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Adventure travel vs. death wish

Free solo climber Alex Honnold can handle life on the edge, but could you?

By Chelsea Lin Dec 17, 2012 1:09AM

Adventure travel should be exhilarating and liberating and full of fun, attracting adrenaline junkies and brave souls who choose to live life on the edge—sometimes quite literally. But when does “adventure” cross that delicate line into dangerous territory? When it looks something like this:


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I’m the first to admit that free solo climber Alex Honnold is a genius—I’m not even a climber and I can recognize that. Watching clips (like the one above) of him scaling Yosemite’s three most intense faces without the help of even basic climbing security measures like ropes left me in a state of awe. I’m equally impressed and horrified, and I can’t help but wonder what his poor mother must think. As was pointed out in the video, you make one wrong move, you fall and die.


So what kind of adventure travel makes your friends jealous and your colleagues inspired, and what kind of adventure travel puts you in senseless danger? Where does swimming with sharks fall, or tackling Class 5 (or 6) white water rapids? (What are the world's most dangerous vacations?)


Bottom line: don’t try what Alex Honnold has mastered at home, or on vacation. Tell us in the comments about the most dangerous trip you’ve ever taken.



Which of these extreme outdoor sports would you be brave enough to try?

Which of these extreme outdoor sports would you be brave enough to try?

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    BASE jumping
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    Ice climbing
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Total Responses: 57,227
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