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Mapping An Unexplored Cave

Mapping An Unexplored Cave Jun 23rd, 2013 at 11:00AM: © Dr Michel Royon, Wikimedia Commons Want to be an explorer? Want to see places nobody has ever seen? You have three options: become an astronaut, become a deep-sea diver or become a caver. The first isn't going to happen for a man my age and the second is expensive, so it's a good thing I live in one of the best regions in the world to do the third. Cantabria in northern Spain has a large...

Video: Inner City Surfing, The Latest Urban Adventure Craze

Jun 10th, 2013 at 2:00PM: Germany and China don't immediately call to mind hanging 10, but that's about to change. The latest urban extreme sport pastime in these cities is urban surfing the big waves on their river systems. As reported by CNN, Munich's Eisbach River and Hangzhou's Qiantang River are fast becoming two of the world's top spots for inner-city surfing. Lest you think this is for those who can't cut it on...

Springtime In Green Spain: Time To Get Out Into The Countryside, And Under It!

Springtime In Green Spain: Time To Get Out Into The Countryside, And Under It! Apr 29th, 2013 at 10:00AM: Green Spain has finally emerged from a miserable winter into a glorious if unreliable springtime, so it's time to get out and enjoy the region's natural beauty. The northern coastal strip of Spain consisting of Galicia, Asturias, Cantabria and the Basque Region has the best outdoor and underground adventures the country has to offer. Its combination of scenic hikes and extensive caves is...

VIDEO: The Wife Carrying Championships In Finland

Mar 18th, 2013 at 2:00PM: Last week we reported on kiiking, an extreme swing set that's popular in Estonia and surrounding countries. That area of the world seems to breed weird sports. Perhaps the weirdest is the increasingly popular sport of wife carrying. Guys, it's pretty simple: hoist your wife into the air and run a race. If you make it first and don't drop her, you win. Oh, and you have to drink beer along the...

Gadling Goes Underground: More Explorations Of Caves In Spain

Gadling Goes Underground: More Explorations Of Caves In Spain Mar 18th, 2013 at 10:00AM: The caves in Spain are famous for their variety and extent. Some delve more than a kilometer into the ground. Others are adorned with prehistoric cave art more than 10,000 years old. Almost all have beautiful rock formations. There's a whole other world under the one we usually see. As I mentioned in a previous post, I'm taking a course on caving. My first experience was in Cañuela...

Kiiking: Estonia's Extreme Swing Set

Mar 14th, 2013 at 11:30AM: Remember when we were kids playing on the swing set and we'd try to swing so high that we'd fly over the top bar and come down the other side? No, I never made it either. But in Estonia, they've taken a childhood dream and made it an extreme sport. It's called kiiking. Using a special swing with steel arms instead of chains, the kiiker stands on the swing and pumps back and forth until he or...

Caving In Northern Spain

Caving In Northern Spain Mar 14th, 2013 at 10:00AM: After living a year in Santander in Cantabria, northern Spain, I had a problem. I was chronically, unutterably, and perhaps terminally bored. Santander is a sleepy regional town, and while weekend hikes and trips for Gadling helped ease my boredom somewhat, I was still not getting my drug of choice – a long-term, low-level adrenaline high. There's nothing like it. Do something...

The Patagonian Expedition Race: A Hellish Endurance Test In A Heavenly Setting

The Patagonian Expedition Race: A Hellish Endurance Test In A Heavenly Setting Feb 26th, 2013 at 11:00AM: It starts at midnight with a 108-kilometer mountain bike ride into the teeth of a biting Patagonian wind. And then, in the morning, there is the brutal realization that there is another 593 more kilometers of mountain biking, trekking and sea kayaking to be completed in no more than ten days. Here's your map and compass. Now figure out how to survive in the remote, untrammeled wilds of Patagonia....

Awesome X: Sense Of Life (Video)

Feb 18th, 2013 at 3:00PM: Some of the best things we run across just don't need a whole lot of words. This stunning video compilation is one of those. Awesome X: Sense Of Life is a compilation of over 30 adventure videos from Germany's EdisProduction. The stunning effort is a whirlwind of visuals and locales. The production company offers this caption to accompany the video: "Sense of Life – my fresh...

Travel Brochure Finds: People Who Can Fly And More From Colorado

Travel Brochure Finds: People Who Can Fly And More From Colorado Oct 15th, 2012 at 3:00PM: Travel brochures tout tourist-oriented destinations that commonly offer plenty of things to do. Any given place on the planet might have historic significance, a natural wonder of some sort or man-made things to see and do that draw visitors from around the world. The state of Colorado is no exception. Racks of colorful travel brochures with a variety of attractions can be found in...

Snowkiting Harmful To Reindeer, Scientists Say

Sep 20th, 2012 at 3:00PM: Snowkiting is becoming big in Norway. At first glance it looks like some extreme fun in harmony with nature. After all, you're just zipping across the snow while being dragged by a kite. It looks environmentally friendly. Not true, says a new scientific study. The BBC reports that Norwegian scientists have discovered the kites spook reindeer and may have a negative impact on their population....

Video: Russian Bungee Jumper's Eyes (Nearly) Pop Out Of Head

Sep 13th, 2012 at 7:00AM: If you've never bungee jumped, I think a Reddit commenter's description of the activity as a "pants-shitting good time" is dead-on. Said commenter was referring to the experience of a young, newbie Russian bungee jumper in the LiveLeak video below. This kid's facial expressions are humorous pre-leap (a combination of the camera angle and his huge, puppy-dog-meets-Kermit-the-Frog eyes), but it's...

Video Of The Day: Crazy Bikers Race Down Glacier

Jun 25th, 2012 at 6:00PM: It appears as though crazy bike stunts and dangerous urban bike courses just aren't enough of an adrenaline rush anymore. In Saas-Fee, Switzerland, bikers push riding to the extreme as they pedal down a glacier in a death-defying race. A handful of the 142 riders mounted cameras to their bikes and helmets so us less adventurous (and perhaps more sane) types can get a feel for the crazy race....

Video: Daredevil Russian Teens Film Their Insane Bridge Climb Above Russky Island

May 18th, 2012 at 1:30PM: Back in September, Gadling brought you news of Ukrainian teens capturing an insane bridge climb over the Moskovskyi Bridge in Kiev. But Russian teens recently topped this daredevil act with their own ascent of the recently completed Russky Island Bridge, which finally connects the very isolated island in eastern Russia with Vladivostok and the mainland. Eighteen-year-old Raskalov, one of the...

Video: Kayaking Down Waterfall

Apr 21st, 2012 at 4:00PM: Kayaking is an activity I find to be largely leisurely. I might once in a while push myself a little harder than usual while kayaking. I might even break a sweat. But I certainly don't ever kayak down a waterfall. Perhaps I'd try it if I felt mostly safe, but what these guys are doing in the above video doesn't strike me as remotely "safe" – although I'm sure they're taking all kinds of...

Photo of the Day: Paragliding in France

Photo of the Day: Paragliding in France Jan 8th, 2012 at 6:00PM: Today's positively ethereal image comes to us from Flickr user AdamJamesWilson, who captured this sky-high shot of a paraglider over Lake Serre-Poncon in Southeastern France. I love the image's "vintage" muted colors, wisps of cloud and silhouetted figure all set against a glistening sun. Taken any great photos during your travels? Why not add them to the Gadling group on Flickr? We might...

Video of the Day: Russian heights

Dec 26th, 2011 at 6:30PM: Many travelers enjoy pushing their limits while abroad. They'll try bungy jumping, skydiving or hangliding for the first time because the thrill of traveling helps them escape their comfort zone. In Russia, however, those extreme sports are not enough of a thrill. How else can you explain these teenagers climbing a tower (or perhaps it's an uncompleted building?), walking to the edge of a beam...

Video of the day: Flyboard lets you swim like a dolphin

Dec 18th, 2011 at 4:00PM: The first time I saw this video clip, I thought, "I can't believe Mike Barish hasn't covered this for SkyMall Monday." This was before I realized that unlike, say, Nuddle Blankets, this is a completely impractical (but totally for-reals) product. The $5,000-plus price tag also makes it a tad inaccessible for most of us, but it's still on my holiday wish list. French pro jet skier Franky Zapata...

Video of the Day: Salt boarding

Dec 16th, 2011 at 10:30AM: Some people love winter sports so much, they don't give a hang if there's an absence of snow. Check out this epic video, where a group of shredders hit the Utah Salt Flats for kicks at speeds up to 50 mph. The boards were supplied by snowboard company BLANK; no word on who handed out the road rash salve. ...

Video of the Day - Paragliding over Spain

Aug 30th, 2011 at 5:00PM: Want to film a catchy music video without a massive budget? Consider grabbing some of your most adventurous friends, getting them to do some outrageous outdoor activity, and then hire a talented editor to overlay some snazzy effects & motion graphics. Madrid-based editor Jorgiatos recently posted this music video that was shot in and around Castejón De Sos, a town near the...

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