WATCH: First-Ever BASE Jump from Kilimanjaro
Russian flies from Africa's highest peak
This month, 50-year-old Russian adventurer Valery Rozov became the first person to BASE jump from Kilimanjaro, the largest freestanding volcanic mass in the world, according to a February 16 announcement from Red Bull.
Rozov jumped from the top of the Western Breach Wall, at 17,913 feet. (Kilimanjaro is 19,341 feet tall at its summit.) He spent more than a minute in free fall and covered nearly two miles before pulling his parachute and landing to a cheering crowd at Barranco Camp, Tanzania.
“I prepared for this jump for one year,” Rozov told Red Bull, “so it’s a special feeling when you’re successful, as you can imagine.”
In 2013, Rozov completed a wingsuit flight from the north face of Everest, setting a record for the world’s highest-ever BASE jump, according to USA Today.