Russian Jumper Dives Off Mt. Everest in Record-Breaking Leap

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Russian parachutist and BASE jumper Valery Rozov took a flying leap off Mount Everest earlier this month, completing the world’s highest jump from a fixed point. The feat marked the 60th anniversary of the first ascent to the world’s highest peak. After training for three weeks in the Himalayas, the BASE jumper – BASE stands for “buildings, antennas, spans and earth” – hiked up Everest for four days. Then, wearing a wingsuit and equipped with a parachute, Rozov took the plunge, soaring at speeds of 200 kilometers an hour for almost a minute before landing on a glacier at a height of 5,950 meters.

Russian parachutist and BASE jumper Valery Rozov took a flying leap off Mount Everest earlier this month, completing the world’s highest jump from a fixed point. The feat marked the 60th anniversary of the first ascent to the world’s highest peak. After training for three weeks in the Himalayas, the BASE jumper – BASE stands for “buildings, antennas, spans and earth” – hiked up Everest for four days. Then, wearing a wingsuit and equipped with a parachute, Rozov took the plunge, soaring at speeds of 200 kilometers an hour for almost a minute before landing on a glacier at a height of 5,950 meters.

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