Valery Rozov, a record-setting Russian BASE jumper was killed this weekend in Nepal when he crashed into a rocky headwall jumping from Ama Dablam, a 22,349-foot peak in the Everest region. Rozov was apparently attempting a “seven summits” quest where he was working to leap from the highest peak on each continent.
Rozov set the world record for highest BASE jump ever in 2013 when he jumped from Changstse, a peak that’s part of Mt. Everest at 23,687 feet. The Himalayan expert broke his own record in 2015 when he jumped from Mount Cho Oyu (25,262 feet). Details on his seven summits quest are still unclear.
At 52, the Red Bull-sponsored Rozov was a legend in the BASE community and widely-praised for his love of adventure. He’d jumped off Mt. Kilimanjaro in Africa and into an active volcano in his native Russia. “Valery will always remain in our memory,” wrote Red Bull in remembrance. “Strong in spirit, professional, modest, full of energy, an eternal dreamer who was forever burning with new ideas and projects.