When James Sight perches on the edge of a huge building, he seems comfortable and at ease, but that was not always the case.
When he first started climbing Hong Kong’s skyscrapers he was a little scared of heights.
“I didn’t go near the edge,” he said. “But that fear and adrenaline was awesome.”
He was hooked on the rush. Sight is also creative and loves the photogenic aspect of his stunts. Soon, people were noticing and he amassed a following online.
“I don’t know when it happened, but I got less and less scared,” said Sight, who is originally from Finland. “The adrenaline rush now comes when I’m being chased by security.”
Despite his new outlook on the pastime, he remains objective about the inherent dangers of hanging off cranes hundreds of feet in the air, and the risk of being caught.
“You can’t be thinking about that [getting caught]. If you are going to do it you have to accept you might get in trouble because if you are thinking about it you might make a mistake,” he said. “If you get arrested, what’s the worst that can happen? But if you make a mistake, there is no coming back.”
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Sight has faced consequences before and was arrested for climbing in the New World Centre building site. He spent a night in jail but said that he technically had not broken any law and was held on suspicion of vandalism.
But he is intent on ensuring his fan base understands that being arrested is not the worst-case scenario.
“It is a message I try to push to my followers – the realism of the risks,” he said. “You know what young kids are like, they are easily influenced and they might try and copy. I hate this word, but I’m like a professional. I’ve climbed more buildings than they’ve had hot dinners.”
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Sight understands that if a follower wants to climb, there is nothing he can do to stop them. So, heed his advice if you must scale a skyscraper.
“If you do climb, the first time you go, go very slowly, like I did,” he said. “Don’t go straight to the edge and don’t be scared of getting caught.”