By Luke Kenton
Without any ropes or harnesses, this British daredevil scaled the world’s tallest freestanding climbing wall in an attempt to take his charitable message to new eye-watering heights – and he’s thought to be the first to have done so.
When he was 10 years old, George King can remember seeing a video of the Excalibur climbing wall on YouTube, and, at that moment, he promised himself he’d one day attempt to free-climb the daunting structure.
Practicing his craft in the years that followed, George, 18, who’s scaled everything from cranes to skyscrapers, found himself in the Netherlands last month, deciding to finally try his hand at conquering the 37m (121ft) high wall.
Excalibur is currently the largest climbing wall in the world, and, on June 26, George hopped the fence of the Bjoeks Climb Center, in Groningen, Netherlands, at 4am to begin his unfathomable ascent.
Making the climb without a rope, harness or even a t-shirt, thankfully the seasoned daredevil successfully manages to summit the overhanging wall without any slips or scares – all in under fifteen minutes.
Claiming to be in a euphoric trance throughout the experience, George believes he is the first person ever the free-climb the Excalibur wall.
Founder of the charity “Powers of Passions,” George said: “The Excalibur is a very unique climbing wall.
“Instead of being vertical, it has a high-gradient overhang to it – the structure seems almost alien.
“I first saw it on YouTube and said to myself that one day I would free climb it.
“As the years have gone on, I’ve progressed, trained hard and now my dream has become a reality.
“I ensured I took my time, making sure every movement was as secure as possible.
“When I got to the top, it really was the most rewarding view I’ve ever witnessed.
“It’s definitely the greatest feeling in my life to date – and to be first to do it is something I could only dream of.
“Nutrition was very important leading up to the stunt, it was vital that I kept my weight low so my muscles wouldn’t tire during the climb.
“With Powers of Passions, I aim to inspire anyone to find a passion to establish meaning in their life – particularly those suffering from mental health.
“Climbing is my passion and I find a tremendous amount of purpose from doing it.
“But I don’t encourage anyone to do what I do – everyone is unique.
“I won’t reveal too much on what my next stunt entails, but I can say it’ll involve Donald Trump.”