A DAREDEVIL Russian has vaulted off Mt Everest at 7220m above sea level – breaking the world record for the highest ever BASE jump.
Valery Rozov, a 48-year-old Russian, leapt off the northern side of the mountain wearing a wingsuit earlier this month, cruising through the cold air like an eagle.
Vision of the dangerous stunt was today released by Red Bull, 60 years to the day after mountaineer Edmund Hilary and Sherpa Tenzing Norgay became the first humans to reach the mountain’s summit (8840m).
“Only when I got back home did I see how hard it was for me both physically and psychologically,” Mr Rozov said.
No one has ever BASE jumped off the mountain. It’s the latest extreme stunt sponsored by Red Bull – known for their ‘gives you wings’ slogan – to make world headlines.
The most eye-popping of those stunts occurred last October when Felix Baumgartner, a 43-year-old Austrian, jumped to Earth from the edge of space.
He reached a maximum speed of 1136km/h, breaking the sound barrier as he fell to earth in a special suit.
Mr Rozov has performed more than 10,000 BASE jumps. In 2009 he jumped from a helicopter into an active Russian volcano.
BASE jumping is illegal in most Australian states, but there have been a number of sanctioned jumps from local landmarks such as the Sydney Harbour Bridge and the Rialto Building in Melbourne.
The extreme sportsman has spent two years planning the Everest leap, most of it spent in developing a new wingsuit.
It took him four days to reach his jumping off point from the Everest base camp, assisted by four sherpas