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Vitaliy Raskalov Climbed The Egyptian Pyramids (And All We Got Were These Great Photos)

During the 2014 Chinese New Year, Ukranian daredevil Vitaliy Raskalov (not his real name) scaled the 2,073-foot high Shanghai Tower.  His world-famous video of the stunt got 40,997,266 views and earned him a 20-year travel ban into China courtesy of the pissed-off Chinese government.

But while you might have seen that video, lesser known are his photos from when he climbed a 455-foot ancient pyramid of Giza in 2013. He and his friends hid from guards for four hours before ascending the 4,000-year-old pyramid of Menkaure, the smallest of Giza’s three great pyramids, towering only 213 feet high.

“Actually at 4 pm we sat down,” Raskalov said, “and began to wait for an opportunity of darkness and a chance to climb. Climbing over the rocks is very dangerous, many of them crumble right under your feet.”

It took 20 minutes of climbing in complete darkness for he and his friends to reach the pyramid summit.

“[We climbed] the stone slabs on one of the most ancient buildings of mankind to the sounds of prayer — terribly echoed by Giza — realizing that here and now we would be at the top, fearing that an armed guard might notice us. To admire the spectacle you have to realize that you singly survived climbing a wonder of the world, at the risk of death.”

He continued, “At the very top of the pyramid are many paintings and inscriptions, and in many languages. Starting from the Arabian, ending in Russian and French. There are legends that there is also a painting of Nicholas II [at the top]. At the edge of the (summit) was dangerous because security could see you. Therefore all the pictures were taken in (a crouching or laying down) position.”

According to Egyptian law, trespassing upon the pyramids can get you one to three years in prison. He later apologized for climbing the pyramids, saying that “We didn’t want to insult anyone.”

Raskalov also took some photos of Cairo after the climb. “To be honest,” he said, “Cairo is one of those cities where you do not want to come back. A faceless and gray city on all sides surrounded by slums.”

He continued, “In Cairo, the most real fun happening now is that almost every weekend there are protests with arson. Recently they burned a police department. Here for example, we walked down the street and someone in one of the buildings launched a Molotov cocktail.”

In the future, Raskalov would like to climb the 1,792-foot tall World Trade One “Freedom Tower” but he notes that post-9/11 security is much tighter in America and successfully climbing it could get him labelled a terrorist.

(Photos reposted with Vitaliy Raskalov‘s permission)

Vitaliy Raskalov, ancient pyramids of giza, egypt, cairo

Vitaliy Raskalov, ancient pyramids of giza, egypt, cairo

Vitaliy Raskalov, ancient pyramids of giza, egypt, cairo

Vitaliy Raskalov, ancient pyramids of giza, egypt, cairo

Vitaliy Raskalov, ancient pyramids of giza, egypt, cairo

Vitaliy Raskalov, ancient pyramids of giza, egypt, cairo

Vitaliy Raskalov, ancient pyramids of giza, egypt, cairo

Vitaliy Raskalov, ancient pyramids of giza, egypt, cairo

Vitaliy Raskalov, ancient pyramids of giza, egypt, cairo

Vitaliy Raskalov, ancient pyramids of giza, egypt, cairo

Vitaliy Raskalov, ancient pyramids of giza, egypt, cairo

Vitaliy Raskalov, ancient pyramids of giza, egypt, cairo

Vitaliy Raskalov, ancient pyramids of giza, egypt, cairo

Vitaliy Raskalov, ancient pyramids of giza, egypt, cairo

Vitaliy Raskalov, ancient pyramids of giza, egypt, cairo

Vitaliy Raskalov, ancient pyramids of giza, egypt, cairo

Vitaliy Raskalov, ancient pyramids of giza, egypt, cairo

Vitaliy Raskalov, ancient pyramids of giza, egypt, cairo

Vitaliy Raskalov, ancient pyramids of giza, egypt, cairo

Vitaliy Raskalov, ancient pyramids of giza, egypt, cairo

Vitaliy Raskalov, ancient pyramids of giza, egypt, cairo

Vitaliy Raskalov, ancient pyramids of giza, egypt, cairo

18 Comments

  1. Triple facepalm

  2. And he hasn’t recanted or said he was hacked?!

  3. ……….No, NO ONE CAN BE THIS STUPID. I refuse to believe that people can be this stupid!!

  4. This is so…disgusting.

  5. you know, we dont really need to do that much to convince others that a lot of republicans are out of their minds. they do a damn good job at making themselves look bad. i mean, really…at this point, does ANYONE expect anything different from these lame-brains??

  6. Ah. Well, that’s when I tell Mr. Mitsch to go suck my nutz. o.O

  7. Another vomit moment. I wonder if he thinks that sould apply to HIS mother as well ? Fucktard failure, a fucktacular failure

  8. All I’ve got to say, is that he obviously has no respect for his wife or for women in general, and I would like to point out that if you start asking your wife to act like a whore, you had better be prepared to pay her for her services, just like the other women you’re screwing around on her with.  It’s sad that the only thing that can get this man’s rocks off is nastiness.  Whatever happened to good old fashioned loving, with mutual respect, want and need.  And what the hell happened to “what goes on in the bedroom, stays in the bedroom.”?

  9. In his defense, it’s common that str8 men cheat on wives because they have a sexual kink they do not want to share with their wife, that they think unseemly to attempt with their wife. And so it is legitimate advice for everyone in a sexual relationship to open up with each other and indulge each others kinks and fetishes to the extent we are comfortable doing so.

    In colloquial terms , a ‘whore in the bedroom’, is a concise synopsis. It is at odds with Republican conservatism of course.

  10. Ugh. In the context, I suspect that means “do whatever he wants you to, even if it turns your stomach”. And that, dear friends, is a clue as to why so many str8 men seem to be terrible in bed.

  11. Tina Kanouff-Hamilton

    Well I guess men should open up and share everything with their wife.It’s very simple to talk.

  12. Herman Cain is kicking himself for not tweeting this first.

  13. I can hear it now, “Someone hacked my twitter….”

  14. Republican or not, I don’t have any issue with what he said, as long as he’d be the same kind of whore for his woman as well.  He didn’t exactly say he wouldn’t be…

  15. It takes two, without a wife that creates space for it to be okay for her man to share what to him may seem shameful sexual desires… And according to transgendered FtM, testosterone is an intense experience and far more sexualized than a woman can easily understand. 

  16. I dont see anything wrong with this, but bc it is coming from a conservative republican it does seem extremly odd!! like way to contradict yourself! lmao
    No if it was some liberal saying that I would be like oh ok!
    Which is true, like ludacris said ” I want a lady in the streets, but a freak in the bed!” 
    Which means I dont mind if you act like a whore, freak, slut, whatever word you want to use in the bedroom, as long as you keep it behind closed door and out of the public. No one wants a dull lover in the sheets.. Like I know the Bachmann’s have an awesome sex life. Who wouldnt want to strap their husband up in the butt on the daily. LOL

  17. -sigh- I-I’ve never heard someone be so…he’s just so stupid. He. Is not aware. Of anything. He sounds like a shady car sales man.

  18. Does this schmuck have any advice for MEN? Thought not… (The only real advice women need is to not pick jerks like this creep!)