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Adrenaline junkies can soon get their fix

Skydiving is one of the more popular thrill seeking adventures

by Frances Hebron/Staff Writer

For 35 years, people have been participating in the sport of bungee jumping.

For 35 years, people have been participating in the sport of bungee jumping.

While Lake Land College offers many exciting activities and athletic sports, not many of them get the blood pumping quite as fast as say, jumping from an airplane or being tossed around in a raft by a river that refuses to be tamed. For people who are not satisfied jogging on a marked path, thrill seeking can be a great way to get or stay active while doing something new and exciting that provides an adrenaline rush.

Many people do not understand why someone would choose to leave the safety of a railed bridge in order to dive headfirst off of it, secured by what is essentially just a large rubber band. Part of the decision to participate in these activities comes down to a chemical produced in stressful situations called adrenaline. For adrenaline junkies, the feeling that this chemical releases can become addictive, causing these people to seek out and participate in these activities.

One thought that comes to most people when someone says thrill seeking is skydiving. Skydiving, or parachuting, is the act of jumping from an airplane then releasing a parachute in order to safely land. Freefalling is another common aerial sport. These can be done from either an airplane, like with skydiving, or from a tall point, which is also known as B.A.S.E. jumping. In the same category of falling activities is bungee jumping. Bungee jumping involves jumping from a tall point while connected to a large elastic cord. This can be done from fixed points, such as bridges, cranes, or buildings, or moving points, such as hot air balloons, or helicopters.

If jumping off of or out of tall things does not sound appealing, there are other alternatives such as white water rafting, zorbing, rock climbing, bouldering and zip lining. Surprisingly, many of these activities can be found in the state of Illinois, and a few more can be found just outside of the Illinois border.

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