Base jumper hits mountainside, dies in Nepal

Valery Rozov and the 7,812-meter Ama Dablam in the background. (Facebook image)

KATHMANDU, Nepal — A Russian extreme sportsman famed for his record-breaking free-falling stunts has died in a base jumping accident in the Himalayas, expedition organizers in Nepal said Sunday.

Valery Rozov, 52, an acclaimed daredevil, was pursuing a “seven summits” quest — base jumping from the highest mountains on all seven continents.

He was jumping from Ama Dablam, a 6,812-meter (22,349-foot) mountain in the Everest region on Saturday when the incident occurred.

“He jumped but crashed into the mountainside and did not survive,” Mingma Gelu Sherpa, from the Seven Summits Club that organized his expedition, told AFP.

“His body was airlifted to Kathmandu today.”

Rozov set a new world record in 2013 for the highest-ever base jump when he leapt from Changstse, a 7,220-meter peak in the Everest massif, in a specially-designed wingsuit.

He broke his own record three years later by jumping from a height of 7,700 meters on Mount Cho Oyu, also in the Himalayas.

Base jumping is an extreme sport that involves free-falling off a cliff, bridge or other platform before activating a parachute or wingsuit. AFP

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