Namaste Spiderman!
July 29, 2009 7:54 AM   Subscribe

Jyothi Raj [it gets cool at :50], a real life Spiderman.
posted by nickyskye (24 comments total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
Awesome! It's like breakdance, rotated 90 degrees!
posted by Salvor Hardin at 8:02 AM on July 29, 2009

I'm going to assume he knows those walls really, really well. Even if he's climbed them a thousand times, that's a pretty impressive demonstration, especially considering I can get vertigo from looking at pictures from high in the air.
posted by Pragmatica at 8:11 AM on July 29, 2009



posted by The Deej at 8:13 AM on July 29, 2009 [1 favorite]

Ah, the folly of youth.

By which I mean, it looks to this viewer like he must be knackering his finger joints, and will quickly end up falling a fair distance or, perhaps worse, just another crocked guy, aged before his time and reminiscing about how he was invincible when he was young.
posted by MuffinMan at 8:13 AM on July 29, 2009

Oh yeah, right... 0:50 to the end is just 0:17 of recording run backwards.


Isn't it?

I mean, the only alternative is to believe that he has eyeballs in his feet.

So yeah... backwards, then...
posted by Mike D at 8:16 AM on July 29, 2009

Meanwhile, Mexican Spider-Man.

Yeah, I'm a nerd who adds the '-' Don't judge me, yo.
posted by robocop is bleeding at 8:16 AM on July 29, 2009 [1 favorite]

I'm more impressed at his shoes. Shoes like that are awful to climb in; you can't feel the rock at all.
posted by vernondalhart at 8:20 AM on July 29, 2009

Japanese Spider-Man
posted by jbickers at 8:21 AM on July 29, 2009

Cool! Reminds me of my son when he was younger. He used to be like a monkey and climb up walls 10-12 feet in the air until I'd yell at him to get down. Amazingly, he never fell.
posted by garnetgirl at 8:37 AM on July 29, 2009

The downclimbing is pretty impressive - that's very difficult to do. It's probably a bit easier on a wall with blocks of a regular size, because you know more or less where the holds will be before you get there, but it's still not something I could do.
posted by echo target at 8:45 AM on July 29, 2009

"...but it's still not something I could do."

Rest assured that you are in the vast majority on that count.
posted by bz at 8:56 AM on July 29, 2009

See also: Alain Robert, the French Spider-Man.

He's basically free-climbed everything.
posted by Civil_Disobedient at 10:16 AM on July 29, 2009

As someone who has spent a little time on the sides of cliffs/mountains etc.,


just... wow.

As echo target pointed out... downclimbing is the tricky part... because your eyes are about as far as they can be from the direction in which you're traveling. It's hard to see footholds when your chest/legs/feet are blocking the view. Plus you're having to look DOWN. Presumably you don't have too much difficulty with heights if you're climbing, but yeah... down is much harder than up (unless you're using rope and harness, then you can rappel down... and THAT'S fun!)
posted by krash2fast at 10:30 AM on July 29, 2009

The problem with videos like this is that I stupidly believe that if it can be done, and I see someone do it, that it follows that I should be able to do it as well.

And then I try.

And then I realize that no, it is not possible for the average person to climb down a wall that way.

But falling down a wall in a completely different way? Now That's something that I can do.
posted by quin at 10:54 AM on July 29, 2009

Mutation or mechanism?
posted by dhartung at 11:05 AM on July 29, 2009

i'd be interested to see how he fares on some of the tougher climbs out there - the 5.14's and above. Obviously wouldn't want him to attempt those without a harness and rope.
posted by spacediver at 11:19 AM on July 29, 2009

And of course, no discussion of amazing climbing feats is complete without an embed link of Dan Osman's insane free climb up Lover's Leap.
posted by dubitable at 12:38 PM on July 29, 2009 [1 favorite]

For a second I thought he was going to go down headfirst, you know, like Spider-Man. But I guess that would be impossible, without having hands on your feet.

Pretty awesome regardless!
posted by abc123xyzinfinity at 2:11 PM on July 29, 2009

unbelievable, goes to show you just need to do one thing better than anybody to be inspiring to everybody!
posted by masterburst at 3:57 PM on July 29, 2009

The word "scampering" needs to be used here somewhere.
posted by Joey Michaels at 4:02 PM on July 29, 2009

Every nation of the world needs its own Spider-Man.
posted by JHarris at 5:49 PM on July 29, 2009

See also John Bachar, RIP.
posted by intermod at 7:02 PM on July 29, 2009


The correct spelling. Thanks JHarris.
posted by nickyskye at 8:36 PM on July 29, 2009

Tsk, tsk. India already had at least a couple of perfectly good Spider-Men. This guy's just a parkour with better finger strength.
posted by Strange Interlude at 9:35 AM on July 30, 2009

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