As an extreme sports enthusiast I have always enjoyed the rush that you get from doing something that has some form of danger associated with it. From back country skiing in British Columbia to surfing shallow reef breaks to launching yourself from a plane the adrenaline rush and the fear associated with it is impossible to explain. The way that your body goes from incredible nervousness with your heart racing uncontrollably to being able to commit yourself to an activity that your body knows it should not be doing is a feeling like no other. It is the continual search for this indescribable feeling that has pushed extreme sports to unimagined heights. Is putting yourself willingly in repeated danger ethically wrong?
Unfortunately many of these extreme sports enthusiasts and pioneers have paid the ultimate price of taking these risks. Is it ethically wrong for people to continue to take such large risks when they have so much to loose? If people are doing what they love should they stop when there are risks associated? If so at what point should someone stop
Shane had an accomplished career as a slalom skier, big mountain rider, skydiver, BASE jumper, and wingsuiter. Was it ethically wrong for him to put his new born baby and family on the line to pursue his dreams in the most dangerous sport in the world? In Shane’s case his wife supported his dangerous activities but in many cases it can put loved ones in uncomfortable positions.
The blog post I read described just how dangerous sky diving and base jumping is and included the death statistics of both sports. The author concluded that the risk was in their opinion not worth the reward. The case of Shane McConkey and the recently deceased London Olympic skydiver, Mark Sutton, shows that people will be driven to do things that they love despite the perhaps unethical behavior of leaving loved ones behind.