Four of the Wildest and Most Terrifying Stunts Ever Carried Out
Daredevils all over the world have carried out some jaw-dropping stunts over the years. The following are four of the most audacious exploits that have thrilled on-lookers.
Valery Rozov Jumped Off Mount Everest
In 2013, 60 years after Edmund Hillary and Tensing Norgay became the first people to climb Mount Everest, this Russian extreme sports star became the first person to jump off it. He launched himself off the north face of the Changtse on the Chinese side of the mountain.
Rozor set a new world record for BASE jumping when he leapt off the world’s tallest mountain from 23,690 feet (7,200 metres) up. He said afterwards that the thin air meant that it took him longer to make the switch from free-fall to flying, but he ended up flying for close to a minute at around 200 km/h (125 mph).
Mike Hughes and the Steam-Powered Rocket
Famous for being a rocket-designer and flat Earth enthusiast, Mike Hughes sent himself 1,875 feet (572 meters) up into the sky on a rocket that he made himself. He landed using a parachute but still suffered a compressed vertebra when he fell to Earth.
He has plans to fly even higher, with 5,000 feet (1,500 m) a target that he has set himself. Hughes used a steam-powered system because it is fairly easy and cheap to operate. There is also talk of him jetting across the mile-wide Snake River Canyon in the US.
Evel Knievel Crossed Snake River Canyon
Of course, the canyon that Mike Hughes wants to cross using steam power has already been made famous by another daredevil. The legendary Evel Knievel swapped his normal motorbike for a steam-powered version as he attempted to jump across to the other side of the river.
This happened in 1974 and attracted a huge amount of media attention around the world. Sadly, the stunt went wrong and his parachute opened too early, taking him safely down to the ground. However, in 2016 stuntman Eddie Braun carried out the same jump successfully.
Philippe Petit Walked between the Twin Towers
Also in 1974, French daredevil Philippe Petit crossed a wire between the Twin Towers in New York, 110 stories up in the air. Rather than simply walking across it once, he went back and forward several times over 45 minutes and carried out numerous stunts along the way. Most impressive was the fact that this was all done in complete secrecy.
Petit had spent months planning the scheme and had visited the buildings using a variety of disguises and false identities. He then began to secretly store his equipment there in the build-up to the day of the stunt. With no safety net or fixed access ladder, the crowd below could only watch in amazement.
These are just some of the most spectacular stunts ever carried out. It is certain that we see more incredible feats in the future, as daredevils become ever more ambitious in their attempts to grab the attention of the world.