Nail-biting footage shows two urban explorers being struck by a violent hail storm while scaling a 44-storey 650ft tower in London without any safety equipment.
Adrenaline junkies Syed Bukhari, 21, and Owen Kelly, 18, filmed themselves risking their lives climbing up scaffolding, stairwells and scaling a lift shaft of the building site near Liverpool Street station, on Sunday. ‘This was the first time I had ever climbed a building in a storm and it was so slippery. The weather made it one of the hardest climbs I have ever done,’ Mr Bukhari said. ‘We had started climbing the scaffolding and managed to get inside about eight floors up. But then we heard so much noise coming from outside. ‘We opened the door and saw this crazy storm. When it came it was really bad. It made everything wet. Our hands and shoes were very slippery.
Syed can be seen trying to shield his face from the strong winds and hail. ‘This was the first time I had ever climbed a building in a storm and it was so slippery. The weather made it one of the hardest climbs I have ever done,’ he added. After climbing for over an hour, their pair reached the peak. Drone footage shows Mr Bukhari standing at the very top of the metal lift shaft with no safety gear as the sun set on the London skyline in the background. ‘It was something completely new for me. We had no grip at all and everything had to be done perfectly. That’s the only time I had been nervous really,’ he said of their climb which they were both able to safely climb down from.
Mr Bukhari takes on at least two climbs a week and says he always makes sure he checks the weather forecast before making plans. He had planned this climb for over a week, and claimed the freak storm came a huge surprise having not been forecast making the climb a ’10 out of 10 difficulty’.
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