WATCH: Former Victoria Man talks death defying risks involved with Urban climbing. Ahmar Khan reports.
For most people climbing 100 ft tall buildings, bridges and rooftops isn’t the norm.
Urban climbing has gained mass popularity in large part due to the point of view videos and death defying risk involved.
Stadiums, rooftops, bridges, buildings and cranes are some of the 100-plus structures Joseph McGuire’s climbed in his career.
“Victoria Rooftops, those roof tops were some of the most spectacular places, really nice,” says McGuire “Some of the most memorable places I’ve been to.”
McGuire loved to climb after first trying it as a courageous 9-year old.
“When I was younger my family couldn’t afford to put me in sports teams so I had to find my own activities so this happens to be one of them,” says McGuire “I liked it a lot, and I just never grew out of it.”
His climbing videos are getting big hits on YouTube with over 150,000 views and now some of his fans are imitating his stunts.
“There’s not a lot of big structures in Victoria so it would have to be rooftops, so they’ve seen my videos and they will say ‘Which rooftop was it?’ I would tell them, but I tell them to be careful,” says McGuire.
Some of his imitators are Victoria-based, and that’s a concern to Victoria Police after two people were arrested climbing the Johnson Street Bridge.
“The Johnson street bridge example is a good example I mean it ties up several police resources, as well as for the fire and ambulance too depending on the situation,” said Victoria Police Cst. Mat Rutherford “It is a big drain on resources when these things happen.”
McGuire has been arrested many times and that has brought him into semi retirement.
It’s also a dangerous hobby that has caused him to have second thoughts.
“It’s nice to get it off your bucket list, but you really have to assess your reasons as to why you’re doing it because I mentioned in some of these videos, if you’re doing it for fame, adrenaline rush, novelty that’s shallow, that just gets no where,” McGuire said.
For now, this daredevil seems more than content to keep his feet on the ground rather than in the sky.