With Austrian skydiver Felix Baumgartner smashing several world records recently for his death defying leap from the edge of space, we here at the Expathub wondered where the most extreme destinations can be found for thrill seekers.
Here is the second part to our list of the top ten most death defying places in the world;
Dive with sharks (South Africa)
Sharks are quite possibly the world’s most feared animal, and rightly so. The Great White in particular inspires a sense of dread that is hard to match due to its sheer power, speed and size. There is no doubt that these animals are top predators. It may surprise you to learn that men and women willingly get into the water with these fearsome beasts and there is no better place to do so than in South Africa. The best spot for seeing these apex predators is near the fishing village of Gansbaai or the aptly named ‘Shark Alley’. Cage diving is guaranteed to get your hear racing!
If you want a more urban based extreme experience then look no further than Toronto’s famous Edgewalk. The western world’s tallest free standing structure the Toronto CN tower allows daredevils to walk on the building’s roof! With the tower standing at a vertigo inducing 1,815.4 ft you certainly need a good head for heights. Trained EdgeWalk guides will encourage participants to push their personal limits, allowing them to lean back over Toronto with nothing but air and breathtaking views of Lake Ontario beneath them. Nutters!
Running of the Bull (Spain)
Ah the Spanish the world would certainly be a dull place without all of their crazy ideas for having fun. From throwing tomatoes at each other to getting chased by a bull those guys sure know how to have fun. The world famous Running of the Bulls takes place in the town of Pamplona every year from July 6th to the 14th. The streets are packed with daredevils hoping to avoid being gored and have the honour of surviving the run. At 8am the coral containing the dozen extremely irritated bulls is opened, they then charge through the streets with the human participants hoping they can outrun or avoid the enraged beasts. Every year between 200 and 300 people are injured during the run and since 1924 15 people have been killed.
World’s highest Bungee jump (USA)
It seems Colorado is the home to many adrenaline junkies with the American state already appearing in this list. The Royal George Bridge is regarded as the highest suspension bridge in the world and by quite a distance the highest bungee jump site on Earth. Unfortunately jumps are relatively rare from this location, making it all the more special. Those that do have the nerve have to endure the fear factor of edging out to the jump platform with the Arkansaw River 1,053 feet below.
Climbing Everest (Nepal)
Climbing to the roof of the world has long been the crème de la crème for thrill seekers and adventurers and despite hundreds of people achieving the feat every year the climb remains a severe physical challenge with up to 11 climbers dying on the mountainside this year alone. Since its first recorded climb by Sir Edmund Hilary in 1953 over 200 climbers have perished, the lack of oxygen and the sheer physical strains have been the cause for many. The mountain also experiences extreme weather changes that have caught many mountaineers unawares. Everest is the ultimate goal for a intrepid thrill seeker.
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