You thought screaming loud when hitting the tennis ball was extreme? Try leaping off an airplane for a wingsuit flight in the afternoon, and attempt to land without using your parachute. Or maybe base jumping off the Empire State Building, with barely enough time to deploy your parachute before the inevitable collision. That's an adrenalin rush. Some may consider the following activities totally reckless, but all those who have tried them know that they are the only ones who are in control of their destiny.
If you want to practice any of the following extreme sports, make sure to keep your wallet open. These are by far the most expensive hobbies out there, as you need to take out anywhere between a few hundred to a few thousand dollars each time you feel that permanent itch that needs to be scratched just for traveling, training, and equipment expenses.
10 Bungee Jumping: $150-420 Per Jump
If you are craving for a high adrenalin rush, take a leap of faith and jump off a tall structure into the void beneath, attached only to an elastic cord, which, after stretching to the maximum, allows you to bounce up and down for a while in midair before being lowered down to the ground. Bungee jumping involves being taken up tall buildings or bridges, but also moving objects like hot air balloons or helicopters, and jumping off while attached to a long elastic cord. Prices start at $150 per jump and go all the way to $420 per jump at Sibenik Bridge in Croatia. The best thing about it is that you don't need any equipment. The operator ensures all the safety gear, and all you need to do is pay for the jump. Be advised that it can become addictive.
9 Heli Skiing: $800-1,200 Per Ride
For some, hitting the slopes in Aspen simply isn't enough anymore. In search of a thrill, they prefer to be flown up an empty mountain ridge with a helicopter, and jump right out and directly on some virgin mountain coast they've previously spotted and made plans for, with untouched snow to glide on. There are a few companies in the world which offer helicopter rides to mountain tops. Prices range between $800 and $1,200 per person. Be advised that it is not just the skiing that's dangerous, as you never know what you'll encounter on the mountain, but also the helicopter ride, as weather conditions up there are always uncertain.
8 River Rafting: $1,400 For Equipment
Quite a demanding sport, white-water rafting implies navigating rough waters on an inflatable boat. The countless whirlpools and traps like underwater boulders and unexpected waterfalls that the river has in store are a recipe for broken bones, which means that you need prior experience and training just to survive such a trip. A high-quality rafting boat will take you well over $1,000, to which you need to add at least another $400 in equipment and safety gear. However, there are operators that offer white-river rafting trips for beginners in relatively safe conditions, with prices starting at $40 per person. A half day of rafting costs an average of $130 and a full day of rafting is $200.
7 Base Jumping: $1,700-2,000 For Equipment
Base jumping, a variation of skydiving, is not only extremely dangerous, but it is also illegal in some parts of the world. 'Base' stands for any structure or rock cliff that is over 2,000 feet tall, which jumpers carrying a parachute use as platforms. However, jumping off something that is merely 2,000 feet off the ground means that you only have seconds before hitting the ground, barely enough time to deploy your parachute. There's an adrenalin rush for you. Base jumping demands a special parachute, with a larger pilot chute than regular parachutes. The parachute costs between $1,200 and $1,500. Special jumpsuits and helmets cost an extra $500. You must also add travel costs to different jumping spots in the world.
6 Rock Climbing: $600 - $2,000 For Traveling Costs and Equipment
Have you ever dreamed of conquering the dizziest of heights with nothing but your bare hands and feet? Daredevils take on this challenge of exceeding the limits, some without any safety equipment at all. Rock climbing means climbing rock walls using your own strength and safety equipment. To make it more extreme, some climbers leave their safety equipment at home and only use their climbing shoes and chalk bag. If something goes wrong, nothing stands between them and an inevitable collision. There's just so much equipment that you need to buy, that costs will immediately begin to pile up.
You need special climbing shoes, which start at $100, climbing rope, with prices starting at $150, a set of 12 quickdraws will cost you around $250, a harness between $50 and $100, a helmet between $50 and $100, chalk bag around $25. So that's $600 just for the basic equipment, part of which you need to renew each year. Plus, there are traveling costs. For example, if you wish to go rock climbing each weekend during summer, you can expect to drop at least $2,000 per season on travelling expenses alone.
5 Skydiving: $5,000 For Equipment + $200-400 Per Jump
Also known as parachuting, skydiving means jumping off an airplane or helicopter and freefalling until deploying your parachute. A new and complete skydiving equipment kit starts at $5,000, which includes the container, the main canopy, reserve canopy, helmet, altimeter, and other safety gear. Plus, you'll be looking at about $5,000 to $10,000 a year spent just on jumps. The average price per jump is between $200 and $400, depending on the area and altitude. If you don't know whether this is your sport just yet, operators offer tandem flights with prices starting at $300, which include basic ground school and instructor fees.
4 Wingsuit Flying: $1,500 For Suit + $2,000-5,000 For Parachute
The closest you can possibly get to flying freely in the sky like a falcon is with a wingsuit, a jumpsuit equipped with fabric between the arms and the thighs and between the legs, imitating a bird with wings and tail, allowing humans to stay aloft thousands of feet above the ground. Wingsuit flying usually involves packing a parachute and deploying it close to the ground. However, there are some who attempt to land without deploying their parachute, a game of Russian roulette, as you can never know for sure whether you'll make it or not. A high quality wingsuit is imperative, and prices start at $1,500. Add another $2,000 to $5,000 for the parachute. You can jump off a free standing platform, or you can take an airplane, in which case you need to pay between $200 and $400 per jump.
3 Skysurfing: $6,300 For Equipment + $200-400 Per Jump
Can you believe that skydiving has become too boring for some? Why not jump off an airplane with a skyboard attached to your feet? Skysurfing, a variation of skydiving, means jumping off an airplane with a skyboard, a sort of snowboard, attached to your feet that allows you to perform loads of acrobatic maneuvers in the air before opening your parachute. Beginner's skyboards start at $400, and go all the way up to $1,300 for experienced sky surfers. Plus, you need all the same skydiving equipment which retails at about $5,000. Keep in mind that you also have to pay the same skydiving fee per jump, which is between $200 and $400 per jump.
2 Underwater Cave Scuba Diving: $9,000 For Basic Equipment
Sure, you can get a scuba diving certificate in one day in some parts of the world, but that doesn't make you qualified to explore those treacherous underwater caves. It is the most dangerous type of diving, and few people actually practice it, due to high costs and level of skills required. All the equipment recreational divers use is simply useless down here, as you might face hypothermia, lighting failure, or other injuries. So if you wish to take on underwater cave scuba diving, be prepared to spend well over $9,000 just for basic gear. Plus, there are travel costs and boat ride fees to consider.
1 High-Altitude Mountain Climbing: $100,000-120,000
It's already been more than 50 years since Everest has been conquered, but there are many other daredevils and many other challenging peaks out there. The price of setting foot on some of the highest peaks of the world will certainly blow your mind. High-altitude climbing demands special equipment, without which a climber would not even survive a few hours. Plus, there's the cost of keeping the climber alive, thorough logistics, and a whole team that supports the climber on his or her journey. Those who wish to ascend to the highest peaks will roughly pay six digit figures. Special equipment will take you between $8,000 and $15,000. Plus, oxygen canisters will take you close to $30,000. Add around $10,000 for gear hauling services, and around $30,000 for a lead guide, and between $10,000 to $15,000 per assistant guide, which you usually need to hire two.