**Disclaimer: Life, Love and Adventure & fellow collaborators are in no way recommending anyone to participate in potentially dangerous activities; as well, we in no way are responsible if injuries may occur during said activities. — Please evaluate your own physical capabilities before taking on a tasking or potentially dangerous activities.
Have you ever looked danger in the eyes and said, “&^%$# it! I’m going to do this, even if it’s potentially dangerous and might scare me to death ?
I certainly have … I can’t say I regret a moment of it .. but I also can’t say I’d sign myself up for some adventures again, haha! Sometimes activities are given the title ‘dangerous’ because there is the potential hazard of injury but it’s not always the case especially if you are aware, use common sense and abide by the rules set in place.
Here are some potentially dangerous activities/places around the world that myself and fellow travel bloggers have experienced and completed safely.
“Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go.”
– T. S. Eliot
Kalalau Trail, Kauai, Hawaii
The Kalalau Trail, located along the Na Pali Coastl on Hawaii’s island of Kauai, has been named one of the most dangerous hiking trail in the world. It is 11 miles long each way and typically takes a day to hike in and a day to hike out. There have been several known casualties and injuries along this hike; though, most are caused by disregarding signs or overconfidence when faced with a spot on the trail that is very hazardous and unpredictable. The most common fatality is drowning, over 100 lives have been lost swimming at the remote beaches along the hike because the currents are extremely unpredictable.
During this hike there are three streams that must be crossed in order to advance further along the hike. These three streams can, and have been known to, rise quickly during sudden rainfalls which can cause them to become impassable. Another serious hazard you will encounter on this hike when the trail leads you along a sheer cliff that drops down to the rocky ocean. It’s important to put safety first and proceed with extreme caution, if you feel as though something looks impassable or you aren’t comfortable with it then I would recommend turning back, regardless of the disappointment. Mostly though, be certain to obey each and every park sign you come by, they are there for a reason!
We took extreme precautions when we decided to take this hike on, we made sure to pack all our first aid gear and essentials as well as wearing proper shoes and hiking gear!
If you want to see more photos of my hike on the Kalalau trail in Kauai, check out my Instagram ! :)
Claudia || My Adventures Around the World‘s experience
Biking Carretera de la muerte (Death Road), Bolivia
It had been on my mind for a long time. I had read about it, seen pictures of it, and even documentaries that stressed how dangerous it was. So, when I finally managed to visit Bolivia on my latest trip to South America, I had to go see it with my own eyes, or better, bike it with my own bike: I biked the carretera de la muerte, or the death road, one of the world’s most dangerous roads.
The road that connects La Cumbre, at 4700 meters above sea level and a bit out of La Paz, to Coroico, at about 1500 meters above sea level, has actually been replaced in March 2007 with a new one, so the carretera de la muerte is now mostly just a tourist attraction; and a dangerous one it is: over 20 bikers have died on it, even in recent times. It is a 64 km, narrow gravel road that trails along cliffs that drop 600 meters; and it has no safety barriers. The road tends to get slippery because of dust and mud which sometimes causes bikers to go down way too fast, as if they were in a race. I went at a leisurely pace, speeding up when I could which gives the potential risk of falling off once or twice. The actual ride is a lot of fun, if done with proper gear and good guides. I never really felt unsafe, and only realized the real danger when I finally saw the pictures that the guides had taken of the group.
I had a great time, and I highly recommend doing it, with all the necessary precautions!
Viktoria || Chronic Wanderlust‘s experience
Bungee Jumping in Cancun, Mexico
Paula || Contended Traveller‘s experience
Biking in Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam
Why I will Never Ride a Bicycle Again …
Some people may think that jumping out of an airplane is dangerous, or trekking to the top of Mt Everest, diving the depths of the ocean or base-jumping are all perilous activities. Try riding a push-bike in Vietnam, in the city of Ho Chi Minh and then you will really know what real danger is all about. On a trip to Vietnam, one activity was riding a bicycle though the streets. Ho Chi Minh is a very busy city and a city that is intimidating for people walking let alone riding a bike. When I first arrived and saw all of the motorbikes on the streets I was reasonably sure that I would just continue to walk around the one block for the entire time I was there. It was only when a lovely old lady held my hand and guided me across the road that I was able to build up the nerve to do it for myself.
If you have been to Vietnam, you will know that it is totally manic. People spend their time always beeping yet there is no road rage. They drive straight at one another, like a game of chicken, and only at the last minute does one veer out of the path of the other. Keep this is mind as you hear about one of the most dangerous and perilous activities a person can do. I took to the streets with the confidence of a dare devil adventurer. Then a truck … or 50, roared past me beeping, causing a little de-stabilization in my confidence. I kept going as the roads seemed to narrow and the traffic definitely increased.
My adrenaline was now in over drive as I attempted to keep my cool. Then the bloody chain on my bike broke in the middle of a very narrow single lane bridge that was at full traffic capacity. Of course it did, so I had to repair it without getting my butt hit. It continued to break and I continued to break down. I ended up wheeling it back to base and have never really ridden since.
Much as Gordon has tried to help me regain my confidence, I now seem to aim for cars and trucks when I ride. True story people.
Jennifer || Made All The Difference‘s experience
Climbing Angels Landing, Zion National Park, Utah, United States
“Only an angel could land on it” exclaimed an early explorer of Zion National Park. He was describing the sandstone isthmus that is Angels Landing. I hope he was right. It was 6:15 am and I was about to start the 2.5 mile hike to Angels Landing. The first mile is a steady uphill climb, and the second is twenty-one steep zigzags that lead to Scout Lookout. It is just a small warm-up. The Lookout provides a clear view of what awaits me. This half-mile trail scares the tar out of me. It is known as one of the scariest and most dangerous trails in the United States. I try not to think about the vertical drops.
I looked behind me and realized that this is truly a solo hike. The other two hiker I started with are still on the Wiggles. There is no one to see me fall. There is no comfort when the small rocks shift below my feet. I take each step slow and carefully. I try not to look over the edge. Finally, I take the final steps to the top on Angels Landing. The early morning view looking over the landmarks of Zion make each terrifying step worth it.
I wish someone had told me that climbing to the Landing is easy. Coming down, now that is terrifying. It is impossible to avoid at looking over the sheer cliff faces. The chain becomes my best friend. I hang onto it for dear life as I take each step down. It takes me twice as long to go down as it did to come up. I would say Angels Landing has lived up to its reputation. Personally, it was the scariest hike I have ever been on.
Have you traveled anywhere and come face to face with danger? Where were you and what did you do?
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