MustangWanted/YouTube

This Ukranian urban climber is either extremely skilled or deranged (or perhaps both).

The Ukranian urban climber "Mustang Wanted" has described himself as a "dumbass" – not for hanging by one arm off the sides of buildings, as you might think, but for failing to maintain a proper website to update his legion of fans.

It seems that reenacting that classic setup from cheesy action movies – without the part with the bad guy stepping on the good guy's fingers, nearly causing him to plummet to the ground – can earn one a lot of attention. And it's not only coming from the buildering community: Mustang (and I wish I knew his real name, because this just makes him sound like a car) has his own agent and to his name a load of not exactly fawning stories, but ones showing respect for his death-defying antics: See "Guy's pullups freak us out," for example, or the reddit thread "Yeah, f*** that." Typical comment on that last item: "I had a panic attack watching that."

Kind of like those kids who scaled the pants-soilingly tall Bridge to Russky Island, Mustang's M.O. is simple: Find the highest structure in the vicinity and get on up to the top of it. The icing on the cake (made of equal parts fear sweat and nervous puke) is his finishing move of dangling from the structure with his hands or hand, sometimes with only the first and second digits of his fingers. If he ever falls and breaks his legs, the guy could have a second career as a concert pianist banging out Rachmaninoff or perhaps as a professional thumb wrestler.

Mustang, who's in his mid-20s, has flirted with the reaper from atop a suspension bridge, a 853-foot-tall transmission tower, a Kiev roof and a 14-story hotel where on "the last step somebody opened up a window and thought I was crazy," he writes. Recently, he ascended to some kind of scaffolding in the realm of the birds and stood on one foot. And if you're wondering, "No, I don't scared," says his Facebook page.

You can find his videos on YouTube. Here's a classic one from a few months back on a 492-foot-tall construction crane. Skip to 2:00 for the stomach-heaving stuff:

About the Author

Most Popular

  1. Life

    How to Inspire Girls to Become Carpenters and Electricians

    Male-dominated trades like construction, plumbing, and welding can offer job security and decent pay. A camp aims to show girls these careers are for them, too.

  2. a photo of a man surveying a home garage.
    Transportation

    How Single-Family Garages Can Ease California's Housing Crisis

    Given the affordable housing crisis, California cities should encourage single-family homeowners to convert garages into apartments and accessory dwelling units.

  3. People eat and drink coffee inside a small coffeehouse.
    Life

    Gentrification Is Hurting Kuala Lumpur's Iconic Coffee Shops

    Traditional kopitiams, which serve sweetened coffee in no-frills surroundings, are a part of Malaysian national identity, but their survival is precarious.

  4. Life

    Who’s Really Buying Property in San Francisco?

    A lot of software developers, according to an unprecedented new analysis.

  5. A new map of neighborhood change in U.S. metros shows where displacement is the main problem, and where economic decline persists.
    Equity

    From Gentrification to Decline: How Neighborhoods Really Change

    A new report and accompanying map finds extreme gentrification in a few cities, but the dominant trend—particularly in the suburbs—is the concentration of low-income population.