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    36 Extreme Outdoor Activities To Try Before You Die

    Because you only live once.

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    Rock climber at sunset

    1. Volcano Boarding

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    It's only the hottest activity ever! Race down an active volcano and get the thrill of a lifetime.

    2. Canyon Swinglining

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    Some might think it's completely insane, but swinging down a canyon is a great way to have safe extreme fun.

    3. Tree Camping

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    Camping on the ground is too mainstream, so if you want to upgrade your camping game, try doing it up in the trees.

    4. Cliff-Face Camping

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    If camping up in trees is still not thrilling enough, you might want to consider cliff-face camping.

    5. Coasteering

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    Experience the exhilarating sport of coasteering as you hike, swim, and dive.

    6. Bungee Jumping

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    If you want to know what free falling feels like then bungee jumping is right for you.

    7. Mountaineering

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    Mountaineering is just like coasteering, minus the water. Go on an extreme hike and discover all the hidden nooks and crannies in the mountains.

    8. Hang Gliding

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    If you want to experience what it's like to be a bird then you must go hang gliding. You'll be able to soar free through the sky and let go of all your worries.

    9. Storm Chasing

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    Whether you watched Twister or you just like danger, storm chasing is meant for those brave souls who like to live on the edge and appreciate every aspect of nature.

    10. Parascending

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    You must go parascending if you'd love to feel the cool breeze pass you by as you sit in the air while a boat takes you cruising in the ocean.

    11. Paramotoring

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    Take your paragliding to the next level by attaching a motor to your back and take control of your flight.

    12. Dogsledding

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    Race through the snowy slopes and experience what it's like to be in a dogsled race.

    13. Hot Air Ballooning

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    Hot air balloons are perfect for those who'd like to travel across the sky, sip on champagne, and see the beautiful earth from meters up in the sky.

    14. Base Jumping

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    Be the most extreme person out there and try base jumping. Grab a parachute, jump off tall buildings, and release all your inhibitions.

    15. Skydiving

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    Skydiving is a three-in-one experience. You get to fly on a jet plane, jump off the plane, then parachute your way down to land. It's the perfect experience for anyone who just wants to let go.

    16. Bridge Climbing

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    You've probably driven on a bridge, but have you climbed one? Well now you can!

    17. Zip-Lining

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    Reach speeds of 50 mph while gliding on a rope that is suspended 600 feet in the air. You'll have the best time of your life.

    18. Skiing

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    If you want to experience the cold rush of racing down the valleys of snow, skiing is the perfect extreme outdoor activity for you.

    19. Snowboarding

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    If you think you have no coordination between your arms and legs, ditch the skis and try some snowboarding.

    20. Surfing

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    Ride the waves and feel defiant against the power of the ocean.

    21. White-Water Rafting

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    Experience the dangerous and exhilarating ups and downs of white-water rafting. You'll like this more than a roller coaster.

    22. Mountain Biking

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    Mountain biking is not for the faint of heart, but it's definitely one of the most accessible extreme activities out there.

    23. Wing Walking

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    You'll feel like you're walking on air — hence the name. Get on top of an airplane wing and fly. You'll be feeling like the king of the world.

    24. Cliff Jumping

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    If you're tired of just diving into your pool, then you need to go cliff jumping. It's the extreme version of using a diving board.

    25. Hovercrafting

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    This is something from the future. Feel like you're defying gravity when you go hovercrafting.

    26. Bouldering

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    If you're a fan of indoor rock climbing, your next step is to try bouldering out in the open air.

    27. Windsurfing

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    Windsurfing is perfect for anyone who loves the sea. It's the sport you want to play if you love to sail and surf.

    28. Waterskiing

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    If the snowy plains aren't for you, try taking your skiing over to the waves.

    29. Sand Yachting

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    If you're scared of sailing in the ocean, sand yachting is the perfect alternative.

    30. Kite Surfing

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    Surfing is cool, but kite surfing is even better. Combine your surfing with some aerodynamics and impress all those spectators on shore.

    31. Kite Boarding

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    If kite surfing doesn't appeal to you, you might want to try it on land with a skateboard. Same sport, different setting.

    32. Mountain Boarding

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    Ditch the bike and grab your skateboard. Mountain boarding is bound to give you a more extreme experience up in the mountains.

    33. Zorbing

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    Imagine how cool it'd be to just get inside a huge bubble and have someone roll you down a hill. It sounds like so much fun! It's like being in a huge hamster ball for humans.

    34. Caving

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    If you don't think being on top of the mountain is for you, consider going deep inside them. When you go caving, you'll run into wonders you never thought you'd see in your life.

    35. Glacier Hiking

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    Take your hiking to the cold and icy trails of the glaciers — but make sure to cover up or you'll freeze.

    36. Extreme Ironing

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    Last, but definitely not least, extreme ironing: because ironing at home can be a bit boring. Iron while you go hang gliding or surfing, but just make sure to make it extreme.