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The Discovery Channel announced that a man named Joby Ogwyn will attempt the first wingsuit jump off Mount Everest, the earth's highest mountain with a peak of 29,029 feet.
The event will air in May and it’s called "Everest Jump Live." The show will cover Ogwyn’s training and preparation in two hour-long specials, then follow him live as he makes his way up to the summit and jumps off in a custom-made wingsuit equipped with cameras. Viewers will be able to watch along as he plunges 10,000 feet toward the bottom at 150 mph.
40-year-old Ogwyn has been an adventure addict all his life. He has climbed volcanoes and explored Mayan ruins in Guatemala as a teen. At 18, he climbed Mount Kilimanjaro, and at 24, became the youngest American to reach the summit of Mount Everest. In 2008, he climbed from the base of the south side route to the summit in just nine and a half hours, setting the world record for the fastest ascent of Everest (it takes most people at least three days).
The Californian is best known as a speed climber: In 2004, he broke the speed ascent record by reaching the 8,000 foot summit of Cho Oyu in Tibet in just eight hours. Four years later, he climbed Mount Everest in just eight and a half hours.
Ogwyn has also teamed up with National Geographic to make "Adventure Wanted," which featured him racing cars, base jumping, bull riding, and white-water kayaking.
More recently, he's been making wingsuit flights off of the Matterhorn, one of the highest peaks in the Alps with its 14,692 feet high summit.
If Ogwyn is successful, this will be the first wingsuit flight off the summit of Mount Everest, although daredevil Valery Rozov did it from 23,688 feet off the north face of the mountain.
Ogwyn will need a special wingsuit to handle the thin air and the extremely cold temperatures. When Rozov jumped, he spent more time freefalling than usual because of the thin air.
"Everest Jump Live" will air live on the Discovery Channel and in 224 countries and territories.