After three days of bad weather, the sky at Shyangboche finally cleared up today. Since early morning there was hectic activity at the drop zone as ESD crew and group members prepared for the jumps.
Between 8 to 9 AM (local time) the PC-6 aircraft took off.
Tandem- Christopher rainier & Tom Noonan
The first lift had Christopher Rainier from Canada making a tandem jump with Tom Noonan, while Wendy Smith and Ryan Jackson jumped solo from a height of 29,500 feet.
Nick Leventis & Tom Noonan- Freefalling from 30,000 feet
The second lift saw British racing pro Nick Leventismaking a record breaking tandem leap with tandem masterTom Noonan from a height of 30,000 feet: a new Everest Skydive & WORLD record.No skydiver had ever attempted a jump from this height at this altitude.
Wendy( with her camera), jumped solo and captured Nick & Tom’s free fall.
First Lift (8:45 AM) – 21,000 feet
On the first lift, Derek Thomas(British), Roger Hoe(British) and Peter Rottele(German) made solo jumps from 21,000 feet while Klaus Leo Gachter(American) jumped tandem with tandem master Kevin Hardwick(British) from the same height.
Second lift(9:10 AM)- 29,5000 feet
Second lift saw the skydivers leaping from 29,500 feet. Wendy Smith(Kiwi) made a solo dive while Joan Dru Nasher(American) dived tandem with tandem master Tom Noonan(American).
Third Lift(12:30 PM)- 27,000 feet
The third lift had Ryan Jackson(British) making a solo leap and Klaus Leo Gachter and Tom Noonan together making a tandem leap from a height of 27,000 feet.
I wanted to thank you for the great job you have done, in the difficult days in the beginning of October.