Discovery’s next without-a-net live stunt: A man will jump off Mount Everest.
The cable network will document California resident Joby Ogwyn’s attempt to set a record as the first wing suit flight off the summit of the world’s tallest peak.
Titled Everest Jump Live, the show will be broadcast on Discovery and in 224 countries and territories in May. The special is a follow-up to the network’s high-rated 2013 special Skywire Live With Nik Wallenda (13 million viewers), where a tight-rope walker crossed the Grand Canyon, and 2012′s Space Jump Live (4.2 million viewers).
The Everest Jump Live coverage includes two one-hour pre-shows following Joby’s training and preparations for the jump. The special itself will be a live two-hour broadcast showing Joby as he treks to Everest’s summit and takes the plunge from the top. Joby’s custom-made wingsuit will be equipped with cameras showing his decent of more than 10,000 vertical feet at speeds of over 150 mph.
“This will be the final piece of my dream,” Joby said. “Ever since I was a kid, I’ve imagined what it would be like to fly. I can’t think of a more spectacular backdrop than Everest. Everything that I’ve ever accomplished in my life has just been practice for what I’m about to do.”
At 24 years old, Joby previously became the youngest American to make it to the top. In 2008, Joby set the world record for the fastest ascent of Mt. Everest, climbing from the base of the south side route to the summit in nine and a half hours
“This is history in the making,” said Eileen O’Neill, Group President Discovery and TLC Networks. “Discovery Channel continues to bring live broadcast events unlike anything you’ll see on television – from Felix Baumgartner’s world record for the highest space jump to Nik Wallenda’s incredible tightrope walk across the Grand Canyon.”