Almost 60 years to the day after Mt. Everest was first conquered, it has been conquered again, this time not by a team of climbers, but by a single stuntman who jumped from her north face and glided all the way to a world record.
Russian daredevil Valery Rozov, 48, jumped off Mt. Everest’s north face Tuesday from a height of 7,220 meters. Using a specially-developed Red Bull wing suit, he glided all the way down to the Rongbuk glacier more than 1,000 meters below, smashing the world record for highest base jump in the process.
The jump required two years of prep work by Rozov and his team, who accompanied him on the four-day trek to reach the jump site. On his way down he peaked at a speed of about 125 miles per hour, the team said.
“Only when I got back home did I see how hard it was for me both physically and psychologically,” Rosov told his sponsors at Red Bull.
This video is from Reuters, published Wednesday, May 29, 2013.