Jump from Mount Everest - level 3
Sixty years on from the first ascent of Mount Everest, a Russian daredevil has added another first to the world's most famous mountain's history.
48-year-old Valery Rozov jumped from the north face to record the world's highest ever base jump--7220 metres above sea level. Rozov spent more than two years preparing for the Everest jump including a considerable amount of time and effort devoted to developing a special new wing suit. Along with his team, which included four Sherpas, photographers and a camera crew Rozov spent nearly three weeks in the Himalayas before the jump. It took them four days to climb from the base camp to the jumping location and despite adverse weather conditions and temperatures eighteen degrees below zero, Rozov made the jump.
Because the cliff at the top was not particularly high, the first moments of the leap in the high-altitude air were the most critical. Rozov needed more time than usual in the thin air to transition from free fall to flying. After that he flew for nearly a full minute at more than 120 miles an hour along the north face before landing safely on the Rongbuk glacier at an altitude of 5950 metres.
"Right behind me, you can see the highest mountain of the world. I just have landed on the bottom of north wall of Everest. It was one of the difficult jumps for me because of higher altitude. My personal physical feeling? Not the perfect of course and I was a little bit nervous that the vertical part at the beginning was short for this altitude, but everything works."
Interesting words: ascend (climb up), daredevil (brave), base jump (jump from a fixed point, not from a plane), adverse (bad), altitude (height above the sea level).
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