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   Ibby  Thursday Dec 13 06:59 PM

December 13, 2012: Skywalker

Originally Posted by MyModernMet
Similar to the daredevil photography of Dennis Maitland and Tom Ryaboi, Russian thrill-seeking photographers Vitaly Raskalov and Alexander Remnov reach incredible altitudes to capture some astounding visuals. As if snapping shots from such great heights weren't enough, these two photographers actually scale these gargantuan towers and massive buildings without any proper safety equipment. Once at the top of their destined conquest, they photograph their vertigo-inducing, albeit breathtaking, point of view. They even take the dangerous liberty of posing in recklessly daring positions, as though they don't have a care in the world.

This sort of high-risk feat, now referred to as skywalking, appears to be a popular trend amongst Russian youths today. On the internet, we're all really blown away and grateful for the exciting images that result from their laborious and dangerous efforts, but city officials are not nearly as keen to praise their stunts. The reward for the adventure-seeking youths lies in the glory of having accomplished their dangerous goal and living to share their experiences with us all.

Totally nuts, but damn, they look like they're having SUCH A GREAT TIME.

Griff  Thursday Dec 13 08:45 PM


glatt  Thursday Dec 13 10:02 PM


BigV  Thursday Dec 13 11:37 PM

No. Way.


ZenGum  Friday Dec 14 12:09 AM

If they wanted to be real skywalkers, they should have lightsabers and be duelling up there.

I'd do stuff like that ... with a ROPE! Otherwise, the penalty for a small mistake would be death. No thanks.

But, a lot of young folks, especially young males, do stuff like this, and I think most of them live. Somehow.

Ibby  Friday Dec 14 01:02 AM

To be fair, my understanding is that they don't generally scale the entire building, they usually break in or sneak in and take the stairs to the roof, then they climb whatever's on the roof. I'd feel a lot safer climbing the riggings and such on the roof than i would, say, bungee jumping or skydiving or something much more common

Sundae  Friday Dec 14 05:54 AM

Nope, that just makes me feel sick.
I can't even admire their courage because I'm too busy backing away from the screen in fright.


glatt  Friday Dec 14 08:53 AM

Originally Posted by ZenGum View Post
a lot of young folks, especially young males, do stuff like this, and I think most of them live.
There have been studies and stuff that prove, scientifically, that young males are stupid.

Trilby  Friday Dec 14 09:06 AM

Originally Posted by glatt View Post
There have been studies and stuff that prove, scientifically, that young males are stupid.
I don't need studies and stuff. I HAVE two young males who resemble that remark.

Also-do they have socialized medicine over there in Russia? B/c some day somebody's gonna fall.

I remember some damn Oprah show where these two thrill seekers were on to mourn the loss of their friend who did stuff like raft some huge, dangerous river in Africa. On one journey, they were there with him, he hit a rapid and they heard him say "OH my god!" and an alligator took him under. In one gulp. I mean they KNEW alligators and hippos were in there!

Then there are those people who jump from mountaintops wearing skysuits.

Why do they DO that? They could be safe at home, doing drugs ffs!

blueboy56  Friday Dec 14 11:46 AM

Thanks alot, not only did I start hyperventilating, but every sphincter I have went into spasms when I saw these.


Coign  Friday Dec 14 01:29 PM

Sounds awesome until this happens.

BigV  Friday Dec 14 01:46 PM


ZenGum  Friday Dec 14 06:46 PM

If you hover over that link, it comes up as man-rescued-after-falling etc etc.

Click on it, and it is Man dies after falling ....

No fair, internet.

BigV  Friday Dec 14 06:53 PM

he was alive when he fell in

he was alive when he got stuck

he was alive when the rescue team began their extraction

he died during the rescue

Ibby  Friday Dec 14 07:10 PM

Russians ain't having none of that fallin'-and-dyin' shit.

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