Outrageously Expensive Extreme Sports for Lotto Winners Posted: Saturday, 10 June 2017 Get ready for some adrenaline-pumping extravagance, as we count down the most outrageously expensive extreme sports for certifiably crazy lotto winners! If you’re going to risk life and limb in the pursuit of an adrenaline rush, you may as well do it in extravagant style. Wingsuit flying – approx. €6.200 How better to start our guide than with the undisputed Coolest Thing in the World? Wingsuit flying is a relatively new extreme sport, invented in the late nineties and tragically brought to the wider public’s attention a few years back when a James Bond stunt double died in a wing suit accident. The premise of this clearly dangerous sport is simple – dive out of a plane wearing a suit fitted with extra fabric between the arms and legs, which allows the wearer to glide like a flying squirrel. The diver deploys a parachute deep into the descent in order to arrest their fall. This absolutely terrifying activity doesn’t come cheap, with suits costing ~€1.800, parachutes costing ~€6.200, and flights adding further expensive into the equation. Skydiving – approx. €4.450 Skydiving may be one of the best known extreme sports, but that doesn’t stop it from being one of the most prohibitively expensive. The main reason behind skydiving’s elevated price tag is the amount of kit involved, which includes helmets, parachute canopies, safety equipment and altimeters. There’s also the cost of chartering a flight for every dive to take into account – and as you’d expect, that doesn’t come cheap. Skydiving is far more affordable if you’re willing to rent your gear from a skydiving centre and dive as part of a tandem (i.e. sharing a parachute with an experienced skydiver, who will be in control of the flight). This cheaper option provides access to skydiving at around €200 – but for real adrenaline junkies, it surely can’t compare to the thrill of pulling that cord for yourself! The risk-averse among you (and may we why you are reading this article?) will be glad to note that the mortality rate amongst sky divers is around 0.0007%, which by all accounts is highly safe compared with most other extreme sports. If you want big thrills and low levels of risk, your solution is really quite simple: jump out of a moving plane. Climbing Mount Everest – over €100.000 Fancy climbing Earth’s tallest mountain? You’ll have to pay a €7.500 permit fee for the privilege. Of course there are plenty of other costs associated with summiting 8,850m Mount Everest, from oxygen tanks and food to guides, travel and insurance. Basically, if you want to stand on top of the world, you’ll need plenty of money behind you. Climbing Everest may be staggeringly expensive, but we can certainly see the appeal. Whilst there are now over 5,000 people who can say (or could have said) they’ve been to the top, it has still been just 64 years since Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay Sherpa became the first to reach the peak in 1953. To put that effort into perspective: the Soviet Union landed a spaceship on the moon just six years later. Everest remains the ultimate adventure for those of us who haven’t made the cut as astronauts! Whilst climbing Mount Everest certainly comes with a hefty price tag, it’s actually far more affordable than setting up an expedition to climb more obscure or remote mountains with little or no established tourist infrastructure. If you’re an extreme thrill-seeker with money to burn, why not try the second tallest peak in the world, K2? It is both harder to climb and far less often attempted than Everest – and it therefore comes with even greater bragging rights attached! Heli-Skiing – €700-€1,100 This has to be one of the craziest things we’ve ever heard of – and we approve of it whole-heartedly. As its name suggests, heli-skiing involves taking a helicopter ride up to the top of a mountain, then jumping out of it, on skis, and riding down the mountainside. Can you imagine a more terrifying excursion to build into your luxury winter holiday? Heli-skiing may be obscure, but the sport actually has a surprisingly long history. Daring skiers first started using helicopters to access off-track routes as early as the 1950s, and by 1965 heli-skiing was recognised as a niche sport unto itself. The base costs of heli-skiing are pretty similar to regular skiing, which isn’t exactly cheap. However, when you factor a helicopter ride into the equation, you soon have a recipe for an extra-expensive sport. Heli-skiing is a risky business, with unknown terrain and avalanches among the added hazards facing participants. We’ll probably stick to the ski left, but the heli-skiing community undoubtedly has our respect!