Thursday, May 30, 2013

BASE jumper makes 23,000 foot high leap off Mt. Everest

An extreme sports BASE jumper wasn't happy with just leaping from the usual buildings, antennas, spans and earth locations so he found a spot that has to be the highest point on the globe to set a world record for the highest BASE jump of all-time— Mt. Everest.

Why? Because it's there.

Russian daredevil Valery Rozov jumped 23,687 feet from Everest's north peak on the Chinese side of the summit to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the ascent of the world's tallest mountain.

The 48-year-old 's wild stunt took two years of planning and training, four days of climbing but only about 60 seconds to glide down four miles to the icy Rongbuk glacier below.

Rozov's feat was sponsored by Red Bull. He achieved the record with the help of four Sherpas climbers who trekked with him to the perilous peak.  It took the veteran jumper — with over 10,000 jumps in his career — almost two years to design the customized wingsuit to help protect him from free-fall speeds as fast as 125 mph and temperatures that could freeze him in mid-glide.

Rozov has cheated death before. In 2009, the Russian leaped into an active volcano on the Kamchatka Peninsula in his country’s Far East.

I'm guessing nobody told him about the 29,000 foot peak on the south side of Everest.

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