A Russian extreme sports star has marked the 60th anniversary of the conquest of Mount Everest by performing a record-breaking BASE jump from the world’s highest peak.
Valery Rozov jumped from the north face of Everest at a height of 7,220-metres (23,687-feet) above sea level – the highest BASE jump ever completed.
‘BASE’ is an acronym that stands for the four categories of fixed objects from which one can jump: buildings, antennas, spans (bridges), and earth (cliffs).
The 48-year-old daredevil spent more than two years preparing for the Everest jump, including a considerable amount of time and effort devoted to developing a special new Wingsuit.
Rozov and his team, which included four sherpas as well as photographers and a camera crew, spent nearly three weeks in the Himalayas before the jump.
The ascent began on the Chinese side on the famous north route, taking four days to climb from the base camp to the jumping location.
Despite adverse weather conditions, and temperatures of minus 18 degrees Celsius (-0.4 Fahrenheit), on May 5, Rozov successfully made, and safely landed the jump.
“It was one of the (most) difficult jumps for me because of the high altitude and my personal physical feeling (which was) not the perfect of course,” Rozov said after completing the daring feat.
Due to the thinness of the air at such a high altitude, Rozov needed more time for the transition from freefall to flying.
“I was a little bit nervous that the vertical part at the beginning was short for this altitude. But everything worked,” he explained.
He reached speeds of around 200 kilometres (124 miles) per hour, which he maintained for almost a minute, according to his team sponsor, Red Bull.
The BASE jump was part of a month of celebrations commemorating the success of New Zealander Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay of Nepal in reaching the summit of the world’s tallest peak.
The two men and their team reached the top of Mount Everest 60 years ago on Wednesday, on 29 May 1953.
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