Since it was built in 1889, the one-thousand-feet (about 300 metres) high Eiffel Tower has tantalised climbing enthusiasts of Paris.
Since it was built in 1889, the one-thousand-feet (about 300 metres) high Eiffel Tower has tantalised climbing enthusiasts of Paris. On Sunday (4 June), two young Frenchmen made their second bid to scale the daunting north face of the metal structure, Paris's most famous landmark...and succeeded. After they returned to earth, their real problems began.
SYNOPSIS: The climbers were Christian Ferrer, a twenty-six-year-old clerk, and Gerard Bourbon, a twenty-seven-year-old executive. Five years ago, with several friends, they had made a similar attempt. But they encountered a hazard unknown on Everest - a blizzard of police - who grabbed them on the tower's second-stage platform. This year the cunning alpinists began their climb from that level. They somehow managed to get to that starting point despite newspaper stories that set down the precise date and time of their climb.
They were lightly equipped with some rope, snap hooks and clamp rings. Ferrer said beforehand that their greatest enemy would be vertigo as they approached the top, a thousand feet above the unyielding pavement.
He also predicted the police would be waiting when they got down after having conquered Gustave Eiffel's most famous legacy to mankind. He was right. Their base camp turned out to be the nearest police station.
Parisians say there's no law against climbing the tower only against damaging it. They must have left it unscathed, because they were soon released.