Mount Everest BASE jump video: Valery Rozov leaps off highest mountain

Rozov climbed Everest's north slope in four days, then leapt. Photo: Luca Galuzzi/Wikimedia Commons

Six decades after Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay became the first people to summit Mount Everest, a Russian man decided he was going to go ahead and jump off the world's tallest mountain.

Valery Rozov did just that on May 5 when he jumped 23,667 feet off the north face of the Nepalese peak.

Rozov's jump set the world record for the highest B.A.S.E. Jump in history. It was the latest in his tens of thousands of jumps, one of which included a jump into an active volcano.

"Only when I got back home did I see how hard it was for me both physically and psychologically," Rozov said in a statement.

The jumper ascended Everest's north slope in four days. He then reached 124 mph during the jump, which he pulled off in -1 degree elements.