The speed climbing record was broken over the weekend.
Here's a good chance to marvel at the human body and what it's capable of.
Holy. Goddamn. Shit.
Even if you're not obsessed with rock climbing, you might have seen Dan Osman speed climbing hundreds of metres in the air without a rope. It's iconic and terrifying.
Now, almost 20 years later, fellow free solo climbing legend Alex Honnold has recreated the speed ascent.
All of this is just extremely terrifying.
The Eiffel Tower is the most famous and one of the most heavily-guarded structures in Paris. For a fee you can hang out inside of it, but its upper reaches are not legally accessible to the public. So three Russian daredevils decided to scale it anyway, without safety equipment, while being filmed by a drone. Go big or go home, as they say.
Video: Most people see a tower crane and wonder what it's building. These guys see a construction crane and think the logical thing to do is to to climb it all the way up, walk all the way across and then just hang out there while literally hanging off the crane. The crane basically becomes a playground to them. Monkey bars, a tight rope, a ladder and so forth.
Video: It's not as scary tall as climbing oversized skyscrapers, but climbing churches can be just as frightening because the buildings are so much older and the spire is totally not meant to be climbed. Plus, what if one of those things he stood on just snapped off because, well, they're old!? But one thing that is cool about climbing a church is to see the 'old world' from all the way above.
Video: When you see these climbers reach the top of Lotte World Tower, a 555m-tall tower that's the tallest building in South Korea and taller than One World Trade Center in New York, there's an ever so brief moment of peace. Wow, things look great from up here! And then it's back to the stress of watching someone do something as foolhardy as climbing a skyscraper.
Man, this is just so fun to watch. The beautiful alien world that is Iceland is always so picturesque but it's even better when seen from up close, like from the perspective of Klemen Premrl and his crew of climbers ice picking their way up to the top of an ice structure. The crystal glow of the ice cave, the shocking crevasses, the wildling-like climb of an ice wall — it's just awesome everywhere.
Video: If there is a mountain, people will climb it. Or at least, people that are much, much bolder than I am. Here is some incredible point of view footage from David Lama and Conrad Anker as they become the first expedition to reach the headwall of Lunag Ri, a 6907m tall mountain on the border of Nepal and Tibet.
Video: Shun Hung Square is a 384m tall skyscraper that's the third tallest building in Shenzhen, China. It's really, really tall. And watching the guys from On the Roofs climb it gets more and more stressful because they just keep going up. You think they have reached the top but there's still another level that's narrower and more dangerous and higher to climb.
Video: Don't look down. That's the only advice that kind of works when you're up high on a 280m tall structure. But what if you're descending down a ladder on the side of said 280m tall structure? You have to look down. But what if that ladder was swaying backwards because it's very flimsily attached to the side of the structure? You'd be scared to look down again. And yet, the only way out is to go down. So you have to keep looking down.
Video: Here's a crazy way to celebrate Christmas: go to Brazil and climb up the Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio de Janeiro and check out the crazy view of the city and its beaches on the shoulder of Jesus Christ. Don't mind the fact that the statue's shoulder slopes down and that there's nothing to hold on to though!
Video: Welp. I know what job I can never do. And that's be a tower crane operator. To even start operating a crane, the guy has to make the scariest climb up the entire thing while carefully switching platform ladders and making sure his sweaty palms don't slip. Not to mention he has to ignore how high he is in the air while being totally exposed to the elements. Yeah, I'm totally fine with never being able to do this.
Palms sweaty. Arms losing power. Joints seem to be disappearing. I feel nervous and sick and stressed out and I'm just watching this video. I can't even imagine what I'd begin to feel like if I was actually the guys climbing the spires of the 333 metre tall Shimao International Plaza skyscraper in Japan. Actually I can imagine: I would probably start breaking down the first time I look down.