If you’re looking for some adrenaline-pumping thrills on your next vacation, we’ve got them listed here. But before you get started, be sure to exercise safety precautions as you may need lessons and training to get in shape for the rush of a lifetime.
Words: Efi Hafizah Hamzah
BASE is coined from B = Buildings, A = Antenna or towers, S = Span or bridges, and E = Earth or cliffs. It’s really only recommended for experienced sky divers. However, with proper training, you may get the license you’d need to be a BASE jumper. It’s not cheap because of all the gear and training you need, but if you’re an adrenaline junkie, this could be well worth the money.
Be Safe As with everything extreme, ask yourself some questions before doing this: Are you physically fit to do BASE jumping? Does BASE jumping fit your mindset? Do you make good decisions under pressure? Also, you’ll need to discuss your plans with your family because BASE jumping, while the ultimate thrill known to mankind, does come with major risks that are life threatening.
Check Out www.extremesportscafe.com for training, preparation and safety details. Click on ‘book online’ and you’ll be presented with a menu from kite-surfing to paragliding. For BASE jumping training, you’ll need to take the Skydiving I.F.F (Introduction to Freefalling) course in Melbourne.
Rock climbers ascend mountains using their feet and hands for propulsion and support. Rock climbing can take place indoors on specially-constructed rock walls before setting out to conquer mountain faces. Think of movies such as The Eiger Sanction, K2 and Vertical Limit and you’ll see how strenuous this can be.
Be Safe Equipment safety is a must with rock climbing. Get your gear from specialist stores, which carry only the best and safest gear. Training will also allow you to be physically fit for the real climb where the air gets thinner as you ascend.
Check Out www.camp5.com in OneUtama, Petaling Jaya, Malaysia for your prep course. It’s an indoor state-of-the-art climbing facility housed in a 24-metre high. The climbing gym offers panoramic city views and a specialist pro-climbing store. The training cost is reasonable, but you may need to invest a bit more for gear. They also do climbing excursions.
Top Spots El Capitan, Yosemite National Park, USA; Wharepapa, New Zealand; Paarl Rock, South Africa; Kalymnos Island, Greece; Skaha Climbing Bluffs, British Columbia, Canada; Mount Roraima, bordering Venezuela, Brazil and Guyana; Trango Towers, Baltistan, Northern Pakistan & Dead Horse Point, Canyonlands National Park, USA (which Tom Cruise ‘scaled’ in the movie Mission Impossible).