Tour Antarctica
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For you extremists out there I have a new vacation for you next November. If you think you have the icicles to take on cold weather, then how about venturing down to Antarctica during November. Oh, by the way, for us Northern Hemisphere dwellers, that is like May. Thought you would like to know before you started the process of telling about your bravery.

Anyway, there are guided tours that take you to Deception Island, located in Antarctica. It is the main tourist-visited area, and is only open to visitors from late November to March. Figured I would tell you before you got the idea to book a trip there in July to show how much of a man you are.

Week 1 of the trip entails arriving in Argentina, sailing to the Antarctica peninsula, cruising while you whale watch, observing penguins and other wildlife, and spending plenty of time hiking, ski touring, and trekking. At the end of the week you spend an entire day trying to reattach your jaw, no thanks to the amazing occurrences you have just recently encountered.  

Week 2 involves more back country skiing that includes sightings of killer whales and leopard seals, ski touring, and mountain skiing. The trip ends with a sail back to Argentina on its 100 passenger 300 foot cruise ship packed with suites and full amenities, including an exercise room and licensed doctor. When you return home, not only do you get to return to reality and all that it offers, but you have the experiences to share and all that Antarctica had to offer (during Summer).

Don’t freeze just yet. Temperatures at Deception Island that time of year range from a totally bearable 25-32 degrees F. Unless the island lives up to its name.

Humans Can Fly!!!
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This is the coolest thing I have seen in awhile (although I know with my nerves I probably would never do it). This is a new sport in which the Ski Channel will report on in the near future. This is nuts.

It contains an individual in a suit, which is just an extension of his/her extremities. It is also referred to as a squirrel suit, because when they are flying through the air it looks like a flying squirrel. It is a body suit with flaps protruding from the arms and legs acting as a form of wind resistance causing the entire body to soar. It is amazing what these people have for control when they are “flying”. They are literally travelling right alongside these enormous rock faces at top speeds and one of their arms is barely scraping the rock edge, like you would do to test the temperature of a body of water. It is quite something to see. You need to check out the video, you will be in awe as I was.

http://www.theskichannel.com/videos/Wanna-Fly-Wingsuit-Flyers-Showin-Off/13

It’s amazing what they are coming up with for these extremists. What hand-gliding and soaring around like an eagle wasn’t enough? Now they take it one step further. I was gonna say that they are now flying around like a bird, but it’s not. They are going faster! Again, absolutely extreme. Happy flying!

Ski Norway
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I was reading about some extreme adventures, wishing I could step away from my day to day life and actually go on one, when I stumbled onto this one that takes you to beautiful Norway. Tell me if I’m wrong, but this is skiing! This adventure takes you to a remote lodge called Lyngen Lodge located deep in the Artic circle to the coastal town of Tromso, Norway. In order to get there one takes a beautiful scenic two and a half hour drive out of the way of everything, including all of the reasons why public ski resorts have trampled on the sport. This 2-3 hour drive, taking in scenery of the breathtaking Scandinavian country, is an immense step from having to take the usual jaunt to hit the slopes, which often means driving up I95 or I93 to northern New England, you flatlanders know what I’m talking about.

After the long scenic drive, one arrives at the remote Lyngen Lodge that houses only 8 suites equipped with their own private baths. The lodge also includes a hot tub, sauna, library, and a cozy living room with open fireplaces and panorama windows overlooking the beautiful Artic.

After you are fully pampered, cozy, and not wanting to leave the comforts and warmths of the lodge, a 35 foot boat arrives to take you to the mountains. Now that’s what I call a chairlift. Granted when you get to the mountain you have to climb to the summit, which is fully guided by a professional, but it sure beats sitting on a swaying, ice-filled, crammed with tourists that don’t know how to ski, chairlift. Once you reach the top the views are glorious, I can picture them now, and the powder is fresh. This strikes me as skiing at its best. There are no beginners who glide from one side of the slope to the other, where you are not really sure which way they are going to turn, or fall. No imbeciles trying to take a jump off a snow-covered snow making pipe thinking its a natural jump. It’s just you and the hillside with fresh powder up to your knees. Swooshing down the hill with spectacular views and no jerks with their flashy flourescent green skipants are there to blind your eyes. (That happened to me once)

You are said to have time enough for only 2 runs a day, but those must be the best 2 runs ever. A ski tour up a hillside with friends, breathtaking views, ski runs with fresh powder everytime, a boat ride back to base camp, and a secluded place to unwind, relax, and have a good time (rather than a steamy packed ski lodge) says heaven to me. See you in Norway!! I wish….

Snow Is Falling!
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Greeting snow lovers…and others. Snow is upon us which means people are hitting the slopes indicating that winter is in full gear. Snow has been hitting the Western Mountains as well as the Midwest. Recent 24 hour snowfall totals for ski areas in California and Wyoming are:

For all of you that enjoy that first sight of snowfall, will enjoy it in your area soon enough, if you haven’t already. Join us here to find out where the snow is, what the hot resorts are, and to share some thoughts on chilling but exhiliarating group of sports.

National Current Snow Depth

Taken courtesy of http://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/snow-and-ice/recent.php?period=c&region=&submitted=Submit

Greetings
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Welcome to the Extreme Adventures Blog!

In this blog I will explore the world of Mountain sports and snow sports. Hope you enjoy!!

Infolinks 2013