Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Himalayas BASE jump: Six days going up, 90 seconds coming down (video)

Russian BASE jumper Valery Rozov and two climbing partners spent six days scaling the summit of 21,466-foot Shivling in the Indian part of the Himalayas.

It took the climbing partners Alexander Ruchkin and Victor Volodin three days to descend the mountain.

It took Rozov 90 seconds!

Here’s how he did it:

Rozov, 47, is a world-renown BASE jumper whose feats include flying into an active volcano in Kamtschatka and jumping from Ulventanna Peak in the Antarctic, according to his Red Bull sponsor.

So conquering Shivling seemed like a piece of cake.

The BASE jumper found an ideal jumping-off point at 21,063 feet, jumped with cameras rolling and reached 124 mph in a wing suit that basically allows him to fly.

Ninety seconds and 7,218 feet later, with parachute deployed, Rozov was landing safely on a flat portion of the glacier, completing a BASE jump that is being called a world record because it had never been done before from this Himalayan mountain.

More from Red Bull:
 “This was my first project in the Himalayas,” commented the two-time skydiving world champion after his record-breaking flight. “We had a few difficulties along the way, so I am really pleased that we were able to complete the jump successfully.”
By reaching the summit, Rozov, Ruckhin and Volodin also became the first ever Russians to successfully climb Shivling (literally the “phallus of Lord Shiva”, Shiva being the Hindu deity of destruction and transformation), a mountain renowned for its difficult and dangerous passages. Indeed, it was not until 1974 that the peak, which is often referred to as the ‘Matterhorn of the Himalayas’ due to its shape and is looming over the largest source of the Ganges River at Gaumukh, was conquered for the first time.
 So it must be true: Red Bull does give you wings.

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