By Mark McConville
AN ADRENALINE junkie has risked life and limb after climbing a 195-foot high monument to Russian WW2 war heroes just to get a new video of the city below.
Vertigo-inducing images and footage show the fearless climber bundle up a ladder on the inside of the spire before walking out onto a surface that is angled at 45 degrees, without any safety equipment.
The rooftopper walks along the tilted surface until he reaches the edge where he sits and dangles his legs while casually texting on his phone.
The heart-stopping video was filmed atop the Bayonet-Sail Obelisk in Sevastopol, Ukraine by Russian teenager Alex Nomernoy (18) from Moscow.
“I noticed this monument on a sea front when I just arrived to Sevastopol,” he said.
“It’s the highest monument in the whole town so l felt straight away that I want to climb there.
“We started our climbing in early morning when no police were on a coast. We met a sunrise on the top of the monument and took some cool pictures.”
The obelisk was built in 1977 for the 60th anniversary of the October Revolution. The sculpture was built to honour the Army and Navy effort during the Defence of Sevastopol during World War Two.
Although ultimately a German victory the operation took much longer than they expected and many Soviet troops and civilians gave their lives to slow the Nazi march.
The Germans claimed that over 90,000 Red Army soldiers had been taken prisoner, and a greater number killed although this number is disputed by the Soviets.
Alex, who filmed the footage with a Canon 600D and GoPro Hero 3+ Black Edition, likes to climb to get a new perspective on the cities he visits.
“I started doing this about four years ago,” he added.
“I was interested in observing a city from unusual angles and heights and to shoot some nice photos.
“During the climb the only problem was a strong slope of surface as we climbed without any safety equipment. I just want to show people a city view from unusual angles.
“People react very differently. Some wave their hands and take photos but others often call the police.”