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Student poised to be first openly gay climber to conquer 'Seven Summits'

Cason Crane and mum Isabella are avid climbers. Photo: Paul Yeung

Cason Crane, 20, already has five of the "Seven Summits" under his belt and was due to begin his quest to scale the highest of them all, Mount Everest.

Sunday, 31 March, 2013, 5:48am 2 comments

Man killed after 'zorb' ride goes awry: report

Inventor David Akers rolls inside a ‘Zorb’, down a Sydney hill. Zorbs can reach speeds of up to 50 kilometres per hour, but a tragedy in Russia this week has highlighted the risks involved in the sport. Photo: Reuters

A father-of-two was killed in a horrifying accident when a giant inflatable ball in which he and another man were rolling down a mountain plunged off a cliff at a ski-resort in southern Russia, The Daily Mail reported.

9 Jan 2013 - 3:02pm

Felix Baumgartner, the man who fell to earth

Felix Baumgartner jumped from 39,055 metres and hit a speed of 1,343 km/h. Photos: AFP/www.redbullcontentpool.com/Jay Nemeth, EPA/Jay Nemeth/Red Bull Stratos, Reuters

"Fearless Felix" Baumgartner, the Austrian daredevil who stunned fans around the world by breaking the sound barrier in a hair-raising free fall from the fringe of space, was "born to fly".

That's according to a tattoo on the 43-year-old adventurer, a motto that took on a whole new meaning after his nail-biting feat on Sunday - the fastest, highest free fall ever.

16 Oct 2012 - 1:54pm

Austrian daredevil Felix Baumgartner breaks sound barrier

Felix Baumgartner with technical project director Art Thompson after the jump. Photo: AFP

Austrian daredevil Felix Baumgartner made a record-breaking leap from the edge of space, landing safely in the New Mexico desert after freefalling from more than 39 kilometres above the earth. The 43-year-old floated down to earth on a red and white parachute canopy, which he had opened after reaching speeds of 1,342km/h in freefall.

15 Oct 2012 - 2:05pm

Skydiver Felix Baumgartner cancels try at supersonic jump

Felix Baumgartner's attempt to make an unprecedented leap from the edge of space was aborted. Photo: AFP

Extreme athlete and skydiver Felix Baumgartner canceled his planned death-defying 23-mile (37 kilometer) free fall on Tuesday into the New Mexico desert because of high winds.

The 43-year-old former military parachutist from Austria had hoped to become the first skydiver to break the sound barrier and shatter three other world records.

15 Oct 2012 - 8:50am