It is an exciting time in the wingsuit world right now! Valery Rozov, a Russian climber and BASE jumper has just jumped off Shivling (6543m) in the Gangotri region of the Indian Himalaya.
Shivling is a notoriously difficult mountain to climb and this is the first time it has been climbed by a Russian team. The team took thirty days to reach the summit and three days to descend. Rozov took only a few minutes!
Although the media are claiming this as a new world record, his exit point (6420m) is lower than the existing world record of 6604m set by Glenn Singleman and Heather Swan from the East Face of Meru on May 23 2006.
Rozov is professional climber and BASE jumper and a key pioneer of Para Alpinism (aka BASE Climbing). He was the first person to jump from Mont Blanc, on the Italian side (from an exit point 3900m), the Grand Jurasse in France and also an active volcano!
He has also jumped from from the shoulder of Mount Ulvetanna (2931m) in Antarctica too.
(Meru and Shivling are neighbouring peaks in one of the most beautiful and impressive parts of the Himalayas. I climbed Kedar dome in 2006 and camped in the meadow where Valery landed. The bouldering there is amazing!)