Jump down from Everest

Joby Ogwyn isn’t summiting Mount Everest for the view from the top—he’d rather take it in on his way down. The 39-year-old plans to jump off the world’s highest peak and soar to the ground in a nylon wing-suit come May. “This is something I dreamed about as a little kid,” he says. ”Everything I’ve done for the last 20 years has been practice for this and now the technology has made flight possible.” He added: “Everest is the ultimate, it’s the pinnacle, the biggest stage in the world. I can’t think of anywhere better to make the ultimate mega-jump of all time. I’ve done most of the things I wanted to do and this is the blasting cap at the end.” Within the rarified worlds of both mountain climbing and extreme skydiving Ogwyn, 39, is already a legend. If anyone can jump safely off a mountain he can. In 2008 he climbed Everest in just nine and a half hours when it usually takes a least three days. He has practiced by flying his wingsuit around the Matterhorn, and jumped off the Eiger three times in one day. Fine tuning of the suit is happening at Perris airfield in California before he sets out for the Himalayas.

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