Skydivers Jump From Everest

Trio spends 15 years, $24K for 29,500-ft. leap from world's highest peak
By Wesley Oliver,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 5, 2008 11:32 AM CDT
In this Saturday May 24, 2003 file photo, wispy clouds form near the peaks surrounding Mount Everest, seen from Everest Base camp in Nepal.   (AP Photo/Gurinder Osan, File)
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(Newser) – Three skydivers bounded into record books today, completing the first parachute jump from Mt. Everest, the BBC reports. “It was amazing, just spectacular,” gushed one adventurer, who, along with her fellow divers, shelled out $24,000 each and 15 years of planning on the 29,500-foot leap. The divers, using special equipment, spent a minute in freefall amid thin air and sub-zero temperatures.