I am lucky in that I can find inspiration from all walks of life and many varying sources. Whist browsing YouTube I was lucky enough to come across James Kingstone’s Climbing and freestyle videos. See one of his most famous below-
I’m aware the guy is following in the footsteps of others who have previously been involved in this ‘offshoot’, if you will, of free-running, I just feel personally that the music and production values in James’s videos really add to the experience and take the scene to another level. Many people get the ‘sweaty palms’ feeling when watching the videos, as the sense of vertigo really comes across well with the wide angle lens but the videos are also paradoxically some of the most chilled videos that I have ever come across on YouTube, with James just hanging out up there as the world goes by down below. I’m not sure how I came across the videos, I tend to love most alternative and extreme sports but I know relatively little about Free-running or Parkour. As fun as it looks to try, the closest thing I ever got to trying it was playing Mirror’s Edge..or maybe climbing the odd tree or small building as a child.
I certainly can’t recommend or even condone what James does in his videos. As you can see for yourself the heights the guy scales to, often on completely unstable structures not at all designed for climbing, are insane. He then proceeds to hang from one hand once he reaches the summit, or summersault on the narrow platform atop the Moscow bridge, in the case of the channel 4 Documentary ‘Don’t look Down’ in which he stars alongside the notorious Ukrainian Mustang Wanted. Note he does all this with the use of no safety gear what-so-ever. The climbs are just a casual everyday occurrence for him it seems as he ascends in his cool casual wear, his slim fit chinos/jeans and nice stylish pumps (which many YouTubers would like to know where James got apparently) clearly visible in his POF YouTube videos. He reaches the top takes the ‘ultimate selfie’ then has to begin likely the most freighting and difficult aspect of the entire climb, the descent.
Of course you have to feel for his family and friends with him doing what he does..especially his poor ol mother, all the same though, I can’t help but feel a sense of real admiration for the guy and I’d say his videos are worth a watch for anyone who embraces more of an alternative lifestyle. He has to be admired for finding something that makes him feel truly alive and fully committing to it, regardless of the dangers involved and the criticism he gets from others. The guy obviously has serious balls. Money isn’t necessarily everything in many peoples’ lives but living for something you have real passion for is, and this is something I can readily relate to. Nobody wants to waste their life. As they say ‘Every man dies but not every man truly lives’.
Yes I stole that quote from Braveheart.