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Discovery to air live wingsuit flight off summit of Mount Everest
Event will mark the first time anyone has attempted to jump off the 29,000-foot summit of Everest.
Thu, Feb 06, 2014 at 10:32 AM
Joby Ogwyn glides over the peaks of the Matterhorn in Switzerland in 2009. (Photo: Discovery)
The Discovery Channel has given the green light to high-altitude climber and wingsuit explorer Joby Ogwyn's record-setting jump and glide off the 29,035-foot summit of Mount Everest. A total of four hours of programming will be dedicated to the event, with cameras following Ogwyn's ascent and jump from the top. "His custom-made wingsuit will be equipped with cameras providing a bird’s-eye view as he descends more than 10,000 vertical feet at speeds of more than 150 miles per hour," adds The Hollywood Reporter
"This will be the final piece of my dream. Ever since I was a kid, I've imagined what it would be like to fly," Ogwyn said. "I can't think of a more spectacular backdrop than Everest. Everything that I've ever accomplished in my life has just been practice for what I'm about to do."
Because the air near the top of Everest is so thin, Ogwyn will experience a great deal of free fall before his wingsuit finally kicks in. Last year, daredevil Valery Rozov jumped from the north face of the mountain at a height of 23,688 feet and reached speeds of more than 120 mph.
“Only when I got back home did I see how hard it was for me both physically and psychologically,” Rozov said after completing the feat.
Check out a preview of Ogwyn's record-setting stunt below.
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