In the late afternoon we arrived at the Cliffs of Moher, my main excuse to visit Ireland. The 600-foot-tall cliffs are entirely vertical and very abrupt. My dream was to ride along the curvy ledge, which ranges from six feet to six inches. But when we arrived, the weather was deteriorating and herds of tourists and security guards made another pub crawl a better choice. (Victor Lucas) // view gallery
Risk in Adventure
The art of marrying competency and risk in order to create a peak experience.
I think it is. I believe adventurous activities, keep within reasonable bounds, offer tremendous payoffs. And I’m talking about benefits more tangible than the thrill that comes with the adrenalin rush. Sociological studies, and my personal experiences, suggest adventurous activities help kids develop confidence and self-esteem. Kids that fish and hike and ski and camp are less likely to get into legal trouble. Participating with family members can strengthen family bonds. The activities often become serious hobbies that provide a lifetime of enjoyment.
The accompanying gallery chronicles our trip.—Hans Rey
Hans Rey is the former mountain biking trials world champion. He currently travels the world as a sort of fat tire ambassador.