Russian Daredevil Jumps Off Mount Everest Marking 60th Anniversary Of The First Ascent (VIDEO)
29th May is the day when 60 years ago two men climbed the highest mountain peak of this planet. In 1953, Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay, in a death defying feat, climbed Mount Everest and made history.
As a tribute to this day, Russian daredevil extreme sports star Valery Rozov flew off the north face of Mount Everest marking the world's highest BASE jump ever! This is almost 7220 meters (23,688ft) above sea level.
The journey of the ascent began on the Chinese side of the route to the peak. It took Rozov almost four days to climb from the base camp to the jumping spot. According to the descriptions provided, the daredevil at precisely 2:30 p.m. local time leaped in the face of adverse weather conditions with temperatures as low as -18 Celsius.
The video descriptions provided by Red Bull describe that:
“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.”
Mount Everest is nearly 9,000 meters high and more than 3000 people have climbed its peak since the first climb in 1953. Everest is also the fifth tallest mountain measured from the centre of the Earth.
You can watch the world’s highest base jump in the video above.