is it wrong that I kinda wanna go?
That is a phenomenal climbing wall.
Website's here: http://translate.google.com/translate?hl=en&sl=nl&u=http://www.bjoeks.nl/
37m/121ft tall, incidentally.
Oh, it's in Holland.
That explains everything.
We have a climbing wall almost as tall just outside Edinburgh - though it's not free-standing, but built up inside an abandoned quarry.
That is the scariest goddamn thing I have ever seen and I appreciate the chosen tag. XD
Ummm … why.
At that height? Why not just take the time to drive to a nice cliffside?
Oh! *facepalms* This wall is in the Netherlands. Ok. Flatter-than-flat. Need artificial cliff. I got it now.
... why do they have a moat around the complex?
An extra level of zombie-proofing. perhaps. Or for when the Dutch villagers attack the Thing That Goes Up with torches and pitchforks.
1) cheaper and easier to maintain than a fence2) to keep the grass dry
I think my first thought was "Ffffuuuuuu..."
(reCaptcha: Marshal demagua. Sounds South American, whoever he is.)
Oh. Hell. No.
Also is that idiot free-climbing it?
He's lead climbing.
Seems a little odd to have routes on the opposite side of that structure.
Too bendy to put an elevator in, and some poor service guy has to service the aircraft beacon at the top, which means climbing it with a 50lb bucket strapped to his ass.
Not everyone is a mega-expert climber. You gotta start somewhere.
Makes perfect sense to me - climbing on less-than vertical routes ("slabs", in climbing jargon) is lots of fun. It can also be arbitrarily difficult, though the challenge is more about balance and making use of tiny holds than about strength.
Yes he is, but "free climbing" probably doesn't mean what you think it means :-) He's roped up, which I think was what you were asking. See the clips hanging down? As he passes each one, he clips the rope into it; then if he falls, the rope stops him a little bit past the most recent clip.
Oh right, I was thinking of free soloing.
It's a huge human plinko wall!
looks good - gonna visit it next week
wondering of the wind - in Holland it strong enough to send you straight Ã®n bloody hell ))
There must be one hell of an anchor buried underneath that thing.
Check in Google Maps Street View...http://goo.gl/maps/fdEh