2011년 6월 7일 화요일

새롭게 펼쳐지는 극한 도전 : Extreme Challenges

젊은이들의 도전 정신은 끝이 없다. 몇 년 전만 해도 생각도 못한 일들을 하면서 세상에 재미있는 볼거리를 제공하고 도전 정신을 무한대로 올리고 있다. 지난 번에도 게재하였는데 최근에 새로운 것들이 나와서 또 경탄을 자아내게 한다. 죽음 조차도 두려워하지 않는 그들이 있기에 세상은 넓어져 가고 있는 건 아닐까?

Jumping the Mount Baker Road Gap, Washington State
Photo: A skier jumps over Baker Road gap at night
After a long day of exploring Mount Baker’s backcountry, a group of expert skiers, including professional telemarker Paul Kimbrough (pictured), ventured toward the legendary Mount Baker Road Gap, a rite of passage among local skiers and snowboarders. It took a few hours to build up the jump, consider all the safety precautions, and set up flashes. Because it was so dark, the car was actually parked, so Kimbrough could have a sense of where he was. "When I dropped in I could barely see the in-run as the light faded," recalls Kimbrough, "but I was confident and it felt great to 360 through light snowflakes and ride out clean."

Free Soloing Yosemite National Park
Photo: Dean Potter climbs in Yosemite National Park
With no rope to save him from a fall, daredevil climber Dean Potter free solos a route called Heaven on Glacier Point in Yosemite National Park, California. Half Dome appears in the distance.

Kayaking La Paz Falls, Costa Rica
Photo: Kayaker going down a waterfall
Professional kayaker Pat Keller plunges over 120-foot La Paz Falls in the central highlands of Costa Rica. Keller survived the extreme drop—though he broke his right hand

Kayak Waterfall Records

Sea Kayaking: A different kind of racing

Backcountry Skiing, Austria
Photo: A person backcountry skiing
A skier cuts through powder on a peak in Saalbach, Austria. This region of Salzburg is a popular destination for skiers, with multiple runs and extensive backcountry options.
Backcountry Skiing - Blahstein

Abu Dhabi Adventure Challenge
Photo: Trekkers in Abu Dhabi desert
Competitors in the 2010 Abu Dhabi Adventure Challenge trek across the desert during the six-day endurance race. Racers began with a triathlon-style prologue in Abu Dhabi city, then traveled by bus to Al Ain, where they confronted the Jebel Hafeet mountain range. Next they hiked across the Rub al Khali desert before ending the challenge with a sea kayaking leg.
Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge Teaser

Fly or Die: Dean Potter

BASE Jumping, Utah
Photo: Several people BASE jumping in Utah
A Red Bull Air Force Team member BASE jumps off a cliff in southwestern Utah. The extra fabric in the wing suits creates lift allowing the jumper to "fly." Parachutes aid in a safe landing.

Yosemite Base Jump
Photo: Base jumpers

Though illegal, the sport of BASE jumping in Yosemite is soaring in popularity.
Climbing Yosemite's Midnight Lightning

Annapurna Trail, Nepal
Photo: Hiker on Thorung La Pass in Nepal
A snow-covered peak dwarfs a climber on Thorung La, a 17,769-foot pass in the Annapurna range of the Himalaya. The pass poses the most difficult challenge along the Annapurna trail, a circuit that draws mountaineers from around the globe.

Edurne Pasaban: 2011 Adventurer of the Year

Surfing the huge Waves, Austrailia
Photo: Surfers watch a large rogue wave form from afar
A huge rogue wave comes through a southern Australian surf spot.
Photo: Surfer turning low on a barrel in white water
Photo: Surfing in the winter in New Jersey
This photo was taken in 38ºF water after a blizzard in New Jersey. Inside the wave is professional surfer Luke DiTella. The beach is snow covered, and as a New Jersey surfer, this is what gets our blood going!

Climbing Cliff with Bare Hands
Photo: Mexican climber on El Potrero Chico
Mexican climber Jaime Navarrez rock climbs on the limestone cliffs of El Potrero Chico, north of Monterrey, Mexico. With over 2,000 feet of relief, esteemed summit El Toro looms in the background
Alone on the Wall

Adventure Glacier, Argentina 
Photo: Silhouette of climber in ice cave
                   An ephemeral, magical moment inside Perito Moreno Glacier, Argentina
A Day Spent Hiking Perito Moreno Glacier

Exploring the Sandstone Slot Canyon, Utah
Photo: Man between slot canyon in Utah
This one was so deep and narrow, the sun could barely penetrate to the bottom and we needed headlamps to be able to see. It's narrower than your feet at the bottom of the slot, so you have to climb up higher and wedge yourself in place by friction. Climb too high though, and it widens out enough that it's hard to hold yourself in place, and you slide down—with a cheese-grater effect on your skin.
Canyoneering Southern Utah Slot Canyons

Jumping off to Staircase
 Photo: Mike Baker jumping off of a 3 story deck onto a stair case in New Hampshire
Mike Baker jumping off of a three-story deck onto a staircase in New Hampshire

Up Up and Away
Photo: Skier jumping in the air at the Snowbombing Festival in Austria
                                  A skier at the Snowbombing festival in Mayrhofen, Austria

Hiking Mt.Raineer National Park, Washington
Photo: Hikers in Mount Rainer National Park
Mountaineering: Height doesn't matter

Photo: Headlamps streak the night sky
Glacier Peak Wilderness, Washington:

Trek Wrangell-St.Elias National Park & Preserve, Alaska
Photo: Trekker on glacier
Alaska’s Wrangell-St. Elias National Park & Preserve, the country’s largest national park, operates on an entirely different scale than the Lower 48. Let’s just review the numbers: Six times the size of Yellowstone, it’s home to the country’s largest collection of glaciers and peaks over 16,000 feet (4,879 meters), including nine of the 16 tallest mountains. Parts of the national park are so remote and unexplored that mountains, glaciers, and passes remain unnamed, and only two roads—both gravel—enter it at all. Few visitors ever set foot into the backcountry. All of this adds up to that rarest of finds: true solitude.
Because there are limited well-trod trails in the park, backpackers usually forge their own routes, which is why a guide can come in handy. Enter Greg Fensterman, the author of the FalconGuides to trekking in the park and owner of the outfitter Trek Alaska. After exploring the park for the better part of a decade, Fensterman now offers choice guided treks, ranging from several days of bush-plane-accessed base camping and pleasant day hikes to nine days of serious climbs, swift river crossings, and bushwhacking. Either way, the rewards are indescribable: You’ll witness paper-white peaks that rise 9,000 feet (2,743 meters) out of valley floors, spot grizzlies that have likely never seen humans, and witness a place so remote and wild it could very well be the end of the world.
Ultimate Riding

Record Cave Diving Leaves Mystery

Radical Reels: Oseven

Mount Biker: Follow Me if You Can

Light the Wick

Brothers Wild: Timmy and Sean O'Neill

Into the Unknown

Snowkiting Greenland

Speed Riding Aconcagua

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