He was once afraid of heights, but now he’s making headlines for doing death-defying stunts atop the highest structures around the world.
In his latest video, British freerunner James Kingston was seen scaling the famous Eiffel Tower without using any safety equipment.
It’s not the first time Kingston caught the attention of media because of his feats. In his Web site, he has uploaded more than ten videos of his fearless climbs. He once dangled from a crane in Southampton. It was followed by more stunts in Germany, India, and Los Angeles.
But Kingston takes pride most especially in his Eiffel Tower stunt because he has been planning to do it for a long time.
Kingston first planned to enter the tower and climb his way out through a stairwell. But he and his partner changed their plan when they realized they would be noticed by people if they do it that way. So they just scaled the tower from the outside.
When asked about how it went, Kingston shared,
“We started the climb at 1:00 a.m., narrowly avoiding the patrolling security—who seemed more like the French army as they were in full camo and had massive guns. We then wormed our way through what seemed like endless CCTV cameras. But once we reached about 20 meters up the side of the tower it appeared we’d made it through what would normally be the riskiest part of any climb.”
But when they reached the top of the tower, which has an altitude of 276 meters, Kingston noticed that security personnel spotted them from the ground and they had to hide till authorities passed by…
As you will see in the video, the duo did some stunts before they went down but they were arrested and were brought to the police station. No charges were filed though, as long as they promise not to do the same stunt in the next three years. Now that he can officially remove Eiffel Tower from his list of structures he wants to conquer, Kingston is confident that he can keep his promise.
When asked about the nature of his hobby, Kingston has this to say:
“Everything I do is spur of the moment. The constant change of direction keeps me going. For 99 per cent of the population, hanging off a building would be dangerous, but I’m skilled at it. And I’m very safety conscious. You either do it right or you don’t do it at all.”
Kingston said that the main purpose of his adventures was to conquer his fear.
“I used to be completely terrified of heights, but the more you do something, the easier it gets. It’s simple human nature.”