Ranking the Toughest Outdoor Sports

Everyone thinks they are a bad ass!

Outside Magazine crunched the numbers and consulted the pros to answer the perennial barstool debate

But how can we quantify which one is actually the toughest? Here’s how: Outside Magazine chose five competitive sports that we feel are tough to learn, can be dangerous to perform, and require a high degree of skill and fitness.* We then looked at at peer-reviewed research and compared calories burned per hour, the average number of injuries per 1,000 hours of an athlete’s activity, and fatality rates. Finally, we asked a panel of world-class athletes to weigh in on what makes their vocations so tough and to vote for the sport, besides their own, that they think is the hardest.

Read the full article on OutsideOnline.com

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