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Photographer captures pictures from top of Egypt's Great Pyramid of Giza

By dpreview staff on Mar 26, 2013 at 23:26 GMT

Russian photographer Vitaly Raskalov, known on the web for his 'skywalking' exploits in which he scales man-made structures (without authorization) has added Egypt's Great Pyramid of Giza to his list of conquests. And, as is his custom he has posted photos taken atop of one of the Seven Wonders of the World. Raskalov and his companions managed to hide from armed guards and climb the pyramid undetected at night. Climbing the Great Pyramid is illegal of course but you can take a look at some of the images Raskalov captured below. (via Daily Mail)

Raskalov and his group captured some spectacular, but clearly illegal photos of the pyramids.

Raskalov's blog (in Russian) has all the photos and a post about this adventure. He has previously made rounds in the internet for his vertigo-inducing skywalking photos.

A view of the Pyramid of Khafre from the Great Pyramid of Giza. Raskalov's companions perched atop one of the Seven Wonders of the World.

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luigibozi
By luigibozi (Mar 27, 2013)

Should we wait for some similar Red Square shots taken by an Egyptian team of photographers, eh?!
Absolutely impossible, IMO

Anyway, nice shots.

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undergrounddigga
By undergrounddigga (Mar 27, 2013)

I think you will find a picture of the red square on their website (admittedly taken by them, not by egyptians) :)
2nd pic from top
http://raskalov-vit.livejournal.com/?skip=36

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oscarvdvelde
By oscarvdvelde (Mar 27, 2013)

Fortunately for us they brought a decent camera and a tripod instead of a mobile phone.

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Albert Macfarlane
By Albert Macfarlane (Mar 27, 2013)

I have Kodachromes taken from the top of the Great Pyramid in 1982. Both DP review and the Daily Mail have missed the essential point. Climbing this structure requires some technical rock climbing skill: other have rated it as 5.3 on the Yosemite rock climbing scale. There have been an unknown number of deaths, usually on the descent, among young, foolish and often inebriated tourists in the past two or three centuries. The most famous was a young German rockclimber who stopped off to climb the pyramid while on a ship to the Himalayas to climb Nanga Parbat. Egyptian authorities have either no good record of the number of deaths, or have kept the numbers hidden. Not surprisingly, they try hard to maintain a strict ban on climbing.

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Sean65
By Sean65 (Mar 27, 2013)

" foolish and often inebriated tourists in the past two or three centuries..."

Centuries? 'Come on man, I've told you a million times....yada yada yada.

I'd love to see the though Kodachromes Albert. Any chance of a link?

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Albert Macfarlane
By Albert Macfarlane (Mar 27, 2013)

Thanks Sean,
Napoleon's army have records of tourism at the pyramids. I'll be happy to post my Kodachromes once I've had them scanned !

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Albert Macfarlane
By Albert Macfarlane (Mar 28, 2013)

Sean65,
Please look at my gallery on DP review for two Kodachrome 200 scans from 1982 - including one from the top of the Great Pyramid.

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agenkin
By agenkin (Mar 27, 2013)

A moron climbs the pyramids illegally and snaps a few ego shots. That could be newsworthy if presented properly, but not as some Indiana Jones type adventure story. Shame on you, DPreview.

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Zebooka
By Zebooka (Mar 27, 2013)

Wash your mouth, be polite

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Robert Eckerlin
By Robert Eckerlin (Mar 27, 2013)

Zebooka

Do you realize how unrespectful this guy was about the laws of the country that he visited as a guest? And how unrespectful dpreview was in publishing his photos on the dpreview website?

Can we expect apologies from the managers/owners of the dpreview website?

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iliks
By iliks (Mar 27, 2013)

When Pussy Riot desecrated Russian temple, it was ok to western journalists and commenters....

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agenkin
By agenkin (Mar 28, 2013)

Pussy Riot inflicted absolutely no damage on the temple, and, really, did absolutely nothing illegal. They sang a punk prayer - isn't prayers that what churches are for? This is a very poor analogy.

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agenkin
By agenkin (Mar 28, 2013)

What's wrong with the word "moron"? It means a stupid person, a fool. I've looked at some other stunts by the same group, and can say that they are obviously good climbers and in top physical shape, but, yes, they are fools. And not only because they endanger their own lives for dubious reasons, but also because their photos and videos inspire others to be reckless and disrespectful.

Their narcissism is quite explicit in their pics. In fact, there is hardly anything else in them.

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Henry M. Hertz
By Henry M. Hertz (Mar 27, 2013)

so dpreview now active supports illegal stuff with giving these morons a platform?

when will we see the next iteration of illegal photographs on dpreview?

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ArtByLukeBennett
By ArtByLukeBennett (Mar 27, 2013)

I know a good surgeon, he specialises in removing sticks from arses. Shall I give him a call for you?

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DanMcQ
By DanMcQ (Mar 27, 2013)

Henry, do everyone a favor and get a life.

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Robert Eckerlin
By Robert Eckerlin (Mar 27, 2013)

Shame on you, dpreview.

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kewlguy
By kewlguy (Mar 27, 2013)

Yeah, dpreview really got no class to promote these photos...illegal is illegal, nothing to rave about

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Henry M. Hertz
By Henry M. Hertz (Mar 27, 2013)

well next trime we will see images criminals have shot during a rape or a bank robbery.... promoting their websites?

and artbylukebennet.. well i know a brain surgeon.. but unfortunately he can implant you one.

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Henry M. Hertz
By Henry M. Hertz (Mar 27, 2013)

sorry i have to disappoint you... i meant "can`t implant you one".... i forgot the "`t"

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Jahled
By Jahled (Mar 28, 2013)

What ArtbyLuyke said^

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Rosember
By Rosember (Mar 26, 2013)

Do - nice, but nothing more - photos justify cultural disrespect and breaking protective laws? How many people will follow these guys and put damage to these monuments of mankind? To me, this resembles more a teenage ego trip than an adventure, sorry.

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Martin.au
By Martin.au (Mar 26, 2013)

Or, perhaps now that photos are available people will have less interest in climbing the pyramids to capture photos. Any photos taken in the future wouldn't be so unique, would they?

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Rosember
By Rosember (Mar 27, 2013)

I guess that's why nobody climbs Mt. Everest anymore today.

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agenkin
By agenkin (Mar 27, 2013)

You need a permit to climb Mt. Everest. And the pyramids are protected from morons climbing them for a good reason.

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Zebooka
By Zebooka (Mar 27, 2013)

agenkin, you said so many times "moron", maybe you need to be more polite and wash your mouth, don't you think?
Pyramids are closed for climbing because of unprepared untrained tourists that can injure themselfs. These guys have lot of experience of climbing.

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H1brid
By H1brid (Mar 27, 2013)

Or to prevent further damage to the pyramid itself.
Imagine an army of MORONS with picks and what not climbing them.

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DavidsfotosDotCom
By DavidsfotosDotCom (Mar 27, 2013)

<<<<<<<- Monuments of SLAVE LABOR! ->>>>>>>>
Rosember (5 hours ago)
Q: How many people will follow these guys to these monuments of mankind?
A: Lots of rock climbers I hope. Monuments of SLAVE LABOR!

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Peiasdf
By Peiasdf (Mar 27, 2013)

@DavidsfotosDotCom
What are you talking about? The pyramid wasn't build by slaves.

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RudivanS
By RudivanS (Mar 26, 2013)

Which camera and lenses?

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Seehund
By Seehund (Mar 27, 2013)

Canon EOS 40D, and what looks like some 10-20 mm f/4-5.6 lens, according to the EXIF data.

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Bluephotons
By Bluephotons (Mar 27, 2013)

You can do the same using an UAV, without risking your life or ending in jail.

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RudivanS
By RudivanS (Mar 27, 2013)

Bit of a waste of time a D800E + Zeiss Distagon T* 15mm f2.8
- way to go :)

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Absolutic
By Absolutic (Mar 27, 2013)

They have always used Canon 40D and Sigma 8-16 combo on all their previous adventures, so I assume they used the same this time. You can actually see it in some of the videos of their previous climbs

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