We were invited to experience urban mountaineering in the heart of London with an invigorating trip climbing up one of the city’s most iconic landmarks built in the last twenty years. Stepping off the underground train at super modern North Greenwich, my ex Royal Marines friend and I arrived at The O2 ready to scale the building in true commando style.
Having served in the Royal Marines for 10 years, I have experienced quite a few adventures it was liberating to know we didn’t have to carry 120lbs of kit on our backs whilst scaling this iconic structure. Instead, I was wearing my favourite Weird Fish Resolution Striped Rugby Style Shirt in Dark Navy. I love adventure and as it says on the back of this 100% cotton rugby shirt, I always wear the weekend!
Up at The O2 is a day out with a difference and offers adventurous spirits, such as my friend and I, an unforgettable and exhilarating 90-minute climb. Entering the briefing room to get the low down on our climb before making our way up the O2, I spotted this eye-catching piece of modern art created from structural cables used on The O2 itself.
Is it just me, or does this not remind you of a clock face? After all, we are in Greenwich – the home of Greenwich Meridian Line. Every place on Earth is measured in terms of its distance east or west from the Greenwich Meridian. The line itself divides the eastern and western hemispheres of the Earth, just as the Equator divides the northern and southern hemispheres.
After the comprehensive breifing which made us feel safe and secure, we dressed in full explorer attire. We did a buddy-buddy check to ensure our harnesses were fitted correctly. My friend looked the part…
And it was a thumbs up from me! With an experienced guide on hand to talk us through every step across the 350m walkway, we couldn’t help but compare The Up at The O2 experience with walking across the Sydney Harbour Bridge which we did a few years ago.
We scaled the heights to see the sights at the top of the viewing platform. It had the same sense of achievement reaching the top just like our experience in Sydney. Suspended 2m above the surface of The O2 roof, the walkway is 52m above ground level and 380m long.
At its steepest point the walkway has an incline of 28° on the way up and 30° on the way back down and has a slight bounce to it to mirror the surface of the tent.
In the distance we could see the skyscrapers of Canary Wharf, almost as beautiful as my Hugo Boss Pilot Series Watch which suited our location perfectly as Greenwich is famous for being the Home of Time.
The unique journey to the peak of the world-renowned entertainment venue rewards visitors with spectacular 360 degree panoramic views across the capital, where climbers can take in the sights of all the famous landmarks London has to offer.
Here are two not so famous landmarks… almost as spectacular… and the only thing panaromic about us is our beaming smiles!
Find out more about the thrilling experience of Up at The O2 by visiting www.theo2.co.uk/do-more-at-the-o2/up-at-the-o2