One passion in life for many people is severe risk taking, which can be an escape from life’s evils. And one of the most extreme risk taking and exhilarating activities on this earth is wingsuiting. In this act of defying the laws of nature, wingsuiters exit the ground and enter the air, reaching up to 127 mph, known as terminal velocity. They then use their feet as rudders to steer in the air, directing themselves to a destination point while evading death. Finally, to end the jump, they deploy parachutes, as wingsuits cannot provide a safe landing. There is nothing that can make you feel more alive than staring death in the face and living in the moment.

The genesis of wingsuiting began with fatal experiments in the 1940s in Europe. Up until recently in 1997, wingsuiting was not accepted until the invention of the first successful wingsuit. However, as the sport increases in popularity, so do the number of fatalities. The most dangerous version of the sport, proximity flying, has resulted in more deaths than any other sport. There have been 87 wingsuit fatalities in the last 13 years, with the number increasing every year as more and more people participate.

The number of risks in this activity are tremendous. Besides the obvious danger of hitting rocks and trees while traveling at an extremely high rate of speed, many wingsuiters also experience equipment failure. Even initiating the jump is a very risky proposition and can result in cliff collisions. It is questionable as to why proximity flying is so popular, as the dangers are just insanely high. Even the most expert wingsuiters are exposed to major dangers of hitting protruding objects or losing control for a split second. The thrill is obviously great, but human flight in the open air is much safer.

Despite all these risks, many people find a refuge and way of life in this sport, as seen by the story of this one cancer surviving wingsuiter. This seems to be a hobby for those that have nothing left to lose, whether from personal disasters or health problems. According to Daniel Rodriguez, you can’t think of anything else when you’re wingsuiting. You have to be completely in the moment, and when you’re in the moment, everything else goes away. This might only be a temporary escape, but sometimes when you can begin to forget, it can eventually become permanent. Life is mostly mental, and being able to change your mental state can change you. Many of these wingsuiters are also traveling to the most exotic and breathtaking locations in the world, bonding with nature in ways that only a small number of humans have in history.


BASE Jumping Dangerous

base jumping dangerousMost people do not even know what a BASE jump is. BASE is an acronym for Buildings, Antennas, Spans (bridges), and Earth. BASE Jumping is jumping off of low altitudes with a parachute, with zero room for mistakes. BASE Jumping ends in a lot of fatalities across the globe. In many places, BASE jumping is actually illegal because in most people’s eyes, the risk is not worth the reward.

So why do people BASE jump? Most of the people who do BASE jumping are actually certified professionals. Even then, it is still very risky. There is little to no room while BASE jumping. One tiny mistake and your life is in jeopardy. People also do this for the thrill because skydiving is not enough for them. Skydiving usually starts at 10,000 feet or higher. BASE jumping is usually 2,000 feet or lower. That alone tells you the risks involved while base jumping. Believe it or not, some BASE jumpers start below 300 feet while free falling. Crazy isn’t it? Those types of BASE jumpers use static lines to deploy the chute automatically.

The position the body is in happens to be very important while BASE jumping. Keeping the body oriented and facing down is extremely important while BASE jumping. On very small jumps, jumpers use tracking to direct the body properly while falling to the ground. If you are positioned feet first, for example when people are standing up, that spells disaster.

In order for BASE jumpers to actually enjoy the experience, they must go on 10 jumps or more to actually start enjoying the experience. Initially, through the first few jumps, BASE jumpers will experience pain and difficulty rather than enjoyment. Is it really worth going on that many BASE jumps just to start enjoying it? Conventional wisdom would tell you no. But there are plenty of people out there still wanting to do it.

The people that do BASE jumps quite often are living their dreams. Most of them, after finishing BASE jumping, are full of excitement, and the release of their tension prevents them from being able to express their opinion. They are usually speechless after finishing a BASE jump. The pulse of BASE jumpers also goes through the roof. Right before doing the jump and after it is complete, BASE jumpers experience an extreme pulse due to the excitement. Their heart rates are through the roof.

BASE jumpers, at times, have a lot of fear right before BASE jumping. That can be a problem. For the slightest second, if a BASE jumper has any sort of hesitation, it can result in death.

BOTTOM LINE: BASE jumping is very dangerous. That is the main reason it is illegal in many places across the world. Even first time BASE jumpers do not have a thrill of fun, but instead experience problems. There are many ways BASE jumping can lead to a person’s death. In the end, it may not be worth it.

Diet For Active Lifestyle

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In order to maintain our active and daring lifestyle, we focus on putting the right nutrients and foods in our body to keep in our best physical condition. This includes a diet that focuses on sports nutrition as well as general daily health. One excellent guide we use for our diet regimen is this sports athletic and bodybuilding nutrition fitness site. It’s got a great variety of information and instructions on how to meet your physical condition and performance goals.

Here is a breakdown on the nutrition sources that we focus on with our diet:

One of the main sources of nutrients that we focus on is protein. Protein is vital for keeping the body strong and healthy and our energy levels up. A lack of protein can result in a breakdown of different areas of the body. The protein sources that we like to eat are lean chicken, turkey, fish, eggs and dairy products such as yogurt and kefir. Some vegetarian sources of protein that we like include legumes and nuts.

The next important nutrient that we focus on is iron. Getting too little iron in the diet can result in anemia. The body requires a nutrient rich bloody supply in order to keep itself and its components healthy. Some great sources of iron with high bioavailability include red meat, chicken, and fish. Vegetarian sources for our iron fix include lentils, spinach and leafy green vegetables such as broccoli, kale and salad greens. Along with iron, it is important to also in-take enough Vitamin C, which aids in the absorption of iron, is an antioxidant used by the body, and helps produce collagen that strengthens capillaries. Good sources of Vitamin C include black currants, blueberries, broccoli, guava, kiwi fruits, oranges, papaya, strawberries and sweet potatoes.

Omega-3 fatty acids are another important nutrient source that the body cannot create itself so it must be ingested through diet. Good sources of omega-3s are oily fish such as salmon, herring, sardines, trout and mackerel, and plant sources include avocado, pumpkin seeds and walnuts. We also try to incorporate enough biotin in our diet, which is a water-soluble B vitamin. Biotin rich foods we try to include in our diet include whole grains, liver, egg yolk, soy flour and yeast.

To get enough Vitamin A, we incorporate animal products and orange and yellow colored vegetables high in beta-carotene, which creates Vitamin A, such as carrots, pumpkins and sweet potatoes. For Vitamin E, we eat nuts that also provide zinc and selenium for a well balanced diet. Other good sources of zinc and selenium are cereals, whole grains, oysters, beef and eggs.

This diet may sound a bit complicated to follow on a daily basis, and we must admit it can be time consuming. So there are times due to a busy schedule or just laziness that our diet regimen falls. This is why it is important to always keep motivated and well aware of the health of our physical condition. If we see visible evidence that our health is deteriorating, it will motivate us to take care of our bodies more.

Also when we are tempted to put bad foods in our body, we should understand roughly what the consequences are. In fact, some of these foods that many people consider very bad actually can be beneficial. Here is one article that details specific junk foods that are good for you. By being able to balance our nutritional needs while also eating certain foods for enjoyment, we can keep in our best physical shape while enjoying our meals.


Photo credit:  wales_gibbons / Foter / CC BY
Photo credit: wales_gibbons / Foter / CC BY

There’s nothing quite like falling to the Earth from the sky going at over 120 miles per hour after getting a good jump-off from the plane. Skydiving is an intense adrenaline rush that cannot be described. You can read a bunch of books on skydiving or watch videos. However, until you actually experience it for yourself and get the thrill, you will not know the truly amazing experience it brings you.

Since most of us are not professional skydivers, you have to make sure someone who is a certified skydiver guides you while falling to the face of the Earth. Some people believe you can just put on a parachute without the proper training or without guidance from a professional skydiver and assume that things will be fine. However, everyone who wants to go skydiving has to make sure they get the proper training and guidance before they attempt this dangerous sport.

So why do people want to skydive? Some reasons include the thrill and the once in a lifetime moment. Some people skydive to put it in their book of memories, for the opportunity to experience such an incredible event in their lives. Most people, when initially skydiving, ask themselves whether they are making a mistake. After all, primal instinct tells us not to jump off cliffs, buildings or planes. It takes a substantial leap of faith to put your life in the hands of your equipment and the guidance of another person.

According to statistics, less than 1% of the U.S. population has actually gone skydiving. Although we have incredible technology these days that mitigates the risk of skydiving, many people still consider it extremely dangerous. There have been many injuries and deaths in skydiving, mainly due to improper training or poor guidance from the certified skydiver. This emphasizes the importance of having thorough and correct training and preparation before attempting to skydive. It also shows the importance of the skydiver certification. This certification should be rigorous and only granted to those that have proven to be absolutely qualified, because they have the responsibility for the safety and lives of their clients.

Despite all the risks that come with skydiving, many consider it a unique experience unlike any other, which makes it well worth the risks. Whether you are an adrenaline junkie or someone who values living life to the fullest before you go out, there are few thrills in life that can match that of skydiving.

Fighter Pilots

When it comes to some of the most dangerous, thrilling and fear-inducing activities in history, being a fighter pilot has to be up there, especially during the time before aviation technology was very advanced. Nothing epitomizes the idea of danger and self-sacrifice as much as the World War Two fighter pilot, who had to deal with the uncertainty of his vehicle’s reliability, maintaining the vehicle tens of thousands of feet in the air, and traveling at insane rates of speed, all while trying to avoid getting shot out of the sky. This makes understanding the history of these pilots and the state of aviation during World War Two a very compelling story.

mustang jet

It is interesting to know about the great impact that fighter jets had across the board during World War 2 and the state of aviation technology at the time. Early during the war, Germany had the upper hand. The Messerschmitt Me 262 Schwalbe was the world’s first operational jet fighter aircraft. It was used from the beginning of the war and throughout the war. The United States came into the picture later with a total of 135 different aircraft in the war manufactured by different companies.

During the war, aircraft had a huge impact on the results of the war. If a country was using fighter jets, they had a huge upper hand against their enemies. Germany was reigning early in World War Two primarily thanks to fighter jets. The United States had not entered the war at full force until 1942. This gave Germany a huge advantage early in the war.
The United States did not really use fighter jets until 1942 due to the bombing of Pearl Harbor on December 7th, 1941. This bombing by Japan made the United States go full force in 1942. The main aircraft used by Japan during the bombing on Pearl Harbor was the Mitsubishi A6M Zero. This fighter jet was main catalyst that ignited the United States into the war. The United States responded to this attack with a numerous amount of fighter jets from several huge companies.

Companies such as Grumman, Lockheed Martin, Boeing, North American, and Republic helped produce over 100,000 fighter jets and over 10,000 bombers. A standout fighter jet for Lockheed Martin was the “Lockheed Lightning.” 9,200 of these planes were produced and primarily used in the Pacific in the beginning of March 1942. The P-47 Republic Thunderbolt was one of the standout jets for the Republic. Over 15,000 of these were produced in March of 1942 as well. Grumman came out with a couple of great fighter jets, the Grumman Wildcat as well as the Grumman Hellcat. Producing a total of over 22,000 planes between the two, these planes were produced before the bombing at Pearl Harbor in 1940. Considered by many as the best fighter jet throughout the war was the North American Mustang. Over 15,000 Mustangs were produced in the summer of 1942 and were a great resource for the bombing in Berlin towards the end of the war.

This was the dawn of fighter jets going into future wars, including post World War Two, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, and many more. Going into the 1930’s, fighter jets were still new and barely used. Post World War Two and thereafter, countries would not last in a war without fighter jets. This increased the necessity for the types of people who could capably, and more importantly, bravely man these machines. It takes a special type of person to be able to sacrifice and endure the crazy act of flying one of these machines and attempting to carry out a mission at the same time. It would be very interesting to get in the minds of some of these men to see what they were thinking and what drove them to that point.

Hunger Time

When we’re not exploring the world and new domains, we enjoy recharging and eating, and we like to eat a lot. We like to keep it simple when we eat out because time is valuable and spending an entire night out for just a meal isn’t the best use of our time. I have a lot of things to do before I die, so I need to get to work and not waste time. When it comes to fast food, Chipotle is hands down the best combination of  for taste, quality, price and convenience. You can put Chipotle Tabasco sauce and sour cream on pretty much anything and it’ll taste good, but all the vegetable and meat ingredients make it taste even better. They have a way of searing chicken to make it smoky and pack that flavor.

deli sandwich

Another place that we love to frequent when we’re in the area is Manhattan Cafe, which has some great deli sandwiches and very good buffet options. Arlington VA can be very pricey, but this Arlington cafe has really good lunch and breakfast food for a great price. They’re also very quick so you can get what you want without much hassle. The good thing about Arlington is that it feels like the city but isn’t actually in DC. You can get by with the metro service here, but the metro fees can be pricey compared to other metro systems.

When it comes to desserts, we also like another favorite pick by Best DC Metro Food, Sweet Frog in Falls Church, which is a shop for frozen yogurt in VA. It seems like there are froyo joints popping up all over the place in that area, but we think this is the best based on taste of flavors and price. There really is nothing like froyo to satisfy the sweet tooth. It also has dairy and yogurt cultures so it doesn’t feel like you’re just pounding sugar into your system. There is some nutritional value so I don’t mind piling it up and gorging on it.

Our next favorite dessert would be the classic American chocolate chip cookie by Mrs. Fields. I haven’t seen many of these locations around anymore, but they used to be at many mall locations. I guess the old school cookie shop isn’t the fad anymore, with trendier dessert shops opening up everywhere and pushing out the more classic shops. But you can’t really beat their chocolate chips cookies when they’re baked hot, which are some of the most delicious and addicting cookies we’ve ever had.

Of course these aren’t the healthiest choices to eat all the time, but when you have the active lifestyle that we do, you need to get those calories in. I am a proponent of the healthy eating lifestyle, but when you’re active, playing sports, working, and jumping off of cliffs and out of planes, you can really work up an appetite and craving for your favorite eat out places and desserts. For us, food is another escape from life’s problems, similar to our other adrenaline pumping adventures.