(Newsdesk, Story edited Jun 1, 2013 08:05 am EDT) The Russian Valery Rozov previously BASE jumped into an active volcano in his native country's Kamchatka Peninsula, braved the cold on Antarctica to jump from Ulvetanna (2931m - Ed note correction Jun 1, 2013, not 6420m as previously reported) in Queen Maud Land and jumped from Shivling (6,543m) in the Himalayas last year. Back in the Himalayas this year, Valery and his team of 4 Sherpas climbed Everest North (Tibetan side) to 7220m from where he BASE jumped.
At precisely 2:30 p.m. local time on May 5th, with temperatures at -18°C, he jumped, reported Red Bull, his sponsor. "Because the cliff at the top was not very high, the initial moment in the rarified high altitude air was extremely precarious."
After launching "he flew for nearly a full minute at speeds of about 200 km/h down the north face before landing safely on the Rongbuk glacier (5,950m)."
Valery started his preparations two years ago, he says in the video below, and for him this altitude was totally unknown. The team spent 5 days on their way from Kathmandu to Chinese Base Camp to help with acclimatization. They had only three weeks to acclimatize although they usually would use more time. The super strong winds on Everest were a great concern. Valery said the most critical part was to start to fly as early as possible.
According to Red Bull it is the highest BASE jump ever.
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