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Extreme Adventures for Adrenaline Junkies

If danger is your middle name, admit it - you're an adrenalin junkie.  Whether you're leaping off cliffs into pristine blue waters, swimming with sharks or scaling the Rockies, you're in your element when you're on the cutting edge of danger.  

Extreme AdventuresExtreme AdventuresThe risks of these adventures alone are what draws enthusiasts from around the world to join in the fun but there's no reason why common sense can't be involved.

If you boldly go where no adventurist has ever been before, make sure you're prepared for any possibility. No matter where you create your extreme adventure, some elements of risk stay the same.

  • Bring specialized gear suitable to the specific situation and conditions
  • Make sure you check your gear beforehand to assure it's functioning properly
  • Pack appropriate supplies and equipment
  • Bring a friend and stick together
  • Only plan adventures you know your physical health can handle
  • Understand the risks and plan how to control them
  • Have an itinerary and leave it with park authorities or family
  • Schedule "check in" calls (if possible) so everyone knows you're safe
  • Pack plenty of water and/or a water purification system to avoid dehydration
  • Wear and pack appropriate clothing
  • Have a map, compass and GPS system with you at all times

Where to Start

Extreme adventures require a high level of physical fitness, psychological and emotional conditioning and a vast amount of knowledge. But how do you know when you're ready to leave the comfort of your coach and venture into an extreme voyage?

  • Join a national association or a club: Whether you're an adventurist expert or just beginning your journeys, national associations and clubs have groups to suit your skill level. Not only will this give you the information you need, but it will also introduce you to others looking for the same information.
  • Internet information: Find an online forum that interests you and find out what journeys others have embarked on. Post your questions and talk to other adventurists to find out what else might interest you.
  • Finding an outfitter: What might look like fun on the brochure or website can turn into a week of torture if you don't know what you're doing. Sure scaling the inner caves of a mountain seems exciting but if you're claustrophobic, small spaces isn't for you. An outfitter who specializes in specific adventure activities can help you find the perfect expedition to suit your lifestyle and needs.

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