I never climbed buildings. My buds and I liked rock and ice. Back in the ‘80‘s we tackled The Adirondack’s famous “Chapel Pond Slab.”
The Mountain Project shot the slab in Autumn foliage:
We climbed it and shot it in winter. It’s about 800 feet.
From the bottom up:
From the top down:
That’s my red pickup truck down there. You can see our rope in the lower right.
Now imagine this:
For 41 years our 1250 foot Empire State Building was the tallest building in the world. Now it’s #9. The 2100 foot Burj Khalifa in Dubai is the world’s tallest.
The Burj is on the far left in the chart, the Empire State is the shortest building on the right. For scale, the red line on the far left would be the top of the Chapel Pond Slab.
Joe McNally is a NatGeo photog with balls and an obvious death wish.
Mere mortals take an elevator to level 124, that garden area way down below Joe’s toes.
Joe rode to there and then climbed to the top of the mast and shot that photo of his shoes.
There is no higher manmade place still attached to the earth.