Rooftoppers Climb Up the World’s Second Tallest Building, Snap Breathtaking Photos

Editor’s Note: This goes without saying, but we neither condone nor encourage you trying this at home. Be Safe!

I’m a firm believer in a healthy respect for gravity, but Russian rooftopping daredevils Vitaliy Raskalov and Vadim Makhorov don’t have that problem, and to be honest, they get some spectacular photos because of it. Case in point, check out the video above in which they take you on a POV journey up the second tallest building in the world, where they shot some incredible images.

If you’re squeamish about heights, this one is going to freak you out more than most. In fact, there’s only one building they could have climbed that is taller, the Burj Khalifa.

Over the course of this few minute video, Raskalov and Makhorov climb up to the top of the Shanghai Tower and then, since the tower is still under construction, to the top of the crane perched atop the tower.

The view from the very top looks something like this:

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According to the duo’s blog post about the climb, it took them two hours to climb the necessary 120 stories plus crane and reach the final height of about 2,133 feet. Oh, and in case you were wondering: no, they did not use any ropes or safety equipment.

They shot photos all the way up the tower, and captured some truly stunning vistas you won’t want to miss out on. To hear about the climb from the two daredevils themselves, or browse through the images they captured on the way up, head over to their Live Journal by clicking here.

(via Laughing Squid)

  • Rob S

    Y’all watch this…..

  • Michael Palmer

    The video went viral… Why shouldn’t it be shared. It’s interesting, although nothing what-so-ever to do with our industry. I enjoyed watching it, even if they are totally stupid!

  • bikeamtn

    That risk would be suicidal, my thoughts exactly.
    A jump in a dense city and low visibility to add.

  • Tim

    These guys get more interesting pictures than 99% of the rest of us. Thankfully, they don’t care what you think. The bitching, whining and judging get old around here.

  • mthouston

    If they had permission to be there, why are they covering their faces in the videos?

  • travisjohansen

    Not sure exactly – but why would they claim to have shot it then not show their face (if they were trying to hide their identity?)

  • faloc

    nah. wont really affect rest of the photography community. I simply dont care ^^ its just an adventure… and Russians r unstoppable :P

  • faloc

    bah, Urbex is exciting and interesting to do..
    Though there arent any trespassing laws in Scotland. Unless you vandalise stuff ^^ though urbex is safer if you go by a team!…hold on.. are u one of those annoying health & safety people from the BBC?

  • faloc

    tresspassing is fine, but vandalizing stuff isnt… at least they’re just there to climb and get awesome photos. they’re the good guys!

  • faloc

    well you should just stop caring about people you don’t know. there are worse things happening in other countries than just this.

  • Wodan74

    O that’s a great attitude. I don’t know your (girl)friend either, can I hit him/her with my car now?

  • Jonpro

    No offense, but Rob is right. Your pictures are what they are, and I conclude that anybody, even my cat, can be a “press and commercial””photographer”

  • David Mitchell

    It’s a fine line between an innate, cross-knowledge base skill set & risk management. I’m no – Hans ‘No Way’ Rey but have mtn. biked up and down a few jaw dropping ravines, survived a few extreme wilderness climates, had one on one chat’s with world class mountain climbers and was PM on a few high-rise construction projects.
    But make no mistake; it’s a game of odds & risk.

    While PM on one high-rise construction site the inspection of a deck turned life threatening in two seconds when a wind gust grabbed a loose plastic wall canopy above me just as I walked through the doorway and ever so quietly dropped that canopy over me just as I stepped out onto the unfinished balcony. It was past experience that kept me calm, preventing entanglement and carefully rotating inward to the last known point in my mind to feel my way back to the doorway. What a freak event, and that’s how things can happen. During one chat with a famed mountain climber the question as to why not to attempt a summit of Everest came up, in answer; “life is good why put that in jeopardy by a commitment to chance suicide.”

  • Phil Thorpe

    Its no big deal…..I bet one of them screams like a little girl when he see’s a spider

  • Rob S

    Whats wrong with that???


  • Rob S

    Agree. We all have our different levels of what is stupid and what is an acceptable risk. I am deathly afraid of heights but I have no issue being in some really bad places (Iraq, Afghanistan, bad parts of bad cities). The most important skills are the ones you described – knowing what to do when the unexpected happens.

  • David Mitchell

    Saw your post: Yep – my son (Fire/Rescue); many times saving stupid (beyond negligent, deliberate) people who put others and professional (1st-responders/protectors) lives on the line. Some will say; “well it’s their job.” Well yes, but the reason why humanity has a heart is because they’re hoping to save the lives of someone in need and risk their lives for it.

  • Rob S

    Nothing like having to fight your way through a bunch of bad people to rescue someone who voluntarily comes to a war zone for pictures.

    I have met a few really amazing conflict photographers but most are complete idiots who put me and my team in danger.