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Daredevil prepares for jump off peak of Mt. Everest

By Curt Wagner, @ShowPatrol

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6:03 PM CST, February 28, 2014

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Wingsuit jumper Joby Ogwyn has been busy preparing for the live broadcast of his wingsuit flight off the summit of Mt. Everest in May.

The 39-year-old took several test jumps this week from an airplane high above the California desert, as you can see in the video above provided by Discovery. "Everest Jump Live" will air in May on Discovery, which previously broadcast Felix Baumgartner's freefall from the edge of space in 2012 and Nik Wallenda's tightrope walk across the Grand Canyon in 2013.

The extreme athlete plans to conduct more test jumps in California, Florida, Utah and the Swiss Alps before traveling to the Himalayas for final training, Discovery said in a press release. Discovery will broadcast pre-shows of Ogwyn's training and preparations leading up to the live two-hour broadcast.

The daredevil will wear a custom-made wingsuit equipped with cameras to capture the descent of more than 10,000 vertical feet at speeds exceeding 150 mph, according to a FoxSports report.

Before Ogwyn jumps from the summit, he has to climb it. A team of 40 crew members will accompany Ogwyn to base camp at 17,800 feet, while four high-altitude cameramen will join him on the three-day trek to the summit at 29,035 feet, The Telegraph reports.

This isn't the first time he's climbed Mt. Everest. Ogwyn was the youngest American to reach the peak at just 24 years old, and in 2008 he set the record for the fastest ascent in just nine-and-a-half hours. It typically takes three to four days, Discovery said.





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