On 6th July, the Russian Para-Alpinist pioneer made the first B.A.S.E. and Wingsuit jump off Mount Ushba (4710m), in the Svaneti region of Georgia. Often described as the Matterhorn of the Caucasus and known for it’s bad weather, it took the team 8 days to find a suitable exit point and weather window. Valery managed to overcome inclement alpine conditions before flying a technical and memorable 1300m descent to the landing area below. According to the Redbull report the exit point was recorded as 4300m.
After numerous first descents, this is another legendary flight for the Russian. Being the first person to open exit points in these mountain environments takes determination, vision and a lot of luck with the weather. Climbing to the exit point is one thing but when you have to carry all your B.A.S.E. rig, wingsuit, helmet, camera gear and anything else you might need, it’s a lot of work! In the era of modern Wingsuits, I think this is just the beginning!
Next week, I’m off to Great Trango (6286m) in Pakistan with the TWA (Trango Air Wall) team – Liv Sansoz, Jerome Blanc Gras and Manu Guy to see if we can find some next exit points too!
For more information on Valery’s jump and to watch the video