Toronto Skyline

I’ve never been to Toronto, but if I had, I wouldn’t have climbed up the Burano Tower. Interestingly, the guys from SilentUK have been to Toronto, and they did climb up the Burano Tower. However, even they drew the line at climbing up the crane on the top of the Burano Tower.

While the majority of a crane is designed for a person to access safely, the jib is not. There is no safety rail, no ladder, and the beams supporting the structure are at an unnatural distance from each other. Even on the ground, this would be an awkward climb, but suspended over 55 floors in the air? I wouldn’t even attempt it.

Their companion did pop up the crane though, resulting (as ever on that site) in some quite amazing photos:

Let’s remember that the crane jib in question STARTS more than 50 floors (or 163m) up. Mental!

Every part of my body was screaming at me, telling me what he was doing was insane, to stop him. My mind was looking at the situation, comparing it with what I felt was safe, what I felt was achievable, and yelling no! I was nervous, my palms were sweaty and I genuinely feared for his safety. It was a split sensation of being amazed and sick at the same time. Just one slip, one loss of grip and it would be all over.

There are some more photos here, but you may want to sit down and take a deep breath before you view them.

Lisbon Bridge

Bust day today – and many plans (including draught beer) this evening.
Thus, a quick quota photo courtesy of the latest post from SilentUK:

This time, they’re 190m up on top of the 2,278m long Salazar Bridge in Lisbon, Portugal and have, as ever, posted some amazing photographs.

You can find more SilentUK related posts on 6000 miles… here.

And talking of ships…

Talking of ships, SilentUK have infiltrated the ex-French Navy:

They’ve got some really great photos of the “Atlantic Ghost Fleet”: a collection of decommissioned vessels permanently moored in a bay near the Brest naval yard in France.

The fleet was moored in three clusters, two containing smaller ships, with the main, larger ships surrounding the cruiser Colbert. Given it was clearly the largest and most equipped, the Colbert was our obvious target. Laid down in 1953 and launched three years later, the Colbert (C611), was a De Grasse class, anti-aircraft cruiser. The second of its kind, she was designed with power in mind, fitted with sixteen 127 mm AA and twenty 57 mm mod 51 guns.

As we quietly rowed off into the darkness, our vessel roughly aimed at the silhouetted hulks, a strong emotion came over me. Fear. I was terrified, unjustifiably so. In recent years, myself and others I know have pushed what we feel is possible to accomplish and sometimes, not all, this would place us in situations that could be classed as fear enduing. Being somewhere high, enclosed or unpredictable, locations that have genuine risks to be mindful of.

More great photos here. And more SilentUK and Urbex related posts here.

They climbed the Shard!

SilentUK are at it again and Brian Micklethwait will love this one:

This time they’re going up the 72 floors (plus the crane on the top) of The Shard in London – and they’ve got another bunch of spectacularly beautiful photos from the top.

Go see. Go see now.

Brisbane: The Span

Those of you who got in touch regarding this post and the incredible photography on the Silent UK site (there were a lot of you) may also be interested in this blog from a similar individual in Australia.

Today’s post showcases the Story Bridge in Brisbane:

There’s plenty more where that came from as well, including (in my humble opinion, anyway) some particularly amazing snaps here and here.