British woman eyes skydive record over Everest

September 1st, 2008 - 7:34 pm ICT by ANI  

London, Sept.1 (ANI): A British woman plans to make a parachute jump over Mount Everest hoping to become the first woman ever to skydive over the world’’s highest peak, organisers said on Sunday.

Holly Budge, 29, plans to throw herself out from 465 feet (142 metres) above Everest, hurtling past it, before landing in a mountain meadow at 12,350 feet (3,764 metres), reports The Mirror.

She plans to attempt her dive in October after taking off from an airstrip in Syangboche in the Khumbhu region of northeast Nepal, home to Mount Everest, the world’’s highest peak at 8,850 metres (29,035 feet).

Budge is a Bristol-based interactive designer and film maker, and she says that she will wear an oxygen mask and carry a parachute that is much larger than normal to compensate for the faster descent through the thinner air of the world’’s highest drop zone.

Three thousand people have so far climbed Mount Everest since 1953.(ANI)

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