The Most Dangerous Rapids in the World



Few adventures are as thrilling and terrifying at the same time as riding mighty waves. During whitewater rafting trips you will  explore unique landscapes and odd rock formations sculpted by the forces of nature.

This adventurous sport is not for everybody; it requires bravery and both physical and mental strength. It will test your endurance, and sometimes survival instincts. The most dangerous rivers for rafting are usually fast with narrow, steep and boulder-ridden runs. Waterfalls often create big breaks that make your ride all the more difficult, especially when you try to avoid the giant hole in front of you.[slideshow:87392]

Rapids are classified into 6 grades or classes. As Wet Planet Whitewater describes: Class I usually means moving water with a few riffles and small waves; Class II – easy rapids with smaller waves, clear channels that are obvious without scouting, some maneuvering might be required; Class III – usually describes rapids with high, irregular waves, and narrow passages that often require precise maneuvering;  Class IV means long, difficult rapids with constricted passages; Class V is used to describe extremely difficult, long, and very violent rapids with highly congested routes; and Class VI basically means difficulties of Class V carried to the extreme, nearly impossible and very dangerous.

Kayakers who are looking for an extreme ride and incomparable experience usually go for a scale of difficulty higher than III, which is a combination of fun and danger that more than 31 million of Americans enjoy every year, according to American Whitewater study.

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