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Tuesday, 01 September 2009

The Ultimate Adventure: Skydiving, Riverboarding, and Rafting - Page 2

Written by Lesley Boutilier
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What do you get when you combine the extreme adventure sports of whitewater rafting, riverboarding, and skydiving? It’s called the ultimate adrenaline rush and Millinocket, Maine is the only place in North America where you can do it all in the same weekend. Gone are the days of relaxing on a river, taking in the scenery from a comfy airplane seat, or paddling quietly in a canoe. New trends in travel include extreme adventure sports and pushing the limits. At the base of Mount Katahdin, Maine’s highest peak, I found Penobscot Adventures, Three Rivers Jump and Raft, and the experience of a lifetime! Rafting the Class V Penobscot River, riverboarding the whitewater rapids, and skydiving from 11,000 feet was the most insane, adrenaline-filled weekend of my life!

We learned about currents and the all-important signals; including the panic signal of waving your arms frantically in the air – it seemed pretty straightforward. With the help of guides Karl and Mike, we finally began to tackle the whitewater. The first step was to swim across the river against a powerful current, which was not easy; it was more work than fun.

The Ultimate Adventure: Skydiving, Riverboarding, and Rafting, Millinocket, Maine, Adventure sports, skydiving maine, river boarding maine, Penobscot Adventures, Three Rivers Jump and Raft, Penobscot River, Lesley BoutilierThe ride down the rapids was intense. As the water smashed against my face and I missed the surf, I became more and more comfortable with the frightening situation. However, there’s really nothing that can prepare you for a wall of whitewater rushing at your head, and while it’s intense, I did it over and over again.

Riverboarding is relatively new in North America, but jumping off the raft and grabbing a board was nothing compared to the adventure that lay ahead. There is nothing natural about falling 11,000 feet through the sky, but I was going to give it a try with Skydive New England Jump and Raft.

 

The pages upon pages of waivers I had to sign before jumping proved skydiving is an extreme adventure sport. Then I had to watch a video that stressed the fact that I could die, and watch several other people take the plunge before I could jump myself, but the technicalities could never outweigh the natural high of putting yourself in the scariest situation imaginable and confronting that fear head on.

 

My heart pounded in my chest as I waited for the 20-minute flight away from Millinocket airport. If I thought about it, I wouldn’t do it. I didn’t want to overanalyze the situation. I jumped at the idea of skydiving, but now that I was in the plane, my inhabitations were taking over. But the fear deep in my chest was part of the thrill.

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