You live only once – this phrase may sound a bit clichéd, but it doesn’t make it any less true. When you are at college it may seem that your whole life is ahead of you, with innumerable exciting activities to try out, things to do and people to meet. However, after you graduate you are not very likely to have enough free time for yourself and pursuing your dreams for a very, very long time. Looking for a job, climbing up a career ladder, earning money to support yourself and, later, your family – all this is going to take its toll, first of all – in terms of time. This means that right now, when you are still at college and have relatively few responsibilities may be the best time for you to try some extreme activities – for if you put them off, you may never get around to them.
1. Zip Lining
Zip lining is gliding down a zip cord stretched between two points at a considerable height. Great speed, whistling of air in your ears and excitement from passing over the scenery – that’s what it is all about. Another reason why it is perfectly suited for students is that it requires you neither to have and maintain your equipment nor to spend a great deal of money. Zip lines are easy to find and are rather cheap to try out.
Jumping off a plane at a great height combines two important aspects: it is incredibly exciting while being relatively safe. While falling down several thousands of meters may not be your idea of safety, it is actually far less dangerous than many activities that don’t require you to leave ground.
3. Hang Gliding
Hang gliding is probably the closest a human being is ever going to get to feeling what it is like to be a bird. You simply glide through air and leave all your problems down on the ground.
4. Base Jumping
Base jumping is known as one of the most extreme of the extreme sports. And for a good reason – jumping of tall buildings of cliffs with a special rapidly deploying parachute requires excellent reflexes and perfectly maintained equipment. But the adrenaline rush you feel in the process is unsurpassed by anything as well.
5. White-Water Rafting
Another choice not for the faint of heart, white-water rafting. It requires good physical condition and stamina, ability to work in a team and ability to make quick decisions. If you meet all these requirements you are not going to forget this ride in a hurry.
6. Mount Biking
Although also rather dangerous and demanding, mount biking is one of the most accessible extreme sports out there. All you need to have is a bike capable of passing difficult terrain, a good trail and, preferably, a company that will look out for each other.
7. Cliff Jumping
Cliff jumping is for those who are tired of using jumping boards. Just make sure you know what you are doing – people sometimes kill themselves by unwittingly jumping down in too shallow places.
So, if you’ve been putting off something from this list – why not try it out right now? Who knows when you are going to have another opportunity?
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