Nerves of Steel: Russia’s Crazy Urban Climbers

Russian urban climber Kirill Oreshkin (left) with some of his urban climbing friends take a selfie way up high. (Screenshot/YouTube)
Russian urban climber Kirill Oreshkin (left) with some of his urban climbing friends take a selfie way up high. (Screenshot/YouTube)

Okay watching the first video here about this Russian guy, named Oleg, gave me a cold case of vertigo, so acrophobia sufferers beware.

No safety equipment and zero fear of heights has made Oleg a bit of a living legend among fans of Russian urban climbing.

The young Russian doesn’t restrict himself to doing the dangerous in Russia; one of his claims to fame was a back-flip that he did at the very top of a skyscraper in Dubai. See that move in the video below:

Oleg considers himself a professional at this sport, and he works out in the gym to stay in shape. I think you’d have to survive what he does. In short, don’t do this at home kids, not that you could.

But Oleg definitely isn’t the only urban climber out there.

Partly fueled by the rise of social media, urban climbing has been a fad among young, plucky (and somewhat crazy) Russians for the past several years.

Last year, two Russian guys, Vitaly Raskalov and Vadim Makhorov, illegally climbed the unfinished Shanghai Tower.

Wearing GoPro cameras, they didn’t just stop at the top, they continued to scale the construction crane’s jib. The two entered the construction site of the tower last year while Chinese workers were on break for the holidays. Here’s their video:

That’s not their only high-rise undertaking. Photos from Raskalov’s LiveJournal page show they’ve been doing similar in Tel Aviv, Berlin, Hong Kong, Dubai, and Singapore.

It’s not surprising that in the search for thrills and social media fame, there have been fatalities. RT reported a couple of years ago that a 16-year-old fell off a railroad bridge in Moscow and was run over by a passing train, killing him instantly.

Two other 19-year-olds died while attempting to “train surf” on the Moscow Metro. Despite these deaths, and probably many more that have gone unreported by the media, it probably won’t stop others from pushing life to the limits and horrifying their parents along the way.

But it isn’t Russians only doing urban climbing. Among the extreme sport’s biggest legends are a Ukrainian known as ‘Mustang Wanted’ and Englishmen James Kingston.

See a 2:30 minute documentary below about another Russian urban climber Kirill Oreshkin:

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