Video: World Record BASE Jump that Wasn’t
What takes six days to go up and 90 seconds to come back down? If you guessed Russian daredevil Valery Rozov attempting a world-record-setting BASE jump in the Himalayas, you’re right.
Rozov’s leap off of Mt.Shivling, a 6,543-meter mountain in the Indian Himalayas, was widely picked up by the media as setting the new record for the highest BASE jump ever. Turns out, husband-and-wife team Heather Swan and Glen Singleman jumped 6,604 meters from Mt Meru, also in the Indian Himalayas, back in 2006.
Rozov, who spent a month in the Himalayas preparing for the climb, has to be a bit embarrassed, but to be perfectly fair—the man climbed and jumped off a 21,467-foot icy peak. Cut him some slack!
World record or not, the video is worth a watch.