Climbing A Shard Of Glass

At 310m upwards from London Bridge, The Shard is the tallest building in the European Union.  Quite a title I’m sure you’ll agree, as is the testament that it is the most secure site in London outside the Olympic Park.

And it’s that testament that Place Hacking‘s Bradley L. Garrett and Ejectable‘s Marc Explo, were keen to explore.  Literally.

We waited for the guard to finish his current round and go into his hut…  …we grabbed onto the scaffolding pipes and swung off the bridge. Hanging on the freezing pipes, we pulled ourselves on top of the walkway and laid down out of view, waiting for a reaction in case anyone had seen or heard us. It didn’t seem so.

Quickly, we scampered across the yard and found the central stair case, again pausing to see if there was any reaction from the yard, phones ringing or doors opening. It was silent.

A final burst of enthusiasm took us from metal stairs to wooden ladders. We threw open one last hatch and found ourselves on top of the Shard at 76 stories.

As I climbed up on the counterweight of the crane, my breath caught. It was a combination of the icy wind and the sheer scale of the endeavor that shocked me.

The train lines going into London Bridge look like the Thames, it’s all flow.

Garrett and Explo are part of a small group of people refusing to let adventure die, and for the mundane to consume their life.  Their tales are ones of infiltrating buildings from the service tunnels below, throwing parties at the top of high-rise towers, and some truly amazing photos.  Not least with this adventure to the top of The Shard.

All the breathtaking photos, and full story of the adventure here.


8 Responses to “Climbing A Shard Of Glass”

  1. 1 Ben Mulock April 10, 2012 at 10:44 pm

    That’s farking double amazing incredible pics!

  2. 3 dulceest April 11, 2012 at 12:36 pm

    Gorgeous view!
    The photos are amazing!

  3. 5 stephanissima April 11, 2012 at 8:23 pm

    What an incredible view!

  4. 7 neverwouldvethought April 13, 2012 at 2:52 am

    Great photos! They all look amazing and it’s a wonderful and colorful view.

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