Fantastic...climbing to the top of the O2!

13:00 27 June 2012

Up at the O2 pictures...we made it. Editor Colin Grainger and wife Lesley at the top of the O2 on the viewing platform.

Up at the O2 pictures...we made it. Editor Colin Grainger and wife Lesley at the top of the O2 on the viewing platform.

Archant

Intrepid climb to the top of the O2

We did it…like all those famous climbers who have felt that special something when they reached the summit they just had to conquer.

For a few moments we stood in amazement and realised…we had conquered the O2!

Looking back down at what we had just climbed up was perhaps more scary that the climb itself.

It’s probably the best place ever to ever to get a bird’s eye view of Newham and all of the Capital. It most certainly has a special something. The view is just incredible. ExCeL, the Thames Barrier at Silvertown, and all the other parts of the borough that your Newham Recorder covers daily.

My wife Lesley and I had just conquered the O2 thanks to London’s newest tourist attraction….Up at the O2.

When it was the Dome and ever since it has become the O2, I have always wondered what it would be like on the top of that landmark on our skyline. Now I know.

When we first heard about it a month ago, we decided it just had to be done.

Tickets went on sale and within ten minutes, the first day’s climbing was booked up.

But we managed to hand over our £22 each for the next day of business and got the early evening slot.

Not the best of weather on Saturday but never mind. The Graingers are made of stern stuff.

After booking in at base camp, signing the disclaimer, meeting our guide Don and having our mandatory safety film, it was into the climbing suit and harness, having first made sure you have visited the loo!

You are only allowed to take your phone to take pics, as there is no room for anything else.

It was decided that our of our group of about 16, the old gits, ie the Graingers, (my words not the guides) would bring up the rear, as the younger ones led the way.

A few adjustments and we were away. Probably the hardest bit was understanding how to operate the attachment and wheels on the harness strap as you wend your way up the walkway and handrail. But after five or ten minutes you do get the hang of it.

It was windy and as you tackle the upward slope you realise exactly what you are doing.

But Don was a diamond, so reassuring and so calming and before you know it, you are up at the top. It is a great feeling. You believe you have just been intrepid (for about 15 minutes) and the views are just stunning. North, south, east and west for all the 360 degrees of the O2 top, you just take it all in.

You viewing platform is simply great. And then they started testing what will ,from tomorrow, become, London’s next greatest attraction…the Cable car from Greenwich to Custom House.

Simply stunning.

Then it was time to begin the descent down the other side of the big dome, to Thameside at the O2. Having by now mastered the technique it was a lot easier.

And the Up at the O2 team on the ground were waving and cheering as we came down.

Then it was into the changing area, and getting out of the suits and harness was a lot easier than getting in! It was farewell to Don and our fellow climbers and into the gift shop for some souvenirs. It was here I told the team they had missed a trick.

No Up at the O2 fridge magnets! Surely a must have souvenir.

Then it was back into the 02 to replace all of the calories we had just lost with a beer and a meal, and back home to Eddie the cat and Euro 2012. Magic.

Latest Stories from SNAP.PA

Scott Mills is planning to show off his dancing skills at Perrie Edwards and Zayn Malik’s wedding.

Read more

Kibbi helps you keep an eye on your home.

Read more

Usher has revealed his son has told him he doesn’t think he’s a very good singer.

Read more

Promotions

BT Home Smart Cam

When I was first told by my boss that I would be doing a review on the BT Smart Cam 100 I didn’t quite know what to expect. Before even looking at the product I was picturing it as nothing more than a web cam with a fancy name.

AGA Living Subscription

Every issue of AGA Living magazine is packed full of celebrity AGA owner interviews, interior and design features, ideas to inspire your culinary imagination, mouth-watering recipes and inspirational shopping ideas.

And it’s said to be revolutionising access to donor sperm throughout the country.

Many people now feel they have to move jobs to better their career and get ahead.

‘Go get him’ said the police officer, and that’s just what the dog did.

It’s deforestation, but not as you’ve seen it before.

TOP Stories

Police attend the scene where a teenager was stabbed to death, outside a convenience store in Pilgrimage Street [Photograph by Alex Diaz/PA Wire

A teenager has been stabbed to death on Pilgrimage Street near Tabard Gardens this afternoon.

Police are looking for these two men after a sex worker was attacked with noxious gas in Soho (Picture: Metropolitan Police)

Police have released images of two men they want to speak to after a sex worker and her friend were ‘sprayed with a noxious gas’ and then robbed at an address in Soho.

The man was fatally stabbed at Middlesex University in north London (Picture: Google Streetview)

A murder investigation has been launched after a man was fatally stabbed at Middlesex University campus in the early hours of this morning.

London Bloggers

Yesterday, 10:07
The Appilepsy team: Phil Efstathiou, Alex Telek , Clarence Ji, Miklos Molnar, Joran van Apeldoorn

In Tech City, things move fast. And sometimes erratically. Like phones in the pockets of people having epileptic seizures.

Friday, October 24, 2014
The 91-year-old gave the cyclist a wallop

After Baroness Sharples bragged about walloping a cyclist, London24’s cycling blogger AViewOfLondon has this to say...

Wednesday, September 17, 2014
The cast, including Josie Lawrence and Mike Myers

Simon Collins catches up with the improv impresarios, who despite being the world’s longest-running comedy show with the same cast, have lost none of the razor-sharp wit: