Not For The Faint Of Heart: Five New Extreme Adventures From Abercrombie & Kent
Certain people viewing at this image, and the ones on the next page would find them to be definitions of dreams as yet unrealized -- finally getting away from it all in an ultimate mental and physical fitness challenge. And, for those people, Abercrombie & Kent has good news: five new extreme adventures have been launched last week.
Extreme Adventures is a very popular component of Abercrombie & Kent, and it is NOT for everybody. On their website, the verbiage defines the extreme adventurer:
Extreme Adventures are for the travelers ready to meet a different kind of challenge. No matter what goals we attain in our lives and careers, nature remains the ultimate benchmark of what we can achieve. An Extreme Adventure reveals exactly who you are, demanding the most of your physical, psychological and perhaps even spiritual selves.
Face the challenge of freezing temperatures, soaring altitudes, pounding G forces and barren deserts. Venture to places that test your ability to persevere; push your body to the limit in the harshest conditions and with the most demanding activities. Savor the rewards that only come from experiencing nature at its most extreme.
Since launching Extreme Adventures, Abercrombie & Kent has seen great interest from solo travelers, especially on personal challenge experiences like climbing Mount Olympus or crossing Iceland's glaciers. While many people travel solo because they don't have a partner who shares their idea of adventure – others simply prefer the freedom of leaving their everyday lives to embark on an adventure far, far away with an expert local guide. Adventure travel appears to be a good fit for solo travelers, as the adventure itself promotes a kind of camaraderie, based on encouragement in sharing a once in a lifetime experience.
"With one in four of our Extreme Adventures clients traveling solo, we've designed as many of our programs as possible to be solo-friendly, with a single-supplement of 15% or less," explains Abercrombie & Kent president Scott Wiseman. "We've discovered that this not only appeals to solo travelers, but also to groups traveling together who prefer the privacy of their own rooms or tents."
In addition, to help prepare for an Extreme Adventure, A&K recommends Fit for Trips, a service which provides customized fitness programs that simulate the same stresses and forces on the traveler's body that they will experience during the expedition. This prepares the body to handle the unique challenges of a specific itinerary for an ultimately more successful and rewarding experience.
Below are descriptions of the five new solo-friendly Extreme Adventures for 2011:
Iceland: Tracking Across the Glacier. Driving in super Jeeps with expert driver/guides to explore treacherous glaciers, camping in the open (see below) and braving blinding snow and winds that can top 60 miles an hour. Level 4: Strenuous. Seven days from $10,125 + $315 single supplement.
Norway: The Lillehammer Olympic Challenge. At Lillehammer, the site of the 1994 Winter Olympic Games, the travelers take shots at curling, participating in biathlon and speeding across the ice on a rubber bobsleigh, a four-man bobsled, a skeleton sled and a toboggan. Level 4: Strenuous. Five days from $7,795 + $320 single supplement (see below.)
Mexico: Kayaking the Baja Coast – a kayaking and snorkeling adventure. Travel from island to island by kayak. Camp under the stars each night on the beaches of Isla Espiritu Santo. Level 2: Moderate. Seven days from $4,275 + $395 single supplement.
Jordan: Ancient Strongholds & Desert Camps. Explore ancient fortresses and haunting landscapes via Jeep, by camel and on foot on this rugged desert expedition. Travel from the Dead Sea to the "rose-red" city of Petra (see below), lunch at Lawrence of Arabia's home and overnight at a Bedouin-style desert camp. Level 1: Mild. Eight days from $7,150 + $400 single supplement.
There are many other popular extreme adventures to choose from. Below are some images of some that have proven to be quite popular over the past few years.
Camel Trek In Kenya.
Desert Road Rally in Morocco -- Luxury tent and dining experience.
Horse Riding Safari in the Okavango Delta in Botswana, Africa.
Camping in the White Desert, Egypt
Hiking the Wadi Rum ( Valley Of The Moon) Desert in Jordan.