Watch this man climb all the way to the top of a 101-story skyscraper in Dubai

James Kingston makes POV videos as he climbs tall structures around the world. In this video, he climbed the world's tallest residential building, which us in Dubai. It's still under construction. Once he got to the top, Kingston asked a man sitting in the cockpit of a crane if he could climb to the top of the crane, and the man told him to go for it.

It took me about an hour and a half to get to the roof of the building using the crane to get up the first 50 meters or so. It was then about an hour of stairs while trying not to die of dehydration. It was the warmest/driest building I've ever come across and I only had a small bottle of water with me.

I came across a few workers on the way up who wished me a good day and shook my hand. The workers in Dubai seem to mostly be from India and are some of the nicest people I've ever met. When I reached the rooftop the sun still hadn't risen so I had a bit of time to explore the place and take some pictures. The crane that runs up the side of the building must be somewhere over the 450 meter mark as the building itself is officially set at 426 meters and the crane arm sits above it by quite a distance. Put it this way... you'd be dead if you fell off the top of the crane and landed on top of the building. It started to get lighter so I climbed up to the backside of the crane. This is the part where the cranes counterweights are located and I stayed there for about 10 minutes taking in the view and watching the sun creep over the dusty horizon. Out of nowhere the crane fired up and things started twisting and moving. I had no idea what was going on so I climbed back down to where the crane drivers cabin was to see if I could see anyone. Turns out the crane driver had managed to get up the crane and into the cabin without neither of us seeing each other haha.

I gently knocked on his door and poked my head round so I didn't scare the guy, we had a nice little chat and he actually let me climb to the end of the cranes arm which is something that would never happen in most other countries! I then made my way up to the tip of the cranes arm. It was pretty steep and was completely covered in grease/dust as it had been there for so many years. It was the slipperiest crane I've ever been on... parts of it were like ice! I finally reached the top and as you can see, the view was incredible.

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  1. What he does seems incredibly dangerous and pretty foolish, but it entertains me as I sit here at my desk, so I approve.

  2. one big pile of "nope" from me. Sitting here at my DESK the thought of falling from that high up makes me shudder. Neat to see the view though

  3. They don't make enough 'nope' for me.

  4. Well, there's this 1700 foot climb shot in HD, where the guy is at least tethering himself at every rung.

    And then there's this 360p footage of a technician free-climbing a 1786 foot mast which is utterly bloody terrifying. From the point where he exits the steel framework onto the outer rungs to the end of the video, my testicles are doing their best to retract into my abdomen. At the very top, he stands on a plate about 18 inches square and LETS GO WITH BOTH HANDS TO TETHER HIMSELF. AAUGH!!!

    Edited to add: that moment where the commentator says, apparently with complete lack of irony, that "If a storm's blowing through, there's no quick way down".

  5. micah says:

    Every time I watch that 1786 foot freeclimb video my testes do the same. This crane one had the same effect.

    What is it with acrophobia and testicular gymnastics?

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