ASX, The Return

Author OM2 - Last updated: 13.06.2012

G’day TUers!. Read on if being sneaky in construction sites and high free climbing tickles your fancy


"I believe that the crane gods have a soft spot for me, because they blessed the ASX building with a second crane. This crane made climbing the ASX building some next level shit, literally!

I was joined once again by the snail eating frenchman ER, for a second crack at ASX. The building access looked as if it had changed quite a bit since our last visit. Some efforts had been made by the construction company to make intrusions less likely. 99% of the things we could have used to climb in last time were now covered in ply wood. That last 1% which remained untouched, just so happened to be exactly what we climbed up last time.



They did rip down a lot of scaffolding though, which had previously delivered us at least 6 storeys up from memory. The only option this time was to climb into level 1. Our eyes were kept very sharp as we crept through the building, scanning for anything or anyone that could bust us. We came across the site’s head office, which had a clear window in the door. We would have to pass close by to this door if we wanted to progress upwards via the big bad staircase.

We prayed that no one was in the office and made our way into the fire escape as silently as possible, ready to bail at any time.







The jib of the new crane stretched so much higher into the sky than the first crane put on this building. The tip of it extended higher than multiple buildings surrounding ASX. It was begging to be climbed. First I set up a shot of the jib, climbed a few meters up it and had my lovely assistant ER press the trigger for me. The camera needed to be in my hands for what was next though, so I went back to where ER was waiting. I took my camera back, hung it around my neck and slung my tripod over my shoulder. One step at a time I made my way upwards up to the peak.




It wasn’t as windy up there as I expected. The breeze wafted through the hair on my noggin and my balls as gracefully as a toucan in the jungle.






When we dropped down onto street level, we passed by the front of the building. Alone, bored shitless, not moving and probably even asleep sat a man in a car marked "Security". I couldn’t have had a better night than I did if it weren’t for that bloke being such a lazy shit. Cheers mate!



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