Monday, July 25, 2011

Como se hace basejumping en la Antartica



La estrella rusa de deportes extremos, Valery Rozov, escalo el pico de Ulvetanna con su compañero de alpinismo Alexander Ruchkin y con el fotógrafo Thomas Senf.

Usando un traje con alas, él realizo una caída libre durante 45 segundos antes de tirar de la cuerda de su paracaídas, y descender de forma segura.

Aprovechando que hacia buen clima y mientras esperaba el avión de transporte que los iba a recoger, Rozov decidió subir y saltar de dos montañas más de la Tierra de la Reina Maud - Tungespissen y Holtanna.

Durante la expedición, el escalador y temerario Rozov fue acompañado por un equipo de ocho alpinistas experimentados de Rusia, Serbia, Turquía, Suiza y Bielorrusia.
Rozov ya ha realizado varios saltos espectaculares de los picos más altos del mundo, incluyendo el Everest.



Daredevil jumps from mountain in Antarctica

Russian Valery Rozov braved temperatures as low as minus 30C to climb a mountain in Antarctica - and then jumped off the top of it.
The climber and base jumper from Moscow had an ambition to leap from the peak of Ulvetanna mountain in the Drygalski Mountains in Queen Maud Land.
Almost 3000 meters above sea level, the summit of the mountain named Wolf's Peak in Norwegian looked a daunting task for any mountaineer, let alone one intending to plunge down the sheer face of rock using a wing suit before deploying a parachute.
The eight-strong expedition, from Russia, Serbia, Switzerland and Turkey, was flown to a plateau below the mountain and set up base camp as they prepared for the three man climbing team to scale the peak.
Rozov, his fellow climber Alexander Ruchkin and mountain photographer Thomas Senf made it to the top and had time to take in the breathtaking scenery before Rozov donned his wing suit and threw himself off the mountain.
He glided for about 45 seconds before pulling his parachute ripcord for a safe landing at the bottom.
With conditions perfect and having time on their hands while they waited to be collected by their transport plane, Rozov decided to take in two more mountains.
First was the 2,277m Tungespissen and then the Holtanna, which at 2,650m is he only mountain in the Antarctic which had previously been used by a base jumper.
Afterwards Rozov commented: "The Mountains are fantastic, the team was great. Everything came together in a fantastic way and ended in a fantastic way and I still can't believe it."

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