In an earlier post we showed you some of the most unique elevators from around the world. One of those elevators, the Bailong elevator in China, was recently scaled by a French man. He managed to climb the 564 foot elevator with no safety equipment.
The Bailong elevator is a massive structure that brings riders up for a one-of-a-kind view of the quartzite sandstone pillars. French daredevil Jean-Michel Casanova decided that instead of ride the elevator cab to the top, he would just climb.
The Bailong elevator is also known as the “Hundred Dragons” elevator. It was opened 10 years ago and is situated in a mountain range near Zhangjiajie. The elevator is composed of shafts inside the mountain and a steel structure outside of the mountain. Casanova climbed the steel structure on the outside.
The most amazing part of this feat is not that he had the upper body strength and guts to climb 564 feet, it’s that he did it with no safety equipment. There was no net to catch Casanova if he fell, no safety wire connecting him to the structure. All Casanova needed was a pair of green and black sticky sneakers to aid him in his ascent.
Spectators watched in awe as Casanova climbed the 564 foot elevator in 68 minutes and 26 seconds. If you aren’t a skilled climber like Casanova, you can take the conventional way up in about one minute. Casanova has been a rock climber since the age of five and climbed the Eiffel Tower in 1989 and a decade later climbed the Brooklyn Bridge dressed as Spider-Man.