HEAD FOR HEIGHTS Tall build­ings climbed for ter­ri­fy­ing new sport

Midweek Sport - - BATCHELOR ON THE BOX - By NEIL GOOD­WIN

IF step­ping on a lad­der on your way up to the loft makes your knees go a bit wob­bly, you’d best NOT try the world’s hottest new ‘Ex­treme Sport’.

Be­cause dare­devil lu­natics are try­ing to outdo each other by scal­ing the planet’s tallest struc­tures – with­out ropes to pro­tect them from a fa­tal fall.

The prac­tice made head­lines last week when a group of so-called Ur­ban Ex­plor­ers scaled the UK’S tallest build­ing – The Shard ( left and, main pic, on it) in Cen­tral London.

The enor­mous tower of glass stands at 1,000ft – high enough to give you sweaty palms.

It was ‘con­quered’ by Bradley Gar­rett, a univer­sity lec­turer and mem­ber of a team of climbers called the Con­sol­i­da­tion Crew.

The 31-year-old said: “Ur­ban ex­plor­ers are in­ter­ested in go­ing into places that we are not to be sup­posed to be in and doc­u­ment them so oth­ers can see these ‘out of bounds’ ar­eas.”

But judg­ing by these EX­CLU­SIVE pics you need to ei­ther have a head for heights, or just be plain men­tal, to give it a go...

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