Here they are - the twenty most extreme, the legendary adventure on the planet from which the hair stand on end. Such trips afford not every athlete champion. If you like to get the adrenaline, add these photos to the list of things that you must do in your life. Still not ready? Then check out the rating of top 20 most dizzying adventure and get to prepare for the campaign.
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1. Himalaya, Nepal, China. Even when Sir Edmund Hillary and Norgay Tentsig in 1953 showed that the highest peak of the world is possible to climb Everest still remains synonymous with the words "the challenge for the climber" and "real adventure". Now, every spring, despite the storm, avalanche threat, nipping frost and technical difficulties lifting, dozens of people - from thirteen to blind and disabled - climb to the top to set a new record. Although such a stir, mountain still reluctant obeys man, and those who made it to the top, in all senses reached the top of the world.
2. Jump to the Eiger with a wingsuit. Translated from the German Iger means "ogre". A suitable name for the "monster" is almost 4 km in height. Gore, consisting of limestone, shale, gneiss and ice rises above the resort town of Grindelwald in the Swiss Alps. His unpredictable weather, shedding stones and steep slopes have swallowed the lives of over 60 brave souls who have decided to climb up. But the famous among climbers northern slope of the mountain still attracts hundreds wishing to try their luck. But it's worth noting that the last 1800 meters are insurmountable today. Now, fans of adrenaline came up with his new game - wingsuit. In English the word means "costume with wings." This sport is that you not only to climb to the top, but then more and jump to it. Dean Potter (pictured) lived through the most exciting adventure of his life in 2009. He climbed alone the northern slope of more than 2 km, he jumped down. The flight took 2 minutes 50 seconds. This extreme sport is one of the most dangerous on the planet. But it does have its own appeal - this is a step closer to the fulfillment of an old dream of man to learn to fly.
3. Surfing the waves Shipsterns Bluff. On the far south coast of Tasmania bordering one of the most unpredictable and stormy seas in the world. That there is a place that is so hidden from prying eyes, that you can get there only by boat or on foot through the wilderness, but on their own journey takes about an hour. This place is called Shipsterns Bluff. Cold and restive waves, when they begin to run against, rise to a height of two meters, but when they reach their peak, the ridge can be high and 6 meters. Such insidious wave can be a real challenge for experienced surfers such as Kelly Slater and Ryan Hipvud (pictured). It is worth a little gape and powerful wave of strikes you on the rocky bottom. "The worst moment - when waves run, and you think, Will you catch it or not, - says a local surfer Charles Ward. - But as soon as you catch it, you get the feeling of unreality. And you forget about everything, except what you see before you. "
4. Going to the Triple Crown. The total length of the three most American of extended trails of about 12, 5 thousand kilometers. It is enough to embrace a third of the globe. This explains the fact that no more than a hundred people have been the route of the Triple Crown. In fact, to overcome the Pacific Crest, Appalachian, Continental and separating the way, we have to kill you for several years and more than one pair of shoes, but tourists still held some of the longest hiking trails of Appalachia, such as the Rock and Cascades. And as a reward daredevils will get a chance to meet with a remote place-countries that are rich variety of wildlife. Between the Atlantic and Pacific oceans, tourists can admire the coastlines, which are hitting the high waves, virgin forests, snow-capped peaks, volcanoes, tropical jungles, deserts and geological huge, vast sky, which changes like mood moody beauty. This photo Bishop Trail in the Sierra Nevada, California, shows us just one of many landscapes that will meet you on the road.
5. The ski descent from the K-2. After Everest the second highest point of the world is a K-2 (8,611 meters). But compared to Everest, it is more distant, is more unpredictable weather and Statistics took more lives. Of course all this only attracts skiers and climbers, making climbing more desirable. In recent years, a growing number of those wishing to go up, and then move out to ski down. But the dangers in your way will be enough: violent winds, avalanches and the risk of break down - this is only the beginning. American conductor Dave Watson, who managed in 2009 to drive skiing elephant K-2 250 meters (in the photo) and the Swedish climber Fredrik Ericsson died in 2010, trying to climb to the top. So the conquest of this peak is still ahead.
6. Climbing El Capitan, Yosemite, California, USA. Like a fortress, El Capitan rises above Yosemite Valley. At the height of the mountain twice the size Empaer State Building in New York. These are the impressive size and haunted the early climbers made the summit and cradle of American mountaineering. One of the most legendary route is the nose - a beautiful sight and a coveted prize for fans to conquer the summit. The first ascent of this route was made in 1953 by Warren Harding and took 45 days. And in 1993, Lynne Hill strengthened illustrious reputation mountains by taking the free ascent, which until then was considered impossible. Now the speed climbers time to go this route in a few hours, but untrained to spend on the climb from three to five days. As a reward you will see one of the most beautiful crevasses world. Perhaps, for the sake of spectacle and should follow in the footsteps of legends.
7. Go through the Sahara Desert, North Africa. The largest sand sea in the world - the Sahara desert - stretches for 8, 5 million square kilometers across the whole of North Africa. The area occupies the desert strip length of about 5000 kilometers from the Atlantic Ocean to the Red Sea. This place is lured many researchers who, despite the sand storms, hostile tribes, thirst and unbearable heat, want their own eyes to look at this endless dunes, sung in a variety of legends and poems. And today there are adventurers who take to cross the Sahara on foot, by camel or on a vehicle, picking up with huge reserves of all the basic necessities that will be useful, if something suddenly goes wrong. Only a handful of temporary settlements of nomadic tribes in the desert, so that researchers can go to the desert for several days and did not see nothing but sand dunes.
8. Set a new record jump from a waterfall in a kayak. Washington, United States. In order to try to set a new record with a jump of the waterfall in a kayak, you'll have to do a lot of intelligence work, as well as to be prepared for what is likely to be hurt, and still believe in their own immortality. Yet in recent years it has been proven that the majority of the waterfalls are irresistible and dangerous, and those few Udaltsov, who were lucky enough to stay alive after such a fall, there really is a reason for boasting. "Motivating factors that inspired me on all of this, was the idea that it is possible - said Taylor Brandt, who in 2009 set a new record by jumping in a kayak with a 57-mimetrovogo Falls Palouse Falls in eastern Washington State (in Photo). - I really wanted to do it, and I thought I can handle. "
9. Down in an active volcano. Vanuatu, South Pacific. As a rule, the lava is best viewed from a distance. But not for these brave men, as a group of cavers led by adventurer Kiwi Jeff Maclay who dared to go down to 195 m in the mountains Marum volcano in Vanuatu in 2010. Unique video that shows how a man in a suit termonepronitsaemom drops to 91 meters above the boiling lava lake angrily, traveled around the Internet, and many TV channels. It is clear that the behavior of the volcano is unpredictable and reckless adventurers can wait any trouble: toxic gases, high temperatures, rocks and scree sudden explosions. But the fact that this is crazy, does not mean it's impossible.
10. Mountain climbing, swimming or surfing on the pole. Arctic, Antarctic. At a time when fewer and fewer places remain unexplored by man, adventurers from around the world, in particular Poles, have decided to go for new sensations are literally on the edge of the Earth. In recent years, an expedition group of six people have tried many things: surfing on icy waves off the coast of the Lofoten Islands, which belong to Norway in the winter (in the photo), kilometer freestyle swimming on the waters of the North Pole by Lewis Gordon Pugh, Pugh and skier Devinport led a team of athletes to ride in the mountains of Antarctica, which did not even have names. On these routes, researchers must chart its own course and choose their targets. What drives such people in these remote edges? The desire to challenge the coldest part of the world, a heady feeling that you are alone for thousands of kilometers, or an innate human desire to do something that nobody has done before.
11. Cross-country skiing at the Hahnenkamm, Austria. Nowadays lawyers would not be allowed to lay the ski slopes in a place like the Hahnenkamm. But in 1931, the race organizers have not paid attention to the little things, which later could be the reason for a number of lawsuits, and boldly began to create what is today one of the most dangerous descents on the planet. The route length of about three kilometers has an amplitude of 853 meters and includes areas in which the angle of inclination is 85 degrees, which can puzzle even the most experienced riders. Of course, to qualify for the race is not so simple, and the best racers of the world are ready to break all the bones, just to qualify. But just to be a spectator at these competitions - also the more extreme entertainment. About 85 thousand Swiss and Austrian fans come here again in the evening to take a better place, and during the race, they waved flags, dudyat horns, sounding the bells and, of course, have pushed the beer tents. This is truly one of the most legendary winter bacchanalia in Austria.
12. The intersection of the Amazon in South America. Despite the obvious dangers from dengue fever and leeches, and ending with jaguars and tarantulas the size of a small watermelon, the Amazon River has attracted many world-famous adventurers. Among them, Percy Fawcett, Theodore Roosevelt, and of course, the legendary Indiana Jones. But today's adventurers continue in the same spirit. Briton Ed Statfford who completed their journey of 6437 km along the mighty river in 2010, was the last in this list. At present, it is unlikely you will go to the treasure of the Incas, or to find the lost city of El Dorado, which attracted adventurers, but the adventure of "pure water" is guaranteed.
13. Climb seven peaks. People are probably the only species on the planet that responds to their own calls and visited the highest points on each continent. For example, on Mount Elbrus, Russia (see photo), which only asks that its subdued. Such impressive ascent require mountaineering skills, time, money and nerves. But those who managed to get to the top, had the honor to share the glory of a few hundred other brave souls. And while the first award went to Dick Bass doubt and Pat Morrow in 1985 and 1986 respectively, the seven peaks of the world continue to attract climbers of all stripes, from adolescents to the gray old men, the Japanese and the Latvians, the natives of Kuwait and Chileans. Maybe the call of the mountains sounds on some common language.
14. Dive into the blue abyss, Bahamas. When selling divers dip into the upper layers of the Bahamas "blue holes" - flooded limestone caves - they unwittingly faced with one of the most dangerous in the world of diving. It lies just below the whole kingdom of tunnels and passageways, which consist of fossils and ancient formations. Few manage to pass through a cloud of toxic gas to get there and find the entrance to the lower tiers, where a technical failure or a wrong turn can lead to death underwater traveler. But those who manage to see this place with my own eyes tell of entire rooms, cluttered stalakticheskimi columns and littered with the remains of prehistoric human skeletons and fossils now extinct crocodiles and turtles. These caves - a different world in every sense of the word.
15. cyclocross from Alaska to Argentina. Between Prudhoe Bay in Alaska and Tierra del Fuego, Argentina - 32 thousand kilometers of roads, the two most steep mountain ranges in the world and more than a dozen countries. Biking at such a distance takes more than two years that will transform such a journey is not so much the trip as a way of life. Problems in the way mass. That there is a puncture in some remote corner of the South American wild expanses or on a deserted road in Alaska. But as a prize to those who dare to such a trip, get acquainted with the beauty of the whole of North and South America, from the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco to the Salar de Uyuni in Bolivia (in the photo), as well as meeting with many different people on the road . "I knew it would not be easy, but I would like to see all these incredible places. I know that at times I would be scared, sad, lonely, and sometimes I'll go crazy with joy - writes Dominique Grillo, who was riding a bicycle and a double on the road taking passengers to the ones filmed on nm documentary. - But what I did not expect was that trust and friendliness from the people. During those two years, my faith in man has greatly increased. "
16. circumnavigation alone. Magellan did not want to go around the entire planet swimming, he was just looking for the shortest way to the Spice Islands. But now sailing around the world for a specific purpose, and in recent years a growing number of teenagers who are fighting for the title of the youngest navigator who traveled around the world alone. However, the sea remains the same insidious and dangerous, like a few centuries ago, and there is always a threat to get to the storm, during which the 38-mimetrovaya wave break the mast, like a straw. This journey will bring you a true understanding of the world and the insignificance of our existence in it. Maybe so, good luck in such an event - anything less than winning, and something more than just the grace of water.
17. Swim with the great white shark, South Africa. Due to the success of the sequel "Jaws", a generation of bold in other situations of people scared to death of great white sharks. Only a few brave souls, like Jeb Corliss and his team from Mexico (pictured), dared to swim close to the submarine without predator cells remained unharmed. And these few have understood that even though the sharks and are at the top of the food chain of the underwater world, a person is not one of their natural prey. "We sailed less than a foot away from her, and she just swam past - says Naos Nachoum - wildlife photographer of the underwater world. - This is an incredible spiritual experience, it is an unbearable lightness of being - to see the beauty of these creatures. "
18. Take part in the marathon through the Mont Blanc, Italy, France, Switzerland. Any run 161 km in length could be called superhuman, but still Ultra Trail Mont Blanc through the territory of Italy, France and Switzerland can make anyone mad. Get ready for mountaineering ascent to 9144 meters, hour jog over boulders the size of a washing machine and descents, where the devil himself a leg break. But there are also reasons that make the runners to move forward: it's amazing views from the Mont Blanc and cheers every hamlet, which will fall in your way. "When we came to the finish line, there lined up along the fences of six rows of people. They took pictures of us, - says member of the Seattle Marathon Chrissy Moel, which won skaya competition in 2003 and 2009.