Posts Tagged death-defying challenges

Adventures For The Young At Heart

ice climbing

ice climbing

I received from an elderly friend a few pictures of athletic and outdoor adventures. I can’t resist sharing them. If any of you have already completed these challenges, please let us know what it was like…assuming you made it back safely to your computer…these are high-risk, thrill-seeking, death-defying pursuits.

cliff camping

cliff camping

climbing redwoods

climbing redwoods

relaxing at Yosemite

relaxing at Yosemite

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Mind-Boggling Sports Stunts In 3D

This is a thrilling collection of death-defying sports clips in an almost-3D mode that adds to the breath-takingness of the stunts. I can’t believe people have the courage to do some of these things. I can’t imagine how many takes it took to get these mind-boggling shots.

Enjoy the video.

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Norwegian Espen Fadnes Flies In His Wingsuit At 155mph

Here’s a video that will make you sweat. Also help you appreciate all the planning that can go into a wingsuit flight. Humans who have this courage deserve our admiration and applause. Their sport may be exhilarating to do, and also to watch, but it can cost them their lives.

The special jumpsuit, called a wingsuit, birdman suit or flying squirrel suit, adds surface area to the body to enable a significant increase in lift. Modern wingsuits, first developed in the late 1990s, create the surface area with fabric between the legs and under the arms.

In this video, Espen Fadnes looks calm and collected before jumping off a 4,068 foot cliff in Stryn, Norway.

“I’m terrified,” Fadnes is quoted as saying in the YouTube video documenting his flight. “I’ve just developed techniques and methods to cope with the fear.”

With that, Fadnes jumps and begins flying at speeds of up to 155 mph in his wingsuit through a gorge.

Wingsuit flying is nothing new for Fadnes, who won the ProBase Wingsuit Race in 2010.

But for this flyer, the daring jumps can be as good as a trip to a psychologist.

“The walk up the mountain can be like therapy,” Fadnes says in the video. “Your hesitations are always worse when you’re on level ground.”

Just after I posted this, someone else sent me another wingsuit flyer in action. Check out the near miss beginning around 1:36.

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Joy And Expression Of Freerunning

I’ve always admired freerunning, which is a form of urban acrobatics in which participants, known as free runners, use the city and rural landscape to perform movements through its structures. They may jump from building to building, scale walls, do flips and twists and many other amazing and death-defying maneuvers. I loved watching Jackie Chan climb up buildings in his martial arts films. Now there are thousands of kids—following in his footsteps…no make that flight steps or flight patterns. And the video above shows some free runners in TV, movies and commercials.

Free running was derived from a French activity called “parkour,” which is neither a sport nor a competition. It is the efficient movement of the body through space. But there is much confusion between the two, some say the terms are interchangeable, while others point out that free running has many spins and flips that are unnecessary though very showy or stylistic…a more creative expression of the jumper.

Check out these two exciting and admirable videos that make me want to be younger and able to fly like these free runners. The first is at a training school and beautiful to watch:

The second shows jumping from 1″ wide pole to another 1′ wide pole (at 1:57), and I just don’t grasp how this is possible…unless they missed it 20 times and included the one success in the video.

Are you ready to run and fly freely, like a human with wings?

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