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EVEREST SKYDIVE ARCHIVE

EVEREST SKYDIVE 2017

After the completion of a decade of successful commercial operation of Everest Skydive, the legacy of world’s greatest adventure continued in November 2017 as well. All the crew members and jumpers gathered in Syangboche airstrip with full of excitement and anticipation about the dream event Everest Skydive. The event took place from 2nd till 4th November. The crew was led by Tom Noonan, including veteran French Aerial Cinematographer Paul Henry DeBaere and all-time crew Dr Ryan Jackson, Derek Thomas and oxygen specialist Ted Atkins.

There had been a total of 9 lifts, in which 14 jumpers made 27 solo jumps and 2 tandems.

S.N. Date Solo Jump Tandem Jump time flight/load Jumpers’ Details
1 2-Nov 2 1 11:53 AM 1 Tom Noonan & Sujeeta Shahi (Tandem)
            Yu Yin (Solo) Paul Henry (Solo)
             
2   3   13:13 AM 1 Ross Gavin (Solo)
            Omar Faisal (Solo) & Anas Bekkali (Solo)
             
3 3-Nov 3   9:27 AM 1 Gregor Rau (Solo)
            Wendy Smith (Camera Flyer)
            Yu Yin (Solo)
             
4   4   10:17 AM 1 Paul Henry (Solo) & Omar Faisal (Solo)
            Ryan Jackson (Solo) & Anas Bekkali (Solo)
             
5   3   1:52 PM 1 Ross Gavin (Solo) & Matthew Larry (Solo)
            Ian Edward Atkins (Solo)
             
6 4-Nov 4   8:45 AM 1 Paul Henry (Solo) & Wendy Smith (Solo)
            Omar Faisal (Solo) & Ross Gavin (Solo)
             
7   1 1 10:33 AM 1 Matthew Larry & Leselie (Tandem)
            Paul Henry (Solo)
             
8   3   10:53 AM 1 Wendy Smith (Solo) & Yu Yin (Solo)
            Gregor Rau (Solo)
             
9   4   12:03 AM 1 Ross Gavin (Solo) & Anas Bekkali (Solo)
            Paul Henry (Solo) & Omar Faisal (Solo)

 

EVEREST SKYDIVE 2016 AUTUMN

Everest Skydive Expedition 2016 that was the tenth edition of the event became a huge success. This year the event was conducted in two different phases, one in which the ESD crew and the clients made the jumps and the second one which was a separate expedition of Complete Parachute Solutions, an alliance of parachute market leaders who provide training, parachute systems, and related equipment for U.S. and international allied military and governmental entities all set to set something new in the record books. A former U.S. Navy SEAL Fred Williams who also serves as the President of CPS lead the team which comprised members of U.S. Marine Corps, Army veterans and other professional skydivers.

The regular Everest Skydive crew lead by Tom Noonan consisted of three more members, Dr. Ryan Jackson, team Doctor and also a veteran skydiver, Paul Henry de Baère leading the photography and cinematography with Ted Atkins, the Oxygen Supervisor of the event. Mark Procos and Candace Procos from Vigil aero were also invited in the expedition in honor of their continuous support for ESD from 2008 till date. Our sister company Fishtail air supported us for this elite adventure and it was Captian Maurizo Folini, a reputed name in the flying world who flew most of the jump and the recce loads. Another, Pilot from Fishtail air Timothy Field also gave a shot in few of the jump loads. For the first phase of the Jump, the jumpers landed in Shyangboche(12350 ft) similarly like in the past years. The jump was conducted on 4th of November where the crew and members made a total of 17 jumps, 14 solo jumps and 3 tandem jumps. All these jumps were completed in 6 heli lifts.

The CPS expedition had aimed four different drop zones; Shyangboche (12350 ft), Gorakshep (17,530 ft), AmaDablam Base Camp (13,750 ft) and the West Col of Mt. Baruntse, which is situated at an altitude above 20,000 ft and were all set to achieve the highest parachute landing in the world for both Solo and Tandem jumps. The CPS Expedition started their jump from the 8th November with 19 jumps for the drop zone Shyangboche, 17 of which were Solo jumps and 2 tandems. Fishtails air B3 took 8 lifts to complete these jumps. The following day on 9th of November, the jumpers took lift and aimed to land at the AmaDablam Base Camp (13,750 ft) and succeeded with 8 jumps, 6 Solo and 2 tandems. This landing was marked as the highest parachute landing in the World for both Solo and Tandem jumps.

The next day was a rest day as well as celebration day for the group but on November 22 they were on to breaking their own feat and marking a much higher record for highest parachute landing. 6 total jumps, 4 Solos and 2tandems were made in Gorakshep (17,530 ft), which was also the most outstanding feature of the expedition. The CPS made successful landings both Solo and tandem in Syangboche (12350ft) and Gorakshep (17,530 ft) but were not able to land on the West Col (20,000 ft) because of very strong winds. The team made 3 recce trips to check the possibilities at the West Col but the conditions did not change. Later, the teams had a group meeting and decided to pull of the West Col expedition for this year but were very hopeful that this mission could be achieved in the upcoming years.

EVEREST SKYDIVE 2016 SPRING: Nepal Back on Top of the World

“Nepal Back on Top of the World” special edition of Everest Skydive undertook during the month of May 2016 at drop zone Syangboche Airport. This special edition, as a part of a massive tourism campaign of Nepal, was organized with an aim to spread the message to the world that that tourism is back in business after the devastating earthquake in April 2015. Including legendary skydiver Omar Allehgan, Emmy Award Winner for Aerial Photography Wendy Smith, the crew of ESD 2016 Autumn had Thomas Noonan, Paul Henry de Baere, Ian Edward Atkins, Pablo Parazoli and Jean Phi Audhuy. Bibek Pandey & Dik Bahadur as usual were the Nepalese support team of the event. Fred Wiilliams, Brain Karuse & Fara Barnes as observers, ESD 2016 Spring edition had three clients- Michael Tucker, Kim Marsh & Berigette Marsh.

9th May 2016 was the day for the dives on which 12 skydivings were made in 5 flight loads.

First Flight Load – 07:44- 08:05 AM

2 solo jumps by Omar Allehgan & Paul Henri,

1 tandem jump by Pablo Parazoli with Jean Phi Audhuy

Second Flight Load 09:00- 09:15 AM

1 tandem jump by Thomas Noonan with Kim Marsh,

1 solo jump by Paul Henry

Third Flight Load 09:25- 09:40 AM

1 tandem jump by Pablo Parazoli with Berigette Marsh

1 solo jump by Wendy Smith

Recce Flight Load 10:24 AM

Fred Williams and Brian Karuse took off on a flight for Baruntse Recce

Fourth Flight Load 16:57- 17:12 PM

1 tandem jump by Pablo Parazoli with Michael Tucker,

2 solo jumps by Paul Henri and Jean Phi Audhuy

Fifth Flight Load 17:25- 17:41 PM

1 Tandem jump by Thomas Noonan with Fara Barnes,

1 solo jump by Wendy Smith

EVEREST SKYDIVE 2015

This year’s Everest Skydive testifies our hope, perseverance and determination. Walking along with the painful scars given by devastating quake of April 25 2015, we decided to continue the legacy of World’s Highest Skydiving Event – the Everest Skydive. Like the previous years, the elite aerial adventure on the top of world brought many adventure extremists and adrenaline junkies to the elevated airstrips of Syangboche. The flight loads flying with these adventure seekers taking them high into the thinner air and the electrifying jumps (tandem or solo) from the lofty clear skies facing Everest once again drew the attention of every adventure lover across the globe.

Crew members including Tom Noonan, Derek Thomas, Dr. Ryan Jackson and Oxygen Specialist Ted Atkins, Mike McCann, French Aerial Cinematographer Paul Henry DeBaere and Venezuelan Skydiver Enersto Gainza, the new crewmember for the ESD 2015 conducted skydives in the shadows of Everest from 6th November to 8th November. Skydivings by four professional skydivers from Complete Parachute Solutions, USA along with the beauty queen Sambriddhi Rai and the crew members this year Everest Skydive had 21 solo jumps and a tandem jump.

Jump Day 1: 6th November 2015

First Flight- Load 3 solo jumps by Tom Noonan, Derek Thomas and Mike McCann

Jump Day 2: 7th November 2015

14 solos & 1 tandem jumps in 6 Flight Loads

First Flight – Load 3 solo by jumps Krause Brain, Eric Chane and Paul Henry

Second Flight – Load 2 solo jumps by Tom Noonan and Fred Williams

Third Flight – Load 1 tandem jump by Sambriddhi Rai with Ryan Jackson & a solo jump by Paul Henry

Fourth Flight –  Load 2 solo jumps by Eric Chane & Fred Williams

Fifth Flight – Load 2 solo jumps by Ryan Jackson & Krause Brain

Sixth Flight – Load 4 solo jumps by Tom Noonan, Mike McCann, Ryan Jackson & Paul Henry

Jump Day 3: 8th November 2015

Four solo jumps in 3 flight loads

First Flight- Load 1 solo jump by Brian Krause

Second Flight – Load 1 solo jump by Tom Noonan

Third Flight – Load 2 solo jumps by Ryan Jackson & Eric Chane

EVEREST SKYDIVE 2014

Everest Skydive, elite adventure on the top of the world and also the highest skydive on Earth continues to extend its glorious history. Since 2008 Everest Skydive has grabbed attention of many adventure seekers in Khumbu and provoked them to jump from the staggering height. Explore Himalaya Travel & Adventure, a sister organization of Everest Skydive has yet again played vital role in perfect execution of this annual mega event. The seventh edition of Everest Skydive, was held on 7th and 8th of November 2014. Six skydivers including the crew members landed at Syangboche drop-zone, after the jump of  the lifetime during Everest Skydive 2014.

Fishtail Air Helicopter AS350B, the exclusive partner of ESD 2014 executed all 6 flights loads during the event. Pilot Maurizio Follini once again made the five flight loads and Captain Deepak Rana, an experience Nepali Pilot carried out a flight load during the event. Tom Noonan, the chief tandem instructor of Everest Skydive since 2008 played his usual role and Joe Johnson, the first timer in ESD was the tandem master of the event. Mr. Paul Henry de Baère led the photography and cinematography whereas; Mr. Ted Atkins was an Oxygen Supervisor of the event.

Jump Day 1: 7th Nov 2014

Pilot Maurizio Follini took the first flight load with Mr. Ossie Khan. Mr. Khan made the solo jump at 11:57 AM and landed at Syangboche drop-zone at 12:10 PM.

Follini took the second flight load with Mr. Joe Johnson and Jen Sharp. Both made the solo jumps at 12:10 PM and landed at Syangboche drop-zone at 12:21 PM.

The last flight load of the day was once again taken by Mr. Follini with Chief Tandem instructor Mr. Tom Noonan and Mr. Sanjeev Gautam. Tom and Sanjeev made the tandem jump at 1:08 PM and landed at Syangboche drop-zone at 1:30 PM.

Jump Day 2: 8th Nov 2014

Mr. Maurizio Follini took the first flight load once again, with Mr. Ossie Khan. Mr. Khan made the solo wing suit jump at 10:07 AM and landed at Syangboche drop-zone at 10:17 AM.

Maurizio Follini took the second flight load of the day with tandem master Mr. Joe Johnson and Mr. Paul Schaeffer. They executed the tandem jump at 10:57 AM and landed at Syangboche drop-zone at 11:10 AM.

Pilot Deepak Rana took the last flight load of the event with Mr. Joe Johnson and Jen Sharp. Both made the solo jumps at 11:42 AM and landed at Syangboche drop-zone at 11:55 AM.

EVEREST SKYDIVE 2013

Everest Skydive 2013 kicked off on October 24, 2013 with the four test jumps by the crew members. Prior to the jumps the crew of Everest Skydive 2013 arrived to their base at Syangboche. Four crew members- Dr. Ryan James Jackson, Mr. Derek Thomas, Ms. Wendy Smith and Mr. Omar Alhegelan landed on the Dropzone of Syangboche Airport 12400ft at 3PM after the successful test jumps. On October 25, three jumps were made. James George Sewell made the tandem jump from 23,000ft with Dr. Ryan Jackson. Solo jumps by Robert Andrew Crompton and Libor Fryzek from the same height were made after Sewell’s Jump. This year the grandness of Everest Skydive, reached a new height. Marc Kopp, a French national set the record, being the first specially-abled person to successfully dive from the altitude of 22000ft during the Everest Skydive 2013.

Amadablam Base Camp is no longer the world’s highest drop-zone for Skydiving Adventure. On the last day of the Everest Skydive, Fred Williams and Ryan Jackson successfully landed at Gorakshep Drop-Zone 5545m which is now the highest drop-zone for skydiving in the world. Ryan and Fred, crew of Everest Skydive broke the record set by the crew itself  during Everest Skydive 2012.The summarized details of day-to-day activities  during Everest Skydive 2013 is given as below.

Date Load No. Name Time Drop zone Altitude Airline
24-Oct   1 Wendy Smith 2:00-3:02 Syangboche    
    Omar Alhegelan   Syangboche    
    Ryan Jackson   Syangboche    
    Derek Thomas   Syangboche    
25-Oct 1 James Sewell tandem with Ryan 8:56-9:15 Syangboche 23000ft Fishtail
    Omar Alhegelan        
    Wendy Smith        
25-Oct 2 Libor Fryzek 9:23-9:45 Syangboche 23000ft Fishtail
    Robert Compton        
    Derek Thomas          
25-Oct 3 David Philips 10:55-11:10 Syangboche 20000ft Simrik
    Carol Peri        
    Omar Alhegelan        
25-Oct   Libor Fryzek 11:00-11:34 Syangboche   Simrik
    Ryan Jackson        
25-Oct 5 David Philips 12:43-1:00 Syangboche   Simrik
    Wendy Smith            
25-Oct 6 Robert Compton 1:07-1:26 Syangboche   Simrik
    Omar Alhegelan        
26-Oct 1 Carol Peri 8:30-8:45 Syangboche   Fishtail
    Kyle Thomas        
    Omar Alhegelan        
26-Oct 2 Mark Allen 9:43-9:55 Syangboche   Fishtail
    Ryan Jackson            
26-Oct 3 Alexander Zadirov 9:59 Syangboche   Fishtail
    Petr Zadirov        
    Wendy Smith        
26-Oct 4 Mark Allen 11:15 Syangboche   Fishtail
    Omar Alhegelan        
27-Oct 1 Alexander Zadirov 8:28 Syangboche   Fishtail
    Petr Zadirov        
    Wendy Smith        
    Omar Alhegelan        
27-Oct 2 Marc Kopp tandem with Mario Gervasi   Syangboche   Fishtail
    Ryan Jackson        
28-Oct 1 Robert Compton 8:15-8:30 Syangboche   Fishtail
    Libor Fryzek               
    Wendy Smith            
    Omar Alhegelan        
28-Oct 2 Fred Williams   Syangboche   Fishtail
    Morten Pedersen        
    Ryan Jackson        
29-Oct 1 Alexander Zadirov 8:40-8:55 Syangboche   Fishtail
    Petr Zadirov        
    Wendy Smith        
    Omar Alhegelan        
29-Oct 2 Fred Williams 9:00-9:20 Syangboche   Fishtail
    Morten Pedersen        
    Ryan Jackson        
             
29-Oct 3 Carol Peri 9:58-10:25 Syangboche   Fishtail
    David Philips        
    Mark Allen        
    Omar Alhegelan        
29-Oct 4 Fred Williams 11:40 Syangboche   Fishtail
    Morten Pedersen        
    Ryan Jackson        
29-Oct 5 Kyle Thomas 12:52 Syangboche   Fishtail
    Derek Thomas          
    Wendy Smith            
    Omar Alhegelan        
30-Oct 1 Ian Edward Atkins tandem with Ryan 8:35        Syangboche   Fishtail
    Tom Noonan        
30-Oct 1 Fred Williams   Amadablam   Fishtail
    Ryan Jackson        
30-Oct 2 Morten Pedersen   Amadablam   Fishtail
    Tom Noonan             
30-Oct 3 Wendy Smith   Amadablam   Fishtail
    Omar Alhegelan        
31-Oct 1 Fred Williams   Gorakshep   Fishtail
    Ryan Jackson        

                               

EVEREST SKYDIVE 2013: MARC KOPP SETS A RECORD

After the jump from a whopping height of 22,000 ft overlooking Everest by MS sufferer Marc Kopp, we need to re- define the limits of what a person can do. On October 27, 2013 Marc Kopp, successfully completed a tandem dive with his friend, champion skydiver Mario Gervasi setting a record of first specially-abled to skydive over Everest. As soon as the jump was completed, he was taken to hospital by helicopter for his thorough medical examination and declared as fit by the doctors.

The 55-year-old French, living in Longwy northeast of Paris, has suffered the degenerative disease of the nervous system for more than a decade. Inspite of all the inherent risks involved in the event and the painstaking preparation, he made his dream come true. His miraculous feat has been in the media limelight including national dailies and international media since his record breaking jump. He thanked the event crew and Explore Himalaya, the event host of the elite adventure for their support and encouragement.

“I hope my action will inspire others living with this illness. I hope many more will follow in my footsteps,” said the contended diver. Kopp, who is accompanied by Mario Gervasi and Eric de Aranjo, is anticipated to be welcomed by a huge crowd of his supporters back home.

Everest Skydive 2012

Everest Skydive 2012 proved to be an enthralling spectacle for all adventure lovers home and abroad. This year added extra appeal to the event by introducing Amadablam Base Camp as a new Drop Zone. The event started on October 31, 2012 with some test flights over Amadablam Base camp (15000ft) by four crew members of Everest Skydive Wendy Smith, Tom Noonan, Derek Thomas and Dr. Ryan Jackson.

The first day of the Everest Skydive 2012 started on November 1, 2012 with nine lifts of test jumps over Syangboche, 12,350ft. The next day November 2, 2012 was full with excitement and thrill with three lifts of final jumps over Ama Dablam Base Camp and five over Syangboche. The final day of the Skydive November 3, 2012 had six lifts of final jumps over the Syangboche Airport.

As informed earlier the Everest Skydive 2012 was performed from AS 350 B3 helicopter, piloted by the Italian Veteran pilot Maurizio Follini who flew all the way to Nepal to take the piloting responsibilities for this Event. He was well supported by the experienced Fishtail Air Captain Aashish Sherchan.

Everest Skydive 2012 ended up making the history of 41 solos and 5 tandems over Syangboche and 15 solos over Ama Dablam Base camp. The Jump highlights are:

Jump Day 1: 31st October 2012

  1. Wendy Smith, Ryan Jackson, Tom Noonan and Derek Thomas, Solo jumps over Amadablam Base Camp

Jump Day 2: 1st November 2012

  1. First flight

Ryan Jackson and Miloslav Sulda

Solo jumps over Syangboche.

  1. Second Flight

Derek Thomas and Fred Seth Williams

Solo jumps over Syangboche.

  1. Third Flight

Wendy Smith and Robert Gabris

Solo jumps over Syangboche

  1. Fourth Flight

Ryan Jackson and Travis Ross Wood

Solo jumps over Syangboche.

  1. Fifth Flight

Ryan Jackson and John Leblanc

Solo jumps over Syangboche.

  1. Sixth Flight

Wendy Smith and Pavel Novak

Solo jumps over Syangboche.

  1. Seventh Flight

Ryan Jackson and Robert Sachs

Solo jumps over Syangboche.

  1. Eighth Flight

Tom Noonan, Zoe Nadia Dryden and Wendy Smith

Tandem jump over Syangboche.

  1. Ninth Flight

Ryan Jackson, Fred Seth Williams and Laura Coe

Tandem jump over Syangboche.

Jump Day 3: 2nd November 2012

  1. First Flight

Robert Gabris, Robert Sachs and Miloslav Sulda

Solo jumps over Amdablam Base Camp.

  1. Second Flight

Fred Seth Williams and John Leblanc

Solo jumps over Amdablam Base Camp.

  1. Third Flight

Travis Ross Wood, Pavel Novak and John Leblanc

Solo jumps over Amdablam Base Camp.

  1. Fourth Flight

Tom Noonan, Fred Seth Williams and Ryan Jackson

Solo Jumps over Amdablam Base Camp.

  1. Fifth Flight

Derek Thomas, Travis Ross Wood and Pavel Novak

Tandem jumps over Syangboche.

  1. Sixth Flight

Tom Noonan, Zoe Nadia Dryden and Wendy Smith

Solo jumps over Syangboche.

  1. Seventh Flight

Ryan Jackson, John Leblanc and Fred Seth Williams

Tandem jumps over Syangboche.

  1. Eighth Jump

Tom Noonan, Laura Coe and Derek Thomas

Solo jumps over Syangboche.

  1. Ninth Jump

Robert Gabris, Robert Sachs and Miloslav Sulda

Solo jumps over Syangboche.

Jump Day 4: 3rd November 2012.

  1. First Flight

Ryan Jackson and Farhaj Sarwar

Solo jumps over Syangboche.

  1. Second Flight

Tom Noonan, Ian Edward Atkins and Derek Thomas

Tandem jump over Syangboche.

  1. Third Flight

Farhaj Sarwar, Ryan Jackson and Wendy Smith

Solo jumps over Syangboche.

  1. Fourth Flight

Fred Seth Williams and Travis Ross Wood

Solo jump over Syangboche.

  1. Fifth Flight

Farhaj Sarwar and John Leblanc

Solo jumps over Syangboche.

  1. Sixth Flight

Wendy Smith, Tom Noonan, Derek Thomas and Ryan Jackson

Solo jumps over Syangboche.

Everest Skydive 2011

World’s most exhilarating adventure, Everest Skydive was held and concluded successfully in 2011 also. Jumps were held at Syanboche drop zone on 22nd, 23rd and 25th October. The details of the jumps along with the respective jumpers are listed below:

Jump Day 1: 22nd October 2011, around 9:10 AM (local time)

  1. Dawie Du Plessis (South Africa) – Solo Jump
  2. Derek Thomas (UK) – Solo Jump
  3. Mario Gervasi (France) – Solo Jump

Jump Day 2: 23rd October 2011, around 10:50 (local time)

  1. Wendy Smith (New Zealand) – Solo Jump
  2. Dawie Du Plessis (South Africa) – Solo Jump
  3. Philip Smith (USA) – Solo Jump
  4. Derek Thomas (UK) – Solo Jump
  5. Priscilla Telmon (France) with tandem master Ryan Jackson (UK)
  6. Klaus L.M. Gachter (USA) with tandem master Ryan Jackson (UK)
  7. Jean Marc Nowak (France) with tandem master Mario Gervasi (France)

Jump Day 3: 25th October 2011

  1. Ryan Jackson (UK) – Solo Jump
  2. Bill Booth (USA) – Solo Jump
  3. Dawie Du Plessis (South Africa) – Solo Jump
  4. Derek Thomas (UK) – Solo Jump
  5. Wendy Smith (New Zealand) – Solo Jump
  6. Jolie Lisa Ferrand (USA) with tandem master Ryan Jackson

Everest Skydive 2010 –Autumn (October 14 -19) Syangboche Drop Zone

Test jumps for the Autumn edition of Everest Skydive 2010 took place at Syangboche (12,350 feet) drop zone on 13th October 2010. Derek Thomas (UK) jumped solo from 25,000 feet while tandem master Kevin Hardwick (UK) made a tandem jump with German camera flyer/ television producer Alex Behse from the same height. Both the jumps were made from Tara Air’s Pilatus porter aircraft at around 12 noon (local time).

Jump Day 1: 14th October 2010

British racing driver  Nick Leventis made a tandem leap from 27,500 feet above Mount Everest at Syangboche drop zone around 13:00 hrs (local time). Accompanying him was tandem master Kevin Hardwick (British).

A well known personality in the racing circuit, Leventis’ Strakka Racing Team won the LMP2 class this year at the Le Mans 24 Hour Race. He is the ambassador of Global Angels and the jump was made in support of Global Angels Foundation, an international charity supporting Asia’s most disadvantaged children. Solo jumps were made by Wendy Smith and Ryan Jackson from the same height.

 Jump Day 2: 15th October 2010

  • First Lift (8:45 AM) – 21,000 feet

On the first lift, Derek Thomas (British), Roger Hoe (British) and Peter Rottele (German) made solo jumps from 21,000 feet while Klaus Leo Gachter (American) jumped tandem with tandem master Kevin Hardwick (British) from the same height.

  • Second Lift (9:10 AM) – 29,5000 feet

Second lift saw the skydivers leaping from 29,500 feet. Wendy Smith (Kiwi) made a solo dive while Joan Dru Nasher (American) dived tandem with tandem master Tom Noonan (American).

  • Third Lift (12:30 PM) – 27,000 feet

The third lift had Ryan Jackson (British) making a solo leap and Klaus Leo Gachter and Tom Noonan doing tandem from a height of 27,000 feet.

 Jump Day 3: 19th October 2010

After three days of bad weather, the sky at Syangboche finally cleared up. Since early morning there was hectic activity at the drop zone as ESD crew and group members prepared for the jumps. Between 8 to 9 AM (local time) the PC-6 aircraft took off.

The first lift had Christopher Rainier from Canada making a tandem jump with Tom Noonan, while Wendy Smith and Ryan Jackson jumped solo from a height of 29,500 feet.

The second lift saw British racing pro Nick Leventis making a record breaking tandem leap with tandem master Tom Noonan from a height of 30,000 feet: a new Everest Skydive & WORLD record. No skydiver had ever attempted a jump from this height at this altitude. Wendy (with her camera), jumped solo and captured Nick & Tom’s free fall.

 Jump Day 4: 20th October 2010

Peter Rottele (Germany), Roger Hoe (UK), Ryan Jackson(UK) and Kevin Hardwick(UK) jumped solo from 28,000 feet. Roger, who is 65 years old, became the oldest skydiver to jump solo from this height.

SN          Name                                    Country               Jump(Solo/Tandem)      Remarks

1              Roger Hoe                           UK                                      Solo      

2              Peter Rotelle                     Germany                            Solo      

3              Nick Leventis                     UK                                   Tandem               With Tandem masters Tom Noonan &                                                                                                                                                 Kevin Hardwick

4              Christopher Rainier         Canada                           Tandem               With tandem master Tom Noonan

5              Tom Noonan                      USA                                Tandem                      Crew

6              Wendy Smith                     New Zealand                   Solo                           Crew

7              Ryan Jackson                     Britain                           Tandem                       Crew

8              Derek Thomas                   USA                                    Solo                         Crew    

9              Kevin Hardwick                 UK                                 Tandem                      Crew

10           Joan Dru Nasher               USA                                Tandem               With tandem master  Tom Noonan

11           Klaus Leo Gachter            USA                                 Tandem               With tandem master Tom Noonan

12           Alex Behse                         Germany                        Tandem                       Crew

 

Everest Skydive 2010 – Spring (May 16-20),Shyangboche Drop Zone

Everest skydive was organized at Syangboche drop zone from 16th to 20th May 2010. The event went as follows:

Jump Day 1: 16th May 2010

Test jumps for Everest Skydive 2010 were performed at Shyangboche at 9:35 AM (local time). 1 solo and 2 tandem jumps were made from above 20,000 feet. Wendy Smith (New Zealand) jumped solo from 27,000 feet, while Bibek Pandey (Nepal) made a tandem jump with tandem master Tom Noonan (USA). Likewise Ful Man Tamang (Nepal) too jumped tandem with Dr.Ryan Jackson(UK).

Jump Day 2: 17th May 2010

The jumps were held at 8:15 AM (local time).

First Lift – James Robert & Ryan Jackson made test jumps from 18,000 feet. Nik Halik (Australia) made a tandem jump with tandem master Tom Noonan from 29,500 feet. Wendy Smith jumped solo as Camera Flyer from 29,500 feet.

Second Lift – Jean Claude Mario (France) did a test jump from 18000 feet and Tom Noonan jumped solo from 25,000ft. Dr. Ryan & Dik Bahadur Khirsina (Nepal) made a tandem jump from 25000ft.

 18th & 19th May, 2010: Jumps cancelled due to bad weather.

 Jump Day 3: 20th May 2010

Jean Claude Mario (France) took Myriam Mura (France) on tandem jump, while James Robert (UK), Ryan Jackson (UK) and Wendy Smith (New Zealand) made solo jumps. The jumps were made from 29,500 ft. These were the last jumps and the event came to a close.

SN          Name                                    Country                   Jump(Solo/Tandem)           Remark

1              Wendy Smith                     New Zealand                         Solo                              Crew

2              Bibek Pandey                        Nepal                                Tandem               With Tandem Master Tom Noonan

3              Tom Noonan                          USA                                 Tandem                         Crew

4              Ful Man Tamang                 Nepal                                Tandem               With Ryan Jackson

5              Ryan Jackson                         UK                                   Tandem                        Crew

6              James Robert                         UK                                     Solo      

7              Nik Halik                               Australia                            Solo      

8              Jean Claude Mario              France                                Solo      

9              Dik Bahadur Khirsina       Nepal                               Tandem                  With Ryan Jackson

10           Myriam Mura                     France                               Tandem                  With Mario

 

Everest Skydive 2009

Drop Zone – Shyangboche (12,350 ft / 3720m), October 16-17, 2009

On 16th and 17th October, 2009 seven skydivers from the Everest Skydive team performed solo and tandem jumps at Shyangboche (12,350 feet).

On 16th October, five members skydived from a height of 25,000 feet. Tom Noonan (USA), Ian Bishop (Australia) and Jai Kishan (India) made solo jumps. In the second group, Wendy Smith (New Zealand) jumped solo, while Ganesh Pandey (Nepal) made a tandem jump with tandem master Tom Noonan (USA).

On 17th October, Wendy Smith (New Zealand), Jai Kishan (India) and Mary Noonan (USA) made solo jumps from a height of 27,500ft. While Everest summiteer, Pujan Acharya (Nepal) made a tandem jump from a height of 29,300 feet, with tandem master Tom Noonan (USA).

The jumps over Shyangboche were made from Tara Air’s Pilatus Porter aircraft, flown by Capt Jack Sparrow (UK) and Praful Baidya (Nepal). Capt Jack Sparrow, an experienced pilot, has performed more than 4,000 lifts (flights for skydiving) in Europe and is preparing to launch a skydiving club in Thailand, which will be the first in Asia.

SN          Name                           Country                Jump(Solo/Tandem)      Remarks

1              Tom Noonan                 USA                           Tandem                        Crew

2              Ian Bishop                Australia                          Solo      

3              Jai Kishan                    India                             Solo      

4              Wendy Smith        New Zealand                     Solo                             Crew

5              Ganesh Pandey         Nepal                           Tandem               With tandem master Tom Noonan

6              Mary Noonan              USA                              Solo                             Crew

7              Pujan Acharya           Nepal                            Tandem               With Tandem master Tom Noonan

Drop Zone – Gorakh Shep, KalaPatthar Plateau (17,192 ft/5,242m), October 28th, 2009      

On October 28, 2009  World skydiving champion Wendy Smith from New Zealand, Global Angels ambassador and tandem master Tom Noonan and Wing Commander Jai Kishan from the Indian Air Force, made a successful landing at the Gorak Shep, Kala Patthar plateau, lying at an altitude of 17,192 feet (5,242m), right beside Mt. Everest.

This is believed to be the highest skydiving stunt performed over highest drop zone in the world.

The operation was carried out from Fishtail Air’s AS 350 B3 helicopter flown by Capt. Sabin Basnet and Capt. Deepak Rana. The dives were performed in the morning of 28th October. The helicopter took off with the skydiving team from Shyangboche airport and flew to a height of 23,000 feet before dropping from 21,000 feet at right air layer.

SN          Name                     Country                Jump(Solo/Tandem)      Remarks

1              Tom Noonan           USA                                Solo                       World record

2              Jai Kishan             India                                 Solo                      World record

3              Wendy Smith     New Zealand                     Solo                      World record

Reconnaissance of the Drop Zone at Syangboche by the High & Wild Skydiving Managing Team (May 2008)

The first ever skydiving programme in the Everest Himalaya took place in mid-May of 2008. Four skydivers, namely Ben Ian Wood, Andy Montriou, Nigel Gifford and David Ian Wood successfully jumped from a height of 16,000ft at Syangboche, near the Sherpa capital of Namche Bazaar. All four divers belonged to the management team of High & Wild, which is a UK-based adventure company. This test jump became the first ever skydiving event in the Everest region. Explore Himalaya, the local partner of High & Wild, received the permit to hold the Skydiving event in front of Mt Everest (29,035ft.) in the autumn of the same year.

6 May 2008 -Everest Skydive Management Team Arrives in Kathmandu

On 6 May, the management team of High & Wild Everest Skydive arrived in Kathmandu, with High & Wild’s Managing Director, Nigel Gifford, leading the team. After having spent a day in Kathmandu, the team flew to Lukla, the entrance to the Everest Region. They trekked a couple of days to Namche Bazaar, from where they walked up the hill to Syangboche to inspect the landing area. On 13 May, the team did a thorough aerial survey by Fishtail Air helicopter.

14 – 15 May – First Ever Skydive Over Everest

On 14 May, Ben Ian Wood and Andy Montriou were geared up for the test dive. Their first two attempts at 6.30am and 8am failed due to the weather – first it was too cloudy and then too windy. However, the weather finally cleared at 9:15 am, and Ben and Andy jumped from the dizzying heights of 16,000ft and landed safely at Syangboche airstrip.

The following day, Nigel Gifford and David Ian Wood repeated this feat by skydiving from a helicopter belonging to Fishtail Air. Sixty-two-year old Nigel Gifford was delighted with the jump, which lasted about 10 seconds in freefall. Unfortunately, the team’s plan to do a tandem jump did not work out due to the weather and they returned to the UK on 16 May. After the successful Drop Zone test, the upcoming Everest Skydive mission for autumn 2008 looked very promising and Nigel was confident about running this operation as a commercial activity.

Explore Himalaya was proud to be associated as a local partner of High & Wild in introducing Everest Skydive as a new product.

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