Jul 10

Base jump from the top of Mount Everest

A base jumper from Russia has set a new world record for the highest jump, leaping from north face of Mount Everest

Ok, so there are still some crazy people out there. Once upon a time there was a man called Valery Rozov of Russia who has become one of the best known names when it comes to base jumping. He has  made more than 10,000 BASE jumps, including a jump into an active volcano in the Russian Kamchatka Peninsula in 2009, a jump from Ulvetanna Peak in Antarctica in 2010, and a 21,466-foot leap from Shivling mountain in the Himalayas. He tried jumping from a ladder in 2011 but the anti ladder fraternity stopped him.


Its amazing how the human spirit works. 10,000 jumps was obviously not enough for him, so guess what? he decides that jumping from the north face of Mount Everest at 23,667 feet and completing the world’s highest BASE jump, is the next best thing.

Here’s the jump on video, which was just released this week by Red Bull, coinciding with Hillary’s history-making climb on May 29, 1953:

What exactly is BASE jumping the man in the back row screams out. Well it basically means that you set up a base, usually an army base and jump from it. Ok, that is childish. here is the proper description. BASE jumping is defined as an activity whereby one jumps from a fixed object and uses a parachute to land. BASE is an acronym for the things people jump from: buildings, antennas, spans (bridges), and earth (cliffs, or in this case a mountain).

Rozov, 48, who spent two years preparing for this BASE jump, has never been at altitude. What a way to experiment. Everest is nearly 9km high.

He and his team, including four sherpas, spent three weeks in the Himalayas before the May 5 jump.

Starting on the north route from the Chinese side, Rozov and his team took four days to climb from base camp to the chosen altitude. Despite adverse weather and temperatures of minus-1, Rozov jumped into the rarified high-altitude air where it took him more time than what is typical to transition from free-fall to flying. It was the most critical phase of the jump.

Once the wingsuit took effect, Rozov flew for nearly a minute at speeds of 124 mph along the north face before deploying his parachute and landing on Rongbuk glacier at 15,520 feet.

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