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Nearly 60 years to the day after the first ascent up Mount Everest, Russian extreme sport star Valery Rozov (48) flew off the north face of Mount Everest –the world’s highest BASE jump ever – 7220 meters above sea level.

MOSCOW (Russia) –Exactly 60 years after Edmund Hillary and Tensing Norgay climbed the world’s highest mountain (8,848 meters), the 48-year-old extreme sport Russian ace succeeded with his latest project. Rozov has made it into headlines around the world in recent years for his spectacular leaps. In 2009 he jumped into an active volcano in the Far East on the Kamchatka Peninsula, in 2010 he leaped from the Ulvetanna in the Antarctic and in 2012 he jumped from the Shivling mountain in the Himalayas. There he jumped from an altitude of 6,420 meters, which in effect also served as the final test for the ultimate jump for the man with an incredible more than 10,000 jumps to his name. That was a warm-up for his most spectacular jump to date from the highest mountain in the world.

More than two years were spent preparing for the jump, including considerable time and considerable effort devoted to developing a special new Wingsuit. Rozov and his team, which included four sherpas as well as photographers and camera crew, spent nearly three weeks in the Himalayas before the jump on May 5.

The ascent began on the Chinese side on the famous north route. Rozov had selected a spot for his leap, at an altitude of 7,220 meters. It took him four days to climb from the base camp to the jumping location. At precisely 2:30 p.m. local time he leaped despite adverse weather conditions with temperatures -18 Celsius. Because the cliff at the top was not very high, the initial moments of the leap in the rarified high altitude air were the most critical phase. Rozov needed more time than usual in the thin air to transition from freefall to flying. After that he flew for nearly a full minute at speeds of about 200 km/h along the north face before he landed safely on the Rongbuk glacier – at an altitude of 5,950 meters.

“Only when I got back home did I see how hard it was for me both physically and psychologically,” said Rozov after getting home to Moscow. “When you look at the videos you realize that it took a lot longer than usual to get from falling to flying.”

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