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article image33,000 Foot skydive? — No problem

By Mike Rossi     Aug 1, 2014 in Sports
Kids — Don't try this at home.
Not that anyone could try it at home to begin with.
Jumping from a lung-sucking 33,000 feet, a pair of French skydivers made an artfully dynamic journey back to the surface of the Earth on May 31st.
The professional pair —Fréderic Fugen and Vincent Reffet— captured their masterful decent in a captivating three-minute video that takes them from the sub-zero skies above Mont Blanc, along the jagged edges of the Alps and all the way down to the safety of the valley floor below.
Pulling their chutes at roughly 20,000 feet, the daredevil duo enjoyed an estimated 13,000 foot, minute-long free-fall and speeds in excess of 250 MPH — not bad when one considers the maximum height for an average skydive takes place at 13,000 feet above sea level.
The images captured during the decent provide breathtaking views of the planet below, including spectacular highlights of the curvature of the earth.
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For any weekend warriors out there interested in duplicated the jump, it will take quite a bit more than a quick call to the local skydiving company.
Fugen and Reffet spent over 18 months laboriously training in Austria and Spain to properly endure the technical difficulties of the leap. Additionally, the men needed to adorn specially designed jumpsuits and respiratory masks to combat the freezing cold, oxygen-low environment commercial airliners normally call home.
Watch the full, seven-minute version of the harrowing jump here:
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