Run, Jump, Dive, Climb, Scream!

Innovation28 February 2019

YOU ONLY LIVE ONCE, RIGHT? TAKE A DEEP BREATH AND MAKE IT MEMORABLE

Society as a whole seems to be ever more determined to play it safe, but for the adrenaline junkies amongst us there are still plenty of ways to get our hearts thumping. Here’s a pick of some of
the most pulsating pastimes on the planet…

A. DIVE WITH SHARKS
Dare you come face to face with Jaws? You can’t help but feel a bit like lunch as you’re lowered into the waters of Kleinbaai in South Africa. But safely contained in a cage, these trips actually help separate truth from fiction about these amazing creatures.

B. GO CHEESE ROLLING
This can be a one-way ticket to A&E but there’s no stopping the speedsters who line up to pursue a nine-pound wheel of Double Gloucester down Cooper’s Hill every Spring Bank Holiday. The cheese is given a one-second head start and can reach 70mph!

C. RUN WITH THE BULLS
There’s nothing like an angry 600kg bovine for putting a spring in your step – and six of them are unleashed onto the streets of Pamplona in Spain every morning for a week at the start of July as part of the Festival of San Fermin. Thousands of tourists head to the festival every year to get their hearts pounding faster than the bulls’ hooves.

D. TALK OF THE TOWER
Forming castells is a Catalonian tradition dating back to the 18th century. Highly trained groups known as colles castelleres clamber on each other’s shoulders as they compete to construct the highest and most complex human tower possible.

E. BASE JUMP OFF ANGEL FALLS
One of the few places you can legally base jump happens to be one of the most beautiful places on earth; Angel Falls in Venezuela. Jumpers are taken to the top of the falls by helicopter, where they free fall for 10 seconds – reaching speeds of 90mph – before opening their parachute.

F. REACH THE END OF THE WORLD
The Patagonian Expedition Race is considered by many as the last truly ‘wild’ event of its kind. Teams of four combine to take part in the roughly week-long mission – orienteering, climbing, sea kayaking and cycling – to navigate their way through the most remote parts of Chile, usually without seeing another living soul.

G. THE MOST EXCITING JET BOAT
What must surely be one of the ultimate white-knuckle water rides is found in Queenstown, New Zealand. Home to the stunning and serene Shotover Canyon, the peace is regularly shattered by screams of exhilaration from the thrill seekers who ride the famous local jet boat. It reaches speeds of up to 85mph and performs gravity-defying stunts!

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