When This Russian Guy Took Flight From Everest, He Aimed To Make The Highest Base Jump In History

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During his lifetime, Valery Rozov was one of the most experienced BASE jumpers in the entire world. But being the daredevil he was meant that the Russian sportsman constantly pushed the boundaries of what was possible. In 2013, for instance, Rozov embarked on his biggest challenge yet: leaping off the edge of Mount Everest in an epic world record attempt. And even this professional risk-taker could not have predicted what happened next.

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To fully appreciate Rozov’s insane activities, though, it’s worth delving a bit deeper into the world of BASE jumping. So what is it all about? Well, BASE jumping is an extreme sport that involves parachuting – or flying with a wingsuit – from a permanent structure. The word “BASE” is in fact an acronym that represents the words building, antenna, span and earth. These form the four main categories from which people jump when participating in the sport. The stunt has its roots in skydiving, of course, but it tends to involve lower altitudes.

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