An Everest base jump record was set using a Red Bull sponsored wingsuit.
The Everest base jump record set by Valery Rozov, a Russian daredevil, was intended to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the first ascent of Mount Everest, the world’s most famous mountain. The Everest base jump record puts the mark at 7,220 meters above sea level. Rozov soared over Everest for a full minute at 125 mph before reaching a glacier at 5,950 meters.
Red Bull explain how difficult setting the Everest base jump record was on its website:
“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.”
Even though Rozov has completely over 10,000 base jumps, setting the Everest base jump record was still difficult. It took four sherpas helping him to make it up the mountain. Rozov remarks, “Only when I got back home did I see how hard it was for me both physically and psychologically.”
With the Everest base jump record set, what do you think is the next big challenge in extreme sports?