Top of the World: 9 Incredible POV Climbs & Dizzying Selfies

Scaling a 1700-Foot-Tower to Change a Light Bulb

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Made in response to a video that showed two people freeclimbing a 1700-foot-tower with no safety lines, this video shows how it’s actually supposed to be done. Knowing that these guys have all the proper equipment to prevent deadly accidents doesn’t make the final stretch to the top any less of a nail-biter to watch, though.

Climbing to the Crown of Brazil’s Christ the Redeemer Statue

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While most of the daredevils who reach the top of dizzying towers under the cloak of night, hoping not to get caught, British travel company boss Lee Thompson actually got permission to scale Brazil’s Christ the Redeemer Statue all the way up to the top of its head. The 130-foot-statue may not be as tall as a skyscraper in itself, but it stands atop a nearly 2300-foot-tall mountain.

Illegal Base Jumping off NYC Freedom Tower

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The trio that famously broke into One World Trade Center and illegally base-jumped from the top all the way down to the city streets took a couple of incredible videos giving us an idea of what that might feel like. They’ve since been charged with burglary, reckless endangerment and jumping from a structure, and are raising legal funds for their defense. Experienced amateur sky divers, they get their thrills leaping from buildings, bridges and other structures.

City Hacking and Urban Exploration by Bradly L. Garrett

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Photographer Bradly L. Garrett gives a firsthand account of what it’s really like to be an urban explorer in ‘Explore Everything: Place-Hacking the City,‘ a 2013 book that also includes some really stunning photography, practical tips for exploring secret spaces, and Garrett’s thoughts on the deterioration of cities like Detroit.