By Catarina Cowden
TheActiveTimes.com

Hiking can be a calming, therapeutic adventure. But for some, hiking and climbing is about the thrill, reaching new and death-defying heights that make life more exciting. And with all the outdoors has to offer, there is plenty opportunity to test your limits.

Previously, we discussed the most dangerous hikes that take many lives and require practiced survival skills to complete. The difficult trails require a fit body and mind to complete. But, what if you could feel dangerous and hike a bit easier? Well, Mother Nature has you covered. A booming, hazardous volcano is just the ticket. Sounds crazy right? But actually, many active volcanoes are very safe to climb. Visitors flock from all ends of the world to see the deep craters, colorful fires, steaming ash and hot lava.

The trick is to know the dangers a volcano poses. Many active sites are closed off to the public, or have designated areas for crater viewing. The regularly active volcanoes are monitored and scientists attempt to predict future explosions. With many tragedies in the past, modern science hopes to keep tabs on the activity happening at the planet’s crust, but, some eruptions still can come as a surprise. So while some of these summits are easy to reach, the danger posed by climbing an active volcano is definitely not for the faint of heart.

College football teams are an extension of the academic institutions they represent -- at least, that's the party line coming from the NCAA. But SEC schools, at least, value on-field performance much more than academics, according to Forbes.

The business magazine compiled a list that compares the performance and academic bonuses of 11 SEC head coaches, whose contract information was readily accessible. The money says about all you need to know about what priorities come first in college football. Check out the numbers for each coach in the slideshow below.

A well-known fashion geek, Heat star Dwyane Wade has announced a huge sale on his clothes. That's right: Wade is taking trunkloads of clothes out of his own closet and putting them up for sale online.

If that sounds like Wade is desperate for money, don't worry. The three-time NBA champion is actually seeing those items to raise money for his charitable foundation, Wade's World.

According to the website where the clothes are being sold, items are going fast. A tougher sale are pairs of Wade's size 15 shoes, which have a tough market in terms of buyers who can actually fill them. Here's a look back at Wade's trend-setting fashions over the past year.

Another offseason of roster shuffling has left several new NBA stars shining in new cities. Just one week from the start of the NBA's 2014-15 season, we're about to see whether those stars -- and the teams that acquired them -- made the right or wrong decisions regarding their futures.

Since the carousel can be tough to keep straight, here are 11 of the biggest names you'll find in new uniforms this season.

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By Catarina Cowden
TheActiveTimes.com

Thrill seekers everywhere flock to amusement parks and theme parks to find the scariest, stomach-turning rides on the planet. Though roller coasters aren't for the faint of heart, they do attract a number of different ages. Every year means an added inch or two closer to reaching a height requirement for a ride a youngster has always dreamed of.

Living in the United States, home to Six Flags and Cedar Point, we are privileged to be closely distanced to some of the best roller coasters in the world. From the tallest steel coaster to the fastest wooden coaster, these rides might be right in your home state.

As of late, many problems arise when accidents and faulty constructions result in injuries and even sometimes deaths. But roller coaster companies do their best to develop new ways to build and implement safer rides.

Manufacturers such as Intamin, Rocky Mountain Construction, S&S Worldwide, or The Gravity Group continue to be big names in the theme park industry. And the manufacturers are always looking to beat a World Record by engineering some of the biggest and baddest rides on the planet. So here we’ve compiled a list of the craziest records that they have beaten, from the steepest angles, to longest rides to tallest, these are the big bad coasters that are sure to have you screaming a higher pitch then you knew possible.

Chronic traumatic encephalopathy, better known as CTE, is now understood as a major threat to the mental health of past, present and future NFL players. At the moment, the condition can only be diagnosed after a player dies and their brain is examined, making the condition tough to identify.

Even so, the number of former football players who suspect they have CTE number into the hundreds. As the condition is discovered in younger individuals as well as old, medical experts are understanding that the disease may be more widespread than previously thought.

For now, there are 18 former NFL players who have been diagnosed with CTE post-mortemby the Boston University CTE Center. Check out their stories in the slideshow below.

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