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British Daredevil Free-Climbs The World's Tallest Freestanding Climbing Wall

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British Daredevil Free-Climbs The World's Tallest Freestanding Climbing Wall

Many people used to shit themselves when they climbed up a nine-foot climbing wall as a kid, it felt like you were on top of the world.

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But let's face it, all was safe and sound because you were harnessed and strapped on to the damn thing. So if you missed your footing the worst case scenario would be a pretty hefty slam against the climbing wall.

Things were very different for George King, that's for sure, when the 18-year-old hopped the fence of the Bjoeks Climb Center, in Groningen, Netherlands, at 4am before completing his unfathomable ascent up the world's tallest freestanding climbing wall.

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Towering at 121 foot high, this is no weekend adventure activity for the summer hols. This is hardcore, risk-your-life stuff.

And he didn't have a harness or ropes. Of course he didn't. Oh, George.

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The teenager free-climbed the structure on 26 June in under 15 minutes with out any slips. That's the sort of thing that would take us 20 pints (for Dutch courage) and seven hours to just stand on.

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The MailOnline reported that George claimed to be in a euphoric trance throughout the experience. I'd have to be in some sort of trance.

He believes he is the first person ever to free-climb the Excalibur wall and George has always wanted to climb it since seeing the structure on YouTube.

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Founder of the charity 'Powers of Passions', George said: "The Excalibur is a very unique climbing wall. Instead of being vertical, it has a high-gradient overhang to it - the structure seems almost alien.

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"I first saw it on YouTube and said to myself that one day I would free climb it. As the years have gone on, I've progressed, trained hard and now my dream has become a reality.

"I ensured I took my time, making sure every movement was as secure as possible. When I got to the top, it really was the most rewarding view I've ever witnessed.

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"It's definitely the greatest feeling in my life to date - and to be first to do it is something I could only dream of.

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"Nutrition was very important leading up to the stunt, it was vital that I kept my weight low so my muscles wouldn't tire during the climb.

"With Powers of Passions, I aim to inspire anyone to find a passion to establish meaning in their life - particularly those suffering from mental health.

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"Climbing is my passion and I find a tremendous amount of purpose from doing it. But I don't encourage anyone to do what I do - everyone is unique.

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"I won't reveal too much on what my next stunt entails, but I can say it'll involve Donald Trump."

Donald Trump climbing unharnessed up the wall, you say? Whatever could go wrong?

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Topics: daredevil, Netherlands, Community

Rebecca Shepherd
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