Valery Rozov dies after a failed BASE jump attempt in the Himalayas

R ozov was an internationally renowned BASE jumper, a sport reserved for only the most fearless, whereby one free falls from great heights before activating a parachute. In 2013 Rozov made headlines when he broke the record for highest BASE -jump, jumping from Changtse, the northern peak of the Mount Everest massif, from a height of 7,220 metres. He then broke his own record by jumping from Asia’s Cho Oyo at 7,700 meters. Although his record has since been broken, he leaves a great legacy as a pioneer of the sport.

It was only this summer that Rostov took residence in Huaraz as he prepared to jump from Huascaran. The summit, towering over Peru at 6,768 meters, is known for being technically difficult due to ice its ice and avalanches. However, he successfully completed the five day hike with his team, and completed one of his highest BASE jumps; Rostov flew for 2,000 metres, taking only 1.5 minutes. The team at Red Bull commented afterwards that Huascaran was particularly challenging because of the humidity at the top of the mountain, caused by the mountain’s proximity to the ocean. Of all of Rostov’s highest BASE jumps, none have been so close to the sea.

Huascaran marked the completion of the South American edition of his seven summits challenge. Having completed BASE jumps from many of the world’s highest peaks, including Elbrus (Europe), Kilimanjaro (Africa), Cho Oyo (Asia), and even Antarctica’s Ulventanna, Rosov was on a mission to complete the seven summits challenge, by jumping from the highest but most suitable peaks of each continent. Having only North America and Australia left, it is even sadder that he was unable to complete his mission.

His death, on Saturday the 11th of November, occurred whilst jumping from Ama Dablam, a 6,812m mountain in the Everest region in Nepal. BASE jumping is considered to be significantly more dangerous than sky-diving because of its proximity land, and unfortunately Rosov did not survive crashing into the mountainside.

Rostov, was a hero of adrenaline junkies around the world, and his videos of mind-blowing, heart-in-mouth BASE jumps can be found all over the internet, including his incredible leap from Huascaran. He certainly died doing what he loved.

Author: Frederick Clayton

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