#4. Dangle Off of One of the World's Tallest Towers
Toronto's CN Tower is the tallest freestanding structure in the Western Hemisphere. But what would be the point of that if you couldn't dangle off the edge while your life flashes before your eyes? With the EdgeWalk attraction, Toronto has your death wish covered.
"Feel how strong those straps are. Go ahead, really lean into it."
The EdgeWalk isn't just your ordinary trek through the stratosphere. Participants are encouraged to lean back (or forward, if you have the nads) over the Canadian skyline, even though there is a perfectly good walkway right in front of you.
Apparently, on a clear day, you can actually see over 100 miles away, over the Canadian border into New York State. If you're already in New York, it might be disconcerting to know that Canada is watching you pee right now.
Bless This Stuff
While doing a choreographed skydance.
#3. Stroll Through a Jungle of Poisonous Plants
Of course, even the most diehard adventurer needs a bit of time off now and then to just admire the scenery. So if you feel like something a little more laid back without lessening the personal risk, how about touring Britain's Alnwick Gardens, the world's most complete collection of the deadliest plants in all creation?
The garden is the brainchild of Isobel Jane Percy, the 12th Duchess of Northumberland, whose motivation for doing such a thing is nothing short of that of a Bond villain:
I wondered why so many gardens around the world focused on the healing power of plants rather than their ability to kill ... I felt that most children I knew would be more interested in hearing how a plant killed, how long it would take you to die if you ate it and how gruesome and painful the death might be.
"And then further down the road, you can see how your body would decompose in the blazing tropical sun."
To date, the gardens feature nearly 100 types of different noxious flora, a veritable A to Z of nature's most deadly floral inhabitants, from hemlock to ricin to strychnine. Incidentally, various flavors of narcotics and hallucinogens from marijuana to magic mushrooms are also kept there, by special permission from the Home Office. But it's insisted that their presence is purely educational.
"This one, kids, will literally make you shit your pancreas out."
#2. Hike a Narrow Trail With a 7,000-Foot Drop
Are you the type of person who visits the Great Wall and then gets pissed off when law enforcement stops you from rappelling over the side in a homemade kit made from stretch pants and baling wire? Well, buck up, young adventurer, why not hike along the precarious ridges of Mount Huashan?
Now with fewer safety regulations!
One of China's five sacred mountains of the Tao religion, Mount Huashan is known by the locals as "The Number One Precipitous Mountain Under Heaven." But "precipitous" is just another word for "radical, bro!" for a thrill-seeker like you, right?
"I'd give you the devil horns, but I'm pretty sure I'd die."
The mountain rises to over 7,000 feet at the highest peak and attracts thrill seekers for the hiking trails, which are widely considered to be the deadliest in the world. Eschewing such paltry concerns as safety rails, nets or harnesses, hikers traverse the cliffs via a system of precarious planks barely wide enough to shimmy across. This jury-rigged shop project is the only thing between you and a plunge into the yawning abyss.
The Chinese government, which doesn't usually engage in misinformation, won't admit that anyone has ever died hiking there. The reality is estimated to be over 100 deaths a year. But hell, we all walked across those narrow beam thingies in gym class, so what's the worst that could happen?
"It's fine. I did this same thing in Donkey Kong Country in, like, three lives."
#1. Bungee Jump into a Volcano
What's the big deal about bungee jumping, anyway? If your rope snaps, the worst thing that can happen is you take a cold bath. Well, the good folks at Volcano Bungee have just what you need. It's not just a name -- in Pucon, Chile, you can dive directly into the bubbling caldera of the active Villarrica Volcano from the skid of a helicopter.
"We really need to stress that this is not the time to lie about your weight."
At around 10,000 bucks, it's also the most expensive bungee jump in the world, but the 350-foot cord you're dangling from puts you within 700 feet of the lake of boiling magma. That's just about close enough to singe your hair. You wanna hope the pilot has his altitude set right; otherwise, you've just spent ten grand on the greatest Viking funeral ever.
The best part is that, after you've jumped, you can't be reeled back into the helicopter. The only way you can get down is to dangle from the end of the cord at 80 miles per hour for the whole 35-mile trip back to the airport, hoping that they don't fly over any power lines.
"Hey, now that you're dangling there at our mercy, we should probably mention that we accept tips."
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