I don’t know about you folks, but I’m personally a big fan of not plunging to my death from a ridiculous height. For that reason, I don’t very often climb tall structures and look for ways to risk my life. I feel like the vast majority of us fall into that category of people, but there are plenty out there who love defying death.
Flaviu Cernescu is one such person. The Romanian daredevil has been posting videos of himself doing things most people would never even consider, like free-climbing huge chimneys and smokestacks, unicycling and slacklining around on top of them, dangling from ridiculous heights while holding himself up with only one hand… You get the idea.
I can tell you from personal experience that unicycling on flat land is pretty damn hard. A friend of mine is really good at it, and when we were in college together, he taught me to ride and even let me borrow one of his unicycles so I could practice on my own time. I managed to get good enough to be able to go in a straight line pretty consistently, and turn a little bit. However, compared to my friend, who at one time completed a relay race across Nova Scotia on a 36″-wheeled unicycle, I’m pretty awful.
I do have video evidence of me riding a unicycle, by the way.
I also have a couple old photos of that friend, James, pulling some tricks in a skate park on his unicycle:
That’s impressive enough, but imagine doing that kind of stuff on the top of a chimney that reaches 840 feet up into the air. That’s what Flaviu Cernescu did in his latest video:
Oh man. I can’t even juggle, let alone casually stroll across a narrow steel beam while nonchalantly juggling three oranges. Just the sight of that big chasm in the middle is enough to make my stomach turn a bit, let alone the view down to the countryside.
Cernescu seems to really enjoy climbing these giant smokestacks, though. He’s got a few different videos of him climbing different ones around Romania. This one reaches up to a height of 280 m (which is about 918.6 feet, taller than the one in that first video. It might blow your mind watching him climb up the side:
Watching this stuff makes me glad there’s no reason I’d ever have to put myself in a situation where I’d be up there. But getting up is only half the challenge. What happens when you’ve had your fun and you need to get down? Fortunately he included a video that shows his descent from the top too. It’s another reason I’d never want to be up there:
Here’s another one of him climbing a chimney with a friend AT NIGHT, and spending the night up there! Ridiculous.
I don’t know him like that young lady does, but I certainly wouldn’t be willing to get on ANYONE’s shoulders in a situation like that.
Another night climb, where he and his friend spend the night in hammocks suspended above pretty much nothing.
Here’s another one, in which he traverses across the opening of a reservoir spillway (with a 200-foot drop) at Lake Iovanu in Romania on a slackline.
More slacklining, this time at the top of a tall chimney:
Just one more now, where he slacklines between a couple high rocky points over a busy road.
Have those videos got you feeling glad you’re on solid ground right now? Because they definitely had that effect on me. If you want to see more of Flaviu Cernescu’s work, check out his YouTube Channel!