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Fearless Russian Base Jumper Sets New World Record With Himalayan Plunge

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Gutsy Russian mountaineer and base jumper Valery Rozov has set a new world record after leaping from Cho Oyu, a mountain in Asia.

No one had ever jumped off that point before, until the unique athlete planned his adventure. - Sputnik International
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Russian base jumper Valery Rozov has beaten his own world base jumping record after jumping from a height of 7,700 meters above sea level.

Earlier this month, the champion jumped from the Chinese side of Cho Oyu, the sixth highest mountain in the world with a height of 8,201 meters above sea level, located on the border of Nepal and China's Tibet Autonomous Region.

During his record-setting jump, the sportsman spent 90 seconds in free-fall before his parachute opened and he landed on a glacier at the south-west wall of the mountain. He had traveled 1,700 meters vertically and 3,500 meters horizontally.

Rozov's latest achievement broke his own 2013 record, when he jumped from a crest of Changtse Mountain, 7,220 meters above sea level. That mountain is located in Tibet, immediately north of Mount Everest.

"This has been my dream for the last three years, ever since I discovered this point during exploration in 2014. Six months after jumping off Changtse I returned to the Himalayas in search of new goals, because I felt that wasn't the limit," Rozov explained.

© Photo : Nika Lebanidze/Red bull Content PoolValery Rozov - Himalaya Record Jump 2016
Fearless Russian Base Jumper Sets New World Record With Himalayan Plunge - Sputnik International
Valery Rozov - Himalaya Record Jump 2016

"Now, after everything went successfully, I am very glad that I was able to do the jump. Not only because this is a world record or my personal achievement, but also in memory of my late friend Alexander Ruchkin, with whom I was here exploring the mountain three years ago."

© Photo : Nika Lebanidze/Red bull Content PoolValery Rozov - Himalaya Record Jump 2016
Fearless Russian Base Jumper Sets New World Record With Himalayan Plunge - Sputnik International
Valery Rozov - Himalaya Record Jump 2016

In 2009 Valery Rozov carried out the world's first parachute jump into an active volcano crater, in the Mutnovsky volcano in the south of Russia's Kamchatka peninsula.

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In 2010 he base jumped from the Ulvetanna Peak in Antarctica, and has also base-jumped from mountains around the world, including Shivling in the Indian Himalayas and the Matterhorn in the Alps.

B.A.S.E. jumping takes its name from an acronym of four things which jumpers may leap from: building, antenna, span (bridge) and Earth (cliff). In contrast to skydivers, base jumpers wear a special wing-suit and jump at a lower altitude, which gives them just a few seconds to deploy a parachute.

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