• Travel group hopes to be first to BASE jump from Mount Everest

    2009-12-30

    Throughout the ages, people have always sought to find the next great thrill, and there are few pursuits more thrilling than BASE jumping. Combining aspects of rock climbing and sky diving, BASE jumping sees daredevil adventurers scale buildings, antennas, spans (bridges) and earth (cliffs) and parachuting from these heights to the ground below.

    Thanks to movies like xXx and Lara Croft: Tomb Raider, BASE jumping has become one of the world's premiere adventure sports, and one travel group has found a way to take the sport to new heights - by jumping off of Mount Everest.

    Located in the Asian Himalayas, Mount Everest is the highest mountain on Earth, measuring approximately 29,029 feet above sea level. This distinction has made Everest the aspiration for professional mountain climbers the world over, yet to date no one has ever willingly jumped from the summit of the mountain.

    Jumpers will gather at a craggy cliff roughly 12,350 feet above sea level to perform the highest BASE jump ever recorded. Proper safety measures will be taken, though travelers would be advised to study local weather patterns on the day of the attempt.

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