James Kingston has just achieved his dream of climbing the Eiffel Tower, and thanks to his Go-Pro we can see every terrifying moment of him in action in the video above.
Apparently, Kingston is not new to doing crazy, adventurous things like this. But, a 1,000 foot climb is probably now at the top of his list of feats he’s managed to accomplish.
After his crazy stunt and some run-ins with the cops, he told his whole insane story to Unilad:
“We started the climb at 1 am, narrowly avoiding the patrolling security (which seemed more like the French army as they were in full camo and had massive guns) and wormed our way through what seemed like endless CCTV cameras. Once we reached about 20 metres up the side of the tower it appeared we’d made it through what would normally be the riskiest part of any climb. As far as I could tell, the tower was ours for the night.
After slowly making our way up through the framework of the Tower, we finally reached the top platform which was fully lit up. This is where we should have probably stopped but my curiosity got the better of me. I unlocked the door, slowly crept in and was immediately hit with the sound of a walkie talkie going absolutely mental in French. It was clear we’d been spotted so we legged it down a few storeys and found a couple of holes inside the framework that we had no choice but to hide in.
Hours went by with security going up and down with torches and they even turned on all of the tower’s lights during their search. The lights finally went off and the tower was ours again so we began the wait for sunrise. After a few more hours playing around on the tower workers and tourists started coming up in the lifts.
We were spotted again around 9 am so we climbed down and met with security. We were handcuffed and taken to the local police station where we were held and questioned for around six hours before being released without charges (I also had to promise them I wouldn’t climb it again for 3 years). I can now officially tick the Eiffel Tower off my list.”