Valery Rozov: Antarctic BASE jump like an astronaut in outer space

Posted: Dec 13, 2010 07:42 pm EST

(By Correne Coetzer) The famous Russian BASE jumper did it again, this time in minus 30 degree Celsius. Valery Rozov became the first person to climb the 2931 meter high Mount Ulvetanna and BASE jump off. He said he felt like an astronaut in outer space. Last week with the climb and jump Valery and his crew had near perfect conditions in Antarctica, though cold.

His sponsor, Red Bull, reported the following on December 9

Russian climber and BASE jumper Valery Rozov accomplished another milestone in his extraordinary career with the first ever jump from one of Antarctica's most inhospitable mountains. At 2931 meters high, Mount Ulvetanna loomed frighteningly large as Rozov led an eight-strong team on Red Bull Antarctica, bracing themselves for temperatures as low as -30°C.

After two weeks of preparation, Rozov climbed the face of the Ulvetanna together with his climbing colleague, Alexander Ruchkin, and mountain photographer, Thomas Senf. With his wingsuit on, he then flew for 45 seconds down the face of the mountain before opening his parachute and landing safely.

It was like a journey to another planet," he said. Its deeply satisfying and has given me a long and lasting feeling of happiness."

With the plane home delayed, there was nothing else for it but to climb some more mountains as Rozov ascended the Tungespissen and the Holtanna the only mountain in the Antarctic that had previously been used by a BASE jumper.

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Valery Rozov (born Dec 26, 1964) has won Russias, Europes and Worlds championship in Parachuting. This climb and BASE jump in Dronning Maud Land were the latest in his BASE jumps. The team flew from Cape Town to Antarcticas Novolazarevskaya base camp (70° 4637S, 011° 4926E) from where they travelled inland.

Previously, Valery climbed and jumped from the Big Sail peak in Baffin Island (2002), Mt. Nalumasortoq in Greenland (2003), and Karakorums Amin Brakk (2004) that expedition was awarded among the best of the year by ExplorersWeb. In 2006 he made the first BASE-jump from the Alps' Grandes Jorasses, after experts said the huge wall lacked a single spot safe enough to launch a free-fall jump. He had reached the summit via the Croz Spur. In 2007 Valery BASE jumped off the 1400-m face of Torres del Paine in Patagonia. He also BASE jumped from Elbrus in Russia.

Recently he performed a wingsuit jump into the crater of Mutnovsky, an active volcano in Kamchatka, Russia. According to Red Bull Valery has done well over 8000 BASE jumps and sky dives before plunging 700m into the record books.

The acronym B.A.S.E. stands for Buildings, Antennas, Spans and Earth; the four types of platforms used in BASE jumping.



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The now famous Russian BASE jumper did it again: Valery Rozov became the first person to climb the 2931 meter high Mount Ulvetanna at Antarctica and BASE jump off.
Image by Thomas Senf, SOURCE
AlCIs Basler dropped the team (click to enlarge)
Image by Thomas Senf, SOURCE
Valery Rozov's 2010 expedition sledge-hauling towards Ulvetanna.
Image by Thomas Senf, SOURCE
Descending Ulvetanna (click to enlarge)
Image by Thomas Senf, SOURCE

Image by Thomas Senf, SOURCE
2931 meter, dressed in a wingsuit and ready to BASE jump...(click to enlarge)
Image by Thomas Senf, SOURCE

courtesy Thomas Senf, SOURCE
Valery flew 45 seconds down the face of the mountain before he opened his parachute (click to enlarge)
Image by Thomas Senf, SOURCE
Valery Rozov in Cape Town, South Africa, gateway to Novolazarevskaya base camp in Antarctica (click to enlarge)
courtesy Thomas Senf, SOURCE

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