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To the Extreme

To the Extreme
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To the Extreme is a book about life without limits. About people who thrive on danger. About people who carry the "thrill gene" - hot wired to go faster and further than most of us dare. Each spread is a visual feast of fabulous photography, capturing a hair-raising moment in time. This could be a fisherman hauling his catch from the freezing Arctic Ocean or a woman deliberately sailing her kayak over a waterfall - just for fun. To the Extreme is about the spirit of adventure - a snapshot of the skill and determination it takes to survive against the odds. A clear case of who dares wins! Contents JOBS Fire fighting A campfire, a flash of lightning... it doesn't take much to start a forest fire. Quickly flames burn through dried grass and trees, traveling at around 22 km/h (14 mph). Temperatures reach 800ºC (1,470ºF) or more. Thousands of kilometers of vegetation, wildlife, homes, and people are as risk. What do you do? CALL THE FIRE FIGHTERS! Deep sea fishing Catching crabs in the freezing Bering Sea where fishermen work shifts up to 23 hours on and one hour off. Still resting is difficult as rough seas toss men out of their bunks. There is also the danger of being washed overboard. The reward: working in a close-knit crew and high earnings. Air sea rescue Where rescue swimmers are dropped from helicopters hovering up to 18 m (60 ft) above the waves. They have to contend with huge waves and/or sharks and somehow manage to attach the panicking or sinking person to a harness so they can be winched up to safety. Plus Skyscraper builders Zoo Keepers in the lions' den Abseiling window cleaners Divers on an oil rig and lots, lots more SPORTS Extreme skiing This is speeding on skis down slopes of 45º or more - in other words very, very steep. Skiers travel at around 80 km/h (50 mph), doing their best to avoid crashing into rocks or trees, or falling into crevasses or off the edge of the mountain itself. And there is the danger of avalanche. Big wave surfing The most spectacular types of surfing where experienced surfers ride waves 9 m (30 ft) high. The upside is an incredible adrenaline rush. The downside is that a breaking wave can push a surfer down 15 meters under the water. The surfer has less than 20 seconds to get back to the surface before another wave hits... Sky diving This features the record breaking biggest connected formation of 2006. Four hundred people from 31 countries formed a flower shape 7,000 m (23,000 ft) up in the sky over Thailand. They wore the colours of the Thai flag - red, white and blue. They didn't win the record the first time they jumped. Someone was in the wrong place. So they had to go up and do it again. Plus High rope walking Pot holing Rock climbing Parkour Extreme kayaking and lots, lots more
DK Publishing; July 2011
82 pages; ISBN 9780756688400
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