Co-founder of The Flash Pack, Lee Thompson was privileged enough to experience something I’ve only dreamed of. While in Brazil to cover the World Cup, he was granted rare access inside the Christ The Redeemer statue located in Rio De Janeiro. Since taking a cool selfie for all the internet to see is what the kids think is hip these days, that later ensued. Thompson became the first person ever to take a selfie from the top of Jesus! The video below gives you a bit of an idea of what that climb to the top was like.
I personally have this strange fascination with heights and love to jump from things. A base jump from the Christ The Redeemer statue tops what I could check-off from my so-called bucket list. Yes, I am extremely jealous of Thompson. Here is a bit more from Thompson about the climb to get to the top.
With the assistance of two high-wire workmen, (and armed with Go Pro cameras) we entered through scaffolding mounted on the feet and crawled in circles up 12 flights of rickety stairs that seemed to get narrower with every step.
Twenty minutes into the climb I reached the heart of the Christ made from beautiful Mosaics. After what felt like an eternity of pressing heat and pitch darkness, we finally reached the small compartment in Christ’s shoulder. I grabbed the rope and pulled myself along the smooth soapstone up into the head of the statue where we carefully opened the hatch. My heart was pounding with excitement and I couldn’t wait another second.
If I can get access to the top of Jesus, let me know Brazil. I want to go chill on his shoulder too.
By: Pat Hanavan