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Wednesday
May292013

Russian Man Makes Highest BASE Jump Off Mount Everest

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(MOSCOW) -- An extreme sports star from Russia set a new world record for a BASE jump, leaping off a more than four mile-high ledge of Mt. Everest earlier this month.

Valery Rozov, 48, wore a special wing suit for the jump and spent three weeks acclimatizing to the altitude at base camp.  He then took off on a four-day hike, assisted by a team of Sherpas, to make it to the jump point.

Rozov made the jump on May 5 to mark the 60th anniversary of the first ascent atop the world’s highest peak.

“Only when I got back home did I see how hard it was for me both physically and psychologically,” Rozov told Red Bull, a sponsor, after the climb.

A few weeks after Rozov’s history-making jump, another man made history on the same summit, this time for climbing.

Japanese climber Yuichiro Miura, 80, became the oldest person to scale Mt. Everest when he reached the top of the 29,030-foot mountain on May 23, his third time reaching the peak in the past decade.

Rozov made his jump from the north side of the mountain and reached speeds of more than 124 miles-per-hour during his descent. The Russian star holds more than 9,000 jumps to his name, including a jump into an active volcano in Russia and a nearly four-mile jump from the Himalayas, according to Red Bull.

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Tuesday
Jan172012

Mountain Crash Leaves Famed Base Jumper Hospitalized

ABC News(CAPE TOWN, South Africa) -- Famed base jumper Jeb Corliss is in a South African hospital after crashing Monday on Table Mountain in Cape Town. Footage of the crash has been posted on YouTube.

Though Corliss, 35, is reported to have suffered severe leg injuries, he joked to South African newspaper The Cape Times that “I feel better than I’ve ever felt.”

Corliss, who was profiled by 20/20 last year and in 2010, made a name for himself jumping from world landmarks such as the Eiffel Tower and the Golden Gate Bridge. and says he has made more than 1,000 jumps.

“I was about 5 years old and I was watching these birds, and I remember seeing them open their wings and start to fly,” Corliss told 20/20 in 2010. “And I remember going, you know what, when I get older I’m going to do that.”

Corliss uses a flying squirrel-style wing-suit to travel at speeds of up to 300 mph and steer through the air during freefall. Watch Corliss explain how his suit works here.

“If you want to do something spectacular, something special, you have to be willing to take really unique risks,” he told 20/20.

Since his accident, authorities at Table Mountain National Park said that they do not issue permits for base jumps and that Corliss did not have permission to jump at the park. They said they will fine Corliss and could also press charges against him.

Watch Corliss complete one of his breathtaking stunts -- leaping from a 7,000-foot cliff in Switzerland -- and 20/20′s coverage below.

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