For most of us, the nearest we get to everyday adventure is taking a slightly different route to work in the morning. Happily, though, we can now live vicariously through the rebellious, adrenaline-fueled lives of Instagram’s daredevils. Not content with just going through the daily grind, these extreme sports enthusiasts and athletes live life to the full, whether it’s through BASE jumping over a colossal canyon or climbing an impossibly precarious precipice. And as a result, we mere mortals can get our own dose of adventure by following their terrifying exploits, all without leaving the couch.
10. Petar Loncar – Extreme Paraglider
Petar Loncar has a penchant for skydiving and BASE jumping, but it’s paragliding that he has turned his hand to professionally. And if that wasn’t enough, the intrepid Serbian is also a talented photographer, as this image – taken above the Norwegian fjords at mountain level – reveals.
Loncar clearly knows what makes a great photo, too, as evidenced by this beautiful shot of the sun setting over the clouds. Naturally, more golden-hour captures at high altitude can be found at his Instagram page.
9. Christian Pondella – Extreme Climber
This dramatic photo was taken by climber Christian Pondella while ascending Niagara Falls – daredevil athlete Will Gadd, also tackling the tricky climb, is seen in shot. California-based Pondella, who lives not far from the Sierra Nevada Mountains, particularly likes traveling to far-flung parts of the globe, whereupon he will often snap some of the planet’s most impressive mountain peaks.
Here, for example, Pondella has captured a climb in snowy mountains surrounding La Paz in Bolivia, one of the planet’s loftiest capital cities. And as Pondella has worked as the head photographer for Red Bull USA for more than a decade, his Instagram feed also hosts an array of other thrill-seeking sports beautifully captured on camera.
8. Carlos Pedro Briceño – BASE Jumper/Skydiver
BASE jumper and skydiver extraordinaire Carlos Pedro Briceño’s Instagram is jam-packed full of heart-stopping images like this one, which shows Briceño’s buddies flying through the sky alongside him on a skydive.
And in this shot, the adrenaline junkie can be seen freeflying headfirst in a bright green wingsuit; a terrifying but undeniably thrilling spectacle. Follow skydiving instructor Briceño – who happens to also be a keen surfer – for similarly mind-blowing captures.
7. Chris Sharma – Extreme Climber
After nailing some world-first ascents during his career, Chris Sharma has certainly made a name for himself in the world of extreme climbing. Here he can be seen taking his talents to new heights, climbing one of California’s famously tall redwood trees.
And Sharma also completes similarly impressive feats on the other side of the Atlantic – as evidenced by this snap of him climbing the face of what climbers regard as the world’s finest crag, Céüse in southern France. Check out his Instagram feed for equally breathtaking expeditions.
6. Vince Reffet – Skydiver
Expert skydiver and BASE jumper Vince Reffet makes up one half of the Soul Flyers aero-display team with fellow daredevil Fred Fugen. Among the pair’s particularly incredible leaps together is a record-breaking BASE jump from Dubai’s Burj Khalifa, the planet’s tallest building. Here, though, Reffet can be seen wingsuit flying in Italy.
In neighboring France, meanwhile, Reffet has indulged in some “mountain swooping” over Mont Blanc – Europe’s loftiest peak. Follow his Instagram account for more breathtaking photos of incredible leaps from unlikely locations.
5. Nate Adams – Motocross Rider
Nate Adams is a California-dwelling extreme athlete and established motocross star who, by the looks of his Instagram page, appears totally at one with his bike. And images like this one, taken with his trusty GoPro camera, give some sense of what it’s like to be in his gloves.
Furthermore, Adams’ Instagram doesn’t just show vivid, eye-catching images of his often gravity-defying acts, but how far around the world he sometimes goes to achieve them. For example, this alarmingly vertical shot was taken during what Adams describes as a “dope” show in Gien, France.
4. Clair Marie – BASE jumper/Skydiver
Clair Marie dubs herself “thebasegirl” on Instagram – a username that alludes to her status as a professional adventurer with a penchant for BASE jumping and skydiving. And this incredible image shows Marie indulging in a spot of the latter pursuit, falling upside down over Oahu with the Hawaiian seascape – and just a slither of coastline – far beneath her.
In this shot, meanwhile, thebasegirl is fearlessly leaping off a cliff in the name of BASE jumping. When Marie’s not jumping from up high, though, or uploading the resulting awe-inspiring imagery to Instagram, she models, climbs and works as a stuntwoman.
3. Madison Stewart – Shark Diver
Gutsy Australian Madison Stewart goes by “sharkgirlmadison” on Instagram, and when taking one look at her feed it’s easy to see why. Stewart’s account features gorgeous but fearsome images of her swimming with her favorite sea creatures – like the one above, where she looks surprisingly calm standing on the hull of a sunken ship despite being surrounded by toothy predators.
Perhaps unsurprisingly, then, the talented filmmaker and diver is something of a super shark supporter. Stewart believes that the animals, rather than being eaten, should be approached “kindly” – just as in this image. Follow her for more shots of getting up close and personal with the ocean’s most feared fish.
2. Acid Beast – Skydiver
The Instagram user known only as “Acid Beast” posts some seriously stomach-churning photos of unbelievable skydives. This one, for example, features an orange jumpsuit-wearing thrill-seeker, seemingly suspended in the air to a backdrop of moody clouds.
This jaw-dropping image, meanwhile, shows Acid Beast’s fellow skydiver air surfing, or perhaps air skateboarding. This daredevil’s account is the one to follow for an array of incredible skydiving photos boasting dazzling skies and far-below landscapes.
1. Austin Ross – Extreme Skier
Extreme skier Austin Ross loves to photograph his – often hair-raising – adventures on the slopes. This vertigo-inducing capture is taken from Ross’ point of view, allowing the viewer to put themselves in his place at the top of the near-vertical, snow-covered ramp.
Meanwhile, Ross, who hails from British Columbia, can be seen here snaking between mountain rocks near to the Canadian province’s Duffey Lake. And for those who want further daunting but beautiful images of frozen landscapes and daring skiing, check out Ross’ Instagram feed.