An extreme sports star from Russia set a new world record for a BASE jump, leaping off a more than four mile-high ledge of Mt. Everest.
Rozov took off from 23,688 feet above sea level to set a new world record for the highest BASE jump in human history on May 5. 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.
He was trekking Everest for four days to reach the part of the mountain from which he jumped.
Sponsored by Red Bull, which has just released the footage, Rozov made his jump from the Chinese side of the mountain, which straddles Nepal.
Red Bull said: “Because the cliff at the top was not very high, the initial moments of the leap in the rarified high altitude air were the most critical phase. Rozov needed more time than usual in the thin air to transition from freefall to flying.
“After that he flew for nearly a full minute at speeds of about 200 km/h (125 mph) along the north face before he landed safely on the Rongbuk glacier – at an altitude of 5,950 meters.”
Rozov’s wingsuit was specially designed to fly in the rarified high attitude. As a warm up, he used the suit in his 2012 jump off India’s Shivling Mountain. Much of the two year preparation for the Everest leap was spent developing the wingsuit.
He leapt from the mountain at around 2.30pm local time despite adverse weather conditions and temperatures of -18C.
“Only when I got back home did I see how hard it was for me both physically and psychologically,” Rozov told Red Bull, a sponsor, after the climb.
Rozov has over 9,000 jumps under his belt, having started base jumping in 1993. Since then he has won a number of championship titles in his field, including World Champion, European Champion and X-Games Skysurfing Champion.
Rozov has made it into headlines around the world in recent years for his spectacular leaps.
He also became the first person ever to skydive in his wingsuit into the crater of the Mutnovsky volcano in Russia in 2009, reports the International Business Times.
In 2010, he leaped from the Ulvetanna in the Antarctic. In 2012, he jumped from the Shivling mountain in the Himalayas.
A few weeks after Rozov’s history-making jump, another man made history on the same summit, this time for climbing.
Japanese climber Yuichiro Miura, 80, became the oldest person to scale Mt. Everest when he reached the top of the 29,030-foot mountain on May 23, his third time reaching the peak in the past decade, writes Yahoo! News.
BASE jumping is a deceptively simple sport, where extreme athletes jump off all kinds of improbable landscapes and objects, using only a special suit and a parachute to break their speedy fall.
The first ever recorded BASE jump was in 1912 by Franz Reichelt, a tailor, who jumped from the first deck of the Eiffel Tower testing his invention, the coat parachute. He died. He had told the authorities in advance he would test it first with a dummy.