52-year-old Russian base jumper Valery Rozov was known for his record-setting leap from 23,688 feet off of Mount Everest. This Saturday, Rozov made his final jump from the Himalayan peak Ama Dablam where he died. The death-defying leaps were a part of an undertaking called "seven summits" which was a quest to base jump off of each continent's highest mountain.
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Ama Dablam is located near Everest, but Rozov already tackled Mount Everest itself in a previous jump Sponsored by Red Bull. Rozov wore a custom wingsuit and hit a top speed of 125 miles per hour in his record-setting jump in 2013. Just to get to the peak where Rozov would set the world record took four days of climbing in sub-zero temperatures. The base jump that put Rozov on the map and into the world record books took two years to prepare for. Just mere months later, Rozov would break his own record with an even higher jump from Mount Cho Oyu at the China-Nepal border. This jump would be from an insane altitude of 25,250 feet.
The jump that would kill the Russian daredevil was reported on by the Himalayan Times who spoke with a person from Rozov's expedition saying that he died when his body crashed into a cliff during a jump. His body was recovered with a helicopter the next day. A tribute from Red Bull noted that Rozov left behind a wife and sons and characterized the base jumper as "strong in spirit, professional, modest, full of energy, an eternal dreamer who was forever burning with new ideas and projects."
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