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02/21/2014 02:18 pm ET | Updated Apr 23, 2014

The Story Behind That Insane Shanghai Tower Climb

The insane YouTube video of Vadim Makhorov and Vitaly Raskalov swept across the interwebs this week, inducing vertigo everywhere. Not only was a stomach-dropping video produced, but some pretty jaw-dropping point of view photos as well. We corresponded with Vadim Makhorov, one half of Team 'ontheroofs'.

Hi Vadim, thanks for taking the time! The video of your climb is crazy, but it's not the first you've ever done. What made you so interested in climbing these landmarks?

Yes, we do have a lot of videos. We started shooting them ever since we climbed the Moscow Bridge in Kiev. We climbed to the pylon right by the cables that time. The video got more than 1.5 million views.

We climb to the top of buildings to see the city from an unusual angle. But this is just a small part of what we do.

Photograph On the top of Cologne Cathedral by Vadim Makhorov on 500px

On the top of Cologne Cathedral by Vadim Makhorov on 500px

Photograph Dubai by Vadim Makhorov on 500px

Dubai by Vadim Makhorov on 500px

Are you particularly proud of this one?

No. How can you be proud of climbing somewhere high? I think only professional mountaineers can be proud of their ascents.

Photograph 650 meters by Vitaliy Raskalov on 500px

650 meters by Vitaliy Raskalov on 500px

Photograph Shanghai Tower by Vadim Makhorov on 500px

Shanghai Tower by Vadim Makhorov on 500px