March 07, 2014 3:07pm PT by Kimberly Nordyke
First Look: Discovery Channel Prepares for Live Mount Everest Jump (Exclusive Video)
The Hollywood Reporter has the first look at Discovery Channel's promo for its next live stunt.
Following on the heels of its live broadcast of Nik Wallenda's tightrope walk across the Grand Canyon, the cable network will broadcast wingsuit jumper Joby Ogwyn's attempt at the first wingsuit flight off the summit of Mount Everest. The event will air live in May on Discovery as well as in 224 countries and territories.
For Ogwyn's stunt, Discovery plans to air two hourlong pre-shows revealing his training and preparations, followed by the live two-hour broadcast that will show Ogwyn's ascent to the summit and jump from the top. His custom-made wingsuit will be equipped with cameras providing a bird’s-eye view as he descends more than 10,000 vertical feet at speeds of more than 150 miles per hour.
At age 24, Ogwyn became the youngest American to make it to the top of Everest. In 2008, he set the world record for the fastest ascent of Everest, climbing from the base of the south side route to the summit in just nine and a half hours – a journey that typically takes three or four days.
He is conducting dozens of test jumps in California, Florida, Utah and the Swiss Alps and then travel to the Himalayas for final training. After six weeks of acclimatization, he will then take on Everest.
In June, Wallenda's tightrope crossing of the Grand Canyon proved a huge ratings draw for Discovery. An average 8.5 million viewers tuned in to Skywire Live, swelling to nearly 13 million during the actual walk.