Legendary base jumper dies after leaping 22000ft off mountain

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Valery Rozov, a world-famous Russian base jumper died after leaping off a 22,000 feet Himalayan mountain, media reports said Sunday.

According to reports, Rozov was pursuing a quest of the "Seven Summits", which involved jumping from the highest peaks of all the seven continents.

"BASE" is an acronym which stands for Building, Antenna, Span (such as bridges), and Earth (such as cliffs and mountaintops ) that jumpers can parachute from.

In July 2015 Ian Flanders, 37, a wingsuit base jumper, died in Turkey during the country's first ever exhibition of the risky sport when his parachute cord became tangled and he plummeted to his death in a rocky valley.


"His body was airlifted to Kathmandu today".

Rozov was an experienced wingsuiter who had made the highest ever base jump from 25,260 feet on Mt Cho-Oyu in 2016.

It is known to be significantly more risky than skydiving from a plane because jumpers are much closer to land.

The 52-year-old died while attempting a similar feat at the nearby Mt. Ama-Dablam in Nepal on Saturday.


Rozov had worked with Red Bull since 2004, and the drink company eulogized him in a blog post over the weekend, calling him "a highly professional athlete, an aerial adventurer who tirelessly set himself against increasingly hard goals".

"The Russian received worldwide recognition as a highly professional athlete, an aerial adventurer who tirelessly set himself against increasingly hard goals".

'Valery will always remain in our memory: strong in spirit, professional, modest, full of energy, an eternal dreamer who was forever burning with new ideas and projects.


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