If life starts at 40, it really opens up once you hit that half-century mark. Recently we’ve seen a 59 year-old Google executive eclipse Felix Baumgarter for the highest sky dive in history. And now we’ve got a 50 year-old Russian daredevil Valery Rozov – someone we’ve seen before – doing the first recorded BASE jump off Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, Africa.
Kilimanjaro is the tallest free-standing mountain on the planet, at 19,341 feet above sea level. Not a bad notch to add to your BASE jumping bedpost. RT is reporting the jump took place this week, off Uhuru Point, after Rozov and his team scouted the mountain for three days, which saw them camp the first night in a crater and fail to jump the second day because it was too windy.
The third time’s a charm!
The First BASE Jump From Kilimanjaro
And indeed it was. Rozov’s jump, which was sponsored by Red Bull, took 60 seconds, during which he covered three kilometres and with that distinctive ‘I Sound Like a Human Jet’ sound that only a wing suit can make.
I can only imagine how much faster he would’ve gone without his GoPro camera with the drag coefficient. But then again, we wouldn’t have such a sick BASE jumping video without it. So it all works out – hey, I’m a glass-half-full kinda guy. What else can I say?
The actual jump doesn’t start until 3:51 of the video, so if you’re the impatient type, feel free to hit the fast forward button. Still, it’s a great video; Kilimanjaro is a really beautiful place. Watch the video completely and you’ll have a better appreciation for this truly awesome jump. And you might enjoy his little celebratory dance at the end.
By the way, if his name sounds familiar, there’s good reason for that. Valery Rozov did another, even more impressive BASE jump that made headlines across the globe. We can’t say Rozov’s BASE jumping resume is incomplete without Mt. Everest either – because he did it two years ago.