Friday 30 September 2016

Extreme Selfie: Daredevils scale world's second-tallest building

Published 12/05/2015 | 12:50

Vitaliy Raskalov (21) and Vadim Makhorov (25) taking in the sights 660 metres up Credit: On The Roofs
Vitaliy Raskalov (21) and Vadim Makhorov (25) taking in the sights 660 metres up Credit: On The Roofs

A pair of eastern European daredevils have scalded the world’s second highest building without the aid of any safety equipment.

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Self-styled urban explorers Vitaliy Raskalov (21) and Vadim Makhorov (25) climbed the 660 metre-high ‘Ping An Finance’ skyscraper in China after they sneaked unseen past its security guards.

When completed in 2016, the 115-storey tower will be the second tallest building in the world after Dubai’s Burj Khalifa.

Documenting their stunt with a GoPro, the intrepid photographers scaled the partially-built building in February by scrambling up a crane by the side of the skyscraper.

Once at the very top of the building, the fearless duo poses for a selfie to take in its dizzying view.

Posting on the ‘On The Roofs’ website, the men from Ukraine and Russia explained why they held off from releasing the video until now.

"More than a year ago we climbed Shanghai Tower, certainly not expecting the resonance and the amount of feedback we’ve got.”

"And so, that amount of feedback led us to an idea of making a tradition of roof-topping new skyscrapers all around the world."

The 'Ping An Finance’ skyscraper in China is to be completed in 2016 Credit: On The Roofs
The 'Ping An Finance’ skyscraper in China is to be completed in 2016 Credit: On The Roofs

“Today’s hero of attention is a new financial centre, still under construction and is situated in Shenzhen, China.”

"This time we went through a thorough preparation as we knew that not all predecessors who tried to conquer it had the luck to succeed."

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