reaches the final point is the winner.
Rock climbing is an activity which most of you may have tried but have you ever considered ice climbing? Ice climbing is one of the most risky adventure activities in the world. It involves climbing ice formations like frozen waterfalls, cliffs and ice-falls etc. Besides the chill factor, anyone can land up on thin ice at any point and go falling down, if not supported or protected enough. Dangerous, isn’t it?
Another extreme sport which can get the adrenaline pumping in any person is base jumping. The term BASE stands for Building, Antenna, Span and Earth and this means jumpers jump from low altitude buildings rather than choosing high altitude cliffs etc. to jump. This sport is so dangerous that it is illegal in many nations. Jumpers have only very few seconds to pull the parachute because the altitude chosen is so low.
You must have heard of and done sky diving but sky surfing is taking the risk to another altitude, quite literally. This is a sport in which the divers perform various surfing stunts midair as they fall from the airplane with the board attached to their feet. Some stunt that they may perform includes sliding, twisting, spinning while falling free. This sport was developed in the 90’s and still continues to intrigue and attract adventure junkies.
This is a kind of a climbing sport in which the climber is not supported and protected by any kind of ropes, harnesses or other kind of gear. This is a sport in which the climber merely relies on stamina, technique, luck and strength. Free soloing is one of the riskiest climbing methods in the world and is chosen by very few since it doesn’t give any second chances.
This is an extreme sport which involves diving into underwater caves. These caves are mostly unexplored and may pose unseen dangers and risks. If anything goes wrong, like equipment fail or a dead-end comes, then divers may find it difficult to come back to the surface and this is why this sport is considered so risky.
High lining is a sport in which one walks on a rope from one end of a building or cliff to another with minimum protection and support. This sport is a lot about balance and often, there is no safety net underneath. It may sound risky and challenging but many people try it every year and create records on the basis of the altitude, length of wire and time taken.