We all know that one person, that one friend (or family member) that’s a total adrenaline junkie. For them, no rollercoaster is too fast, no height is too high. Their need for adventure is one of their defining qualities. When the holidays roll around, finding the right gift for them can be tricky business. The typical gifts just won’t do; these thrill seekers crave experiences that get their hearts pumping, not trinkets that will sit on their shelves. So here are 6 outside the box experiences to give to the active adventurer in your life:
For the adventurous eater: give them the gift of fire. Set their world ablaze with a mouth-numbing hot sauce set. You can pick these up at your local grocery store or search online to sign them up for a monthly hot sauce subscription. A chemical called capsaicin is responsible for the heat within a pepper. The spiciness is quantified in Scoville Heat Units (SHU) which are determined by the concentration of capsaicinoids in a pepper. The average jalapeño pepper has about 2,500 - 5,000 SHU. The Carolina Reaper, currently the hottest pepper in the world, has a whopping 2,200,000 SHU!
Adrenaline junkies love to face their fears. Chances are they’ve probably checked swimming with sharks off of their bucket lists. This year, set them up to cage dive with another apex predator; the giant crocodile. In South Africa and Australia, thrill seekers can look death straight in the face while being submerged in a tank of crocodiles. Most crocs at these attractions measure 16 plus feet and guests are plunged into their tank for up to 15 minutes. The crocs are fed by their trainers while guests are in the water to ensure that they get a 360-degree view of these ancient, machines of death.
Don’t go chasing waterfalls. Chase tornadoes, instead. Did you know extreme weather chasers lead tours? Sign the adrenaline junkie in your life up to ride along with experts as they pursue dangerous tornadoes and thunderstorm cells! Get their blood pumping as they get up close and personal with the raw power of Mother Nature. These tours leave from a base city, most commonly in Oklahoma, Texas or Colorado and chase weather events for hundreds of miles into other states including Kansas, Nebraska, South Dakota, North Dakota, Montana, Wyoming, New Mexico, Iowa, and Minnesota.
Test their love for heights. A new zip line in Mammoth Mountain, CA seeks to be both the longest and the highest zip line adventure in North America! To get to the top of Mammoth Mountain, adventurers ride a gondola up to the summit which sits at over 11,000 ft above sea level. Daredevils can choose to descend in the harness on their belly “superman” style, or in a seated position. Once they’re strapped in, they’ll take off. During the approximately 1 mile ride, they’ll experience a vertical drop of over 2,100 feet; the largest in North America. They’ll reach speeds of nearly 55 mph while taking in the sweeping views of Mammoth Mountain, making this activity perfect for thrill-seekers with both a need for speed and a love of heights.
Skydiving. You know we had to include this quintessential daredevil activity. If the adventurer in your life hasn’t done this yet, are they really a thrill seeker? Chances are they have jumped tandem, but you can up their game and get them certified to dive on their own. Skydiving outfitters all around the world offer diving schools where thrill seekers can work towards obtaining a license from the United States Parachute Association (USPA).
Adventurers feel alive with the wind in their hair and the sun on their face. Thrill them with an epic ATV journey through the rugged, backcountry of Arizona. Our expert guides lead guests on winding trails over mountains, through valleys, and past ancient Indian relics. Tours leave from three locations: Sedona, Tucson, and Phoenix and last approximately 3 hours. We customize the tours to the group or individual based on skill and experience level. Questions? Give us a call us at 1-928-282-8540. If you’re ready to take the adventurer in your life on a heart-pumping drive through the desert, book with us online now.