Six days to get up... 90 seconds to get down: Daredevil leaps from 6,543m Himalayan peak to set new BASE jump world record
Russian climber and BASE jumper Valery Rozov recently added another highlight to his incredible career in extreme sports by setting a new world record with a jump from the top of Shivling, a 6543m mountain in the Indian part of the Himalayas.
Rozov is a superstar in the world of BASE jumping, an extreme sport which involves jumping from objects such as bridges, buildings and towers.
The 47-year-old Russian’s breathtaking feats, such as jumping into the active volcano Kamtschatka (2009) and from Ulvetanna Peak in the Antarctic (2010), have made him famous the world over.
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Thanks to his exceptional climbing skills, Rozov recently took things to the next level by completing the most challenging BASE jump ever performed.
After a 30-day expedition, including a six-day ascent, the ‘BASE climber’, as he calls himself, and climbing partners Alexander Ruchkin and Victor Volodin stood on the summit of Shivling in the Indian part of the Himalayas at precisely 13:30
After stopping to catch his breath, Rozov found a perfect take-off spot at 6420m from which to start his world record attempt.
Just 90 seconds later, having hit speeds of 200km/h as he sped through the air, the Russian landed 2200m further down on the glacier.
The other expedition members took three whole days to complete the descent.
'This was my first project in the Himalayas,' commented the two-time skydiving world champion after his record-breaking flight.
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