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BASE stands for 'Building, Antenna, Span and
Earth' and is the process of launching oneself
off one of those fixed objects to parachute or
There are many risks concerned with BASE
jumping, such as hitting something as you
come down or your parachute not opening.
You also have to know how and when to open
a parachute so it doesn't launch you into the
object you jumped from.
Rock-climbing or free-climbing consists of
using just your hands, feet and body to climb
the more difficult faces of a rock or cliff.
Rock-climbers place their own protection on
themselves as they ascend a climb.
Risks include hurting limbs if a fall occurs
-- provided the protection sticks (if it does not,
potentially serious injuries or even death may
Developed for a military training course,
parkour includes running, swinging, vaulting,
jumping and rolling to traverse across a
complex environment without assistance.
Think: jumping from the top of a building to
another, or jumping off a building to the ground.
The risks are self-explanatory.
Slack-lining is similar to tightrope-walking,
however slack-lines are usually tensioned a bit
High-lining is simply slack-lining at great
High-lining can be highly dangerous if the
walker tethers themselves to the line, while
weather conditions can also make the sport
Cliff-diving involves diving head first into a
body of water (usually the ocean) off of a cliff,
without any equipment.
Cliff-divers can reach speeds of 96 km/h
before reaching the water.
Canyoning refers to the process of traversing
through a canyon by means of hiking,
swimming, climbing, abseiling and scrambling.
Canyoning can be a dangerous sport due to the
possibility of flash-flooding, getting trapped,
narrow slots and hypothermia.
Free-diving is similar to scuba-diving, however
with the absence of a breathing apparatus.
A recreational free-diver can dive as deep as a
scuba-diver and is only limited by how much
risk he or she is willing to take.
Surfing is one of the few sports that will
influence some individuals to live out of a van,
without a job, following the surf and chasing
While you may learn to surf in school, it takes
an extraordinary amount of training to survive
coming off a big wave.
If you have seen any YouTube videos of
downhill mountain-bike-riders, you would be
blown away by the level of skill and focus one
requires to complete a course safely.
Downhill mountain-bike-riding is not for the
While snowboarding is growing in
popularity, it would still be considered
an 'unconventional' sport. Very keen
snowboarders will seek out lines in the
back country mountains and know all about
AN AFICIONADO OF UNCONVENTIONAL AND EXTREME SPORTS, WORK EXPERIENCE STUDENT EMMA KENT LISTS HER TOP 10
LOCAL landowners or
organisations can now apply for
funding to assist with large-scale
native vegetation restoration
The Significant Environmental
Benefit (SEB) grants scheme
opened for applications in the
Mount Lofty Ranges region last
week, and will provide funding for
large-scale or significant projects
valued at more than $100,000.
Department of Environment,
Water and Natural Resources
Native Vegetation manager
Russell Seaman said the SEB grant
funding is provided by people and
organisations that have paid money
to offset approved native vegetation
"Since its introduction in 2009,
the Native Vegetation Council has
supported 66 projects through SEB
grants, with more than $12 million
so far committed to conservation
enhancement and landscape
management works," Mr Seaman
Further information, including EOI
forms, is available under 'grants and
funding' at environment.sa.gov.au
while proposals may be discussed
by emailing Abby.Young@sa.gov.
au or by calling 8207 7712.
Expressions of Interest (EOI) must
be submitted by COB February 22.
Vegetation restoration grants
Local's North American trek
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Unconventional sports are
unconventional because of
the risks involved. Despite this,
people do it, anyway.
Why? As a rock-climber, there is nothing
quite like the mental aspect of clearing
your mind completely and focusing
solely on the next move ahead of you.
While I can’t speak for everyone,
my guess is that, like myself, most
participants of these sports would have
undergone fairly extensive training
and are aware of the risks before
participating in these sports.
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