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Board silly

September 23, 2003

If the trip to the dry cleaners isn't doing it for you anymore and you need an edgier crease, the sport of extreme ironing takes your cotton settings to a completely new level. Combining risky outdoor sports with the precision of a righteously pressed collar, extreme ironists have flattened laundry from atop Kilimanjaro, in midair parachute jumps and dangling over chasms. To get in on the action, you'll need a battery-operated iron (travel irons are OK), a board and a garment at least the size of a tea towel. One more thing: Don't iron alone, points out Steam, the rock climber from Leicester, England, who invented the sport. Always have backup. A can of altitude-adjusted spray starch wouldn't hurt, either. Details: extremeironing.com. More photos of adventure ironing can be found at latimes.com/outdoors.

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