Think bungee jumping and sky-diving is as intense as thrill-seeking adventures gets? Ha! Click through to read more about some, well, extremely extreme sports that makes cliff diving look about as tame as a swimming pool diving board.
1. Mountain Biking on the "Road of Death"
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Affectionately known as the "world's most dangerous road," Yungas Road in Bolivia curves along the mountainside, ascending and descending thousands of feet. The widest part? A whopping 10 feet, with at least an 1,800 foot drop at its edge - and yes, it's a two lane highway. Luckily, much of the road, and vehicle traffic, has been rerouted. The original road, though, still remains, and has become a popular destination for extreme mountain biking. The 44 mile journey takes bikers about 6 or 7 hours.
2. BASE Jumping
If the thought of jumping out of a plane with a parachute is absolutely terrifying, BASE jumping probably isn't for you. BASE jumpers take their dives from buildings, antennas, spans (bridges), or earth (cliffs), where the acronym BASE comes from. The free-fall last only a few seconds, and jumpers have to be smart about when they release the parachute, and have only a small window of time to find a safe place to land. Only the truly gutsy will attempt this sport - and even then, BASE jumping is often considered the most dangerous recreational activity on the planet.
Why should hamsters have all the fun? Zorbing, first developed in New Zealand, involves hanging out in a giant plastic ball and rolling down a hill. It's not as painful as it sounds, though: there's a smaller ball within the large one, something that makes it a shock absorber. You have two options here: strap yourself in, or go free and let yourself "walk" around. Which one will you choose?!