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First Everest Skydive 2008 – And They Have Done It!

The actual jumps of the Everest skydive took place this morning in Shyangboche. 10 solo and 3 tandem jumpers made their actual jumps today. Wendy Smith became the first solo jumper to land at the drop zone at 6:17am (local time). She jumped from a height of 22,000ft. Explore Himalaya’s trek guide Nima Tamang became the first Nepali to make a tandem jump (with Steve Hennessey) from a height of 22,000ft.

The jumpers were flown in 4 groups. All the jumps were made from Pilatus Porter aircraft.

1st Group – 22,000ft

The first group jumped from a height of 22,000ft.

SN Name Country Jump(Solo/Tandem) Landing Time(local)
1. Wendy Smith New Zealand Solo 6:17 AM
2. Lucie Fenton (Britain) & Tom Noonan (USA) Britain / USA Tandem 6:18 AM

2nd Group –  22,000ft

The second group jumped from a height of 22,000ft.

SN Name Country Jump(Solo/Tandem) Landing Time(local)
1. Omar Alhegelan USA Solo 6:57 AM
2. Steve Hennessey (Australia) & Nima Tamang (Nepal) Australia / Nepal Tandem 6:58 AM
3. Cheri Alhegelan (USA) & Ralph Mitchell (Britain) USA / Britain Tandem 6:59 AM

3rd Group – 18,500ft

The third group jumped from a height of 18,500ft.

SN Name Country Solo/Tandem Landing Time(local)
1. Neil Jones Canada Solo 7:45 AM
2. Chris Parsons Britain Solo 7:47 AM
3. Derek Thomas USA Solo 7:48 AM
4. Holly Budge British Solo 7:49 AM

4th Group – 18,000ft

The fourth group jumped from a height of 18,000ft.

SN Name Country Solo/Tandem Landing Time(local)
1. Ryan Jackson Britain Solo 8:57 AM
2. Adolphe Botha South Africa Solo 8:57 AM
3. Thomas Laurie Hinds Britain Solo 8:59 AM
4. Carrie Holmes USA Solo 8:59 AM

A toast to the team and their spirit of adventure!

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