And you shall know them by the crease in their trousers: hanging from sheer rock faces, strapped to the exteriors of moving vehicles, even under water, extreme ironing competitors iron clothes in extreme situations worldwide. The sport has been around since 1997, when a British man named Phil Shaw combined his love of rock climbing with his job as a clothing factory worker. A chance encounter with German tourists inspired Extreme Ironing International and in 2002, the first World Championships were held in Germany. Extreme ironers have laundered on top of Mount Rushmore and Devil’s Tower. They have bungee-ironed, parachute-ironed and ironed in the wilderness. And they’re always impeccably dressed.
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