Daredevil Leaps From 4-Mile-High Peak

Jun 6, 2012 1:24pm

A Russian daredevil set a new record by leaping off the top of a 6,543 meter mountain in the Indian Himalayas.

It took Valery Rozov six days to climb to the top, but just 90 seconds to plummet from the summit of the mountain known as Shivling at speeds of nearly 125 miles per hour.

The two-time world skydiving champ wore a wingsuit that allowed him to glide down the steep slope. He deployed a parachute shortly before landing on a glacier below. A wingsuit turns jumpers into a sort of human flying squirrel, allowing them to stay in the air longer and move horizontally.

Rozov made the jump on May 25, but his sponsor Red Bull made the announcement the achievement on its website on Tuesday.

“This was my first project in the Himalayas,” he said, according to the Red Bull website, after successfully completing the jump. “We had a few difficulties along the way, so I am really pleased that we were able to complete the jump successfully.”

Getting to the top of Shivlin was a grueling adventure in itself. According to Red Bull it took Rozov and his companions took 30 days to reach the peak, including six days of intense climbing.

The 47-year old has made other death defying jumps before. In 2009 he made another wingsuit jump into the crater of an active volcano in Russia’s far east and in 2010 he jumped from Ulvetanna mountain in Antarctica.

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