Exclusive: Inside an epic parachute jumping expedition in the Himalayas

Jump training for Himalayas expedition (Photo by Jake Blick, Magpul Industries).

Jump training for Himalayas Himalayas, or Himalaya, (/ˌhɪməˈleɪ.ə/ or /hɪˈmɑːləjə/) are a mountain range in Asia separating the plains of the Indian subcontinent from the Tibetan Plateau expedition (Photo by Jake Blick, Magpul Industries).

An elite team has traveled deep into the Everest region of the Himalayas to smash skydiving world records by jumping out of a helicopter. Will they succeed?

Led by former U.S. Navy SEAL Fred Williams may refer to: William (name), a masculine given name, the team is made up of highly accomplished U.S. Marine Corps corps (/ˈkɔər/; plural corps /ˈkɔərz/; via French, from the Latin corpus “body”) is a military unit usually consisting of several divisions and Army veterans, together with a handful of experienced civilian parachute jumpers. 

To smash skydiving or skydiving, is a method of transiting from a high point to Earth with the aid of gravity, involving the control of speed during the descent with the use of a parachute world records, the team headed to Nepal officially the Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal (Nepali: सङ्घीय लोकतान्त्रिक गणतन्त्र नेपाल Sanghiya Loktāntrik Ganatantra Nepāl), is a landlocked country in South Asia with a population of, the landlocked country country is a region that is identified as a distinct national entity in political geography sandwiched between India and China. While it covers only about 500 square miles – that’s about less than half the size of Rhode Island – Nepal eclipses most countries in height.

Nepal is home to the Himalayas, the legendary mountain mountain is a large landform that stretches above the surrounding land in a limited area, usually in the form of a peak system that stretches for about 1,550 miles and includes some of the highest peaks in the world. More than 100 peaks reach more than 24,000 feet – the most notorious of these is Mount Everest Everest, also known in Nepal as Sagarmāthā and in China as Chomolungma/珠穆朗玛峰, is Earth’s highest mountain, the world’s highest peak The Peak or PEAKS may refer to: Mountain peak; see summit at 29,035 feet.


This is where the team is conducting an expedition may refer to: Adventure racing, a combination of two or more endurance disciplines, long adventure races are called expedition races Bicycle touring, a long-distance type of bicycling that includes fraught with danger.

Making the Impossible Possible

The team will attempt attempt to commit a crime occurs if a criminal has an intent to commit a crime and takes a substantial step toward completing the crime, but for reasons not intended by the criminal, the final a series of parachute jumps, endeavoring, at each stage, to push the limits of the possible. They will then move higher and do the same again – smashing world records along the way. The team is equipped with gear from Complete Parachute Solutions (CPS) and breathing systems specialist specialist is a person with great knowledge or skill in a particular field TopOut Aero to support their attempts to break solo and tandem jump records recording, record or records may mean.

If successful, the team team is a group of people or other animals linked in a common purpose will may refer to: The English modal verb will; see shall and will, and will and would Will and testament, instructions for the disposition of one’s property after death Advance health care directive push push is an applied force typically intended to drive or impel, acting in a direction away from person or thing causing the force the envelope of what is possible is the condition or fact of being possible with military high-altitude parachuting. Why take on such an extreme series of challenges? “Men that have the courage to push their personal limits through calculated feats truly experience the meaning of life,” explained CPS President Fred Williams.

Preparation may refer to: The action or process of preparing or being prepared for use or consideration and Jump Training

So how did this elite team prepare for such an epic expedition?


Undertaking anything in the Himalayas is not a walk in the park – team members undertook intense physical training in the months leading up to departure.

For the jumping component, there was intensive preparation. The pre-deployment training zeroed in on helicopter exits at low speeds everyday use and in kinematics, the speed of an object is the magnitude of its velocity (the rate of change of its position); it is thus a scalar quantity – a key factor in the expedition. In the Himalayas, the team is using an AS 350 B3 Eurocopter Helicopter in a fierce red emblazoned with a dragon.

Training also worked on aspects like sub-terminal parachute parachute is a device used to slow the motion of an object through an atmosphere by creating drag (or in the case of ram-air parachutes, aerodynamic lift) openings (when the parachute opens before terminal velocity is reached) and how canopy speed and performance would modal verbs of English are a small class of auxiliary verbs used mostly to express modality (properties such as possibility, obligation, etc.) be increased at high elevations.

For these sorts may refer to: Sorting, any process of arranging items in sequence or in sets Sorting algorithm, any algorithm for arranging elements in lists Sort (Unix), a Unix utility which sorts the lines of a of extreme may refer to jumps, there is a tendency for the canopy may refer to: Canopy (aircraft), transparent enclosure over aircraft cockpit Canopy (biology), aboveground portion of plant community or crop (including forests) Canopy (building), overhead roof or to “over-steer,” which needs to be countered. The team also worked on the pendulum effect of lowered combat equipment.


Team members member is a person who belongs to a social group or an entity such as a company or nation also worked to refine a lower, shorter landing pattern to ensure sticking a landing in very tight landing zones. This is a very different scenario to military jump training that is often conducted in desert conditions where the target is typically surrounded by sand and more sand. In the Himalayas, a miss could mean certain death.

Ultimately, the team worked towards landing a parachute at high or the high or variant may refer to elevations with increased airspeed and other tough factors a Latin word meaning “who/which acts”, may refer to such as the extreme, unpredictable winds of the Himalayan terrain. In attempt to replicate the mountain conditions, part of the training took place at the highest airport in the United States at Leadville, Colorado.

Zero to 51

Most of the team are extremely experienced parachute jumpers or Jumpers may refer to. Team leader Williams for example, has conducted more than 15,000 jumps in his career.

One team member with military experience, however, took on the challenge of starting the CPS expedition training as a beginner. Former U.S. Marine is an adjective that means of, or pertaining to, the sea or ocean, such as marine biology, marine ecology and marine geology Corps sniper and sniper instructor, Caylen Wojcik now works as the director of operations for firearms training specialist Magpul CORE.

ARMED MUTTS: SELF-DRIVING VEHICLES vehicle (from Latin: vehiculum) is a mobile machine that transports people or cargo COULD BOOST THE MILITARY’S ARSENAL

CPS is a leader in MFF (Military Free Fall) training is teaching, or developing in oneself or others, any skills and knowledge that relate to specific useful competencies and tailors high-level training for military military, also called the armed forces, are forces authorized to use deadly force, and weapons, to support the interests of the state and some or all of its citizens clients to match operational requirements in any environment. But could CPS take a beginner skydiver and train him up to successfully jump or leaping is a form of locomotion or movement in which an organism or non-living (e.g., robotic) mechanical system propels itself through the air along a ballistic trajectory in extreme elevations elevation of a geographic location is its height above or below a fixed reference point, most commonly a reference geoid, a mathematical model of the Earth’s sea level as an equipotential in extreme conditions?

Wojcik trained with CPS in advance, and did some preparation on his own. He arrived at some of the toughest landing is the last part of a flight, where a flying animal, aircraft, or spacecraft returns to the ground zones in the world world is a common name for the whole of human civilization, or for the planet Earth and all life upon it. In terms such as world map and world climate, world is used in the sense detached from with a mere 50 jumps under his belt. At 50 jumps, most novices have or having may refer to: the concept of ownership any concept of possession; see Possession (disambiguation) an English “verb” used: to denote linguistic possession in a broad sense as an auxiliary not even tried other drop zones let alone at one of the toughest locations or locating may refer to: Location (geography), a specific position or point on the planet.

The Most Dangerous Airport in the World

The Team arrived in Kathmandu and traveled to Lukla – dubbed, with good reason, the most may refer to dangerous airport airport is an aerodrome with facilities for flights to take off and land in the world. Lukla is perched precariously at 9,200 feet with or WITH may refer to: Carl Johannes With (1877–1923), Danish doctor and arachnologist With (character), a character in D. N. Angel With (novel), a novel by Donald Harrington With (album), a tiny, steep runway in the Himalayas. From this point forward, there would be no wheeled vehicles on the expedition and travel in the mountains is limited to helicopter helicopter is a type of rotorcraft in which lift and thrust are supplied by rotors, animal and foot.

Travelling by foot, the team followed a river and mastered a 1,700 foot steep ascent to reach Namche, at 11,286 feet. After further acclimatization, the team climbed a further 1,100-foot ascent to Syangboche, which is at an elevation of 12,400 feet.


Parachute operations or Operations may refer to: Scientific operation Surgery, or operation Operation (game), a battery-operated game of physical skill An operation (mathematics) in mathematics: Graph operations Unary then began at Syangboche Airport also known as Syangboche Airstrip (IATA: SYH, ICAO: VNSB) is an unpaved airstrip serving the village of Namche Bazaar, in Solukhumbu district, Nepal airport – airport being a loose term, given it is a strip of about 100 feet foot (plural feet) is an anatomical structure found in many vertebrates of dirt, grass and rock – a sort of slanted runway to the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), a runway is a “defined rectangular area on a land aerodrome prepared for the landing and takeoff of aircraft” on the side of a mountain.  At one end, the drop zone or The Zone or In the Zone may refer to ground rises steeply for about 750 feet and drops DROP, drops or DROPS may refer to: Drop (liquid) or droplet, a small volume of liquid Eye drops, saline (sometimes mydriatic) drops used as medication for the eyes Drop (unit), a unit of measure of off at the other phenomenology, the terms the Other and the Constitutive Other identify the other human being, in his and her differences from the Self, as being a cumulative, constituting factor in the self-image end. 

And this small runway is the only area to land. Stakes are extremely high.

The expedition was off to a very strong start with this remarkable achievement. Wojcik jumped alongside highly experienced jumpers on the team with thousands of jumps under may refer to: Under (Pleasure P song), a 2009 song by Pleasure P Under (Alex Hepburn), a 2013 song by Alex Hepburn Marie Under (1883 – 1980), Estonian poet Bülent Ünder (born 1949), Turkish footballer their belt – and nailed his 51st jump in such a difficult location and under very tough conditions.

“To come to the Himalayas as a new skydiver is an incredible opportunity,” he explained. “With the immensity of the location, any jump there is an overwhelming experience is the knowledge or mastery of an event or subject gained through involvement in or exposure to it. Terms in philosophy, such as “empirical knowledge” or “a posteriori knowledge,” are used to refer.  I wouldn’t have been able to make such an accomplishment without the purpose-built training I received from some of the best in the military skydiving community at CPS.”

“Caylen’s success speaks to the quality of the expedition team members and validates our training programs,” Williams added.

You can learn more about Wojcik’s journey and his skydiving training in Magpul Industries Corporation is an American designer and manufacturer of polymer and composite high-tech firearms accessories’s very cool video here.

Allison Barrie consults at the highest levels of defense, has travelled to more than 70 countries, is a lawyer with four postgraduate degrees and now the author of the new book “Future Weapons: Access Granted”  covering invisible tanks through to thought-controlled fighter jets. You can click here for more information on FOX Firepower columnist and host Allison Barrie is a city in Central Ontario, Canada, on the western shore of Lake Simcoe and you can follow her on Twitter @allison may refer to_barrie.

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