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On Everest, the World's Highest BASE Jump

On Everest, the World's Highest BASE Jump

Author: Reilly Capps/Monday, June 10, 2013/Categories: adventure

[Rozov descending from Everest. Photo by Denis Klero, Red Bull Content Pool]

By Reilly Capps

Everest was once so daunting that, to get to the top, you had to be willing to lose a few toes, and maybe a few friends. And while it can still be dangerous, it's also turned into a playground, where  

Russian BASE jumper Valery Rozov jumped from an Everest shoulder, 23,688 feet above sea level, in what is believed to be the highest BASE jump in history. 

It's just getting harder to do impressive stuff these days. It's not enough to conquer great mountains -- you have to add extra elements of danger. If Columbus had sailed the Atlantic today, he would have to do with an extra degree of difficulty -- on a raft made of Coke cans, say, or blindfolded.

The world isn't getting smaller -- we're just getting bigger. 

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