Andrej Ciesielski has balls of steel.
The 18-year-old German adventurer and adrenaline junkie conquered one of the Great Pyramids of Giza, illegally scaling the biggest and the oldest of the three — the astonishing 455-foot-tall Pyramid of Cheops— in broad daylight.
“Walking around in the complex I was waiting for the right moment to start climbing the Great Pyramid of Giza. When I stated climbing a street stellar was standing behind me but I didn’t care about him I turned around he laughed and I continued climbing,” Ciesielski wrote on his blog. “At the half some people got attention on me and looked up. That’s how the police spotted me. They shouted something in Arabic I think but I didn’t care and kept going white listening to music.”
No doubt the climb was epic, but so was Ciesielski’s arrest. After descending for more than 20 minutes ("Safety first!"), the thrill-seeker was taken into police custody. While Ciesielski was released shortly after officers insisted he erase all photographic evidence of his climb, Egyptian officials didn’t realize that Ciesielski had software to retrieve his deleted images, which he promptly uploaded to his blog and YouTube.
“It was absolutely surreal standing on the top of one of the wonders of the world and something that I will never forget," Ciesielski told the Daily Mail. "I wanted to experience Egyptian culture and I definitely managed that,”