Base-jumper and Russian Extreme Sports Tsar Valery Rozov Jumps Off the North Face of Mount Everest – May 2013

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Russian extreme sports star Valery Rozov successfully carries out the world’s highest base jump, leaping off the north face of Mount Everest.

The extreme sports enthusiast leaped off Mount Everest to mark 60 years since Edmund Hillary and Tensing Norgay conquered the world’s highest mountain.

Valery Rozov, 48, spent more than two years preparing for the jump, including considerable time devoted to developing a special new wingsuit.

Rozov and his team, which included four sherpas as well as photographers and camera crew, spent nearly three weeks in the Himalayas before the jump on May 5.

The ascent began on the Chinese side on the famous north route. It took Rozov four days to climb from the base camp to the jumping location, which was at an altitude of 7,220 meters.

The initial moments of the leap were the most critical phase as Rozov needed more time than usual in the freezing, thin high-altitude air to transition from freefall to flying.

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