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TORONTO (April 14, 2014) – Discovery Canada announced today that it will broadcast EVEREST JUMP LIVE – the epic two-hour event chronicling climber Joby Ogwyn’s journey to the summit of Mt. Everest – battling the grueling conditions and ultimately taking the plunge from the top wearing a wingsuit equipped with cameras. Premiering Sunday, May 11 at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT (weather permitting), with a one-hour countdown special – EVEREST: LIVE FROM BASE CAMP which will take viewers behind the scenes of the most challenging and complicated live broadcast ever attempted. The monumental jump will follow at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT.
Ogwyn’s custom-made wingsuit will be equipped with cameras bringing a bird’s eye view as he descends more than 3048 vertical meters at speeds of over 241 kph. Up-to-the-minute weather patterns will be monitored during the week by the EVEREST JUMP LIVE team. But will they be able to keep track of Everest’s highly unpredictable conditions? Ogwyn will have some tough decisions to make as the clock ticks and he decides when to take the leap of a lifetime.
Viewers will also have an opportunity to take part in the live broadcast by joining in the conversation with social media updates and can ask live questions from Ogwyn each night leading up to the jump. Social media questions will be sourced from the audience around the world who will have the opportunity to interact with Ogwyn and the production team. The live broadcast will capture the global social media conversation in new ways by looking at real-time data and reporting on who's watching, in what countries and what they're saying to support Ogwyn in his trek. Live cameras will also be in place at Everest Base Camp that can be viewed 24/7 at www.EverestJumpLive.com. Join the conversation by using the hashtag #EverestJumpLive.
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