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Top 10 Most Dangerous Adventure Sports in the World

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1.  Base Jump

BASEJUMP COMBOBase jumping comes from the acronym of its categories as: B-building, A-antennas, S-spans and E-earth.  It is an extremely dangerous sport activity wherein the person jumps from a fixed object and uses a parachute to break their fall.  It is more dangerous than sky diving due to low altitude of the jump resulting in a low velocity parachute problems.  According to statistics, 1 out of 60 base jumpers die.  Take the case of a Sweden diver, Wioletta Roslan, she was 4 months pregnant then when the tragic event took place.  She jumped alongside with her boyfriend when her parachute failed to open thus took her life.

 

2.  Free Style Motorcross

MOTOCROSS COMBOFree Style Motorcross is also known as FMX is a variation of the sport Motorcross wherein rides took aerial leaps, jumps and stunts to impress the judges.  The judges often evaluate the style, difficulty and originality of the tricks of the rider.  They usually use modified motorcycles to lower the weight and improve their performance.  In this type of motorcross the riders’ maneuvers while soaring dozens of feet in the air without any safety net most likely were playing on the thin line of danger and death.  One reported case is on Jeremy Lusk of California who died after he crashed while trying a back flip in one of the competitions in Costa Rica. He was not successful to rotate while he was soaring more than 20 feet above the ground.  He landed on his front tire and crashing his head thus he sustained severe head injuries and eventually died.

 

3.  Aggressive Inline Skating

SKATING COMBOAccording to Wikipedia, it is a form of inline skating which focuses on gliding and spinning with the use of special kind of inline skate.  The sport uses flat forms, ramps and obstacles while they are performing the trick which makes it more extreme.  This will most likely require an advanced level of skating abilities in order to perform properly and with some degree of safety.  Countless falls, bruises and broken bones are likely to endure the skater by if safety is not followed.  However, Aggressive inline skating has become an subversive sport due to reports and assessments by ESPN, which resulted in the removal of aggressive skating from the famous x-games.

 

4.  Extreme Skiing

SKIING COMBOThis is also known as big mountain skiing or free skiing.  This sport is performed on extremely long, steep slopes along mountainous terrains at least 45 degrees descents.  Because of the extreme long steep slopes and even very dangerous terrains single mistakes of the rider can cause injury or even death.  The North American skiers who promoted the sports are known as the extreme 6 and were named among the top 6 skiers during their period that includes: Shane McConkey, Glen Plake, David Kraft, Scot Schmidt, Dough Coombs and Seth Morrison.

 

5.  Bungee Jumping

BUNGEE COMBOIt is a tremendous sport activity that involves jumping in a tall platform such as buildings or bridge while connected to a huge rubber cord. The excitement comes when the person jumps, the elastic cord stretches and as the jumper flies upwards again as the cord retracts and continues to escalate up and down.  Nearly all the accidents in the sports occur not because of faulty bungee cords, but because of human faults in attaching it securely to the platform and the jumper.   Since it started as a sport in 1979 until 2009, wherein more or less than a hundred people had lost their lives from bungee jumping.  Come to think of it, it is obvious that it has a huge threat of danger because of jumping from a dangerous height attached to nothing but only on a large elastic cord!

 

6.  Ultimate Fighting

ULTIMATEFIGHTING COMBOUltimate fighting originates from mixed martial arts.  This is a full contact sports that uses grasping and strangling techniques while standing on the ground.  It is in a form of traditional and non-traditional mixed martial arts.   Because it is a full contact sports like boxing, fighters usually ends up having cuts and wounds that are why it is normal to see stains of blood around the combat area. According to studies, there is a great chance of having a brain and joint injuries in striking and grappling sports.

 

7.  White Water Rafting

RAFTING COMBOIt is a recreational activity since the mid 70’s using a raft to navigate the  river or other bodies of water.  But this is usually done on whitewater or other degrees of rough water to add on to the thrill and excitement of the raft passengers.  They use an inflatable boat which is usually propelled by the paddles.  It can be considered as a dangerous sport especially if basic precautions are not considered.  According to the American Whitewater ten people died in 2006 in the US while on commercially guided rafting trips.  There are about  6-10 whitewater rafting deaths for each 2.5 million user days on guided rafting trips, 1 death for every 250,000 to 400,000.  Moreover, about 30% of those deaths come from heart conditions or heart attacks. But right now due to more improve equipment this has become a well-loved sport by the enthusiasts.

 

8.  Sky Diving

SKYDIVE COMBOThis is commonly known as parachuting as divers will jump off an aircraft using a parachute to help them aid to descend on the land.  Before it much of a purely recreational activity and competitive sport until such time that it is used in deployment of airborne military personnel. According to statistics, despite the danger, fatalities are very few. However, every year a number of people get hurt or even killed parachuting around the globe. There are about 21 skydivers killed each year in the United States, approximately one death for every 150,000 that is about 0.0007%.

 

9.  Mountain Climbing

CLIMBING COMBOAlso known as mountaineering, this sport involves challenge and perseverance to climb a hill, mountain, rocks or block of ice.  It requires proper timing and techniques in order for the climber to reach the summit.  It is considered as risky activity as the mountains are filled with danger and outdoor factors such as lighting, thunderstorms, avalanche and rock fall can hamper your mount.  In the year 2002 Babu Chiri Sherpa, known as the toughest Mt. Everest climber ever died simply by stepping in the wrong place and falls.  High altitude on the summit could also be dangerous and can cause death on the mountaineers.

 

10.  Bull Riding

BULLRIDING COMBOIt is one of the best American traditions wherein a rider gets on a bull and tries to stay on the top while the bull is trying to buck off the rider.  This is considered as the most dangerous 8 seconds in sports.  Prepare yourself to be dragged, stomped on and landed on by bulls. Keep in mind that these bulls weigh from 1,000 to nearly 2,000 pounds of solid angry muscle.  Bull riding has the highest injury of any rodeo sports as it accounts to approximately 50% traumatic injuries to contestants.

 

 

Escape the World: Three of the World’s Top Luxury Getaway Locations

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Do you sometimes have the urge to get away from it all and soak up the lovely features of a gorgeous location? Travelling can be one the most rewarding gifts you can give yourself in order to recharge your batteries, nurture your inner free spirit or indulge yourself on geographical delights.

Here is a list of the world’s top three luxury getaway locations in no particular order, based on location, dining and other delectable offers.

 

 

1. Monaco.

MONACO COMBO

 

Monaco may be considered a speck in the map as it is considered the second smallest independent state in the world to the Vatican City. A sovereign city-state spanning 485 acres with a rugged coastline that stretches for roughly 2.5 miles, it has purportedly the highest number of millionaires per square metre than any other country in the world. Next to Las Vegas and Macau, Monaco has a long history of living solely off casinos, with the Grand Casino as one of its most celebrated attractions. The architectural landscape boasts of the Prince’s Place, the Opera House, museums and art galleries such as the National Museum and the Marlborough Fine Art Gallery to satisfy even the most discriminating art aficionados. Prime tourist attractions are the Monaco Grand Prix and the Monaco Rally where the famous Formula 1 is held. Bordering the French Riviera in Western Europe, Monaco is an endearing and beguiling little jewel of a country.

 

 

2. The Maldive Islands.

MALDIVES COMBO

 

Known for its natural and picturesque beauty, Maldives holds the three key ingredients to a successful tourist experience: sand, sea and sun. The islands serve as an exotic location for a variety of water activities such as scuba diving, water skiing, snorkeling, windsurfing, fishing, and swimming that make for a fun-filled vacation. Also known as the Maldive Islands, it belongs to the very elite group of the world’s most exotic spots, white, powdery beaches, stunning resorts and coral islands, and crystal clear water lagoons. The Vabbinfaru Island Beach, Fun Island Beach, Mirihi Island Beach, Nalaguraidhoo Island Beach, and Bandos Island Beach are just five of the most popular beaches here.

After indulging yourself in the luxurious sand, you may want to explore the famous and important landmarks. The Grand Friday Mosque otherwise known as Masjid-al-Sultan Muhammad Thakurufaanu Al Auzam, is the biggest structure of its kind, located in a complex called the Islamic Centre, where the Ministry of Islamic Affairs, a conference hall, and a library are also housed accommodating almost 5000 people. The Muliaage served as the official residence of Maldives’ past presidents, built almost a century ago with enough rooms for more than 5000 people, playing host to dignitaries such as former Indian Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi and Queen Elizabeth II. A trip to this luxurious and magical place guarantees an exhilarating adventure that is incomparable and awe-inspiring.

 

 

3. Caribbean.

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The Caribbean is a region that is surrounded by the Caribbean Sea, outlying coasts and islands. From glorious palm-fringed beaches to high-end resorts that make you forget all of the stresses in life, the excellent weather serves as a perfect backdrop to worthwhile activities such as sailing, scuba diving, kayaking, tennis, horse riding and golf. A comfortable home to 365 beaches, all of which are open to the public, some hotels are located away from the main tourist areas, so you will pretty much have the sand to yourself. Day or night, the region is renowned for checking out beautiful baroque architectural designs and indulging in a spot of retail therapy. The City of St. John is one of the biggest in the island, and the region itself sits along the line of several major shipping routes.

 

 

Which of the top three would you eventually like to make a trip to see?

 

 

BEEF AND VEGETABLE CHILI (Serves 10)

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INGREDIENTS: 

  • 2 Tbs coconut oil
  • 1 large yellow onion, diced
  • 2 Tbs chili powder
  • 1 tsp ground chipotle
  • 2 tsp sea salt (optional)
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp garlic salt
  • 2 lbs beef stew meat, cut into 1″x1″ chunks
  • 2 (28 oz) cans diced tomatoes
  • 2 (4 oz) can diced green chilis
  • 1/2 of a (4 oz) can diced jalapenos (may add more if desired)
  • 1/2 tsp oregano
  • 1/2 tsp thyme
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 7-8 medium mushrooms, sliced
  • 2 medium carrots, sliced
  • 2 medium zucchini, diced
  • 1 yellow zucchini, diced
  • 1 large red pepper, diced
  • 4-6 large kale leaves, shredded
  • fresh cilantro for garnish
  • green onions for garnish
  • 1 small can full fat coconut milk (placed in the fridge for a few hours)

HOW TO PREPARE:

  1. Heat large soup pot over medium-high heat.
  2. When hot, add coconut oil and onion to pot and brown slightly.
  3. Meanwhile, combine chili powder, sea salt, cumin and garlic salt in a large dish. Roll raw beef stew meat in the mixture to coat on all sides.
  4. When onions have browned slightly, add beef and brown on all sides.
  5. Add the diced tomatoes. Fill the empty can with water and add to the pot.
  6. Add green chilis, jalepenos, chipotle peppers, mushrooms, carrots, oregano, thyme and bay leaf. Turn heat down to medium and cook for about 40 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  7. Add zucchini and red pepper, and cook for another 20 minutes.
  8. Add kale and finish cooking for 10 more minutes. Season with sea salt if desired.
  9. Serve with sliced green onions, fresh cilantro and a dollop of thickened coconut milk from the top of the can.

CHICKEN AND SWEET POTATOES WITH SHALLOTS (Serves 2)

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INGREDIENTS:

  • 3 medium (5″-6″) sweet potatoes, peeled and cut in 2″ pieces
  • sea salt and freshly ground black pepper (to taste)
  • 4 Tbs coconut oil
  • 4 (4-6 oz each) boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 4 shallots, sliced into thick rings
  • 2 Tbs fresh rosemary, chopped

HOW TO PREPARE:

  1. Wash and chop sweet potatoes. Place in a large pot and cover with cold water.
  2. Bring pot to a boil. Once boiling, add 1 tsp sea salt and reduce heat to medium-low. Simmer until tender (about 14-16 minutes).
  3. Reserve 1/4 cup of cooking water. Drain remaining liquid and return sweet potatoes to pot. Mash with reserved cooking water.
  4. Meanwhile, season chicken with 1/2 tsp salt and 1/4 tsp freshly ground black pepper.
  5. Heat 4 Tbs coconut oil in large skillet over medium-high heat.
  6. When pan is hot, add sliced shallots and rosemary and cook for a minute.
  7. Add chicken breasts to pan and pan-fry until golden brown and fully cooked (7-8 min per side).
  8. Serve with mashed sweet potatoes on the side.

COCONUT SHRIMP (Serves 2)

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INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 lb raw prawns (or shrimp) in shell
  • 1 (403 mL) can coconut milk
  • 1-2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp ginger root, peeled and minced
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • 1/4 tsp freshly ground black pepper

HOW TO PREPARE:

  1. Wash prawns or shrimp, but do not remove shells.
  2. Place prawns into a medium saucepan with coconut milk, garlic, ginger, salt, and pepper.
  3. Bring to a boil, stirring frequently.
  4. Reduce heat and simmer uncovered 15 minutes. Stir frequently.
  5. Remove from shells and serve warm.

PORK LOIN WITH PEPPERS, MUSHROOMS AND ONIONS (Serves 2)

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INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 Tbs coconut oil
  • 1 lb pork loin
  • 1 Tbs caraway seeds
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1/4 tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 red onion, thinly sliced
  • 2-3 porcini mushrooms, sliced
  • 2 red bell peppers, sliced
  • 4 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1/4-1/3 cup chicken broth

HOW TO PREPARE:

  1. Wash and chop vegetables.
  2. Slice pork loin thinly, and season with caraway seeds, sea salt and freshly ground black pepper.
  3. Heat a large sauté pan over medium-high heat. Add coconut oil when hot.
  4. Add pork loin and brown slightly.
  5. Add onions and mushrooms, and continue to sauté until mushrooms are brown and onions are slightly translucent.
  6. Add peppers, garlic and chicken broth. Simmer until vegetables are tender and pork is fully cooked.

PALEO SLOW COOKER SPRING BEEF STEW (Serves 4)

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INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 ½ lb beef stew meat, cut into 1 ½ inch cubes
  • ½ t Salt
  • ½ t pepper
  • 1 16 oz package frozen pearl onions
  • 1 14.5 oz can diced tomatoes, drained
  • 2 medium carrots, cut into 1 inch chunks
  • ¾ c chicken broth or stock
  • 1 c frozen peas, thawed
  • 2 T fresh tarragon, chopped

HOW TO PREPARE:

  1. Heat large soup pot over medium-high heat.
  2. When hot, add coconut oil and onion to pot and brown slightly.
  3. Meanwhile, combine chili powder, sea salt, cumin and garlic salt in a large dish. Roll raw beef stew meat in the mixture to coat on all sides.
  4. When onions have browned slightly, add beef and brown on all sides.
  5. Add the diced tomatoes. Fill the empty can with water and add to the pot.
  6. Add green chilis, jalepenos, chipotle peppers, mushrooms, carrots, oregano, thyme and bay leaf. Turn heat down to medium and cook for about 40 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  7. Add zucchini and red pepper, and cook for another 20 minutes.
  8. Add kale and finish cooking for 10 more minutes. Season with sea salt if desired.
  9. Serve with sliced green onions, fresh cilantro and a dollop of thickened coconut milk from the top of the can.

DANISH MEAT LOAF (Serves 4)

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INGREDIENTS:

  • 1/2 lb ground pork
  • 1/2 lb lean ground turkey
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 4 Tbs almond flour (alternatively use 2 Tbs coconut flour and 2 Tbs tapioca flour)
  • 1 tsp sea salt (optional)
  • 1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 cup full fat canned coconut milk
  • 1 Tbs coconut oil, lard, or tallow
  • 1 onion, finely diced
  • 5-7 white button or cremini mushrooms, sliced
  • 3 slices of bacon

HOW TO PREPARE:

  1. Preheat oven to 400° F.
  2. Add coconut oil or fat of choice to a large sauté pan over medium heat. When pan is hot, add onion and mushrooms and sauté until softened and slightly browned (about 10 minutes).
  3. While the onions and mushrooms cook, mix ground meat, egg, almond flour, coconut milk, sea salt (optional), and black pepper in a bowl.
  4. Combine mushrooms and onions with meat loaf mixture.
  5. Shape into a loaf in an ungreased baking pan, and add the bacon strips across the top of loaf.
  6. Bake for 50-65 minutes, or until fully cooked. There might be “soup” surrounding the loaf which you can just throw away or freeze for later use as stock in a real soup.

BAKED SALMON WITH ROSEMARY AND PECANS (Serves 2)

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INGREDIENTS:

  • coconut oil
  • 3/4 lb salmon fillet, skin on
  • 2 Tbs pecans, chopped
  • 1 Tbs rosemary, chopped
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt (optional)

HOW TO PREPARE:

  1. Preheat oven to 350° F.
  2. Lightly grease a baking pan with coconut oil.
  3. Lay salmon in the pan skin side down.
  4. Sprinkle fish with pecans, rosemary, and sea salt (if desired).
  5. Bake for 12-15 minutes, or until salmon flakes lightly with a fork.

BUFFALO CHICKEN WINGS IN “PEANUT SAUCE” (Serves 2)

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INGREDIENTS:

  • 1-1/2 lbs chicken wings
  • 2 Tbs almond butter
  • 1/4 cup hot pepper sauce (with no added sugar or preservatives; may use 2 Tbs tomato paste and an additional 2 Tbs of olive oil as a milder alternative)
  • 1 – 2 Tbs coconut aminos (tastes like soy sauce)
  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt (optional)

HOW TO PREPARE:

  1. Preheat oven to 375° F.
  2. Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper and spread wings out evenly. Bake for 20 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, soften almond butter in a small saucepan over medium heat. Stir occasionally.
  4. When soft, stir in hot pepper sauce, coconut aminos, olive oil, and sea salt (if desired). If sauce gets too thick, add a bit of hot water.
  5. After 20 minutes of cooking, remove wings from oven. Turn and brush each wing with sauce. Return to oven for 10 more minutes.
  6. Turn each wing, baste with sauce, and return to oven for 10 additional minutes (or until completely cooked).
  7. Turn over and baste with sauce.