A List of the Most Shocking Rooftopping Stunts
Those of you who like to follow parkour channels on YouTube may be familiar with the "rooftopping" trend. Rooftopping is where an avid climber ascends to the top of a tall building, such as a skyscraper, without any secure equipment of their own. Rooftoppers tend to do this mostly for thrillseeking and often take an impressive panoramic picture or selfie from the top of their building. This is of course a very dangerous act - if you don't fall, you are sure to get arrested afterwards. In today's article we are going to take a look at some of the most exciting and shocking rooftopping stunts of the past few years - prepare to be amazed!
Mustang Wanted vandalises the Kotelnicheskaya Embankment Building
Pavlo Ushivets is a Ukrainian rooftopper better known as Mustang Wanted. Ushivets is a well-known urban climber who has previously climbed towers and buildings all over Europe and has performed climbing stunts in Dubai, Vienna, and Bratislava. In 2015, during the War in Donbass which split Ukraine in half, Ushivets climbed the Kotelnicheskaya Embankment Building in Russia, a skyscraper built by Josef Stalin in 1952, and painted the skyscraper's yellow star blue to make the colours of the Ukrainian flag. He escaped Russia before he could be punished, but was later prosecuted in absentia for vandalism.
I'll Make You Famous
"I'll Make You Famous" is a photo by Canadian photographer Tom Ryaboi which is widely regarded as the photo which began the rooftopping craze across the world. Ryaboi and a few fellow urban photographers climbed to the top of a skyscraper in Toronto in search of the perfect shot. They eventually found it - "I'll Make You Famous" is a dizzying snapshot of Ryaboi's feet dangling freely from a ledge at the very top of the skyscraper. It went viral across the world and changed Ryaboi's life (appropriately making him famous), as well as hugely boosting the popularity of rooftopping and inspiring a new generation of urban climbers.
Viki Odintcova climbs Cayan Tower
Viki Odintcova is a Russian model who impressively managed to climb to the top of Dubai's Cayan Tower, which at the time of the photoshoot in 2013 was the tallest building in the world. Odintcova scaled the walls of the tower and reached the top, where her camera crew snapped a photo of her and posted it to her Instagram. It really goes to show that some people really will do anything for the 'gram.
One World Trade Center
Intrepid explorer and film director Jimmy Chin climbed to the very top of the One World Trade Centre in February 2016, making sure to film the view and post it online. It gathered 20,000 views very quickly, which is unsurprising given the beautiful view and incredible achievement of Chin and his fellow climbers. Chin reached the top of the over-800ft tall spire, making national news in the New York Times and being used in one of the director's new documentaries about climbing. The absence of post and chain barriers at the top of the spire surely made it far more dangerous!