Mount Kilimanjaro in Africa is the highest freestanding mountain in the world and to date no one has B.A.S.E. jumped from its slopes. Until now.
Step forward Valery Rozov, the 50-year-old Russian legend. The B.A.S.E. jumper and wingsuit flyer has just returned from Tanzania, Africa, having made a successful wingsuit flight off Kilimanjaro. The first footage from the jump can be seen below. Full video coming soon.
Watch: Rozov B.A.S.E. jumping off Kilimanjaro
Rozov summited the highest point in Africa (19,340 feet) and then jumped from the top of the Western Breach Wall, (17,931 feet) the nearest most suitable exit point.
“I prepared for this jump for one year,” Rozov told RedBull.com shortly after making the jump, “so it's a special feeling when you're successful, as you can imagine. I'm very excited to have made it.”
Victory is all the sweeter since it was far from guaranteed. “There's no other mountain around so it attracts clouds on the summit. The only window we had was early in the morning,” Rozov said.
There was another technical issue: “The main problem in searching for the ideal jumping spot was that the wall was not vertical,” Rozov explained. “We spent a whole day looking for it. After missing the opportunity to jump, we spent the night in the crater of Kilimanjaro at 5,750 meters (18,864 feet). The next day, it was too windy and cloudy, so we managed to jump only on the third day.”
But once everything fell into place, it was mission jump. Rozov travelled a horizontal distance of more than 1.86 miles landing back down at the popular Barranco Camp 12,959 feet after spending more than a minute in freefall.
“When I landed there were hundreds of people to meet me. The locals had heard what I was up to and were pretty impressed!”
The Kilimanjaro jump was one of many the Russian has made around the world. His most legendary recent feat was to B.A.S.E. jump from Everest. In 2013 he leapt from Mt Changtse, 23,687 feet, a subsidiary peak off Mount Everest, successfully making the first wingsuit flight off the mountain.