Birth of Sky and The Ozaki 8

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Valery Rozov was 48 years old when he BASE jumped Mt. Everest in 2013. Photo Source: YouTube.com

Birth of Sky is the second trial of The Ozaki 8. Like Emerging Force, it’s one of two ordeals we don’t see in the film. In this case, we’re told near the start of the movie that Bodhi and his crew BASE jumped off Mt. Everest around the time a crime occurred at a diamond sorting mine in Mumbai.

That’s when Johnny Utah connects the dots and ties that crime to the ‘liberation’ of cash from the money transport plane and subsequent air-to-earth BASE jump transition they did for the Awakening Earth ordeal at the Cave of Swallows in Mexico.

The problem with Birth of Sky is the same as all the trials in the Ozaki 8: it’s too vague. Birth of Sky is presumably a BASE jump from the tallest mountain on the planet. This has actually been done, in reality, by a Russian BASE jumper in 2013, who followed it with a jump off Kilimanjaro two years later.

Of course, this raises another question: would you have to do Birth of Sky at Mt. Everest? That’s just one of the many problems, and fascination with the concept of The Ozaki 8.

The Man Who Did It

Valery Rozov is currently the only extreme athlete to successfully BASE jump Mt Everest and complete Birth of Sky. Photo Source: RedBull.com
Valery Rozov is currently the only extreme athlete to successfully BASE jump Mt Everest and complete Birth of Sky. Photo Source: RedBull.com

Valery Rozov is a Russian extreme athlete. He’s 51 and has the distinction of doing something no one in history has done; he’s the only man to have successfully BASE jumped off Mt. Everest – a feat that took him two years of preparation.

Rozov was 48 when he jumped from Mt. Everest. That may strike you as being slightly older than most extreme sports athletes, but it lends weight to what Johnny Utah says in the film. An extreme sports athlete could train their entire life to try just one of the Ozaki 8 ordeals.

Most of the world’s top big wave surfers are in their forties or higher. Garrett McNamara is 49 and Laird Hamilton is 52. Both are among maybe 50 surfers on the planet who could surf a 60 foot wave, which would be required to complete Life of Water as pitched in the film.

Currently, I’d say only two other guys could do Birth of Sky, if they were to do it the ‘official’ way from Mt. Everest. The obvious candidate would be Felix Baumgartner. He’s got both the wing suit and high altitude skills, and at 47, has both the experience and stamina to pull it off.

The other would be Jeb Corliss, who needs no introduction – though he’d need at least two years of training to get to that point.

Action Steps: How YOU Could Train For Birth of Sky

I don’t recommend BASE jumping because of the danger involved. For that reason, as I’ve said repeatedly, I don’t suggest anyone even try to do the Ozaki 8 trials as done in Point Break.

But you could train for a milder version…

Birth of Sky would need two skills in abundance: mountaineering and BASE jumping. Skydiving is a prerequisite (and good stopping point) for the latter. Most wing suit companies won’t go near an extreme sports athlete until they’ve done dozens – and more likely – hundreds, of skydives to build their aerial skills.

A basic Google search can turn up where you can skydive near your home.

For mountaineering, I’d recommend a climbing tour. Why? Because Birth of Sky is a climbing challenge. Rozov was at Everest base camp for a week before going up, and took a full two years to prepare in full.

Mountaineering is a skill for life too – and a milder, yet very rewarding version of the Ozaki 8 trials.

For this I recommend the Mt. Kilimanjaro 8 day climb as offered by Tour Radar, which gets you climbing skills at one of the most impressive climbs on the planet, and will have you at close to 6000 metres when you’re at the top. You’ll also get hotel accommodation, climbing instruction and food and transport.

Prices start at $4,889 Canadian for this tour. You’ll get a discount on top of that if you book it through this link – and the climbing experience sans BASE jumping that will help you incorporate both Birth of Sky and the Ozaki 8 in your personal development, as you pay tribute to, and honour, the planet it worships.

Book it here – and type ‘Mt Kilimanjaro’ in the top right search window to find it.

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