Chances are that if you’re reading this, it’s no accident. You’re likely used to tactical missions, covert operations or other adrenaline increasing activities.
Here at Valhalla Tactical, we like to have fun, even on our off days, which is why we’ve put together a list of the most extreme adventure trips we could find. Which one gets your blood pumping?
Picture this: You’re 60 meters up on the edge of a cliff, overlooking the Colorado River. The red rock beneath your tyres is dry and often crumbling, which makes this riding route one of the most technical around. The track is littered with signs warning riders to dismount before continuing through certain sections. If you fall, death is guaranteed. This rugged trail is approximately 3.5Km long and packs an average downhill grade of 23 percent.
While Everest is known as the world’s tallest mountain, it doesn’t offer the most exciting base-to-apex vertical. Since you’re reading this, we know that you want to conquer the best and baddest this world has to offer, so for that, you’ll have to travel to Alaska’s Denali. An ascension of nearly 5500 metres, arctic conditions and 160Kph winds, you’ll definitely have your work cut out for you tackling this climb.
Touted as the hardest hike on earth, The Snowman Trek in Bhutan is not for the faint-hearted. Here are the gruesome details: 300km long, 14 500 metres of uphill hiking and 11 passes over 5Km. You’ll get no relief from the altitude at night either; camping is done at over 5000 metres altitude. What you will get is unrivalled views of the Himalayan scenery, including passes such as Jaze La, Rinchenzoe La and Gangla Karchung La.
Located in Chassahowitzka Wildlife Management Area, Florida, this deep dive expedition is known as the Grand Canyon to those who adorn air tanks on their backs and sink into darkness. The caves are over 90 meters deep and feature incredibly scenery for the extreme experts willing to challenge it. Beware though, over 10 lives have been lost in the caves since 1981.
Take a cable car 3200 metres up La Grave before skiing down, all while dodging crevasses, navigating unmarked terrain and with the possibility of avalanches. Being that this is the creme de la creme for highly skilled skiers, unless you’re certified, it’s not worth the risk. You might end up at the bottom of a crevasse or even worse, buried alive.
Feeling like you’ve got what it takes to conquer the Congo Inga Rapids? With walls of water as tall as 10 metres, this is one extreme adventure that you’re really going to have to work hard to complete. The water flows at almost 50 Kph and the unstable river bed generally results in huge hydraulics, waterfalls and whirlpools. This is not one for the faint of heart!
If walking leisurely is a bit more your tempo, then exploring the Hang Son Doong caves in Vietnam might be more your tempo. These caves are the largest in the world and they’re actually that big that they have their own climate system. The trek takes around 6 hours to complete, spanning more than 4 Km in length.
Anyone with a taste for extreme sports has probably tried surfing, but chances are they haven’t tried sandboarding. Sure, you could probably go to your local dunes to have a crack, but if you want the real deal, you’re going to have to head to Cerro Blanco in Peru. The world’s tallest sand dune is situated here and Peru Adventure Tours run tours that include everything you need to get your fix.
Ok, they’re not quite as big as the shark in Jaws, but they’re big enough to scare you. Apex Shark Expeditions run day trips off the coast of Cape Point, South Africa, which allow you to go deep sea diving and get up close and personal with the gnarliest predators of the ocean.
The GR20 is as good as it gets for long distance trails. The mammoth 180Km long trail traverses Corsica diagonally from south to north. You’ll encounter a height variation of about 10 000 metres along the way, and if you’re fit, you’ll get it done in about 15 days. Although there is no climbing required, the terrain is rugged and you’re going to need to be perfectly fit to complete the walk. This is the perfect mix of hard work which rewards you with amazing views along the way.
Obviously, you’re going to need to be stocked up on appropriate gear for your adventures, so check out our product range here, or contact us if you need something but can’t find it on our website. At Valhalla Tactical, we’ve almost done it all, so we know what we’re talking about.