Valery Rozov Sets World Record for BASE Jump, Leaps From Mount Everest (Video)

| by Michael Allen
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Russian daredevil Valery Rozov recently jumped off the face of Mount Everest and fell 23,688 feet (above sea level), which is the highest-recorded BASE jump ever (video below).

The record-setting May 5 jump was almost 60 years to the date that Edmund Hillary and Tensing Norgay climbed Mount Everest, reports

Rozov was accompanied by four sherpas and a TV crew, who climbed the mountain for four days to reach the jumping location, which was a frigid 0 degrees, according to CBS Sacramento.

After he jumped in his special wing suit, Rozov discharged a small parachute and drifted safely to the snow below. The jump took about two years to plan.

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

The previous world record for the highest altitude BASE jump is 21,666 feet from Mount Meru in India in 2006.

Source: CBS Sacramento and