Ziplines , Whitewater Rafting and more.
| Whitewater Rafting and Ziplines are very popular … and wear a helmet!
A zipline consists of a pulley suspended on a cable. Think ski lift. Instead of going up the mountain, you do down .. accelerated by gravity. Zipline are a popular vacation activity for friends and families interested in outdoor fun and excitement.,
The Hudson River winds over 300 miles from Mount Marcy’s Lake Tear of the Clouds all the way into metro NYC. Historic, famous and exhilarating – the river is deemed one of the top 10 whitewater rafting trips in the United States. Adirondack rafting trips abound on the wild Sacanadaga, the beautiful Black and the back country Moose rivers. As spring’s snow and ice melt, rapids on the Hudson River reach their torrential peak – creating Class IV and V rapids. By mid-summer, the river has mellowed to Class II & III; and in autumn, Adirondack fall foliage adds the perfect photographer’s backdrop for your rafting adventure. Whitewater rafting in the Adirondacks is a journey along wooded shores, into gentle eddies surrounded by towered cliffs.
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Extreme Sports Adventure Basics
Extreme sports are recreational activities perceived as involving a high degree of risk. These activities often involve speed, height, a high level of physical exertion, and highly specialized gear.
The definition of an extreme sport is not exact and the origin of the term is unclear, but it gained popularity in the 1990s when it was used by marketing companies to promote the X Games on the ESPN sports channel and when the Extreme Sports Channel launched.
While use of the term “extreme sport” has spread everywhere to describe a multitude of different activities, exactly which sports are considered ‘extreme’ is debatable. There are, however, several characteristics common to most extreme sports. While not the exclusive domain of youth, extreme sports tend to have a younger-than-average target demographic. Extreme sports are rarely sanctioned by schools. Extreme sports tend to be more solitary than traditional sports (rafting and paintballing are notable exceptions, as they are done in teams). In addition, beginning extreme athletes tend to work on their craft without the guidance of a coach (though some may hire a coach later).
Activities categorized as extreme sports differ from traditional sports due to the higher number of inherently uncontrollable variables. These environmental variables are frequently weather and terrain related, including wind, snow, water and mountains. Because these natural phenomena cannot be controlled, they inevitably affect the outcome of the given activity or event.
In a traditional sporting event, athletes compete against each other under controlled circumstances. While it is possible to create a controlled sporting event such as X Games, there are environmental variables that cannot be held constant for all athletes. Examples include changing snow conditions for snowboarders, rock and ice quality for climbers, and wave height and shape for surfers.
While traditional sporting judgment criteria may be adopted when assessing performance (distance, time, score, etc.), extreme sports performers are often evaluated on more subjective and aesthetic criteria. This results in a tendency to reject unified judging methods, with different sports employing their own ideals and indeed having the ability to evolve their assessment standards with new trends or developments in the sports.