The Disappearance of Marco Siffredi. For those not near death, reaching the summit of the highest mountain in the world is a time of unequaled euphoria. It’s the achievement of a lifetime, the realization of a magnificent dream. But for Marco, the dream is just beginning and the summit is nothing more than a hurdle. His goal-3,000 meters of first tracks down the Hornbein-still lies before him. prev Everest
posted by allkindsoftime
on Sep 8, 2013 -
Becoming the All-Terrain Human: [New York Times]
"Kilian Jornet Burgada is the most dominating endurance athlete of his generation. In just eight years, Jornet has won more than 80 races, claimed some 16 titles and set at least a dozen speed records, many of them in distances that would require the rest of us to purchase an airplane ticket. He has run across entire landmasses (Corsica) and mountain ranges (the Pyrenees), nearly without pause. He regularly runs all day eating only wild berries and drinking only from streams."
posted by Fizz
on Mar 23, 2013 -
Cascada (single link vimeo)
Tangled vines. Endless rain. Dodgy hotel rooms. Mud. Biting flies. Aggressive viruses...Perfection.
Is this a vacation? Erik Boomer, Tyler Bradt, Galen Volckhausen, Tim Kemple, Anson Fogel, Blake Hendrix and Skip Armstrong hunt the remote Mexican jungle for the perfect waterfall...and the perfect shot. Paddler and cinematographer alike explore a world beyond the expected.
(Music by HECQ and Anson Fogel)
posted by DreamerFi
on Jan 19, 2013 -
Chances are you've seen videos here in the blue
of Norwegian Eskil Ronningsbakken performing acts of extreme balance. As a follow up, I offer numerous
of Eskil in his quest to create art from balance. His official web site
has more images, and he also has a Facebook
page, from which I took this quote: "The vulnerable human being balancing between life and death is something I, among many others, consider art. The most important message that I signal with my actions is that ANYTHING is possible!" [more inside]
posted by bwg
on Oct 12, 2010 -
New Extreme Sports.
Mega ramp skateboarding, ostrich racing, underwater golfing, pole dancing and pillow fighting are just a few of the innovative new sports you may see in future X Games
. (via SpoFi
posted by netbros
on Feb 6, 2009 -
Extreme pornography illegal in Britain since Monday, 26 January, thanks to the Criminal Justice and Immigration Act 2008
. Aside from changes to custodial sentencing guidelines (and early release guidelines to ease overcrowding), the most controversial aspect of the law relates to the legal definition of extreme pornography.
An image is deemed to be extreme if it "is grossly offensive, disgusting or otherwise of an obscene character" and "it portrays in an explicit and realistic way, any of the following
(a) an act which threatens a person’s life,
(b) an act which results, or is likely to result, in serious injury to a person’s anus, breasts or genitals
(c) an act which involves sexual interference with a human corpse
(d) a person performing an act of intercourse or oral sex with an animal (whether dead or alive)
BDSM groups, among others, have campaigned and protested against the law.
Aside from concerns about the legality of kink, some have pointed out that some comics and graphic novels would also fall afoul of the new law
posted by Grrlscout
on Jan 29, 2009 -
The Western States Trail Ride
, more commonly known as the Tevis Cup
, is an equestrian competition held annually in the Sierra Nevada mountains of California. It begins near Squaw Valley, and ends in Auburn - a distance of 100 miles, to be covered in under 24 hours. [more inside]
posted by po
on Oct 23, 2007 -
Great Leap Forward
With the Chinese minister of extreme sports in attendance, American skateboarder Danny Way
cleared a 61-foot gap at nearly 50 mph, crossing the Great Wall of China. "I'm not a fan of heights," said Way, 31, who made five successive jumps. "The sooner I can get down from the top in one piece, the better." Daredevil sports have taken off in China, where Flying Over the Wall events
began 10 years ago, but this was the first skateboarder to make an attempt. In 2002, a Chinese bicyclist died attempting to jump the wall
when he landed outside the safety area.
posted by rcade
on Jul 10, 2005 -
I've run a marathon and it was hard. Then I learned about ultra marathoners doing 50 and 100 mile runs in one day. Then there are the marathons and ultra marathons in rough places, like Death Valley. Then there's the grand daddy of difficulty: The Marathon Des Sables
. It's 6 days and 6 marathons long, run in a desert with temps topping 110F, you have to carry your week's gear and food, and
you are limited
to 9 liters of water a day. Here are some photos
and blogger Ben Hammersley
's current results are here
. The event finishes tomorrow. [via jay allen
posted by mathowie
on Apr 16, 2004 -
Tired of extreme sports? Need a new thrill?
Extreme Kidnapping, the brainchild of Mr. Scrillian
, a rap artist from Detroit, is looking to provide thrill-seekers with the ultimate
in adrenaline rushes. For as little as $500 you can experience a "No-Frills Adrenaline Amp Kidnapping", or go whole hog with a custom videotaped "Standard Kidnapping" complete with restraints and mock torture.
Is this the next wave of extreme sport?
posted by greengrl
on May 19, 2003 -
Skydiver to jump from edge of space
I hope all the inaccuracies in this article are the journalists fault and not this guy trying to make this seem more important and pioneering than it is. It's not like this wasn't done over 40 years ago
. What "...emergency procedures for people exploring space"
would this create? If he went much higher or came in from outer space he'd vaporize. Less extreme science than just plain old extreme sports, 21st century style.
Millner claims that scientists have helped him on the project, but it is not known if the human body is capable of enduring such a descent. (sigh) Figures.
posted by redleaf
on Mar 4, 2001 -
is ESPN/ABC/GoNetworks/DisneyEmpire's newest attempt to exploit the existence of extreme sports. I've spent most of my life skateboarding, but I still don't know how much of it I could watch on TV. I'm sure it would get old after a few weeks.
posted by mathowie
on Jul 15, 1999 -