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Valery Rozov and the 7700m BASE jump off Cho Oyu, October 2016
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Valery Rozov BASE jumps from 7700m off Cho Oyu

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On 5 October 2016 Russia’s Valery Rozov leapt from a record-breaking altitude of 7700m off Cho Oyu, the sixth highest mountain in the world.

Famous Russian base jumper and mountaineer Valery Rozov has set a new BASE jumping record by leaping from an elevation of 7,700 metres off Cho Oyu, at 8201m sixth highest mountain in the world.

The leap was the culmination of a 21-day expedition to the exit point; the free fall with his wing suit lasted 90 seconds, after which Rozov opened the canopy and flew for approximately 2 minutes before landing safely on a glacier below.

In doing so the 51-year old has beat his previous record, set in 2013 when he leapt from 7220 meters off the North Face of Everest. Apart from this spectacular jump, in the past Rozov has also flown off Shivling, Grand Pilier d'Angle on Mont Blanc and Kilimanjaro.

The Cho Oyu leap was dedicated to Rozov’s late friend Alexander Ruchkin who died in 2015 together with Vyacheslav Ivanov while climbing the South Face of Huandoy Sur in Peru.

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