Yosemite National Park

January 28, 2009

Yosemite National Park is located in the eastern portions of Tuolumne, Mariposa and Madera counties in east central California, United States. Popular features of Yosemite Valley are El Capitan and Half Dome.

El Capitan is a 3,000-foot (910 m) vertical rock formation. The granite monolith is one of the world’s favorite challenges for rock climbers.800px-yosemite_el_capitan

Half Dome is a granite dome that rises more than 4,737 ft (1,444 m) above the valley floor.

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The Half Dome has a hike route from the valley floor to the top of the dome in 8.2 mi (13 km) (via the Mist Trail), with 4,800 ft (1,460 m) of elevation gain. The final 400 ft (120 m) ascent is steeply up the rock between two steel cables used as handholds. The cables are fixed with bolts in the rock and raised onto a series of metal poles.



The PD Factory Team is comprised of five, highly-skilled, aerial athletes. The team’s vast experience in all aspects of modern skydiving gives it the skill and knowledge to customize each exhibition to fit the clients’ needs.

Each pilot of the PD Factory Team is a champion. With over 35,000 jumps collectively, this team has dominated the competition circuit (domestically and internationally) for the last three years, accumulating three world championship victories and multiple world records along the way.

Additionally, each PD Factory Team pilot is a specialist in his own right, having excelled in all skydiving disciplines: Freefall Formations, Canopy Formations, High-Speed Freefall Acrobatics, Aerial Cinematography, Wing Suit Flight, Fixed-Object Jumping (BASE), and High-Performance Canopy Flight.

From freefall maneuvers to aerial canopy formations to high-speed, breathtaking landings, this team will deliver a show like no other in the world.

Dream Catcher

January 28, 2009

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Canada’s Coastal Mountains rise far above the world’s largest intact temperate rainforests that hug Pacific Ocean inlets. Where the sea meets the sky, glacier clad mountains are blanketed in 80 feet of winter snow. While the killer whales and sea lions play in the deep protected waters below, skier rides in the deep powder snow of the Bella Coola mountains.

Virgin Galactic

January 26, 2009

Virgin Galactic is a company owned and established by Richard Branson’s Virgin Group to undertake the challenge of making private space travel available to everyone and by creating the world’s first commercial spaceline.
Virgin will own and operate privately built spaceships, based on the history making SpaceShipOne . These spaceships, which are currently under construction, will allow affordable private sub-orbital space travel for the first time in history and give you the opportunity of being amongst the very first private astronauts. 
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The Ouray Ice Festival

January 26, 2009

The Ouray Ice Festival, held in Colorado, is an international gathering of ice climbers, gear manufacturing exhibitors, and ice climbing voyeurs simply thrilled to watch at a safe distance from the precipitous edges. 
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The festival was first held in January of 1996 and promoted by ice climbing pioneer Jeff Lowe. In 2001 Lowe sold the Ouray Ice Festival to Ouray Ice Park Inc. (the local non-profit group that runs the ice park). The festival is now recognized as the premier international gathering of its kind.
Events over this incredible weekend include various climbing clinics from beginning to advanced, an opportunity to check out and try the latest and greatest gear and catch up with some of the world’s most famous and experienced climbers.

Bridge Day

January 25, 2009

Bridge Day is the largest BASE jumping event in the world, held on the third Saturday in October every year in Fayetteville, West Virginia. 
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Jumpers from all over the world will be lined up to take their turn leaping from the 876’ tall New River Gorge Bridge. Although 876 feet is extremely high it is a quick 8 seconds from the bridge to the water of the New River! Most will fall from the bridge for 3-4 seconds before deploying their parachute. Then they’ll spend the next 20-30 seconds floating down to the designated landing zone located at the water’s edge.

“BASE” is an acronym which stands for the four categories of objects from which one can jump – Building, Antenna, Span (the word used for a bridge), and Earth (the word used for a cliff.) BASE Jumping is known as being the world’s most extreme sport. Bridge Day is the largest extreme sports event in the world, and is West Virginia’s largest one-day festival, rated one of the top 100 in North America. The festival is unique in that it is the only day visitors may walk across the bridge, BASE jumpers can parachute from the railing and rappellers are allowed to descend and ascend fixed ropes. Vendors line both ends of the bridge selling crafts, shirts, photos, souvenirs and refreshments.
Anybody can watch this exciting feat, but not just anybody can jump. Jumpers must first skydive numerous times from aircraft before attempting to BASE jump. Jumpers must also register in advance.

x3m People

January 25, 2009

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Ultimate Bungy Nepal

January 25, 2009

Ultimate Bungy offers a 500-foot jump over a tropical gorge in the Himalayas of Nepal along the Tibetan border. The Bhote Kosi, one of Nepal’s wildest rivers, rages below the steel suspension bridge that was specially designed for bungee jumping. The Swiss design can hold up to 4.5 tons of weight and is 545 feet wide, so there’s no need to worry about your safety (at least not before jumping…) On top of it all, the dense jungle and pristine forest surrounding the clifftop gorge offer a spectacular view, which many consider to be one of the most beautiful in the world.

Castle Mountain Extreme

January 20, 2009

Most of the descents described here are within three hours of Castle Mountain Resort, Canada’s best training centre for the adventuresome.

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Every thirteen years a weather anomaly creates a thin ice and snow runnel on the North Face of Mount Haig. Deemed impossible by many, the nefarious Q proved everyone wrong when he plummeted down the line in 1990. Too thin to turn Q chose to straight line the descent and feels he reached terminal velocity on the steeper sections. With an average pitch of 78 degrees the line drops for 750 metres before slowing down on the moraines below. No repeats.

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A truly hidden gem. The existence of this brutally steep 58 degree chute was known by a few who were too busy? to ski it. Facing West x North KC is two hours from the parking lot. Drop in at the base of the NE ridge of Mount Haig. The chute rolls off for a few turns, then narrows and drops for 200m before widening out again into Haig basin. First descent was in 1999 by Peter Then and Ben Stockey.

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Another backside classic on the North-West side of Castle Mountain involves variable pitches of 40 to 45 degrees, route finding through cliff bands and dealing with the psychological oppression of 4,000,000kg of snow hanging over your head. The approach is a 45 degree frozen scree slope, about 100 metres long and is the sketchiest part of the whole chute. First descended by Morgan Black, Tom Lynch-Staunton and Rat [Kyle Rast] in 2000 with no repeats.

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Probably the most dangerous extreme route in the area. The approach is of just over an hour involving the ascent an exposed, often verglassed ridge, skiing under a cornice and down a steep approach slope above an 80 metre cliff. RoShamBo is a wide chute with 6 -10 turns of 50+ degrees followed by 200 meters of 40 degree cruising.
Tom Lynch-Staunton, Morgan Black and Adam Judd did the first descent during the winter of 2000, scissors being the winner. Expect a 50 – 60 minute ski out
The access to RoShamBo is up the obvious ridge in the centre of this shot.
Often very windy and usually verglassed the moderately angled approach drops off steeply on both sides. Your goal is where the ridge T’s into the continental divide. Head to the North, skirt the cornices by traversing along in B.C. before you drop back into Alberta. It might be wise to take a rope for the ridge section.

x3m People

January 12, 2009

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