Brought to fruition after years of meticulous planning and preparation, the event was a huge hit last year and a number of world records were made. A total of 50 solos and 19 tandem descents were made from the height of 29,500ft, 22,500ft, 22,000ft, 19,000ft, 18,500ft and 18,000ft at the world's highest drop zone Shyangboche. Nepal and the small hamlet of Shyangboche were on focus, as the international media highlighted this historic event
Everest Skydive pushes the boundaries harder and higher, for this is a challenge, taking skydiving into two harsh and extreme environments – high altitude at 29,500ft plus extreme cold. The event draws upon the knowledge and skills of an unusual group of skydivers, some of whom are also Everest mountaineers.
Wendy Smith, an organizer of the event says that "I think from 2008 we have opened a lot of people's eyes in the world about what we achieved and now they know we have actually achieved it safely. Now I think more and more people will want to try it. Not only will they be able to achieve an amazing skydive but they will also learn so much about this amazing area. It's a very humbling environment."
Everest Skydive 2009 will begin from 22nd September and end on 11th October. The first jump (tandem and solo) will take place on the 1st October 2009 at Shyangboche and the last jump on 8th October. The jump dates in Nepal avoid the 200mph jet stream that roars across Everest's summit.
Prior to the actual jumps, there will be practice jumps at the drop zone at Shyangboche. The actual jump will take place from Pilatus Porter aircraft.
Prepare to skydive!
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