Thursday, May 30, 2013

30 May 2013 sounds higher than it is

Cassi Creek:  Looks higher, too. 
          Everest is Earth's highest mountain, with a peak at 8,848 meters (29,029 ft) above sea level

            Recently a Russian has base jumped from Everest using a wing suit.  The media coverage has made it sound as if he jumped from the summit.  In actuality, he jumped from a much lower point, 7220 meters.  His jump took place on the north, Kang Shung face of Everest. 

            BASE jumper sets world record for highest jump—from Mt. Everest
1 day ago – Earlier this month, Rozov outdid himself, jumping from the north face of Mount Everest at 23,667 feet and completing the world's highest BASE. 
Since the base camp on the North approaches to Everest is around 16,000 feet above sea level and advance base at about 20,000 feet above sea level. The maximum descent would be 7,000 vertical feet with the more likely ca. 5,000 vertical feet.  No mean feat at all.  He displayed a lot of determination and courage.  Not at all something I’d attempt. 

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